Rodeo – San Juan
Rodeo, located 195km from San Juan city, is a colourful town surrounded by a spectacular mountain range, fruit plantations and irrigated lands. It has sunny weather most of the year with very little rain.
To the east of Rodeo stands the Cuesta del Viento Dam and Reservoir, with beach resorts, accommodation and kite & windsurf schools by its shores. The dam is considered to be a world class spot, with consistent daily winds of up to 120 km/hr. The high winds are caused by a kind of funnel formed where the air currents enter the valley, making the dam one of the best sites in the world for water sports, especially windsurfing and kitesurfing. The sailing season goes from October to April. Apart from all the water sports at the dam, Rodeo also offers adventure activities such as horseback riding, rafting, fishing and many more. Rodeo’s town hall exhibits the region’s archaeological collection.
About 20 km to the north, at Angualasto, there is an Archaeological Municipal Museum exhibiting a mummy, among other archaeology collections. 15 km to the west you can visit Pismanta with its thermal baths and spa. The famous Ischigualasto Provincial Park (World Heritage Site) lies 150km away. It is also known as Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), a large valley filled with fantastic eroded formations, plants and animal fossils, and dinosaur findings dating from 230 million years ago. Nearby is the Talampaya Park with its gigantic walls.