The next day we rent a car and drove to Uspallata: The final stop would be the Cerro Tunduqueral, a rock art site not far from Uspallata.
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We came across military areas
looks a bit like an Indian chief in profile, doesn't it? Finally we reached our goal, the Cerro Tunduqueral, a hilly top where we would hopefully find some petroglyphs. There was actually a parking lot and a comfortable short walk to the cerro:
There was even a sign explaining a bit the site. As you can see, Tunduqueral is about 2000 m asl and most of the engraving are supposed to be from the Early Ceramic Period. The sign says from AD 700 - 1000. But they might well be a bit earlier
Just to give you an overview, after all you had your fill in archaeology yesterday ;)
In any case, we had a fantastic view of the Andes and their snow covered passes:
On our way back we stopped shortly at a group of shrines which are very common here:
while some were still accumulating glass bottle-offerings, most had a pile of plastic bottles next to them. Plus all the other 'offerings' including plastic toy figurines, plastic flowers, candles, food remains and cloth preferably red dyed one:
There must have been an active rail road once, but now the tracks are quite deserted:
since it was getting late we rushed home (here you can see our rental, flashing provocatively at the camera):
But the trip wouldn't be complete with a short stop at Lake Potrerillos, an artificial lake formed by a large dam and now a major recreation area for the locals:
But wait, didn't I say something about nandu feet? Of course, and here they are:
If you don't believe me, have a look at an emu track on a salt lake (the emu and the nandu are both ratite birds):
Want to see a live nandu? Then stay tuned in for the next blog post. We are visiting Mendoza zoo....