RN 149 (Uspallata to Barreal) – Parque Nacional El Leoncito
A short detour from the main road to the observatories at the little-visited PN El Leoncito.
Supplies can be bought in Uspallata or Barreal, but not in the national park. It is free to enter the national park and there is a nice, free, campsite near the guardaparque huts with excellent views of the Uspallata valley and Mercedario and Ansilta ranges beyond. Water can be obtained from the guardaparques, and day and night visits are possible to the observatories in the park.
|Distance – 12kms
|Turn R (east) off RN149 at the signposted junction (1,900m) 92kms north of Uspallata, 21kms south of Barreal. Climb 12kms on a good ripio surface to the guardaparque huts and campsite (2,260m).
|Time taken and amount climbed
|1 hour: RN149 jn to guardaparque huts (400m climb).
|A few vehicles.
|When we cycled
|Early May 2010.
|How much we had to push on this route
|Not at all
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