|Since our wonderful multi-year exchanges
between RCA and the GAMA group of Mendoza, Argentina, a number of people
have expressed interest in going to visit the GAMA group and getting to
view the wonderful Southern Skies near the highest mountain in the
western hemisphere, Mt. Aconcagua. It is very easy to get there and the
GAMA group are warm and gracious hosts.
First, contact one of the members of GAMA:
Leo Cavagnaro at 'mcava at
Jose (Pepe) Galli at 'josegalli2003 at yahoo.com'
Carlos Gutierrez at 'cegceg at gmail.com'.
Then, fly to Santiago, Chile. From there,
fly to Mendoza, Argentina. Note: If you are just passing through Santiago, you
do not have to pay the airport tax in Chile (though you may have to
stand your ground on this point).
Mendoza is a city of a million people. There are a number of good
hotels, moderately priced to sheer luxury, and good restaurants,
shopping and strolling, and other urban amenities, such as a very large
and beautiful city park. You will find many English-speakers among the
GAMA group, and outside it. The GAMA people will be glad to help you
with hotel and local transportation questions in Mendoza.
32° 53' South - 68° 50' West
Viewing is done in a mountain valley -
called Uspallata - about two hours outside of Mendoza .The best place to
stay is the
Gran Hotel Uspallata.
Uspallata is a ski area, and the hotel is like a lodge. It even has a
youth hostel attached to it. The rates are moderate, the food is good
and cheap and the accommodations spacious but not luxurious. It’s
walking distance from downtown Uspallata. The hotel has bicycles for its
guests, tennis courts, and there is hiking and rafting and horseback
riding nearby. GAMA also has a local observing site equivalent to our
Larch Mountain about 25 minutes outside of Mendoza that the members of
the club may be able to take you to.
Their seasons are opposite of ours, so their
best viewing season is during our winter, their March is like our September
and vice versa. GAMA has worked up a
southern skies “Messier list” and
other observing guide to help you make the most of your observing nights
(which, by the way, can be cold). We encourage you to contact the GAMA
group and go if you can. The club is made up of serious observers whose
knowledge of the southern skies is excellent and whose passion for the
stars is as strong as yours is.
If you have any questions, contact the
RCA Gama Club Liaison Jan Keiski.
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