What to see
In the area, there are small gorges with amazing glaciers and waterfalls that are ideal for different trekking itineraries.
For people who do not seek to reach the summit, but who want to tour the area, there are operators offering trekking tours to Blanca Lake (1-day trek) or to Turquesa Stream (2 days/1 night, medium-difficulty and 4100 MSL maximum).
Condors and petroglyphs
The Ansilta Mountain Range is part of the Frontal Mountain Range running along National Route 149 several kilometres to the west. From north to south, it stretches for 40 km, and you can see it from Barreal and other points in the Calingasta Valley.
In this mountain range, it is common to see condors, guanacos and other emblematic animals of the mountains, as well as old petroglyphs and cave paintings.
The Mercenario Mountain, in the Ramada Mountain Range, is the fourth highest peak in the Americas, measuring 6720 metres high. It is a very remote ascent only suitable for very experienced climbers as it requires acclimatisation and well-planned logistics.
Depending on the weather conditions, reaching the summit requires at least a 10-day hike among mountains and valleys of overwhelming beauty.