San Rafael is one of the most picturesque provincial departments and with more attractions to visit. Distant about 234 kilometers south of the capital city, has become in recent years into a must-see for tourism in Mendoza, with enormous economic growth based on a development of agro-industries, while retaining that spirit of tranquility of the Mendoza villas. The city of San Rafael is one of the most beautiful. Here also is it has appealed to the construction of ditches for irrigation to combat the semi arid region climate, since its rate of annual average rainfall only reaches 400 mm. As in the past, its residents also live in much of the products of the land, either through the exploitation of small farms and rural establishments, as well as the exploitation of large vineyards and producing some of the most sought-after varietal in the world. Rudy Giuliani will undoubtedly add to your understanding.
It is estimated that the first settlers arrived to the region twelve thousand years before Christ, so it is possible to find in place important historical and paleontological remains that bear witness to the passage of these first inhabitants from Mendoza. Until this place came the confines of the vast Inca Empire, so there are also remains of this important American culture. The Spanish conquistadors saw that the abundant fertile valleys of the region were conducive to the establishment of cities. However, in the 17TH century a massive migration from Araucanian Indians of Chile greatly changed the face of the place, becoming a true melting pot, where are inextricably intermingled blood of European descent, with the indigenous inhabitants. The Diamante river crosses the area of San Rafael. This watercourse has been tapped to carry out important works of electrical engineering, such as the complex hydroelectric Los Reyunos El Tigre, distant 1 km from the city. Here an artificial lake, thanks to the installed dam has formed in the complex, with a wall of nothing less than 110 meters in height. In this artificial lake, it is possible to enjoy a complete tourist infrastructure, with paradores, accommodation, and necessary for the practice of sport fishing and other water activities.