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The travelling botanist, Strobell, entered Argentina on an expedition and stayed in a region he named the 'Valley of the Yellow Firewoods' in 1860. More than 100 years later, as a result of numerous studies, the Valley of the Yellow Firewoods was choosen as a place best suited to be a ski center in 1979. In January of 1983 construction of the ski center had begun. By July of that year, the center opened with a hotel with 300 beds. Today, Las Lenas boasts one of the longest slopes in the world (a combination of three intermediate trails) and is one of the largest destination resorts in Argentina.
You can reach Las Lenas by flying to Buenos Aires - Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) then take a domestic flight to Malargue Airport (LGS), which is 70 kilometres/43 miles from Las Lenas or San Rafael (AFA), 200 kilometres/124 miles from Las Lenas.
There are regular flights between Buenos Aires - Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP) and Malargue with Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN Argentina; the journey takes 1.5 hours.
From North America to Buenos Aires: Aerolíneas Argentinas from Miami; American Airlines from Dallas, Fort Worth, Miami, and New York-JFK; Delta from Atlanta; LAN from Argentina; Continental Airlines from Houston; United Airlines from Washington-Dulles; and Air Canada from Toronto.
From South/Central America to Buenos Aires: Regular flights link cities in Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, Panama, and Cuba. Airlines include Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Canada, Aeromexico, Lade, LAN, Pluna, GOL, and TAM. During high season there are direct flights from Sao Paulo to Malargue.
From Europe to Buenos Aires: Aerolíneas Argentinas from Rome and Madrid; Air Europa and Iberia from Madrid; Air France from Paris, Alitalia from Rome, BA from London; and Lufthansa from Frankfurt.
Las Lenas is situated on the central point of the Cordillera de Los Andes, in the Mendozas province. It is the closet resort to Buenos Aires so weekend trips from the city are possible.
From Buenos Aires: take Road 7 till Junín; from there, take Road 188 till General Alvear and then Road 143 till San Rafael; finally, take Road 144 till reaching el Sosneado, get to Las Lenas Valley through Road 222 (20km/12m after passing Los Molles). It is an 11-hour drive from Buenos Aires to Las Lenas.
By bus: You can take a bus (sleeping car preferably) from surrounding cities, including Buenos Aires, Rosario, Mendoza, San Rafael, and Malargue.
From Buenos Aires, the cheapest and most efficient way to Las Lenas is to take a bus from the city's mega bus and train station, Retiro Terminal. Located downtown, several major lines run this route and they are all overnight buses departing around 10 or 11 p.m. You'll arrive in Las Lenas at midday the following day. One of the best bus companies is Andesmar.
If catching a domestic flight between Buenos Aires and Malargue, it is then a 1.5-hour bus journey from Malargue to the Las Lenas Valley.
You won't need a car to get around Las Lenas village; everything is within easy walking distance.
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