Department of San Rafael
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*Flora and Fauna
Area…….…..…......... 31.235 km2
The Department of San Rafael is
located in the south of the Province of Mendoza, 232 kilometres
from the Capital City. It is limited in the north by the
departments of San Carlos, Santa Rosa and La Paz, in the south
by the department of Malargüe and the Province of Pampas, in the
east by the department of General Alvear and the Province of San
Luis, and in the west by the Republic of Chile.
The department is conformed by seventeen districts: City (head
village), Cañada Seca, Cuadro Benegas, Cuadro Nacional, El
Cerrito, El Nihuil, El Sosneado, Goudge, Jaime Prats, La Llave,
Las Malvinas, Las Paredes, Monte
Punta del Agua, Caída, Real del Padre, Villa Atuel, and Villa 25
San Rafael is the second population centre of the Province of
Mendoza, which along with the departments of Malargüe and
General Alvear conform the South Zone of the Province, occupying
more than half of its territory.
The heterogeneous relief of San Rafael is made up of high
summits of the Andes Mountain range (Cerro Sosneado 5169 metres
above the sea level) and smaller mountain ranges in the west,
and plains and depressions towards the east.
San Rafael is crossed by the Diamante and Atuel rivers. These
come from the fusion of the snow at the Mountains and they have
characteristics of mountain rivers: great force and
aggressiveness in their currents, little depth, sporadic rapids,
beds covered with stones, and rocks dragged by their waters. In
the course of the Diamante River there are the dams Agua del
Toro, Los Reyunos, El Tigre and Compensator Galileo Vitale.
Moreover, in the course of the Atuel River there are the dams El
Nihuil and Valle Grande.
The main tourist circuits of San Rafael are divided in four:
City, the Outskirts, and the ones established in the respective
areas of the Atuel and Diamante rivers, determined by
engineering installations, for the generation of electrical