Malargüe Department


location of Malargüe Department in Mendoza Province
Official name Departamento Malargüe
Capital Malargüe
Argentina Argentina
Mendoza Coat of Arms of Mendoza Province
November 16, 1850
 - Total 23,020 (2001 census [INDEC])
 - Density 0.56 Inhabitants/km²
 - Population change + 5.87% (1991-2001)
Resident name malargüino/na
Telephone code 02627
Post Code M5613
 - Coordinates 36°10′S 69°20′W / 36.167°S 69.333°W / -36.167; -69.333 (Malargüe Department)Coordinates: 36°10′S 69°20′W / 36.167°S 69.333°W / -36.167; -69.333 (Malargüe Department)
Area 41,317 km²
 - to Buenos Aires  1,180km
Patron  Nuestra Señora del Rosario
Web Site
Las Animas Well

Malargüe is a department located in the south west of Mendoza Province in Argentina. Its borders are San Rafael in the north, La Pampa Province in the east, Neuquén Province in the south and Chile to the west.

The provincial subdivision has a population of about 23,000 inhabitants in an area of 41,317km², and its capital city is Malargüe, which is located around 1,180km from the federal capital Buenos Aires.



The south of the Malargüe Department is considered as the north tip of the Patagonia and is home to the many nature reserves such as La Payunia, Castillos de Pincheira, Caverna de las Brujas and Laguna de Llancanelo.


The department is divided in four districts:

  • Agua Escondida
  • Malargüe
  • Río Barrancas
  • Río Grande


Malargüe has many hydric resources. Among its most important rivers are the Grande River, the Colorado River, the Barrancas River and the Malargüe River, and the lagoons of Llancanelo, Negra and Niña Encantada.


Malargüe is home to the Pierre Auger Observatory, an observatory designed to detect ultra-high-energy cosmic rays.


Malargüe Department is home to the famous skiing resort of Las Leñas.

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