Barreal’s divine location makes it one of the most beautifully situated towns you’ll likely ever come across. Sauces (weeping willows), álamos and eucalyptus trees drape lazily over the dirt roads that meander through town, and views of the Cordillera de Ansilta – a stretch of the Andes with seven majestic peaks ranging from 5130m to 5885m – are simply astonishing. Wandering along Barreal’s back roads and down to the Río de los Patos is an exercise in dreamy laziness. To the south, Aconcagua and Tupungato are both visible, as is the peak of Cerro Mercedario (6770m).

Presidente Roca is the main drag through town, a continuation of RP 149 that leads from Calingasta to Barreal and on to Parque Nacional El Leoncito. Only a few streets have names; locals will be able to give you directions.