Welcome to Rodeo
42km west of San José de Jáchal, Rodeo is a small, ramshackle town with picturesque adobe houses typical of the region. It's on the map, and in fact, is world-famous, for windsurfing and kitesurfing on Dique Cuesta del Viento, a reservoir surrounded by spectacular scenery only 3km away. Between mid-October and early May, wind speeds reach 120km/h nearly every afternoon, drawing surfers from around the globe. Even if you don’t take to the wind, it’s worth spending a day or two wandering around Rodeo and hanging out on the beach, absorbing the views and watching the insanity of airborne windsurfers.
West of town on RN 510 is the department of Iglesia, home of the precordillera thermal baths of Pismanta. RN 510 continues west to Chile via the lung-busting 4765m Paso del Agua Negra (open summer only).