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Cuyo Region, Argentina

Cuyo is the most seismically active region in Argentina, subjected to earthquakes which are caused by the same geological activity that formed the Andes.

Cuyo is famous for being the wine region of Argentina; the success of wine growing in this region is largely attributed to its geology and climate.

Mendoza Province in Cuyo is home to Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas, at 6,962 metres high.

The most destructive earthquake to hit Cuyo was the 1861 Mendoza earthquake, a 7.2 magnitude quake which devastated the provincial capital city.

Mendoza Province alone generates almost two-thirds of the country’s entire wine output, with some 1,500km² of the province dedicated to vineyards.

Each year, Mendoza hosts the Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia, or the Grape Harvest Festival: a world renowned celebration of winemaking.

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