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We invite you to celebrate with us the
20th Anniversary of the  Foundation of the Pierre Auger Observatory.
The official celebration will take place in Malargüe (Province Mendoza, Argentina), at the site of the Pierre Auger Observatory.

Please find here our practical information for your journey to the celebration.
And please let us know, that you are coming by registering here.


Agenda of the Auger Scientific Symposium
and Celebration

(updated to September 9th, 2019)

Thursday 14 November

09:00 – 09:45 – Welcoming and Registration to the Symposium
09:45 – 13:00 – Auger Symposium (Convention Center) [in parallel Science Fair]
13:00 – 15:00 – Lunch
15:00 – 18:00 – Auger Symposium (Convention Center) [in parallel Science Fair]
18:00 – 19:30 – Light reception
20:30 – 22:00 – General public talk in Spanish

Friday 15 November

09:00 – 13:00 – Auger Symposium (Convention Center) [in parallel Science Fair]
13:00 – 18:00 – Tour of the Auger Observatory (Lunch offered during the tour at Coihueco site)

Saturday 16 November

09:00 – 11:00 – FB meeting [closed session, FB members]
11:30 – 13:00 – Malargue Parade (downtown)
13:00 – 15:00 – Lunch
16:00 – 18:00 – Auger Celebration (Auger Center Building Campus)
20:00 – 23:00 – Reception

Sunday 17 November

09:00 – 13:00 – FB meeting [closed session, FB members]
09:00 – 13:00 – Auger Collaboration Meeting [Auger members]
13:00 – 15:00 – Lunch
15:00 – 19:00 – Auger Collaboration Meeting [Auger members]

Monday 18 – Friday 22 November

Auger Collaboration Meeting [Auger members]




The Celebration for 20 years of the Pierre Auger Obsevatory will take place in Malargüe, (Mendoza, Argentina) at the Observatory headquarters. The Scientific Symposium will be located at the Centro De Convenciones Thesaurus Auditorium.

The event will include a Science Fair taking place at the Pierre Auger Assembly Hall. On Friday the 15th afternoon you will have the opportunity to join a guided excursion in the "Pampa Amarilla" and visit our upgraded detectors at work. On Saturday the 16th you may want to participate in the annual Malargue Day festivities.

Having some free time? In November, the Southern Hemisphere is enjoying its spring season. The city of Malargüe is a popular destination for hiking, horseback riding, white-water rafting, and fly fishing, and is close to some of the finest wine-growing regions in Argentina. Find out things to do and places to visit in the scanned version of the official Malargüe Municipality tourist guide. For more informations please refer to the website of the Municipality of Malargüe. A dynamic map is available (Adobe Flashplayer required). Have a look at Turismo MalargüeMalargüe Tourist Office or Welcome Argentina.



We organized some pre-booked rooms at the Hotel Malargüe Inn & Suites and Hotel Rio Grande. For reservations please contact the Pierre Auger Observatory Secretariat: Ms. Rosa Pacheco ( You might reserve directly through hotels staff by mentioning the Pierre Auger 20 Years Celebration event.

Malargüe has plenty of accommodation possibilities. Please find below a short list of recommended solutions. For families a good option could be renting cabañas or apartments. See also or Welcome Argentina.

Recommended hotels:

Hotel Malargue Inn & Suites
Av. San Martin Norte, M5613 Malargüe, Argentina
+54 260 447-2300

Hotel Rio Grande
Avenida San Martin Norte 1500, Malargüe, Argentina
+54 260 447-1589

Recommended cabañas/apartments:

Cabañas Monte Coirón
Pje Pehuenche 235 - Malargüe
Ruta 40 Norte, Mendoza, Argentina
+ 54 9 260 440-8924

Luz de Plata
+54 260 447-2385

La Escondida
+54 260 440-4521

Cabañas Amalar
+54 9 260 440-5445

Brisas del Sur
Saturnino Torres Este
+54 260 447-0157

Los Alamos
Alfonso Capdeville Oeste
+54 260 455-3457

Al Sur Departments
Batallón Nueva Creación Este 127, M5613DXN Malargüe, Argentina
+54 260 447-2226

Apart hotel El Nevado
Adolfo Puebla 343, M5613DGG Malargüe, Argentina
+54 9 260 440-0712


Travel and Practical Information


photo: Municipalidad de Malargüe

Travel information

Transfers from airports will be organized, further details will follow shortly.

Visitors from neighboring countries only need their ID card to enter Argentina. Visitors from other countries must have a valid passport, with or without a visa (please check the official web pages of your government, local embassy or consulate). For more information on travel see on Travel Argentina (National Tourism Agency).

Getting there by plane + car/bus

  • The closest International airports with intercontinental connections are the Ezeiza (EZE) airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Arturo Merino Benítez (SCL) airport in Santiago, Chile. From Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) or Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) you can book a fligh connection to San Rafael airport (AFA) or to Mendoza airport (MDZ). In case you need a transfer Ezeiza - Aeroparque or Retiro Bus Terminal please check Manuel Tienda Leon website or directly look for their front office at the Ezeiza terminal and book a transfer by bus or remis (taxi). From Santiago del Chile you can book the connection to Mendoza airport (MDZ).
  • The journey to Malargüe lasts approx. 2.40 hs from San Rafael and 6 hs from Mendoza. Transfers from airports will be organized. Bus and car rental are also an option, please refer to omnilineas and standard car rental companies.

Currency and banks

The local currency is the Argentinian peso (AR$). US dollars and euros are generally accepted in tourist oriented business, as well as credit cards (especially VISA and Master Card). Cash (dollars and euros) can be changed at banks and exchange houses. ATM are also available close to the main road, and apply a daily limit on withdrawals.

Telephone code

Area codes are 0054 for Argentina and 2604 for Malargüe.

Power plugs

Power sockets are type C (Euro) and I (Australian/NewZealand). The standard is 220 V 50 Hz.


General Safety Rules

Pickpocketing and bag-snatching may be common on crowded buses, metro, street markets, bus and airport terminals: keep a close look on your belongings and avoid showing off technological devices. Malargüe is generally a safe village, care should be taken while walking alone at night. Avoid leaving unattended laptops, jewellery, or money in the cabañas.


No vaccinations are required for entry into Argentina. Tap water is often drinkable. Average temperatures in March range from 15° to 28°, with day-night thermal excursions: bring suitable clothing, a hat and sunscreen to avoid getting sunburned. Bites and stings from spiders and snakes are rare but can be painful and, in some case, convey infections and diseases. In this case immediately seek for medical treatment. Public hospitals are open 24 hours a day and available free of charge, even for tourists. Taking out a private travel insurance may be useful.

In case of emergency

Pierre Auger Observatory:
the Pierre Auger Observatory Headquarters are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing overnight security service. For any emergency please contact the night watchman telephone number: +54  260 447 1556 (foreign mobile) - 0260 447 1556 (Argentinian mobile).

General emergencies:
911 (or *31416 from mobile phone)

101 (or *31416 from mobile phone)

Fire Brigade:

Medical Emergencies:

Tourist Police:
0800-999-5000 / 0800-999-2838 (English spoken)