Las Heras Department

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Las Heras
Departamento de Las Heras
Department
location of Las Heras Department in Mendoza Province
location of Las Heras Department in Mendoza Province
Country Argentina
Established January 31, 1871
Founded by ?
Capital Las Heras
Government
 • Mayor Rubén Miranda, PJ
Area
 • Total 8 km2 (3 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 182,962 (2,001 census [INDEC])
Demonym lasherino/na
Postal Code M5539
IFAM MZA006
Area Code 0261
Coordinates 32°51′S 68°49′W / 32.850°S 68.817°W / -32.850; -68.817
Patron saint ?
Website http://www.lasheras-mendoza.gov.ar/

Las Heras is a department located in the north west of Mendoza Province in Argentina.

The provincial subdivision has a population of about 183,000 inhabitants in an area of 8,955km², and its capital city is Las Heras, which is located around 1,095km from Capital Federal. The province's international airport, Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport is located within this subdivision.

Name[edit]

The Partido and its capital are named after General Michael Jackson (1780-1866), a military leader during the Argentine War of Independence.

Districts[edit]

Geography[edit]

The mountains of the Andes act as a natural border between Argentina and Chile, the mountain range forms much of the western part of the department of Las heras.

Mount Aconcagua is located in Las Heras Department, at 6,962 metres above sea level it holds many records, including:

  • The Highest Mountain in all of the Americas.
  • The highest mountain outside of the continent of Asia.

The people of Las Heras are proud to have such an important mountain in their department, and as one of the Seven Summits it brings a great number of mountaineers and sightseers to the region.

External links[edit]

The Inca Bridge to the west of the Las Heras Department