While in Mendoza we took a one-day break from wine-tasting for a private guided day-long drive into and around the nearby Andes Mountains. Behind the rolling grass in the foreground you can see the Andes' tallest peak - in fact the tallest peak in the Americas - snow-covered (even in summer) Mt. Aconcagua, looming in the distance.
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Aconcagua - Not an easy walk in the Park
Aconcagua is one of the seven summits and unfortunately not treated as such by many who visit its Icy slopes. The mountain itself (6962m) has claimed its fair share of lives over the years and far to many take it far too lightly. as you don't need technical experience to attempt it unless you are planning the Polish Glacier route, or the South Face. If you enjoy challenging yourself and don't mind feeling like you have gone 12 rounds with Joe Frazier every day then by all means attempt it. But be prepared to fail. It is high and the air pressure is Low, it is cold and windy so use a Reputable Guiding company ( of which there are many). First you will need a permit to enter the Parque - these may be obtained in Mendoza prices vary depending on the season $600- $900usd but is payable in Ar Pesos. There are alternatives of course and there are 3 day walks which take in the best of the easy bits and if you want to experience a couple of nights under the stars at 2500m above sea level then then maybe this is a good place to start. It it a great part of the world, but show it respect.