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Andes Day Trip Uspallata, Aconcagua and Puente del Inca

1. Andes Day Trip Uspallata, Aconcagua and Puente del Inca

The tour offers a variety of colors and reliefs. Early in the morning along the river Mendoza you will get a view of the majestic mountain range Cordon del Plata and the Potrerillos dam, providing  hydraulic power generation and water distribution for irrigation. The next visit will be to the Uspallata pre-Hispanic settlement of aborigin Huarpes, and the southern last point of the Inca Empire as far as the Inca Trail from Peru. Attractions: The Vaults of Uspallata, historic “adobe” (mud) buildings, which the chaplain Fray Luis Beltran used for casting cannons and guns. After visiting the villages of Picheuta, polvareda, Punta de Vacas and Los Penitentes ski resort, you will have free time to use the chair allowing you to enjoy beautiful panoramic views. Later you will go along the route of the Puente del Inca with architectural works of strands and natural hot springs. Continue in this direction and 2,750 meters above sea level to the viewpoint of Cerro Aconcagua, the colossus of Americas of 6959 meters surrounded by the Laguna Horcones and the Aconcagua Provincial Park. Following the international route to reach the ultimate destination, the European style village Las Cuevas is located 3,200 meters above sea level. Between Las Cuevas and the international tunnel, it's the path that allows you up to “Cristo Redentor” monument, located 4,200 meters above sea level, which symbolizes the union between Argentines and Chileans. Please take into account that the tour will be given in English at the featured places which are: Potrerillos, Uspallata, Puente del Inca, Aconcagua and in summer at Cristo Redentor.

Mendoza: Trekking and Rappelling in the Andes

2. Mendoza: Trekking and Rappelling in the Andes

Start with a trek to the viewpoint. During your trek, listen to fascinating anecdotes and history from your passionate guide, including the history of the area, the flora and fauna of the region, some information on the mountain, and typical regional customs.  Once at the viewpoint, receive a safety briefing and equipment from your guide in preparation for your rappelling activity. Once ready, descend down a 30-meter cliff face. Your day of activity ends by crossing the mighty Mendoza River on a zip line cable, 10 meters above the river. Around lunchtime and after the activities, enjoy some free time at the local partner's operations base, where you can take advantage of the restaurant or relax and have a drink by the pool. Swimming is only available from December to February.

Trekking & Barbecue In The Andes From Mendoza City

3. Trekking & Barbecue In The Andes From Mendoza City

Start with a two-hour drive to the beginning of the trek in the Andes front range called "Cordon del Plata". On the way, you will be able to see the Cacheuta Village and Potrerillos dam. Part of the Front Range, the "Cordon del Plata", has a maximum altitude of 5968m, a length of 80 kilometers and it is home to an incredible variety of landscapes. The trek is along one of its ravines called "La Angostura", with an approximate duration of 3 and a half hours during which you will be able to enjoy the views of Potrerillos dam, the pre-mountain range area and of some of the highest peaks in the Range. If you are lucky, you will be able to spot some "condors" and "guanacos" since it is their natural habitat. When finishing the hike, you will be welcomed by a typical Argentinean "asado" and wine from the region.

Mendoza: 5-Hour Mountain Trekking With Lunch

4. Mendoza: 5-Hour Mountain Trekking With Lunch

Arrive in the pretty district of Potrerillos and settle in before the activity begins. Then, start trekking with your guide to the summit of Cerro Calavera, 2212 meters above sea level. Famous for its accessibility for hikers and bikers, Mount Calavera boasts beautiful vegetation, awesome lake views, and plenty of animal sightings. During the hike, listen to fascinating anecdotes and history from your passionate guide, including the history of the area, the flora and fauna of the region, some information on the mountain, and typical regional customs. After an approximately 3-hour ascent, reach the top of the stunning Calavera Mountain. Take some time to rest and enjoy water and fruits to recharge. From the top, marvel at spectacular vistas over the region, the Cordón del Plata mountain range, and Lake Calavera. Finally, begin the descent, lasting up to 2 hours. Once you arrive back at the local partner's office, take your time relaxing and enjoying a typical, poolside lunch before returning to Mendoza.

Andes Hiking experience in small groups. From Mendoza

5. Andes Hiking experience in small groups. From Mendoza

What does the trip consist of? You will live a day as a mountaineer. We will start early to make the most of the day, and we will travel for 2 hours, enjoying the landscape that takes us to the foothills of Cordón del Plata. Once there, around 10:45 a.m., we will start our high altitude hike, depending on the trail we have chosen. The diversity of the place offers many possibilities! And since we work with small groups and provide a personalized service, we define the itinerary together with each group. Some of the options we suggest for the tour are: - High altitude camps: this tour is ideal for those who want to take it easy or go with the family, as we will walk through ravines without steep slopes, to get to know those key places where climbers camp in their great expeditions. The panoramic views are not to be missed. - La cadenita: If you are looking for something more demanding, this is a great option. It is a trail through three chained hills, at a continuous pace that requires training and implies a greater challenge. And as in all our trips, a good meal is a must. Whether as a reward for the effort, or motivation to continue, the moment in which we enjoy tasty meals completes the experience. Once the hike is finished, which will last approximately 4 to 5 hours, we will return to Mendoza City with the tiredness and satisfaction of having hiked a day among the great mountains of the Andes. ¿Who do we recommend the Andes Hiking Tour for? The Andes Hiking Tour in Mendoza is recommended for those who are looking an approach to the Andes to experience high altitude hiking, without going too far away from Mendoza city, and without the need of camping. It is ideal for all kinds of objectives: whether you are looking for a day hike with the family or a more intense plan of physical demand; this place offers a suitable tour for you. About the place Located about 80 km. from Mendoza City, we find the Cordón del Plata Provincial Park. With more than 175,000 protected hectares, and an enormous diversity of native flora and fauna, glaciers and water resources and fauna, archaeological and paleontological sites; it forms a unique natural landscape. It is a mountain range of the Andes Front Range, which stands out in the Central Andes, and is home to great peaks from 3,000 to almost 6,000 meters. There we find iconic places such as Vallecitos, Cerro Lomas Blancas, or the source of important watercourses such as the Mulas, El Salto, Vallecitos and Rio Blanco streams. The star of the show is its highest peak: Cerro El Plata, at 5,968 meters above sea level.

Mt. Aconcagua Confluencia Camp Trekking

6. Mt. Aconcagua Confluencia Camp Trekking

Mount Aconcagua, the tallest mountain on the American continent, attracts thousands of people each year who try to conquer its summit. The Cordillera de los Andes is the longest mountain range in the world with a length of 7. 240 km and the highest peak of 6, 962 meters. This is a one-day activity and almost a 20km round trip hike. You will trek until Confluencia, the first Aconcagua base camp, where you will be able to enjoy an Argentinean 'picada' consisting of salami, cheese, and homemade bread. If the weather is nice, you will be able to see the Aconcagua and its majestic southern wall. The pickup time will be 8:00 am, and then you will travel 190 kilometers in approximately 3 hours - depending on the traffic - until the beginning of the trek in Horcones.

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What people are saying about Mendoza

This was a fantastic day trip. Vanina and Joaquín run their own company and are trained mountain guides. Safety comes first with them, even for inexperienced people, this tour is highly recommended. Vanina planned ahead, managed to adapt the tour to our needs perfectly, in adition to being an extremely knowledgeable guide and a fun person. You cannot go wrong with them, worth every cent.

What an amazing trip with the best guide ever Joaquin. He was very informative, and friendly. The amount of time we spent together we already all felt like family. We were a small group of 4 people total including him, which was perfect. I highly recommend this activity.

I have had an amazing, profesional and a real mountain girl as a guide. The trek was all I expected and incredible Andes surroundings was like a blessing Vanina took care of me, made a tasty lunch break in Confluencia. She is the best

The 5-hour trek was canceled because level 4, so climbing without tools but with hands and feet. For that you have to be a trained climber! The staff is super and we have done other things. Abseiling and short walk were very cool!

We had an amazing time with Destino Montana! They were well prepared, funny, informative, and very flexible with our last-minute booking. I couldn't recommend them more!