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Apr 19, 2018 - Across The Amazing Andes

With a recently completed new tunnel, the route up over the Andes from Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago, Chile is a smooth seven-hour bus ride with great views. I say it ranks right up there with the Cabot Trail and The Columbia Icefields highway, tops in the North America, If not the world. The constantly changing views of the colorful mountains meant no napping on the bus. Folks in Mendoza enjoy cross-boarding shopping because they are closer to Santiago than to the metropolises of Argentina. That said, the descent from the highest point...

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Nov 9, 2005 - Puente del Inca

short bus ride back towards the Andes. we spent the night in a small border town called Puente del Inca. we booked a room at a small refugio about 5km from Aconcagua National Park. cooking in the hostel was the first experience we had with cooking in a foreign country. we went to the market, bought some canned tomatoes, oregano, garlic, pasta and asparagus. it took a very long time to prepare the meal but once it was done it was really good. the next morning we woke and hiked into the park. we met a Chilean park guide who had visited...

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Sep 3, 2005 - La Parva

In the mountains.... will write and upload soon.... promise... and apologies for taking so long... having too much fun. -P Haha... I have to leave that disclaimor! Ok....from Viña to Santiago, Jason was piloting his Toyota 4-door Hilux (I really want one of these!) while Howie had shotgun with myself, Manuel and his sis in the backseat. Jason bought dulce de leche cakes at the toll stop and we were in ecstacy. After dropping off the siblings in Santiago and delivering a T-shirt shipment (Jason and Manuels' business), we were off to the...

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Lima to Rio

Mar 30, 2005 - Argentina - Mt Aconcagua

We escape the city on our second day, to sneak back into Argentina (missing her already!) and to catch a glimpse of Mount Aconcagua - the highest mountain outside the Himalayas. As it generally takes 2-3 weeks of acclimatizing to hike this 6,962 mountain, we reluctantly head back to Santiago. We also stop off to see Portillo, a famous ski resort and home to the world´s fastest ski speed record. Looking at the gradient of the runs...its hardly surprising!

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Mar 5, 2005 - Aconcagua

This is the wildest camping place ever, with rabid dogs in bunches of twenty at a time and winds to rival a hurricane. But, there were some great sights, so perhaps worth it. We hired mules, wernt to thermal baths, saw the biggest mountain any of us have ever seen- by a long way. so it was all good.

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Jan 3, 2005 - Aconcagua climb- the highest peak in South America, Argentina

This one was the largest item on our year long itinerary, in more sense than one. It is 7 km (over 22 000 feet) high, as a matter of fact (as I have probably pointed out a million times before) it is the highest peak outside of Asia. It is the largest block of time devoted to a single item. It sucked up 1/6-1/8 of our annual budget in 2 weeks..... According to the size of it, a few days later we are still a bit in the apropriate mental state, which I think must be closest to post partum depression, which we are curing with the balmy...

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Aug 16, 2004 - Portillo, Chile's most famous ski resort

Most famous due to it's dry powder, the site of several downhill speed records and the mass of Americans pronouncing to the world at 3 am how "hammered" they are or alternatively "lost" by their friends and trying to find "the party" at 4 am. This was only on the first night though when we tried to get some sleep but every other night we joined in. We met up with Karen and Kathryn from the Navimag together with Debs travelling with them who first told us about the good deal that could be had at Portillo by staying in the bunkhouse. US$470...

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Apr 2, 2003 - Killer Anconcagua

Copyright 2004 David Rich 1600 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com K i l l e r A c o n c a g u a I first saw a killer view of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas, which is to say South, Central, and North America, from the puny mountain top of Mount Campana, halfway between Chile's two most scintillating cities, Santiago and Valparaiso. Charles Darwin described his experience in climbing the minor hill of Campana on August 16-17, 1835: The mayor-domo of the Hacienda was good enough to give me a guide and fresh horses; and in the morning...

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