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The Cloud Train

I imagine Richard Maury, the American engineer who built the Cloud Train,  must have taken a very deep breath when he first looked up at the route that snakes into the mountains. The finished result climbs to 4,220 mts (13,841 ft) and traverses: 29 bridges, 13 viaducts,  21 tunnels, 2 spirals and 2 zigzags. It […]

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MAAM: Museum of high altitude archeology

The Incas were partial to sacrificing people on the top of very high or pyramid shaped mountains. Llullaillaco Volcano is the second highest mountain in the Americas so Dr. Johann Reinhard, who led the expedition to its summit, had a pretty good hunch that there was something up there. The expedition and subsequent discovery of […]

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The Mountain of Seven Colours

The mountain of seven colours is the the kaleidoscopic backdrop to the town of Purmamarca, Jujuy province. The town is built out of locally made adobe bricks giving it the curious appearance of fading into the base of the hills. In fact, during siesta time, it is so quiet it might as well be part […]

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Mount Aconcagua

At 6,9960.80 meters, Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas and one of the seven summits. It lies in the province of Mendoza and the mountain and it’s surroundings are made even more spectacular as there are no foothills, known as Precordillera. This makes the Andes seem like a vast wall and allows for very pretty […]

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La Vendimia

The Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia is one of Argentina’s most important and largest festivals. It originally marks the end of the grape harvest and it is a month long crescendo of colour and festivities. It starts with the Archbishop of Mendoza quietly sprinkling holy water on the year’s first grapes. It then slowly builds […]

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