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Climbing a Giant; Remembering Aconcagua

The tallest peak outside the Himalayas presented itself as an obvious challenge to a novice mountaineer like myself in 2009.  A technically easy summit, Aconcagua is spiced with the dangers of extreme weather and altitude. At the time the mountain was under some notoriety as the month before it had claimed five lives. As I made final […]

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The light house at the end of the word, Tierra del Fuego

The lighthouse at the end of the world

The lighthouse at the end of the world and the beautiful island on which it lies inspired one of Jules Verne’s lesser known – though just as thrilling – books.  A David and Goliath story between Vasquez, the tenacious light house keeper, and Kongre the sadistic pirate. The lighthouse is built on the Isla de […]

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Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park is bordered, in the south, by the Atlantic ocean and, in the north, by the southern tip of the Andes mountain range. It is has a variety of landscapes from windswept beaches, to thick Patagonian forests and snow topped mountains. The Park’s deep forest coated valleys are studded with glaciers, […]

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El Chaltén

Known as the hiking capital of Argentina, El Chaltén is a small town located at the foot of the towering Fitzroy and Torre mountains on the edge of the famous Glaciers National Park. It is said to be the youngest town in Argentina and it is not exactly the most hospitable place to live – […]

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San Martin de los Andes and Chapelco

San Martín de los Andes is a picturesque town situated on the shores of Lake Lacár. It is next door to two of Argentina’s most beautiful national parks, Lanin and Nahuel Huapi, and the riding and hiking in the area is some of the best in the country. Like much of the south the area was […]

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Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the cherries of Argentina’s vast, varied and beautiful scenery. It is an immense 30 km long river of ice, stretching down from Andes and cutting Lake Argentino in two at its end. It is 5 kms wide and above the surface of the lake it has an average height […]

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Nahuel Huapi National Park

Nahuel Huapi is Argentina’s oldest national park. It covers a large part of the Lake District and there are fifteen lakes, two major rivers and and maze of streams within its border. The park takes its name from the largest of the lakes and it means Jaguar Island. The island bit is likely a reference […]

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Mount Champaquí

Mount Champaquí is the highest mountain in the Sierras of Cordoba (2,790 meters). The name is in the language of the Henia-Kamiare, Cordoba’s indigenous people, and means ‘water in the head’. Believed to be a reference to the small lake that lies near its summit. This same water is renowned for its resident fairy who many of […]

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The Mocona Waterfall

The Mocona Waterfall is an oddity in the waterfall world. Where most waterfalls run perpendicular to a river Mocona runs parallel. This is due to a narrow underwater canyon running along the bottom of the Uruguay river. The falls may be a little cousin of Iguazu but at 2,000 meters wide they are a long […]

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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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