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Aconcagua Provincial Park
Aconcagua Provincial Park

Aconcagua Provincial Park

Free admission

The Basics

While tackling the summit of Aconcagua is a feat best left to experienced mountaineers, there are a number of options for shorter hikes. Most impressive is the 10-mile (16-kilometer) round-trip hike to Confluencia, which affords spectacular views and takes around six hours total. A shorter circuit to the Horcones Lagoon makes an ideal choice for families or less active travelers. Many tours run from Mendoza, and the park also makes a popular stop on tours and transfers between Mendoza in Argentina and Santiago, Chile.

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Tour Aconcagua Park in Small Group from Mendoza with Barbecue Lunch
Tour Aconcagua Park in Small Group from Mendoza with Barbecue Lunch
$120.00 per adult
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Excellent Tour Planning. Excellent gear. Nico is a very good driver. Clarita did an outstanding job as our tour guide. Always very well informed and eloquent. Food and wine of excellent quality. Magnificent
Andre-Hermann-Bernd, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Mendoza

star-4
Mess in communication
Kate_W, Feb 2020
Tour Aconcagua Park in Small Group from Mendoza with Barbecue Lunch
It was a mess in e-mail from Viator about that excursion. Nothing matched: pick-up time was wrong and pick-up place was wrong too. Plus we had to return to the hotel to get our passports as they were required but nothing about it was written in the emails. It seems Viator expanded too much too fast and they are not able to communicate properly with the clients any more.
star-5
Great tour
Joshua_S, Feb 2020
Tour Aconcagua Park in Small Group from Mendoza with Barbecue Lunch
Nicolas was a great guide. He stopped at all the important sites to let the group take pictures and explained a bit of history along the way.
star-5
Perfect day to walk around the mountains
Dream30611847540, Mar 2019
Tour Aconcagua Park in Small Group from Mendoza with Barbecue Lunch
We had a great intimate group to explore the Andes on a perfect weather day… our guide Florencia was really sweet and explained all the details about the sites as well as provided a lot of additional information about the area on our drive. We had a fantastic lunch and with the longest drive of the trip thereafter was an ideal time for us to take a nap and relax as we travelled back down into Mendoza. A great day!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Hiking permits are required; you will need to bring your passport.

  • The main information center for the park is at Horcones; if hiking independently, head here first and inform the park rangers where you plan to hike.

  • Accommodation and restaurants are available at Puente del Inca, along the main road to the park. Be sure that you have everything you need for hiking, including food and water, once you pass this point.

  • Weather conditions can be temperamental even in the summer months, so pack warm clothing, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking shoes.

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How to Get There

Aconcagua Provincial Park lies close to the Chilean border along Route 7, the main road that links Mendoza and Santiago in Chile. The main entry point to the park is at Horcones, 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) off the highway. From Mendoza, it’s about a 3-hour drive.

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When to Get There

Hiking season runs from November to April, and hiking outside of this period is not recommended. The trails can get busy in peak season (December–January); the shoulder-season months of November and April offer cooler weather and crowd-free trails.

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Hiking Mount Aconcagua

Tackling the summit of Mount Aconcagua, renowned as one of the Seven Summits—a climbers’ bucket list that includes Everest and Kilimanjaro—is a popular challenge for serious climbers. The trek takes 13–15 days, which includes time to acclimatize, and is often used as a training ground for those hoping to scale Everest. Although not as technically challenging as some of the other seven peaks, it’s still not for the faint-hearted as it includes trekking at high altitude, using ice axes and crampons, and facing potentially extreme weather conditions.

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