This Argentinean city was the scene some of the most important events in the country’s history,...
Trek Through History
Visit Mendoza this summer and relive the epic journey of José de San Martín and Bernardo O’Higgins. It’s never to late to start training!
When the snow begins to melt and fill the rivers, it’s time to saddle up the horses that carry groups of adventurers along the path forged by the founding fathers of Chile and Argentina. Between December and March, the Andean Crossing used by the independence fighters beckons to adventurous souls who wish to combine sports, history and contact with nature. Options include the trail from Mendoza to the Valle de los Patos crossing in San Juan (ten days) and the Portillo-Piuquenes route (five to seven days). Both of these exciting treks offer incredible views, abrupt ascents and descents, relaxing valleys, cooling rivers and a lot of adrenaline. These routes haven’t changed much in 200 years, though nowadays you can make the journey with comforts that were unthinkable in the days of O’Higgins and San Martín. All of the local tour operators provide equipment, meals, mounts and satellite phones. Some also offer transportation from the city of Mendoza to the trailhead and back from Chile, as well as lodging on both sides of the Andes. Local agencies also organize group expeditions for adventure sports lovers who prefer to tackle the routes on foot. No matter which option you choose for this unforgettable experience, you’ll walk away feeling like you touched the sky.
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