The Great Andes

Mendoza is well known for its vast range of surrounding mountains. A scenic drive about a hundred or so kilometres out of the city brings you to the Aconcagua Provincial Park and the mammoth, Aconcagua mountain.

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Located in the Andes mountain range, Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Western and Southern hemispheres. Covered with a  dusting of snow and draped with drifting clouds, it stands majestically amongst the nearby mountains.

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 We took a long drive from the heart of Mendoza to the Aconcagua Provincial Park; the perfect viewpoint on a wonderfully sunny day.

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As sunny as it was, the extreme winds were nothing but ice cold! So wrap up warm and try not to get blown away!

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 The Park has beautiful routes, lakes and wildlife along the way and various viewpoints for you to stop and admire nature at its best.

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 We arrived on Sunday, quite close to the end of opening hours which meant we had the entire park to ourselves.

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 Nothing but billowing winds, strong rays of sunshine, birds serenading us with their melodies and Aconcagua herself.

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Mendoza is all about nature and its offerings so I suggest making the most of it. After my first three weeks in Peru, Bolivia & Chile, I spent my time in Mendoza just eating, drinking and taking in its natural surroundings.

Popular activities include: hiking, horseback riding, paragliding, whitewater rafting and of course, having a glass or two of the notorious Malbec with a side of good Argentine steak!

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