Aconcagua Provincial Park takes its name from quechua word of “Ackon-Cauak”,
which roughtly is translated as ‘Stone Sentinel’. Splendid Andes Mountain Range draws all
types of thrill seekers ranging in difficulty including hiking, climbing,
skiing and etc. Besides it draws history lovers. This range plays an
important place in the history of Latin America. In 1818 General Don Jose de
San Martin crossed these mountains during war with the Spanish Empire
eventually securing independence for Chile by his daring raid. The summit of
the mountain Aconcague, the tallest mount in the Andes range, was considered unattainable for many years until January 14,
1897, then Matías Zurbriggen, a member of the Fitzgerald expedition finally
reached it. Since then many climbers made the same ascent to the top of
Aconcagua Provincial Park.
Needless to say it is a dangerous endeavor that requires stamina and
experience. Some of the more visited attractions that draw tourists all year
long besides Mount Aconcagua are Horcones Lagoona and Plaza de Mulas or Plaza Francia.
Any one that travels to the region
of Aconcagua Provincial Park should take into account that it is a dangerous and isolated region of
the country. The closest you will get to civilization is town of Puente
del Inca located about 4 km or 3.5 miles from the park. Furthermore high
altitude sickness is fairly common. It is a general condition that is
marked by nausea, headaches, light headiness and etc. Try to take
medications for headaches and migraines. Additionally drink plenty of
water. If you are not accustomed to the mountains your trip to this
majestic natural marvel can easily turn into a nightmare. Prepare
yourself accordingly. You won't regret coming here.
If you travel with kids under 12
you have to take into consideration that they will not be allowed beyond
Quebrada de Durazn. If you
have minors (14-21) they will need signed agreement by both parents that
they are fit to for the conditions of the Andes mountains.