In August 2007, I saw Denali (aka Mount McKinley), the highest mountain in North America. In March of this year, I topped that (pun intended!) when I laid eyes on Aconcagua.
Standing a mighty 22,837 feet (6961 metres) tall, Aconcagua isn’t only the loftiest peak in Argentina, it’s the tallest summit in South America, not to mention the #1 high point in all the Americas. It can also claim to be the highest point in the Southern Hemisphere, and indeed anywhere outside Asia.
Although the summit of Aconcagua is in Argentina, it stands less than 10 miles from the border with Chile, approximately 65 miles northeast of the Chilean capital of Santiago. Which meant we had a fantastic view of the peak when we flew into Santiago for the first time at the end of March.
A couple of days later, we got even closer when we travelled up into the Aconcagua Valley, to within less than a mile of the Argentinean border. Sadly, the mountains in between blocked our view of Aconcagua itself on that occasion, but that’s a story for another day.
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