Aconcagua, Roof of the Americas

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.

Aconcagua rises above the Andes

Aconcagua rises above the Andes

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.

An unseasonally early snowfall  had the mountain looking its best

An unseasonally early snowfall had the mountain looking its best

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.

Descending towards Santiago

Descending towards Santiago

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.

A wisp of snow blowing from the summit

A wisp of snow blowing from the summit

This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, which this week is One Item or the Number One.

Aconcagua and the Andes in the distance, with the Coastal Range in the foreground

Aconcagua and the Andes in the distance, with the Coastal Range in the foreground

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4 Responses to Aconcagua, Roof of the Americas

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Great post for this week’s 1. Thanks for playing along. 😀

  2. Ruchi says:

    Wow! this must have been a terrific experience!

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