In the Aconcagua Provincial Park we can find the highest mountains in America and in the Western Hemisphere. At That Place, trekking activities sum more and more fans every day, especially those who visit Mendoza and stay at the 5 Stars Hotel. If you are one of those nature lovers, then do not hesitate to choose this region of the Andean Mountain Range for outdoors hiking.
From November 15th, the date on which the entrance to the park is enabled, and until March 31 next year, lots of activities are carried out in the Aconcagua Provincial Park. Not only for sports activities to seek the summit ends of the Stone Sentinel (Mount Aconcagua), but also to assist tourists and fans from around the world to visit this place.
One detail to take into acount is that the services are mostly offered by the same companies that assure the infrastructure necessary for the access to the top of the hill, and they include trips from the city, meals, tents, and some of the equipment essential for adventure tourism. The permit to enter the provincial park must be managed personally at the city of Mendoza and is non-transferable.
In the park we will find a great variety of proposals, which are different in the number of days of sightseeing. The hottest is hiking up to the glaciers of Plaza Francia (France Square), which is a three-day trip. The walks take approximately 4 to 6 hours.
This excursion begins with the arrival at Horcones, where we will start walking down the gorge of the river to Confluencia (Confluence).The second level of the trip is after breakfast, as we depart from to Plaza Francia, and the third day we go back down from Confluencia to Horcones, and from there to the city of Mendoza.
People who practice trekking, unlike the professionals, require to know precisely which items to carry, especially because we regret everything that we take and we do not use. That is why the recommended equipment should involve an igloo tent, a sleeping bag, an insulating mat and a comfortable backpack with a minimum volume of 70 liters. A gas heater is also necessary, with 1 or 2 additional charges. Besides, we may need a torch, sunglasses, sunscreen, a waterproof jacket, hiking boots, a hat and gloves to protect ourselves from the sun, the cold and the rain. As you can see, the forest is not exactly a Mendozas 5 Stars Hotel.