Tucked away in the North West of Argentina, Catamarca is a province rich with mountainous terrain. From the expansive desert plains to the high snow-covered peaks, the landscape is also both dramatic and varied. It’s home to the highest volcano in the world, Ojos del Salado and many more mountains which can be climbed in one day or across multiple days.
There are a number of mountains and volcanoes to climb in Catamarca. From the extremely high Ojos del Salado volcano which sits on the border of Argentina and Chile, to the Cerro Incahuasi which sits at 6640 meters. To climb either of these mountains you’ll need first acclimatize. At 6799 meters, Monte Pissis is another great mountain to climb and it’s actually the third highest peak in South America. To acclimatize before attempting these summits, it’s also a good idea to climb smaller peaks like Siete Hermanos (4780m) and Mulas Muertas (5200m).
The temperatures in this area varies from 6 °C a 33 °C annually. The summers tend to be long and hot and winters mild.
Fly to Catamarca from Buenos Aires then transfer by car. Another option is to fly to Calama in Chile from Santiago.
October through March for mountain climbing.
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