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Mountain Climbing in Copiapo

Copiapo is a quiet miner town in the north of Chile, lying on the southern edge of the Atacama Desert. There are many interesting natural attractions in the surroundings, from the turquoise waters of Bahia Inglesa to the Nevado Tres Cruces National Park. Copiapo is also the starting point for mountain ascents to Ojos del Salado (6,891 m), the highest volcano in the world and the second highest summit in South America, after Aconcagua. Expeditions to Ojos del Salado usually take around two weeks. The ascent is not technically demanding, though you need to have a strong physical conditions to face altitude an weather conditions. The best time for climbing this amazing volcano is between December and March. Explore-Share only promotes trips led by certified mountain guides.

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What people are saying about these trips

Claudia Schneider


March, 2023

16-day High altitude mountaineering expedition in the Chilean Andes, from Santiago

Jose Miguel delegated the guiding to Eduardo who is an internationally qualified mountain guide. Between the two they delivered an individualised trip for me. Starting with a climb of El Plomo from a ski field close to Santiago is a great way to acclimatise. Finding the road to Laguna Santa Rosa closed due to land slides was no big deal.We stayed a night in Caldera and took a different route the next day. Eduardo changed the itinerary slightly to better accommodate my abilities. I felt very safe with him. The Atacama area is an amazing place to visit. Highly recommended! One tip: come well prepared for the cold.

Karl Trellinger


January, 2022

Expedition to Ojos del Salado Volcano

It has been difficult for me as the one group member who did not speak Spanish fluently to be and feel included, as most group conversations happened - understandably - in Spanish. Very fortunately, two fellow climbers spoke English very well, which was very important to exchange information and have good conversations in general. I recommend to non-Spanish speaking climbers to either join a trip like that with a friend or learn to speak Spanish very well. I can get through while traveling in South America with my rudimentary Spanish, but it is insufficient for me to follow or participate in Spanish spoken conversations.

Tomcik Christopher


February, 2021

Ojos del Salado, 9-day Ascent in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Hey, So I had a great time on this journey in the Atacama desert and up the the Ojos del Salado. Looking forward for other adventures of this kind :)

Biff Palmer


January, 2020

Expedition to Ojos del Salado Volcano

We loved Gaston - he was very nice - BUT - one of the team members was not prepared - at all - for this type of climb which significantly hampered the performance of the other team members. I would STRONGLY encourage a stronger process of weeding out those who have no business signing up for such a climb - I will admit, my entire experience was 'ruined' because of the weak climber - we had to take long, long, long breaks in order for her to catch up making the rest of us extremely cold - it was so unfortunate - additionally, I would suggest a higher hiker to guide ratio - since we were required to carry our own gear to the high camp - and one of the members was not strong enough to pull their own weight - this added additional burden to the other climbers! I am so frustrated that due to the lack of training, responsibility, and knowledge of one climber it ruined the entire experience for the rest of us!

Jerry Bierbower


February, 2019

14-Day Ojos del Salado (6898m) ascent with acclimatization

You People there at Explore have really put a great trip together. I don,t know how you could improve on this. Thanks forgiving me the chance to experience Chile!

Nels Pederson


January, 2019

Expedition to Ojos del Salado Volcano

We had an incredible time on our trip! Gaston was amazing, and we were very fortunate to have him as our guide. He has spent a lifetime hiking in Chile, and it reflected in his planning and preparation for the trip. With his help we were able to push to the top, and make awesome memories along the way!



May, 2018

10-day Atacama trek and climb to Licancabur

I was really disappointed with Casa de Guias. It was not a terrible experience because Casa de Guias had found a wonderful guide and assistant although they did not know them (allmountain guide). As to Explore -Share I don´t intent to buy anything. I will write a full description of what happened by e-mail.



February, 2017

Expedition to Ojos del Salado Volcano

I recommend Gaston as an example of a first rate mountain guide. Very attentive to his clients and an excellent chef. I have never been so well looked after on an expedition. Thank you all very much.

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