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6-day Andean trek from Mendoza to Santiago

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Live an unforgettable experience on this 6-day Andean trek from Argentina to Chile led by Eduardo, an EPGAMT certified mountain guide.

Private and Group


6 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec




Have you ever wanted to cross the Andes? This 6-day Andean trek is the perfect opportunity to finally do it!

This trip leads us from Mendoza in Argentina, to Santiago, the capital and biggest city in Chile. We’ll take one of the routes taken by the Argentine troops to cross the Andes during the Latin American wars of Independence.

During the trip, we’ll visit different natural spots from which we’ll be able to contemplate the astonishing Andean scenery from within. We will go through mountain passes and spend most of the nights in mountain huts and tents. Finally, we’ll relax in a hot spring before heading to Santiago.

Please, take a look below for a more detailed itinerary of the program.

Take into account that this trek is not easy. Crossing the Andes is a very challenging but rewarding experience. Therefore, participants should have prior trekking experience and a very good physical condition.

 Send your request and make your reservation for this Andean trek now. I guarantee you it will be a unique adventure.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Not included: accommodation in Mendoza and Santiago, flights, personal equipment, personal insurance.

There is the possibility to organize a private trip, but take into account that the price will be higher.


Day 1: Mendoza

We’ll meet in Mendoza for a brief talk and to check the equipment.

Day 2: Portinari - Scaravelli

At 8 am, we’ll transfer you from Mendoza to Portinari (2,500 meters) and have the migration controls. Then, we’ll drive to Scaravelli hut (3,200 meters) where we’ll spend the night.

Day 3: Real de la Cruz

The trekking on the third day is intense. We’ll have a 3-hour trek to Portillo Argentino (4,300 meters) and then descend through a beautiful valley until we reach Real de la Cruz (2,900 meters). The descent will take us 6 hours. We’ll spend the night in a hut.

Day 4: Mirador San Juan

We’ll take a 5-hour trek to the Mirador San Juan (4,000 meters). This will allow us to contemplate some of the beautiful surrounding peaks, such as Tupungato and Piuquenes. We’ll spend the night in tents.

Day 5: El Caletón

On this day, we’ll hike to El Caletón. This trek will take us around 5 hours. Night in tents.

Day 6: Termas del Plomo - Santiago

On our last day, we’ll cross to Chile through the Portillo Pass and go to the Termas del Plomo, where we’ll relax at the hot springs. Then, we’ll drive to Santiago, enjoy dinner and say goodbye.




Mountain huts and tents.

More info

Do not forget to bring: - hat - sunscreen - sunglasses and lip balm - headtorch - appropriate clothing - trekking boots - sleeping bag - medicine kit - water bottle - trekking poles

Meeting point


About the guide

I'm originally from São Paulo and lived in Brazil until 2010 when I decided to drop everything and live off the mountain.

I used to work in advertising, until I studied and graduated in 2013 from the EPGAMT school in Mendoza. Today I'm one of the few professional mountain guides from Brazil.

I've been a climber for 12 years and have great experience in climbing rock, ice and high mountain. I'm specialized in the Central Andes and climbed dozens of mountains in the region.

I've done crossings in the Central Andes from Argentina to Chile, and ice climbing as well, participating for 5 years in Vallecitos Ice Climbing Festival. In addition I climbed great mountains like: Aconcagua (6962m), Ojos del Salado (6898m), Tres Cruces Sur (6738m), Tres Cruces Central (6640m), Mercedario (6770m), Tupungato Volcano (6556m), Aconcagua and Cerro Plata (5943m), Vicuñas (6087m), among others.

I've been working in Aconcagua for the last 4 years in a row and started as a porter in 2012. I worked my way up and now lead several expeditions at Central and dry Andes.


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What people are saying about Eduardo Tonetti

Jerry Bierbower


February, 2019

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!

Simon Hebdon


January, 2019

We absolutely loved the Licancabur ascent, it was a real adventure despite the fact we didnt make it to the top.  The overnight stay in the very rustic Bolivian refuge was  a real experience that we will remember forever (very basic but comfortable). Its a credit to our guide Brian that we made it as far as we did but a combination of tiredness, altitude and overconfirdence meant we didnt make it to the top. This didnt however detract from this being an incredible experience for my wife and i. Watching the sunrise at 5300m was breathtaking, another memory that will last a long time. Would absolutely recommend this as long as you are fit, & used to very long hikes (12+ hours). The local team prepped us well as they could including some additional clothing and thicker gloves for the very cold start to the day (it warms considerably after sunrise). Brian provided expert guidance on the volcano along with snacks, great stories and helpful input when making the tough decision to call it a day at around 5400m. Highy recommended !

Anne-Laure Tinardon


October, 2018

These 2-days in Cerro Penitentes were amazing in the environnement of Aconcagua and the Andes in general. Eduardo has been very professional, very reactive to my questions before and during the trek, very aware or my wellness. We had a very good time and I should recommend it for sure.



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