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3-day Trek to Plaza Francia, Aconcagua South Wall


Join Joaquín, a certified mountain guide, on a stunning hiking adventure in the Andes. Explore the famous route to Plaza Francia and enjoy breathtaking views of the Aconcagua South Wall!



3 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec




  • Spend an unforgettable alpine trek in the Andes.
  • Explore one of the most famous routes of Aconcagua.
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Aconcagua South Wall.


Aconcagua (6,960m) is the highest mountain in South America and one of the most famous adventure destinations in the world. On this amazing 3-day hiking trip we will get to Plaza Francia, at the base of the huge South Face, come join me!

Located in Mendoza, Argentina, near the border with Chile, Aconcagua is part of the Andes mountain range. Plaza Francia (4200 m) is the best viewpoint of the Aconcagua South Face, an impressive 3,000m vertical wall! A friendly hike will take us to Plaza Francia, and we will cross stunning waterfalls and glaciers as we move forward.

This 3-day trek is the best way to appreciate Aconcagua and its surroundings, and doesn’t require too much mountaineering experience. However, you do need a good fitness level: we will walk 40 km in 3 days (from 2,500m to 4,200m)!

In addition, we will spend two nights at the Confluencia base camp. Not only will we enjoy the fabulous landscapes that surround us, but we will also share experiences with mountaineers from all over the world!

So, if you want to live an unforgettable hiking experience in the Andes, please contact me! Let me take you to Plaza Francia, at the base of the amazing Aconcagua South Face!

For more fun adventures in the area, you can also check out this Vallecitos 1-day trek in Mendoza!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Bus tickets and entrance fees are NOT included in the price.


Day 1: Confluencia

Transfer from Mendoza to Aconcagua Park. Hike to Confluencia.

Day 2: Plaza Francia

Hike from Confluencia to Plaza Francia.

Day 3: End of the trip

Back to Mendoza.



Meeting point

Mendoza, Argentina

About the guide

I was born in Córdoba, Argentina, where I was able to venture into mountaineering more than ten years ago. I took my first steps in the Sierras de Córdoba, and from there, I set out to explore higher mountains.
Five years ago, I achieved my dreams when I came to Mendoza to become a professional mountain guide and earn a living doing what I love. Two years from now, we created our own adventure tourism company in Mendoza.
For the last 3 years, I have been working in a foundation, as an instructor in first aid and rescue in wild areas, training government agencies, guides, etc. I have made Advanced emergency medical technician in Buenos Aires, with real ambulance hours.

Join me in one of my programs and discover the Andes with me.



What people are saying about Joaquin Salinas

Christine Love


April, 2023

Our guide was Joaquin’s partner Vanina. She was excellent. The hike was incredibly picturesque and Vanina had a delicious picnic lunch prepared for us at the top. If you’re limited on time, but still want to fit in a hike - I would recommend this!

Yves-René Dubuis


December, 2022

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Maria Stinner


April, 2022

Highly recommended!!! Joaquín and Venina were fantastic and fun guides! On the first day we went out to approx 3200m for acclimatization and enjoyed a delicious meal next to the tent with fantastic views. On the second day we went up to the summit. We felt save and in great company during the whole trip. Communication before and after was easy, fast and helpful e.g. for renting some equipment. Would definitely do it again!

Chelsea Trotta


February, 2022

Joaquin was an amazing tour guide! He was polite, on time, and gave us an amazing experience. He is not only a great guide but amazing person, we love talking to him and learning about Argentina and consider him a friend. We are so appreciative and this hike was the highlight of our trip.

Sophie T.


January, 2020

This was truly a wonderful two days, I had one objective which was to experience altitude prior to beginning a long high altitude expedition in the coming days. Joaquin curated the two days around this objective and we headed to an area off the beaten track. I just loved this and feel so fortunate to have experienced this area, the Guanaco's were fascinating and I just loved watching them and spotting them in the mountains. Joaquin provided me with so much knowledge and useful tips to help me during my expedition. The two days ended in an unexpected storm which just added to the fun and really rounded out what was one of the most memorable hikes I have done to date. Next time I'm back in Mendoza I will definitely call on Joaquin again.

David Lee


December, 2019

Overall, this was a fantastic hike. You get some astonishing views and can take different routes according to your fitness level and interest. Personally, I enjoyed our quick stay at the high camp where we got to meet several people who were acclimatising for their ascends to the higher peaks. Also, we really enjoyed the time with Joaquin. Thanks to his fun personality and intersting conversations (also fluent in English which helped in my case) the time together went by way too quickly. Even before the beginning of the trip he gave us a lot of proactive advise when we wanted to choose a route that suited our demands and later he helped us with finding places to get some extra gear. During the trip and thanks to Joaquins deep knowledge of the region, he was able to adapt the route we were taking when my friend suffered from some altitude sickness. Also, a big plus was the great food that we had during the trip, including some (fantastic!) homemade carrot mayo and the asado we prepared on the first evening which was the best meal we had in Argentina.

Benjamin Roer


December, 2019

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Tina Nef


November, 2019

Destino Montana was a superb guiding service. I would highly recommend them!

Koen Kolkman


November, 2019

The hike and location were great, but what made it a super experience was Joaquin, our guide. He shared a lot of his knowledge about the nature and the country. He really took his time and let you enjoy all the surroundings have to offer. On top of that we had an amazing lunch (you have to try the carrot mayonaise) with an incredible view. If we ever go back to Argentina we’ll definitely book another day with him. Thanks for making mendoza unforgettable!

Enya Lundgrenn


April, 2019

I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Joaquin is an excellent guide, and will not only take you to you destination, but also teach you a lot about the geography and history around Aconcagua and the area around. The view of Aconcagua is better by the entrance to the park, but the trip up to Confluencia is worth the trouble if you are staying in Mendoza (or nearby, I travelled from Chile just for this hike). Depending on your fitness level, Joaquin can find a hike that will suit you and give you an experience of the Andes mountains that you wont get anywhere else.



March, 2019

I did a four days mountaineering tour with Joaquin and it was great. Joaquin understands to put the foucs on the needs of the customers and his knowledges about the region in the Andes is quite extensive. It was especially great beacuse the nice personality of Jaoquin allowed us to have good talks and insights about the Argentinian culture and life. Can only recommend him!



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