Andes, crossing on foot via the Piuquenes Pass

  • Cruce de los Andes trekking en mendoza
  • Cruce de los Andes trekking en mendoza
  • crossing the andes
  • crossing the andes
  • Cruce de los Andes
  • Cruce de los Andes
  • Cruce de los Andes
  • Crossing the Andes
  • Cruce de los Andes a Caballo
  • Cruce de los Andes trekking en mendoza
  • Cruce de los Andes a Caballo

Would you like to cross the central Andes on foot, from Argentina to Chile? Our proposal for you: we will accompany you on this tour full of history. We will do it in 7 days, through one of the passes used by San Martin’s armies during his campaign for the liberation of the Americas.

The tour will begin on the Argentine side, in the Province of Mendoza, where we will start ascending the great Andes. We will cross the border through the Portillo de Piuquenes International Pass, the place where San Martin himself returned from the campaign. And after a week, we will finish the adventure in Santiago de Chile.

We will make sure that this trip is a lifetime memory. Our experience guarantees a professional service, but our human qualities set us apart: we make a great effort so that each participant feels safe and enjoys an excellent group atmosphere.

You will spend 7 days camping in the middle of the mountain. You will live demanding days of trekking in the immensity of the mountains, and you will share the journey with a group that will travel on horseback. You will be constantly accompanied by professional guides, who will provide you with a comfortable and pleasant experience.

The itinerary is planned to achieve proper acclimatization. That is why we will have some very challenging days and other more relaxed days, to recover from the effort.

Another highlight of all our tours? The rich and nutritious meals, which are always a great motivation for the trek.

Who is this experience recommended for?

If you are in excellent physical condition and enjoy adventures in nature, the Andes Crossing on foot is ideal for you.

Previous mountaineering experience is not required, but you must train regularly and be highly motivated to overcome physical challenges..

On the Andes Crossing on foot we guarantee that

  • We are a certified service provider for the “Portillo de Piuquenes” reserve. (EX-2023-00869829-GDEMZA-).
  • We offer fresh, quality meals every day, with tasty dishes adapted to all types of diets (meat, vegetarian, vegan, etc.).
  • We work with a chain of reliable vendors (from muleteers to transportation) to guarantee a good experience from start to finish.
  • You will be constantly advised by us: we will guide you in advance about the necessary equipment, itinerary, etc. Upon booking we will have an informative video call with you. And during the trip we will share valuable information about mountaineering, flora and fauna and history.
  • We are professional guides, trained in First Aid in wild areas, with experience in mountaineering and emergencies.
  • As a family company, we prioritize personal customer care and a good group environment.. There will be no lack of motivation, energy and dedication, because we are passionate about what we do.
  • Group sizes are limited, to a maximum of 20 people. You will have 1 guide every 5 participants, in order to provide the necessary attention to each mountaineer.

About the Andes Crossing of 1817

In this tour with Destino Montaña, we are going to recreate the famous Crossing of the Andes, considered one of the greatest milestones in the world’s military history. was part of the plan devised by General José de San Martín to carry out the Liberation Expedition of Argentina, Chile and Peru.

San Martin, based in Mendoza since 1814, planned a three-stage campaign (continental, regional and local). The objective: to cross the Andes, liberate Chile and from there advance by sea towards Lima.

“What keeps me awake at night is not the opposition of my enemies, but rather the fact of crossing these immense mountains”.

Letter from San Martín to his friend Tomás Guido, June 14, 1816.

In January 1817 the Army of the Andes set out on this mission, divided into six columns. Each one would enter through a different pass: Comecaballos, Guana, Los Patos, Uspallata, El Portillo and Planchón. All of them had to reach a meeting point, from where they would organize to take Santiago de Chile.

The main column, led by San Martín, was the Paso de Los Patos column. The pass we will use, the Portillo pass, was used at that time by a small column of men led by Gen. José Leon Lemos. Its objective was to deceive the enemy, making them believe that they were the vanguard of the army (and that more troops would come from behind).

The timing of the plan was perfect, and with the final victory at the Battle of Maipú, the royalist army was definitively defeated, ensuring the independence of Chile.

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