Aventuras Patagonicas - Day Tour

Aventuras Patagonicas - Day Tour

Aventuras Patagonicas - Day Tour
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Aventuras Patagonicas is an international climbing guide service founded in 1989 by UIAGM Mountain Guide Rodrigo Mujica. We have over 28 years of professional guiding experience on high altitude mountaineering expeditions world-wide and have guided over 200 successful Aconcagua expeditions.
Mendoza, Province of Mendoza, Argentina

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Sam D
London, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Myself and four friends spent two weeks with the Aventuras Patagonicas team climbing Aconcagua. Such a trip is never without serious risk and is always likely to encounter difficult conditions / decisions. So we had done our research before we chose them but their service was excellent. Our two guides (Pablo and Capi) were outstanding; professional, friendly, good company. Would strongly recommend
Written February 25, 2024
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DAVID D
Taos,NM.7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
I summited Aconcagua last January 2013 with Adventuras Patagonicas (AP).I have to agree 100% with NW072013 comments. This was one of the best climbing experiences in my life. Thanks to Bonnie who prepares the clients for the climb prior to arriving in Argentina. To Eliel who takes care of everything prior to leaving Mendoza for Aconcagua. All of my team members summited Aconcagua.
I have been climbing for over 45 years. I have been fortunate to have climbed extensively throughout the US, Europe and parts of Asia. However, until my climb with AP last year I had never been on an expedition. This was new territory for me, I really did not know what to expect. AP had been highly recommended by friends who said AP was simply the best guiding outfit for Aconcagua.
I was and am constantly impressed at what a first class guiding service, Rodrigo Mujica, (APs Director) has developed. He has left no stone unturned. From the time you are picked up at the airport and delivered to the best hotel in Mendoza to the outstanding guides to the outstanding food .I swear I never had anything close to a bad meal the entire time I was in Argentina, and that includes the entire time on Aconcagua. The weather was great for us, the Mountain Gods smiled upon us on that trip.
My wife was so impressed by how I raved about my climb that she wanted to come and climb Aconcagua with me this year 2014. The Mountain Gods had a different plan for us this year however. The hike in was 36 to 37 C. When we reached Base camp we got a pretty good shot of rain and snow. That was all tolerable. But then the winds came... We experienced unrelenting 90-120 kilometer winds for the rest of the climb. Mike N mentions how some of the tents from AP were blown apart, EVERY expeditions, not just AP, were losing tents. Rockfall was coming within 30 meters of the campsites. They were having Avalanches up higher on the mountains. The conditions were desperate. It would be one thing if all the teams were highly experienced mountaineers but that just was not the case. Some of the climbers were experienced however the number of inexperienced climbers outweighed the experienced. The long range forecast for continued high winds was unchanged. Consequently our guide who is a very seasoned mountaineer did the wisest thing and did what many guides have done in the past and that was for the safety of everyone decided to descend. He said in all the years (25 I believe)he had guided on Aconcagua he never known the wind to last more than 2-3 days. So this was highly unusual for the wind to blow so hard for so long.
My wife unfortunately developed HAPE at camp 2. We came down a few days prior to the rest of the team. AP had one of the guides take care of her all the way down to base camp. He then assisted her when she was helicoptered out. Amazing pilots! He found a very brief window in the morning in which he was able to safely fly her out. AP arranged for her to stay at the hotel in Penitentes until I arrived. Eliel,( APs ground man in Mendoza) had already arranged for ground transportation to Mendoza and for a Doctor to see her at the hotel. Rodrigo also checked on my wife's condition several times.
Adventuras Patagonicas is the only guiding service I would ever consider using on Aconcagua. They are without a doubt the best guiding service on Aconcagua. My wife and I are already planning for another go at it next year.
Adventuras Patagonicas the best from the beginning to the end, cheers to Rodrigo and his amazing team.
Written February 25, 2014
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DAVID D
Taos,NM.7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
I don't know exactly why, but I love climbing this mountain.I have and continue to climb in Switzerland/Austria and the US every year.However there's something about this mountain that I enjoy climbing so much that we continue to come back to climb it.Without a doubt it has a great deal to do with Aventuras Patagonicas. These folks are without a doubt the most professional, knowledgeable and truly outstanding guiding service in the business.
Rodrigo Mujica (the owner/director) has an excellent staff that starts with Bonnie in Boulder, Colorado. She makes sure everything you need to climb Aconcagua safely is taken care of prior to your departure.This includes an extensive equipment list of the appropriate clothing,backpacks,boots, sleeping bags,personal items etc.This also includes clothing you'll need while in the City of Mendoza(it's seriously Summer time) to the three day hike to Base Camp and on to your summit day.
While you are in Mendoza you will meet Rodrigo and his right hand man a gentleman by the name of Eliel,he is Rodrigos ground man in Mendoza. Eliel will take care of everything you'll need prior to your departure to Aconcagua.That includes all of your money transactions (the best exchange rates)park permits,restaurants,WINERIES!! and places to visit while you are in Mendoza before (if you have time) to after you come back from the expedition.
Normally you will have one head guide and 1 to 2 assistant guides depending on the size of your group.After three expeditions, every guide I have met has been just great.They all seem to thrive on making sure their clients are well taken care of and end up being more than just "clients". After an expedition lasting approximately three weeks of living in fairly close quarters we become good friends.Last year during our hike into our first camp,on a very warm day(think 36 to 38 C),one of the guides had packed in a watermelon to share during one of our breaks.Talk about a morale booster!!Rodrigo has hand picked his guides. All of them are very professional and very personable. They are terrific resources in regards to their combined extensive mountaineering experiences. Many of them have guided for Rodrigo since the start of Adventuras Patagonicas. They come from a variety of countries, ie North America, South America and Europe.Every time I have gone on this climb I've learn something new.I have done all types of climbing for over 45 years and I have found that it's really fun to be around the guides. You just can't help but pick tips to help improve your mountaineering skills.
The food is never disappointing. The Base Camp food is as good as you'll find in the restaurants in Mendoza. Seriously!!
I can't recommend Adventuras Patagonicas highly enough.You will not be disappointed if you choose them as your guiding service to climb Aconcagua (as well as other expeditions that they sponsor). I'm going back again this January,see you there!!
Written July 20, 2015
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Thank you! Aconcagua is a beautiful place. We are happy you love the mountain experience and have returned to share your Aconcagua climb with your wife! Happy Climbing.
Written July 22, 2015
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Mike N
Denver, CO1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
Aventuras Patagonicas provides unreliable equipment (tents ripped by wind forcing 3 clients to descend from camp 2), putting the lives of its clients at risk. The food is inadequate and insufficient (I lost 5 kg in this expedition, 6% of my body weight). AP uses false advertising. Some of the guides are unreliable, un-professional, harass and de-motivate people from achieving their personal goals. AP uses porters to carry materials (especially food) up and down the mountain unnecessarily at the expense of its clients; their dispatches posted on the internet misrepresent the facts. There was a single satellite phone with a single battery which only guides had access to, even if they claim clients can use it too. From 16 clients only 1 got to the top. This is their 100% success rate.
Written February 19, 2014
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There are always 2 sides to a story. This expedition experienced an extremely dangerous wind storm which ripped many tents and made it almost impossible to use a stove for 2 days. When a guide was required to suddenly leave the expedition due to Park Service protocol, Aventuras Patagonicas was able to find an experienced lead guide to take over the expedition and flew this person in to meet the team as soon as weather allowed. Showing respect for your lead guide and having a positive attitude on an expedition is very important. Withholding important medical information on an expedition can pose a safety risk for you and your guide. I have never met anyone who has gained weight on a climbing expedition! Our experienced guides have enough experience on the mountain to know when a client is not strong enough to make both the summit ascent AND the DESCENT and the guide reserves the right to consider the safety of the team and the individual. Getting to the summit AND BACK depends on your health, stamina and weather conditions. Emphasis on stamina for RETURNING from the summit. Porters are hired by the client and are entirely optional. No one is claiming 100% success rate this season, the weather and other factors have not allowed for this! A few years ago we had an excellent season with an extremely high success rate and are very proud of this. Our teams are 10 – 12 clients maximum. Sometimes the teams are smaller, with a 3:1 client to guide ratio. I would like to remind this reviewer that having a positive attitude and showing respect to your guide is very important on a guided expedition.
Written February 26, 2014
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Mark B
Oxford, UK104 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This is my first 'terrible' review of any company but please be very careful before using this one to trek on Aconcagua. Three reasons. First, one of the reasons we booked with this company for a trek in January 2013 was the promise of a gamow bag which saves lives at altitude. When we asked the guide on the mountain where it was he said they didn't use it because it was "too heavy". Secondly, the itinerary had a last night at Penitentes but at base camp the guide said that because the company had had a slow season and hadn't made much money they had decided to cancel it without notice or a refund (which would have meant a terrible last day) . When the group complained we were told we had a bad attitude and would never get to the top. Thirdly, some members of the group had paid extra to climb the Polish glacier. They had brought all their climbing equipment and carried it to base camp to be told that noone had climbed the glacier for years and they would not be attempting it (again no refund). Our experience was that this is a poorly run organisation which potentially risks clients lives by not taking the promised equipment, not honouring their obligations for lack of funds and which promises things they can't or won't deliver.
Written August 8, 2014
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There is a gamov bag in both Base Camps. It is not carried up and down the mountain. That is not how this works. The gamov bag is kept in Base Camp. It is not something that is carried around, because it is a heavy item and is easily accessible at either base camp. This person misunderstood how this works. If I recall one of the reasons that we were not using the small hotel on the return was because we had had complaints about this hotel, including stomach issues, and clients preferred to return to the nice hotel in the big city with all of its luxuries. This trip is the point which this transition was made and obviously the clients did not like this change in their itinerary, and thought that returning to this small place of lodging would be to their benefit at the end of the climb. This season we have not had any complaints about this switch, as far as I know, and try our best to inform the clients that we do not use this place of lodging on the return trip.
Written January 30, 2015
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Rob S
Petersfield, UK5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
I joined an Aconcagua expedition with Aventuras Patagonicas in January 2015. The trip went ok. However this was due to the guides that were hired and the local company called Grajales that provided the support. You see Aventuras Patagonicas is a small office in the US, they don’t actually run the holidays themselves. So you can save a huge amount of money by booking with the local company directly and taking out the middle man. Grajales and the other large operator Inka Expediciones speak English so there are no language problems - check out their websites.
Written April 19, 2015
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Hi Rob, I am glad you had a nice trip. In fact, you virtually had a private trip with 4 people and 2 guides at the cost of a full expedition, so I am surprised you are complaining about the cost of your trip. We have nothing against Grajales and all work closely together and have for almost 3 decades! We all have quite a bit of respect for one another. I doubt you would have been able to get any higher on the mountain, or had as much personal attention as you received on a one of our expeditions. I am glad that you appreciate that! We do have a small office in USA, but we also have one in Chile, and a full time manager in Argentina, who is from Mendoza, during the Aconcagua climbing season. Our owner, Rodrigo Mujica, has grown up climbing in the Andes mountains, as an experienced UIAGM and AMGA certified mountain guide and world class mountaineer, and knows Aconcagua like the back of his hand, (as we say in USA). Since I am a native English speaker from USA (Rodrigo is also fluent, as is our manager in Mendoza) and a former co-owner and guide of AP, I feel it is important to respond to your comments from the USA office, where I run a small office solo year round. I have a long term knowledge of Aventuras Patagonicas. There are no logistics managed from USA. Aventuras Patagonicas is run by owner Rodrigo Mujica who runs the operation expertly from Chile, and in Argentina during the climbing season, (and is a logistical genius!), and by our manager in Mendoza, Argentina, Eliel, during the climbing season, whom I am sure gave you excellent service. I have heard your comments from you, and know your situation. We always appreciate positive, constructive comments. We do our best to make improvements based on our clients comments. Thank you. Altho I felt it was important to respond to statements you may be making about Aventuras Patagonicas which are not accurate. Have a nice day!
Written April 22, 2015
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NW072013
Denver, CO3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
I climbed with Aventuras Patigonicas in December and had one of my all time favorite climbing experiences. AP did a stellar job with the prep and logistics (Thanks Bonnie and Eliel!) and Augusto, Elizabeth, and Felipe were truly professional guides who also made the trip very enjoyable. As the lead guide, Augusto kept us safe, well fed, and on task to reach the summit. With the most summits of anyone in the world under his belt he knew exactly what needed to be done to keep us relaxed yet motivated. The 3 guides were a great team and I will recommend them to friends with Aconcagua in their sights. Thanks AP!
Written January 23, 2014
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Thank you for your review. We love to hear from our clients who enjoyed their climb and respect mountain guides and the hard work they do to guide you on a big mountain and make your trip as successful and as safe as they can. Thank you! Keep on Climbing! : )
Written September 11, 2015
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AlfMO
Ipanema, MG10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Solo
I was climbing Aconcagua December 2012. The guides were excellent, the price was under the average and the trip was very well organized from the equipment check the first day until we were back at the hotel after the expedition. My earlier attempt was done with a North European company and its fair to say that using local guides and experience gained from many years of expedition makes the difference. The company knows whats needed of food, the local weather differences at the mountain and not at least are able to entertain the group with stories/history from the area. So to summarize I am very satisfied. It must also be mentioned that Rodrigo gave great support also after the trip was finished by helping my family.
Written October 9, 2013
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Thank you so much for your nice review. We are so glad you were able to return and give Aconcagua another try! Not everyone is able to make the summit the first time for a variety of reasons, so we love it when people come back and get a chance to come back and enjoy that exhilaration of being on the top of the Americas! Returning to the mountain is often rewarding because you know what to expect and know better how your body responds to altitude. No one can control the weather and it is challenging to adapt to the high altitude on Aconcagua. We love it when you come back to Aconcagua and even better when you summit! Thank you! Keep on Climbing!
Written September 11, 2015
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Yvan A
Quebec City, Canada76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I climbed Aconcagua twice with them and I would use them again in a heart beat. They use the best guides and service providers to make sure you have the time of your life on the mountain and safely summit. Basically they got the logistic down to a science, so the itinerary to maximize your chance of summiting.
Written October 3, 2013
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joaquinoyarzun
Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Solo
As far as I am aware Aventuras Patagonicas is the most professional company out there on Aconcagua.
I was highly pleased with them and learn that it is the only company on Aconcagua without fatalities or accidents on the Mountain, and the one who has been guiding there for longer than anyone and has more clients than most...so let me get this right. More clients for longer time and no fatalities in 30 years?
Very professional from A to Z, no loose ends, best guides.
Written September 25, 2013
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