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Aventuras Patagonicas - Day Tour

Mendoza, Argentina
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About Aventuras Patagonicas - Day Tour
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.
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Austin Jones wrote a review Apr 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana3 contributions1 helpful vote
I successfully climbed Aconcagua in the 2019-2020 season. I decided on Aventuras Patagonicas because of their outstanding reviews and because of my pleasant interaction with the owner, Rodrigo, on the phone while evaluating guiding companies. I spent the past three months deciding whether to review this company. I do not see reviews for the past two climbing seasons and I feel as though I would be doing a disservice to the climbing community by not providing an updated account. I believe all prospective clients should be aware of my experience and the following situations exemplifying both the owner’s deceit and lack of communication with his staff in Mendoza that led to poor experiences for his clients. Pros: Guides were outstanding. If I could just rate the guides, I would give them 5 stars. They were very knowledgeable and experienced in mountaineering, backcountry survival, and technical skills. They took care of the clients. The wanted to assure we had the best experience possible. They handled very difficult and evolving weather situations. They maximized our chances of summiting all while keeping client safety first. They deserve tremendous praise for navigating the challenges set in motion because of carelessness of the owner, Rodrigo. Cons: Rodrigo is a busy man. In the northern hemisphere spring/summer months when clients book Aconcagua, he is hyper focused on his trips on Denali. He also recently opened up a heliskiing business which divides his attention. This creates two problems: 1) His experience on the ground in Mendoza/Aconcagua is distant which leads to providing incorrect information to his clients, and 2) Since he is the only interface with clients prior to arrival, his is the sole liaison between clients and his guides in Mendoza. This led to failed communication of clients’ situations and needs to the staff in Mendoza prior to clients’ arrival. I had a great experience with Rodrigo before confirming my trip. He was readily reachable to ask logistical questions before my departure. However, what I came to learn is that Rodrigo will say anything for your business, even if he does not know the accuracy of the statement. Three clear examples below to take into consideration before planning your trip: 1. I needed US size 13 boots. I asked Rodrigo if I would have problems renting them in Mendoza given the large size and if I needed to buy them in the US beforehand. Rodrigo assured me it would be no problem to find these boots in Mendoza. Upon arrival, their outfitter did not carry the size. The guides were not aware of this situation prior. They were left scrambling to fix Rodrigo’s mistake the morning of our departure to the mountain. Nowhere in Mendoza carried my boot size. I had to settle with a smaller pair, the largest in the city. I could have arrived with proper boots had it not been for Rodrigo’s inaccurate assurances. 2. Before booking my flights, I asked Rodrigo about leaving on the night of our return from Mendoza rather than the next morning. He stated that even in the rare event we used all weather days, it would still be possible to leave early the final morning, as a team, to return to Mendoza early enough to catch my 9pm flight. With his assurance, I booked the flight. To my surprise, the guides were not aware of this when starting the trip. When we did use all of our weather days, the guides stated that we could not leave earlier as the mules carrying out gear only leave once a day. This could have been easily avoided if Rodrigo confirmed with the guides in Mendoza before giving me an answer. Despite his assurance, I was left financially responsible for arranging private transportation given an early departure off the mountain. 3. Finally, our second in command guide had never been on Aconcagua. He was incredibly experienced on Denali and otherwise fantastic, but had never ascended to an altitude above Denali. This guide was first in the party (including clients) to turn back on summit day. After the first client had to turn back with the escort of our third guide, this left four clients with only the head guide. The solo departure of our assistant guide now placed the clients at undo risk of not summiting. If anyone else was unfit to continue, the whole party would have to turn back. Aventuras Patagonicas was negligent in obtaining guides who had inappropriate experience at this altitude, placing undo risk on their clients of not making the summit. I deducted a star for each of my negative experiences. In all, I ask that you be aware of Rodrigo’s tendency to give false information in order to secure your business, all at expense of the client’s Aconcagua experience.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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SnowbootsTravel wrote a review Mar 2017
Kisumu, Kenya22 contributions18 helpful votes
From the start Aventuras Patagonicas was welcoming, which set the trip up on the right foot. The guides, Wes, Lucia and Sebastian were all excellent and worked very hard to get the group of climbers safely up and down the mountain. The food was excellent and well organized. The gear provided on the mountain (tents) were also of good quality. I would climb again with Patagonicas.
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Date of experience: December 2016
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Catherine S wrote a review Feb 2017
London1 contribution1 helpful vote
This was a wonderful adventure! We did lots of research into who to do the trip with. Safety and experience were my priorities. Adventures Patagonicas were excellent. Pre trip were were given all of the info we needed, the briefing and dinner were thorough. Our guides were outstanding. Augusto, Emiliano and one other. I couldn't have done it without their guidance, knowledge and enthusiasm. Highly recommended! (Visited in 2012).
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Date of experience: March 2016
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Pawel K wrote a review Feb 2017
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Great guides, great equipment, amazed about how good food was. All round a very experienced and top end operator who know what they are doing and will maximise your chances of getting to the summit. Reaching top Aconcagua was one of greatest highlights of my life thank you Aventuras Patagonicas. Pawel (Australia)
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Date of experience: December 2016
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Response from mzaguess, Owner at Aventuras Patagonicas - Day Tour
Responded Feb 25, 2017
Thanks Pawel, Great to hear you had a great trip. It is rewarding for us to help people achieve their goals and dreams. Aconcagua is such a great Accomplishment i wanted to congratulate you personally for such a lifetime achievement. Sincerely, Rodrigo Mujica, Aventuras Patagonicas Director
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Climb14ers wrote a review Jan 2017
Colorado Springs, Colorado1,782 contributions264 helpful votes
I did a 20 day climb of Aconcagua with this company. The guides were excellent and made the trip as enjoyable as possible. We had hot meals every evening and morning. Aconcagua is a hard mountain and it takes a great deal of effort to reach the top. The guides at Patagonicas are committed to each client's safety on the mountain. I would recommend them over any other company on the mountain.
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Date of experience: January 2017
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