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“The Best Mountain Guides you will find anywhere!”
Review of Andescross

Andescross
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Owner description: We are professional UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain guides providing outdoor guiding services in the Patagonian Andes of Argentina and Chile- Backcountry ski guiding- Ski Mountaineering - Rock and Alpine guiding - Mountain bike trips across the Andes and in Bariloche region - Mountaineering - Glacier hikes - Hiking and Family trips - Multiday backpacking and trekking trips.Rock climbing, Glacier travel, MOuntaineering ascents Also we offer tailor mountain guiding in the Alps, Iceland and Norway
Orlando, Florida
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“The Best Mountain Guides you will find anywhere!”
Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

This is going to be a lengthy review because Andescross is just that good and there is no real way to concisely convey why they are so good at what they do in just a paragraph or two. simply put, Jorge and his guides are experts on this region and will make sure that you squeeze every ounce of fun, laughter and wonder out of your trip with him.

Our group of 10 (5 fathers and 5 h.s. senior sons) hired Jorge to lead our 5 day trip through Patagonia and our entire group (many of us who have travelled extensively around the world) agreed that this one was one of the most amazing trips that any of us had ever taken! Jorge is a very experienced mountain guide who is very safety conscious but equally as mindful about making the trip as enjoyable as possible. He is funny, lighthearted and great with teens. He loves hard rock and will spontaneously break out into song when you least expect it. Jorge is a planner but made it clear to us that sure that our plans would need to be flexible because the weather in the mountains is predictably unpredictable. While we did change plans once due to weather, plan B, as we joked, turned out to be amazing.

Jorge put together a team of unbelievable guides to help him lead the trek. Craig, a Charming Scottsman, who has lived his entire life in Argentina, was like a navy seal leading portions of the trek. He was funny and lighthearted but absolutely unwavering when it came to safety. He spent time getting to know each of the dads and teens and really bonded with our group.

JJ, a graduate philosophy major from Argentina, was like a mountain goat! The guy would race ahead of our group at high altitudes jumping from dock to rock and leaping over crevasses to scout the bestows sable route up the mountain or down the trail. In addition, he was always smiling and came across as one of the most positive people that I agave met. JJ also took turns leading portions of our treks.

Our porters, Diego, Hermann and Dennis were also experienced mountaineers who were as friendly as they were strong. These guys carried packs that probably weighed in excess of 100lbs across, up and down steep mountain passes and across the glaciers.

The area around Mt Tronador is beyond spectacular. Our glaciers, mountains and jungles trek was perfect as we were able to see the wide variety of ecosystems and microclimates that are home to this region. Jorge and his team would point out little details that we certainly would not have picked up on, while leading us through the diverse landscape.

At night, we would either stay in a well appointed hut or would sleep in tents, which Jorge and his crew would set up for us in advance. The food at the huts was amazing and the people who staff the huts are engaging and friendly. Jorge suggested a number of side excursions after our arrival at camp, and although we may have been a bit tired at the time, we are so glad we mustered the energy to ice climb into and out of glacier crevasses!

Words and even pictures do not do justice to The great job that Jorge and his crew did for us. The helped make memories for each of us that will last a lifetime and helped instill a sense of wonder into the boys that will hopefully take the back to this wonderful part of the world again and beyond!

Visited February 2014
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“Excelente!!! Awesome!!!”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

Salimos con Luciano,,, unos de los mejores escaladores en Argentina y un maravilloso Guia. Nos sentimos tan seguros todo el tiempo y era super amable el, me gustaria regresar a Argentina solo para salir a escalar con el, les sugero a todos usar el servicio de Andescross.

We went out with Luciano... one of the best climbers in Argentina and an amazing guide. We felt safe the whole time and he took time to explain new knots and climbing techniques to us. He is so nice and was always looking out for us. I really want to come back to Argentina just to climb again with him. Andescross is an amazing service and I suggest anyone take advantage.

Visited February 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“Andescross turns rain into sunshine”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

I retained Andescross' services for a day of multi pitch rock climbing at Cerro Catedral (Bariloche, Argentina) last December 30th. Rain and howling winds ruined our chances of climbing that venue but Jorge Kozulj and his colleague Craig Ross had a plan B as they whisked us 45 minutes away from the bad weather to the famed valle Encantado (the enchanted valley) where we found sunshine and plein t'y of great walls to climb. Their services were very professionnal and courteous, their climbing approach was safety oriented, and as well as being great conversionalists, their gourmet sandwiches accompagnied by the ritual sharing of yerba maté was a treat in itself. I highly recommend this team and will gladly return to Bariloche for a repeat experience ... Hopefully I'll get to Cerro Catedral next time !

Visited December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“World class guiding”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

I have recently returned from my fourth trip with Jorge. I have skied with him in his backyard in Bariloche (the terrain from the Frey hut in particular is incredible), Norway, Iceland and most recently Antarctica. All great trips, Jorge is a lot if fun to ski with but is also a very safe and sensible guide when in the backcountry

Visited November 2013
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Bellevue, Washington
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“Outstanding family experience with Andescross!”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Our family of four (two adults and two teens aged 14 and 16) climbed Mt. Tronador with Andescross in late December of 2012. It was a wonderful experience. From our first email contact to our last ice cream run in Bariloche together, the owner/operator, Jorge, was responsive and helpful. He not only guided us on an exciting and challenging climb but he gave advice and logistical help for all aspects of our time in Bariloche. Jorge recommended a delightful B & B in Bariloche and met us there the night before we began our two day climb to discuss conditions and go over our equipment. He also recommended and coordinated an excellent kayaking trip with a local company for us after our climb. He even drove my husband to a pharmacy to get medicine for our son. While on the mountain his expertise, patience and knowledge of the terrain made us all feel safe and able to enjoy the magnificent scenery of Patagonia. Jorge is personable, speaks great English and has an equally outstanding staff. Luciano, who also accompanied us on Tronador was just as competent on the mountain as Jorge. Do not hesitate to contact Andescross and Jorge for a mountaineering adventure. We’d love to do another trip with him.

Visited December 2012
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