Luxury up South America’s 4 highest mountains

South America offers stunning landscapes, cultural diversity and awe-inspiring sites. If you are looking to accomplish a ground-breaking challenge in this remarkable continent we have compiled a list of South America’s five highest mountains. These extreme mountains offer demanding terrain, breath-taking views and a sense of adventure.

Aconcagua, Andes, Argentina – 6,961m

The lofty Aconcagua Mountain, located on the border between Chile and Argentina, soars 6962 meters above sea level.  Aconcagua is America’s highest mountain and the highest peak in the world, outside the Himalayas. Otherwise known as the “Colossus of America”, it is a magnet to climbers from all over the world and is part of the famed 7 Summits Circuit.

Aconcagua

The beauty of its surrounding scenery and its clement weather conditions make it ideal for those looking for a more moderate climb; whereas those seeking something more extreme will be thrilled by the mountain’s fascinating and challenging South wall. This is the most vertical face of Aconcagua and has a dazzling array of glaciers and walls. At the foot of the mountain is the Aconcagua Mountain Park, where over sixty varieties of birds can be seen, including the condor and the striking purple eagle.

Reaching the summit of Aconcagua requires a commitment of at least 13 to 15 days, including acclimatisation time. If all that climbing has left you desiring a rest, The Aubrey Santiago is the ideal place to relax after your truly remarkable accomplishment. This quiet retreat hidden away in the lively Bellavista neighbourhood hosts 15 individually designed rooms, as well as a jacuzzi swimming pool; the perfect way to unwind. World famous Chilean wines are also served alongside international cuisine at the top-class in-house restraint.  Those who have a little more time can enjoy the challenge of rafting the river rapids in the beautiful area of Cordillerano de Potrerillos, which is only a short drive away.   For extra adrenalin, it is also possible to soar over the Argentine mountains on a paragliding excursion, affording spectacular views of Mendoza and the surrounding Andes landscape.

Ojos del Salado, Argentina-Chile – 6,893m

Situated on the Argentina-Chile boarder, Ojos del Salado is the highest volcano in the world and the highest mountain in Chile. This remote corner of the border offers spectacular scenery, practically untouched nature and a challenging climb, without the necessity for technical climbing ability. The pristine, vibrant turquoise waters of the highest known lake in the world can also be found on the eastern side of Ojos del Salado.

Ojos del Salado

The summit of Ojos del Salado has two picturesque peaks, which can be climbed from either the east side in Argentina or the west side in Chile. The Argentinian side offers breath-taking views of the surrounding mountaintops, alongside a tough climb, whilst the Chilean side is considered less challenging for those seeking a more easy-going route.  After your exhilarating climb take a well earned rest at the luxurious Awasi Lodge. This rustic retreat in the heart of the Atacama Desert offers eight authentic rooms built using traditional materials. Awasi provides guests with their own private guide and a 4X4 vehicle, ensuring exciting tailor-made outings to any site of your choice. Stroll along the Atacama salt flats and gorgeous cobalt blue Altiplano lagoons, or relax in the warm waters of a geothermal pool.

Monte Pissis, Puna, Argentina – 6,793 m

The secluded, tranquil Monte Pissis is an extinct volcano positioned on the rim of the Atacama Desert, 550 km north of Aconcagua. Pissis pure white, heavily glaciated peaks and small crevasses make it a unique spot amidst the vast mountainous region. Although not technically difficult, the mountain presents a challenge to climb due to its volcanic terrain, dry climate and high gradient. The jaw-dropping sights of coloured lavas and lagoons flowing with waterfalls of heavy metals do, nonetheless, make every bit of this testing route worthwhile.

Monte Pissis

Spend the night after your climb in the luxurious Lapostolle Residence. The four bungalows are situated in the centre of Chile’s Colchagua Valley, a prime destination to relax and discover this regions world-class wine. The Valley is famous for producing several of Chile’s best red wines, including, Carménère, Cabernet, and Syrah.  This seamless hideout amidst the forested hillside boasts spectacular views of the luscious green valley from its very windows. Indulge in every aspect of wine production in this region, from touring the vast vineyards on mountain bikes or horseback to lounging in wine-based designed rooms of Lapostolle.

Cerro Bonete, Puna, Argentina – 6,759m

Sited in the far-flung province of La Rioja, Cerro Bonete is a perfectly formed extinct volcano rising 6,759m above sea level. Only having been climbed a handful of times due to its remote location, this scenic landform is truly unique. With its unparalleled views of emerald-green fields, snow white glaciers and a crystal clear lake, Cerro Bonete is a climber’s paradise. A small summit pyramid is positioned on top of this mammoth mountain, challenging the climber to some semi-technical rock climbing. Rest your head a short flight away in the beautifully designed Hotel Altiplanico, situated right in the heart of the Atacama Desert. Its earth coloured walls and straw ceilings merge the hotel with the remarkable landscape.

Cerro Bonete

Tom Marchant is Co-founder of Black Tomato.

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  1. Stunning photos (Ojos de Salado especially). It almost looks like a different planet!

    A really luxury experience I enjoyed with amazing views of Aconcagua was eating and drinking exquisite food and malbec wine at Ruca Malen Bodega, Lujan de Cuyo (near Mendoza, Argentina).

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