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Volcan Tupungato

Volcan Tupungato (Argentina)

Practical information on Volcan Tupungato

  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Volcano
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
One hour from Tupungato by jeep
When to go
From December to April
Minimum stay
One week

Reviews of Volcan Tupungato

Marc Sigala Seasoned Traveller
67 written opinions

At 6,600 metres high, Tupungato is one of the giants of the Andes.

My suggestion:
"Tupungato" means "Beholder of the Stars" in the local language. It's easy to understand why it's named this way when you view it from a distance, so impressively huge and high it is.
My review

Not that many people are interested in tackling the ascent of Tupungato, largely due to the attraction its higher neighbour, Aconcagua. However, my expedition to Tupungato turned out to be a fabulous adventure, and this volcano deserves to be thought of as one of the Andes' best-kept secrets.

Experienced teams are available to take you to Tupungato from Mendoza, or from the town of Tupungato itself. With the approach from Mendoza quite boring and tedious, the latter option is the better one. Which ever way you choose, however, you'll need to do part of the trip by jeep as some of the rivers are completely impassable on foot.

The most interesting alternative option for those who don't wish to climb up to Tupungato's summit is the ascent of Tupungatito, the extinct volcano's little brother, within which the magmatic activity is today to be found. Its crater is filled with an acid lake and you can observe mild volcanic activity there (Tupungatito hasn't erupted since 1986).

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