Trek the mountains made famous by the heartbreaking survival story of the Miracle of the Andes.
On 13 October 1972, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed in the remote Andes with 45 people on board. Stranded at 3600 metres with minimal supplies and nothing around but rock, ice and twisted metal, the survivors spent 72 days on the mountain before 16 of them were eventually rescued. The accident, which was immortalised in the 1993 film ‘Alive’, received significant global media attention when it was revealed that the survivors had resorted to cannibalism to make it through the ordeal. Beginning and ending in Mendoza, the heart of the Argentinean wine region, this expedition takes you trekking through the Andes to the site of the crash where you can pay your respects to the 29 victims amid the bittersweet beauty of this rugged mountain range.
Explore the heart of the Argentinean wine country then trek to the site of one of the most famous plane crashes in history.
Trek through the rugged Andes and see the bittersweet beauty the survivors were faced with.
This expedition involves trekking at altitude and a reasonable level of fitness is recommended.
Up to 5kg of personal belongings are carried by horse (including sleeping bag)
Participants are expected to help set up camp and with camp chores.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Argentina Expedition: Trek Mendoza & the Valley of Tears trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.