i'm in santiago for a week, hostel seems empty, i'm on my own and the hostel's tourist agency is closed. so, i am wondering what to do.. i went around the city today, it's nice.. so in the next few days i'd like to visit the nearby places. if anyone has a suggestion, please which is the best way to visit aconcagua and what's the risk of altitude sickness going up 3000 meters in one day (and back down again)?
Take a look at this site from Mendoza http://www.trekking-travel.com.ar/english/horseback_riding_cross_andes.html
They have many wild options, but you should contact them and ask if you can start the programs from the Chilean side. Andes Crossing is amazing, google those key words and you'll see!
Regarding altitude and Aconcagua, you better be in excellent physical condition, able to carry weight, and have basic mountaineering skills. Not easy, but take a look at this site and clear up doubts: http://www.patagonicas.com/index.html
Going up 3000 metres and down again the same day won't give any problems (unless it's up from 3000 to 6000 meters of course). Maybe a little light headed, but that's it.
thanks for your tips!!
i really like santiago!!