park is located in the department of Las Heras. Its main
attraction is the Aconcagua Mountain , which, with its
6960 metres is crowned as the highest mountain in
the Americas. The area is notable for its glaciers as
reservoirs of freshwater as well as for its
The name Aconcagua derives from the Quichua ACKON-CAUAK,
meaning stone sentinel. The region is characterized as
arid and rocky, with high peaks covered with eternal
snow. The vegetation is poor and covers the slopes up to
an altitude of 4000 metres, there can be seen as herbs
as the Coiron and low shrubs as the Yellow Wood.
The wildlife is also scarce and shows special
adaptations to withstand such aridity. One of the most
common birds is the majestic Condor also called the king
of the Andes.
Some of the main attractions of the park include the
Aconcagua, Laguna Horcones, Plaza de Mulas and Plaza
Francia. They allowed this monument to become a
financially self-sustainable unit. This reputation has
demanded international investments and improvements tourist’s services.
In addition to the natural sightseeing, there are
activities such as hiking, camping, climbing,