Cono de Arita: Argentina’s mysterious natural pyramid

Near the south border of Salar de Arizaro, the sixth largest salt flat on earth and the second largest in Argentina, 70 km from the village of Tolar Grande, lies one of the world’s most mysterious natural formations, an almost perfect cone, it rises unexpectedly in the middle of the salt pan. This is Cono de Arita, so perfectly shaped that it appears man-made, that looms majestically 122 meters above the Salar. Its name comes from the Aymara language where Arita means “sharp”. In fact, all through the early twentieth…

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Cementerio del Andinista: a cemetery dedicated to the mountaineers who perished climbing Mount Aconcagua

At 6,962 metres (22,840ft), Mt. Aconcagua is the tallest peak in the Americas and, nestled high in the Andes near the border of Argentina and Chile, it’s the highest mountain anywhere outside of Asia. To mountaineers, it’s not a very technical trek, as it doesn’t require any specialized equipment to reach the summit, even though the hike can be deceptively dangerous for those who are unprepared. Not by chance, Aconcagua is believed to have the highest death rate of any mountain in South America, around three a year, which has…

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Villa Epecuen: The town that remained submerged for 25 Years.

We are in Argentina, in the 1920’s: Villa Epecuén and its nice salt lake are a popular tourist destination for Buenos Aires vacationers. Arriving by train, visitors can relax in luxury quarters after taking advantage of the therapeutic waters of Lago Epecuén. This mountain lake is unusual because its waters are saltier than any ocean, in fact, it is second only to the Dead Sea in salt content, and people suffering from depression, diabetes, and similar come to soak in its healing waters. The therapeutic powers of Lake Epecuen have…

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