I think Rodrigo and Bonnie have done a great job of putting together a very professional and highly competent team and organization. And though I have heard and am sure that Rodrigo himself as well as other AP staff are great guides as well, I was lucky enough to go with lead guide Jim Williams, who is not only fun but also one of the most (worldwide) experienced guides out there anywhere, I would not do the normal route — since Rodrigo’s circuit, going out on the normal route, is such a great circumnavigation of the mountain, that I would not recommend it any other way if possible.Mauricio Jaramillo, Ketchum, Idaho
I have climbed with a number of companies in the past and found my experience with Aventuras Patagonicas to be the best. Honestly, the services received from others has been good, but Patagonicas had (1) great, highly skilled, personable, and knowledgeable guides, (2) great food through advanced base camp, (3) a super ability to read and adapt to clients, (4) a wonderful climbing route (knowing what I know now – if the “Normal” route were my only option, I wouldn’t climb the mountain) and (5) very strong organizational and logistical skills. If I were to climb Aconcagua again, they would undoubtedly be my first choice.Howard Jones, Show Low, Arizona
I personally recommend using Aventuras Patagonicas for your Aconcagua expedition for the following reasons: They have great logistics on the mountain, and logistics is key to success. Being ill prepared on this mountain not only decreases your chances, but as history keeps repeating, it can be fatal. It is not worth using a cheaper company or compromising gear to save $500. Up there you need everything to your advantage. Everything from their meal planning to packing to mule provisioning to the highly skilled American guides they used was excellent. Just a quick look at other companies on the hill was all that was needed to tell we were the best prepared and provisioned team up there. We had the cool Mountain Hardware tents; got morning blood-oxy readings daily; used Grajales for the mules (they are the oldest and most reliable mule company in ARG); and the Guanacos Route, in my personal opinion, is superior for acclimatization.
Your success on Aconcagua depends on many factors, the least of which are certainly not your pre-trip physical prep, mental preparedness and fortitude, the quality of your gear and some serious luck with the weather. Because there are so many complications that can deny you the summit which may be out of your control, it certainly makes sense to max out on the things which can control; because for the price you pay for guided expeditions, it is always a real shame to come down off the mountain with failure, when problems you may have had could have been avoided by better planning. Using A.P. is part of great planning and I am not too proud to admit that my success in February 03 of sumitting was partly because of their great program. Come prepared and take the pre-departure gear check in Mendoza seriously. Augment their food by taking some of your favorite nutritious lunch snacks with you (like beef jerky, tuna and high-protein energy bars); the lunch snacks available in Argentina are marginal, especially for your high days when your appetite will be pretty awful. Most of all enjoy the stark beautiful Andes; summit or not I am sure you will have the adventure of a lifetime. If I can be of more assistance, feel free to call: (310) 717-5748Brian Ward, Marina del Rey, CA
They are the best on Aconcagua. I have known Rodrigo Mujica for almost 8 years now, and I have climbed both Aconcagua and the Vinson Massif with Adventuras Patagonicas. The guides are excellent, and the whole organization is well organized, especially on Aconcagua which is basically their “home court”. Have fun.Hank Skade, Tiburon CA
In my book you could not find a more qualified company. I am certain, there are other good ones, but no other company knows Aconcagua as well. They own that mountain! The people are first-class and I am sure you will have a wonderful experience, but most of all a safe one. Should you have any further questions, feel free to contact me evenings @ 509-838-1543 or during the day @ 509-624-5242.Hubertus Guenther, Spokane, WA