Accommodations and Food
Independent camping is possible at the base camps and along the trails, but tour operators and climbing guides monopolize the best sites during the season. It’s also possible to stay and eat at the provincial Hotel Plaza de Mulas (tel. 0261/425-0871 in Mendoza, cell 0261/15-569-4652, www.aconcaguahut.com), which also features electricity, hot showers, telephones, and luggage deposit.
Because of the difficult logistics, though, prices are higher than for comparable services elsewhere. Rates for “Cuervo” dorm rooms are US$40 pp with breakfast, US$72 pp with half board, and US$102 pp with full board.
More comfortable “Bonete” rooms cost US$50 pp with breakfast, US$82 pp with half board, and US$112 pp with full board; for “Aconcagua” rooms with private baths, the corresponding rates are US$70 pp, US$102 pp, and US$132 pp.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition