ACONCAGUA CLIMBING GUIDES
Our guides for climbing Aconcagua, known to be the finest on the mountain, lead not only AMG climbs, but also trips for other renowned guide services in our industry. Several of our lead guides have ascended Aconcagua over 30 times, and all are certified by AAGM (Argentinean Association of Mountain Guides), and the EPGAMT (School of High Mountain and Trekking Guides) — the two highest certifications in Argentina. All of our guides are well-vetted, as we believe guides play a vital role in our clients’ experience, and we understand our reputation truly lies in their hands.
We guarantee our guides have an thorough knowledge of the mountain, are well-trained, and understand the personal nuances of guiding others (great climbers do not always make great guides).
Mountain Guide Working on Aconcagua for 16 years, Diego has been a Base Camp manager, porter, chief of porters, and for 13 years he has been a mountain guide. He has been National Climbing Champion in Argentina, and has a profound love of rock climbing — a passion that has taken him world-wide. Diego is known for completing very difficult routes in Spain, France, Bolivia, and Peru. During the winter of Argentina, he works as a snowboard instructor at the end of the American continent in Ushuaia. Besides being one of our best guides, his spirit and humor always add a special touch to the expeditions. His undeniable spirit in facing and overcoming challenging situations has made him one of the most beloved team members.
Mountain Guide Mariano Vazquez is an extraordinary mountain guide with 15 plus years guiding on Aconcagua, compiling 36 summits on a variety of routes. He is a highly skilled rock climber and has spent his last 17 years climbing the most difficult routes in Patagonia, Bolivia, Peru, Spain, the Alps, North America, Thailand, and India. He has a number of technical first ascents world-wide, and has instructed courses in mountaineering, ice and rock-climbing. Mariano has also participated actively in numerous rescues, and is one of the most renowned professionals in the mountain, not only for his technical ability and professionalism, but also for his charisma and teaching ability. He also competes in adventure races and marathons, and is a tireless traveler with his bicycle, with which he has traveled 25 countries of America, Europe and Asia.
Mountain Guide Juan has spent the last 20 years working as a professional mountain guide. Today, he is one of the most respected guides leading Aconcagua climbs, with more than 40 summits! He is well-known in the local climbing community for his undeniable professional skills and outstanding climbing resume. Additionally, he is a highly regarded teacher (lecturing at the famed Provincial Mountain School) with a unique capacity to pass on his broad knowledge, and has helped develop some of the best guides in Argentina over the last 25 years. Outside his mountain activities, he also works in tourism, organizing outdoor activities all around the province for companies and local leaders. In his limited free time, he is fully dedicated to educating his children in all things mountains and mountaineering.
Mountain Guide Bettiana was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of the Andes where she graduated from the prestigious Provincial Mountain School in Mendoza. She has spent nine years working in Aconcagua Provincial Park and in the Argentinean trekking capital: El Chaltén. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to climbing with notable ascents in the Andes Mountains, Alps, and the Caucasus. She is happy to share challenging and magnificent outdoor experiences with climbers from around the world, and is a passionate believer that mountaineering is a wonderful lifestyle. Bettiana is a practicing Spanish teacher in schools in Mendoza.
Mountain Guide Emilia is known among her mountain companions for her determination and will. She has successfully achieved every goal she has set in her life. Her passion has always been sports and outdoors. Before receiving her “guide” title (with the best qualifications and recommendations from the most demanding teachers and professionals) she had already worked as a porter in the mountains of Cordon del Plata, in a job that has always been mostly performed by men. In this very difficult context, she managed to work and climb in the main peaks of Mendoza, enjoying the wonderful Andes mountain range. Her constant passion has led her to be one of our newest and most promising guides on AMG’s staff today. To her love for soccer, tennis, and mountains, lately she has added the practice of Krav Maga. Another reason for her older brothers to respect her a little more.
Mountain Guide Santiago was born in the province of Córdoba, known in Argentina for the excellent level of native climbing. From an early age, he fell in love with the mountains, traveling with his parents all along the Cordoba mountains and other mountains of the country. After an intense amateur sport’s life, he decided to transform his passion into a profession and entered the School for Guides in the Province of Mendoza, birthplace of some of the best high-mountain guides in Argentina. He also worked as a porter, crossing the two sides of the Aconcagua hill carrying his back and strengthening his spirit and his body, and when he received his guiding certificate, he began to work guiding expeditions. With 12 seasons in Aconcagua Park and more than 50 expeditions, he is a veteran in the new generations of local mountaineers, with a privileged mountain resume. In addition to all the above, in his spare time at the Base Camps, he defies anyone who wants to play chess, as he was a national champion in his adolescence.
Mountain Guide Hernan was born in the province of Buenos Aires, and from an early age he began to travel with his parents. In those journeys was born his taste for traveling, exploring and climbing. Not only has he climbed throughout the Argentine Republic while traveling, but that love for wandering in the mountains brought him to Mendoza in 2005, where he began his career as a porter while he was being certified as a mountain guide by the Argentine Association of Mountain Guides, porting and guiding in the Cordon del Plata and Aconcagua Provincial Park. Hernan also works as a ski instructor and climber on ice and rock, and also keeps alive his passion for climbing all year round in Argentina, Chile, Spain, Italy, and France. Among his achievements in the mountains, he made or repeated some of the most difficult routes in the Andes mountain range. Undoubtedly, Hernan is one of the best guides that Mount Aconcagua has today. Not only for his professionalism, but also for his passion to bring the mountain to all those who seek adventure.
Mountain Guide My life: My name is Natalia Iglesias, I am from Mendoza, I am 32 years old and I started to walk through the mountains at 7. I am a Trekking Guide and Personal Trainer. I decided to combine my passion with my profession when I found out that there was a career as a guide. I have achieved four summits in Aconcagua and 10 in the Cerro Plata, the latter, my favorite hill for the view it offers us and its wild trails. Five years ago, I started training people to climb mountains because of the number of people from Mendoza who had never set foot on one. I am a nature lover and I love being a medium so that people can achieve their dream of climbing a peak, feeling safe, and taken care of. I also like to communicate and achieve with the expedition members empathy and a cordial relationship during their stay, that is why I speak English and French. I try to perfect myself year after year in languages, mountain medicine and sports-oriented coaching.
Mountain Guide I have worked for more than 10 seasons in Aconcagua, most of them for one of the largest and most important companies in the park. Occupying positions as Chief of Porters; Head of Base Camp, in charge of logistics (Puente de Inca); etc. I am a native of Mendoza, an athlete in all things. In addition to mountaineering, I practice other disciplines off-season, such as: adventure races, marathons, swimming, road cycling, and MTB. Triathlons are also one of the sports that I have had the good fortune to practice. I have completed mountain medicine courses with Dr. Chiocconi, avalanche courses certified by “TIERRA EXPLORA,” first-aid courses. Throughout all this time I was able to conquer 12 summits in Aconcagua, by both streams and different routes with clients, alone, and in a sporting way. I also climbed many of the most important hills of the Cordón del Plata and others. I have very deep-rooted values and principles of the family, with a humble and simple, but persistent personality.
Mountain Guide Jonathan (“Chango” to everyone) started his activity on Aconcagua in the basecamp staff, later becoming a porter. Besides his enormous charisma, he has collected summits and routes of great difficulty all over the Argentinean Andes. He possesses extraordinary physical strength, which quickly made him one of the strongest porters that mount Aconcagua had for several years. When he finished his training as a guide, he began to work assisting and guiding on both routes, adding to his career an extensive and enviable mountain curriculum. In the months in which he is not working in the Aconcagua Park, he works in schools as a physical education teacher, specialized in high resistance training.
Mountain Guide He was born in Mendoza, Argentina, and since he was a child he walks through its mountains. His first job was in the rivers of the Andes mountains as a rafting guide, at the same time he entered the world of rock climbing and mountaineering, activity that he prioritized and chose as a profession. He works in the Aconcagua Provincial Park since 2007, as a basecamp staffer first and then porter. At the end of his preparation in the school of guides in 2009 he began to work as a mountain guide. With more than 32 expeditions in Cerro Aconcagua, climbs in Patagonia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, bicycle trips in South America and expeditions in the Amazon it can be said that he is a tireless adventurer who finds in nature a learning environment of irreplaceable introspection.
Mountain Guide David Crespo began exploring the mountain 12 years ago, in which he dedicated to climb in Arenales and Vallecitos, the most important high mountain school in the province of Mendoza, climbing both rock and ice in routes with peaks over 5,000 meters. In the last 6 years he started working for some of the largest companies on Aconcagua as a porter and and guide. In his free time he is adding flying hours to finish his certification as a glider pilot.
Mountain Guide Gustavo transformed Aconcagua into his second home many years ago with almost ten years of experience in the Park, divided between porting and guiding. As a porter, he was the chief of porters of Plaza Argentina, managing a staff accustomed to climbing the mountain under any circumstance, participating in numerous rescue operations. As a guide, he is always attentive to the client’s needs, with an inexhaustible patience: “Being a guide for me is a dream come true. My job is to be an instrument, so that all of those that I have to guide reach their goals or their dreams. It’s something I do with a lot of joy, because it gives me the opportunity to show incredible places and experiences to my clients.”
Diego Molina was born in the city of Córdoba. In Argentina, the province of Córdoba is known as one of the most important climbing spots in Argentina. That explains his early approach to the rock and his passion to climb the most important walls of South America, with more than 15 years of experience and summits in mythical mountains such as Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy and the main mountains of the Andes in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru both as a mountain guide and climber.
His genuine interest for seeing his clients realize their goals and his everlasting patience and charisma has made him one the most popular and beloved guides in our staff among colleagues and clients, but also with his students of the Andean Mountaineering Club in his native city, where he works as a climbing instructor.
He is also an Industrial Alpinism technician, and when not guiding in Aconcagua or anywhere else he spends his time with his wonderful family or traveling around the country looking for new climbs.
Sebastián was born in the Valle de Uco, Mendoza, in the heart of the wine region of Mendoza, surrounded by a magnificent landscape of wide fields, vineyards and mountains at the foot of the Andes, which led him to make nature a lifestyle, starting in rock climbing at very early age, in both traditional and sports style.
This passion led him to study to become a physical education teacher and mountain guide later, to then work in Aconcagua and extensively travel Latin America climbing. Today he works as an instructor of climbing at the climbing club in his native San Carlos, where he also guides groups for the institution and teaches mountain and climbing courses.
In addition to teaching physical education, when he is not climbing ice or rock, Sebastian divides his passion between photography and writing.
Mountain Guide Vladimir was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and at the age of 5 he moved to Argentina with his parents, where he grew up and studied. It was during his time as a law student that he joined the University Club of Mountaineering, and after a year in it he made his first summit in Aconcagua. To date, he has 24 summits in the highest peak of South America, where he worked as a porter first, and as a guide after graduating from the mountain guide school of Mendoza, applying its ancestral family principles of the Inca culture in its profession, providing his clients with the best possible service, attending their concerns and ensuring their safety, disengaging their anxieties and enjoying the day-to-day of each expedition. “Aconcagua season is a like vacation time for me, because it gives me the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world, helping them to fulfill their dreams. That for me is priceless. ”
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