In December I spent a few days with my girlfriend in the Cordón del Plata mountain range , just to the west of the city of Mendoza (famous for its vineyards) at the foot of the Argentinean Andes. Aconcagua – the highest mountain in the Americas – also lies close by. I reached an altitude of around 4500m, marking the midsummer snowline. Further down, guanacos browsed on the sparse vegetation while rock avalanches frequently interrupted our sleep as they rumbled down steep scree slopes. A beautiful and relatively accessible area for trekking, many climbers come here to acclimatize before heading on to Aconcagua. Check out some of my photos of the area below.