Refugio Alférez Portinari | Informal Campsite

Argentina

Details

Verified:
over 1 year ago
Altitude:
2450.0 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
42Strong

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
Natural Source
Toilets:
No
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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Description

Parking lot at a refugio operated by the Gendarmería Nacional. Serves as gateway to the Cajon de Arenales and Portillo Argentina wilderness areas. No facilities, but beautiful and ideal for those wanting to explore the region (trekking, climbing, etc). Several people claimed that the water in the river nearby is clean enough to drink without filtering.

The gendarmes are helpful, although one of them was pretty creepy. Just watches you, not real talkative...probably wonders what side dish you go best with.

Creeper aside, lots of people leave their cars here while they go camping further on in the mountains. Literally hundreds of climbing routes to choose from.

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Update a year later! You can only pass through between 8am and 8pm. If you arrive after 8pm then you have to sleep outside the gate and then enter in the morning. Once through the gate, you can stay as long as you like.

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Note that this is not a refugio as the name here suggests, it's just wild camping. There is a building you'll pass by on the way in, where you give your name and ID to a friendly guard, then you drive up and can wild camp wherever you like. Water from river but no other services. Great rock climbing - get the guidebook for "Arenales" or just walk up to the obvious wall (about 20-30 mins) to see a sea of bolted routes with bolted anchors! Further up the canyon are tons more routes, and an empty free building for tent camping.

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Wonderful place to start hiking to Cajòn de los Arenales. No problems to stay overnight.
Please note: you stay at 2450 mNN

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15 minute hike to a brilliant climber's Refugio. Approaches from the Refugio to the base of most climbing are strenuous (loose scree and steep) but you're rewarded by a lifetime supply of fabulous multi pitch trad climbing on 3/5 quality alpine granite.

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Parking lot at a refugio operated by the Gendarmería Nacional. Serves as gateway to the Cajon de Arenales and Portillo Argentina wilderness areas. No facilities, but beautiful and ideal for those wanting to explore the region (trekking, climbing, etc). Several people claimed that the water in the river nearby is clean enough to drink without filtering.

The gendarmes are helpful, although one of them was pretty creepy. Just watches you, not real talkative...probably wonders what side dish you go best with.

Creeper aside, lots of people leave their cars here while they go camping further on in the mountains. Literally hundreds of climbing routes to choose from.

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