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PHOTOS: Life at Aconcagua’s Confluencia, a Sustainable Geodesic Base Camp in the Argentine Andes
The sun powers Confluencia through 12V solar panels that are kept clean and turned towards the sun twice a day to get the most out of them. Some domes have reused wooden pallets or even floating wooden floors, while other use upside down carpets or are left simply with bare ground. Confluencia is a small and very friendly group of people that work on-site four months a year and see guides and (mainly) visitors from all over the world in transit to the Aconcagua’s peak. People from different backgrounds can mix in a beautiful yet extreme environment, sharing crazy stories of high altitude finds, and of course, the love for the mountains.
A solar-powered fridge is eco-friendly and works much better than a thermic one, which is buried in the ground. Inside the kitchen: useful bottom-pierced recycled aluminum cans for drying cutlery and a visit from a cheeky Patagonian Sierra finch, dubbed ‘boquenses’ for sharing Boca‘s football team colors. Food at Inca is deluxe, balanced in calories and carbohydrates and range from fresh watermelon, homemade pizzas, roasted veggies, and even porridge and scrambled eggs for breakfast.
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