By Camas Post-Record

“I’m not trying to prove I’m tough. I just want to prove I’m here for the right reasons.”

Nick Swinhart posted this quote to his blog on Jan. 3, the same day he left to finish an uncompleted task: Summit Aconcagua, a daunting 23,000 foot high mountain in Argentina. The 45-year-old Camas-Washougal Fire Department chief is an experienced climber, but had not been to Aconcagua since he was 28. He had failed to reach the summit due to... (Read More)

By Tempo

A group of female hikers from the team of The Women of Indonesia’s Seven Summits Expedition formed by the Parahyangan Catholic University students, have succeeded in reaching the summit of the fourth highest mountains in the world. An Indonesian Flag was erected on Aconcagua Mountain’s summit in Argentina, at 6,962 meters above sea level (mdpl).

A member of the expidition's publication team in Bandung, Alfons Yoshio, said that the team reached the peak of Aconcagua on... (Read More)

By The Bubble

A few days before the start of the Primera División championship, the government announced it will be rolling out a national database (i.e. blacklist) of football match spectators in a purported effort to curb football-related violence.

The Security Ministry announced the creation of the National Registry of People with the Right of Admission to Football Games which will be administered by the Football Security Commission (COSEF) with the aim to... (Read More)

By The Rakyat Post

Rescue teams are working to evacuate about 3,850 people trapped by mudslides in mountainous areas in Mendoza, a province in western Argentina, officials said on Sunday.

The mudslides forced officials to close the Cristo Redentor tunnel, the main trans-Andean route linking Argentina and Chile, and open shelters, which have been supplied with... (Read More)

By National Post

If you want mint tea with your breakfast at Casa de Uco, a luxury wine resort nestled in the Argentinian Andean foothills, your server first checks in the kitchen. Moments later, he is outside, walking toward the hotel’s organic garden, next to its vineyards. When he returns to your table moments later, he delivers a teapot brimming with freshly cut mint leaves.

About one hour north, guests at the Entre Cielos Wine Hotel and Spa are greeted at the gate with a glass of rosé from the Mendoza-area hotel’s vineyards. Drinks in hand, they are transported by golf cart to the hotel entrance, just some 100 metres away. Pampering is an Entre Cielos specialty. Indeed, its award-winning hamam spa, the first in South America, draws visitors from around the world.

Casa de Uco and Entre Cielos have much in common besides their own vineyards in Argentina’s leading wine region. Both are intimate, each with 16 rooms, creating a lodge-like experience where it is easy to meet other guests, if you want, or relax in secluded nooks. Both are among only a handful of luxury hotels just outside Mendoza—and both are... (Read More)

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By Mexidata

Argentina’s recently elected President Mauricio Macri (56) appears, so far, to be a breath of fresh air for Latin America with his avowed, motivated and aggressive posture against drug trafficking and organized crime that is so prevalent throughout the hemisphere.

That may not be such a tough act to follow, after outgoing President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s eight years in the high office – with considerable controversy and many allegations of corruption.

She began her two terms as president on 10 December 2007, following her late husband Nestor’s four-year term as president. The challenges facing her from the inception were poor public security, inflation, and international credibility.

Essentially, Cristina was never able to overcome the accusations, ranging from... (Read More)

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