The Valley of Tears has returned to the public spotlight as this stretch of Argentine mountain range near Mendoza is the infamous site of the 1972 crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which inspired Juan José Bayon’s film, Snow Society, currently streaming on Netflix.

Valley of Tears is located on private property. It belongs to the Las Leñas Valley. To reach the glacier, it is recommended to hire a company registered with the Mendoza Tourist Organization (Emetur). This will allow you to have access to specialist services, full general camp services, muleteers and horses for river crossings, and close support in case of any emergency.

This is a sector that is right on the border between Chile and Argentina, which is why it was so difficult for the Uruguayans to find this sector in order to get to the nearest valley, which, strictly speaking, was on the Argentine side.

The Termas El Sosneado hotel was only 22 kilometers in a straight line from the scene of the disaster, but those who went for help, Roberto Canessa and Nando Parrado, walked 38 kilometers in the opposite direction..

After a 10-day trek through the Andes mountain range, they arrived in Chile. to a valley near Curico, where they were seen by muleteer Sergio Catalan, who notified the authorities (died 2020).

How to get to the Valley of Tears via Google Maps

A way to visit, even virtually, the Valley of Tears. It’s because of Google Maps.

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There is a beautifully marked landmark where today there is a sanctuary dedicated to the memory of the 16 survivors and, of course, the victims of the tragedy. The remains of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 even continue to exist.

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Source: Digital Trends

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