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near Potrerillos, Mendoza (Argentina)
Cerro Plata is the highest mountain of the Cordón del Plata Range, which is a small subdivision of The High Andes or Cordillera Central.
Cordón del Plata is located 80 km from Mendoza and is a popular place to climb for local mountaineers who want to have some days off in the mountains and also for those who want to acclimatize for Aconcagua. Cerro Plata is one of the highest peaks in central Argentina and was long considered to be over 6000m. My GPS read 5966m on the summit and the official altitude is 5955m.
Cerro Plata´s little sister, which isn´t more than two high points on the other side of the main peak´s summit plateau, is called Pico Plata and is slightly lower.
Another peak which can be climbed from the same camp is Pico Vallecitos. See note below.
The views from the summit of Cerro Plata is stunning!
In the south Los Andes 14'th highest peak Tupungato is visible, together with the majestic Cerro Polleras (5993m) and the black Cerro Negro/Cerro Pabellon (6070m).
Aconcagua, Ameghino and La Mano are located quite close by in the NW and futher away in the north the snowy peaks of the Mercedario Group can be seen on clear days.
Note: The mountain is called Cerro Vallecitos on Summitpost. This is the highest point of the peak, but very few actually climb to the main summit as it's a very technical climb. The point most mountaineers reach is called Pico Vallecitos, which is an easy walk-up with a ten meter scramble the last part. Cerro Vallecitos has no route easier than D+/TD.