Christ the Redeemer of the Andes (Spanish: Cristo Redentor de los Andes) is a monument high in the Andes at 3,832 metres (12,572 ft) above sea level on the border between Argentina and Chile. It was unveiled on 13 March 1904 as a celebration of the peaceful resolution of the border dispute between the two countries.
The statue is located at the pass of La Cumbre, the highest point on the old road between Mendoza in Argentina and Santiago de Chile. The pass is also known as the Church (Iglesia) Pass on the Chilean side and the Bermejo Pass on the Argentine side. The road climbs 1 km over a sinuous 9 km from Las Cuevas (the closest village at the foot of the climb) to the pass.
The road is now principally used as a tourist route to visit the statue, with the main route between the two countries now using the Cristo Redentor Tunnel at the foot of the climb.
Photos are by me ... I was there in January 2009 - it is well worth a visit.
Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America, is that big mountain to the right of the centre of the above photo. I climbed it a few days earlier ... write up and photos of the Aconcagua climb is in http://mntviews.blogspot.com/2009/01/2009-jan-argentina-aconcagua.html
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