Aconcagua, at 22,834 feet, the highest mountain of the Western Hemisphere. It is located in the Andes of western Argentina at 33 degrees south latitude. The Aconcagua River springs at its foot and flows in an 84-mile course into the Pacific Ocean. Considered the beginning of historical Central Chile, the well-irrigated valley was settled by Indians and Spaniards. Wine, fruits, tobacco, flax, and vegetables are grown for domestic consumption and export. Major centers in the valley are San Felipe, Los Andes, and Quillota. Not far from the river's mouth, in Chile, are the sister cities of Valparaíso and Viña Del Mar, both of which are connected with Mendoza (Argentina) by an electric railway and a paved road.
See alsoArgentina, Geography .
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CÉsar N. Caviedes