Tupungato, one of the highest mountains in South America, is a massive stratovolcano dating to Pleistocene times. It lies on the border between the Chilean Metropolitan Region and the province of Mendoza, Argentina, near a major international highway about 80 km (50 mi) east of Santiago. It is located about 100 km (62 mi) south of Aconcagua, the highest peak of both the Southern and Western Hemispheres. Immediately to its southwest lies the active Tupungatito volcano, which last erupted in 1987.
The mountain gives its name to the Tupungato Department an important Argentine wine producing region in the Mendoza province.
1947 plane crash 
On August 2, 1947, the airliner Star Dust, an Avro Lancastrian carrying six passengers and five crew over the Andes range, crashed into a steep glacier high on the Argentine side of Tupungato. The plane was quickly buried in the resulting avalanche and heavy snowfall that was taking place at the time. The plane lay undetected deep beneath the snow and glacial ice for over 50 years, before its remnants finally re-emerged at the glacier terminus in 2000. Shortly thereafter, an Argentinian army expedition discovered the scattered debris and wreckage, collecting some of the evidence for investigation.
Aerial view of Tupungato (center-left) and Tupungatito
See also 
- ^ The given elevation of 6,570 metres comes from Chilean 1:50.000 topographic mapping and is in accordance with SRTM data; the frequently given elevation of 6,800 metres is incorrect.
- ^ a b http://peaklist.org/WWlists/ultras/andes2.html "Argentina and Chile, Central Ultra-Prominences". Peaklist.org. Retrieved 2013-02-26.
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