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Alive! Then & Now
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Experience the first
expedition to retrace the
Alive Andes escape route
with our 3-D, interactive
map, survivor audio interviews, and trek  photographs.

Survivors, maps, photos

Alive Andes Escape Route Expedition Map
Fly over the Alive survivors' escape route with our 3-D, interactive map
generated by GPS data.   Map by Computer Terrain Mapping

Map: Andes expedition

Zoom in and out and examine the survivors' path with our 3-D, interactive escape-route map >>

Until the Alive expedition in December 2005, no one had retraced the full original route survivors Roberto Canessa and Nando Parrado used to get out of the Andes and save their friends, who were still stranded at more than 12,000 feet (3,658 meters).

Contributing Editor James Vlahos, along with expedition leader Ricardo Peña and Uruguayan guide Mario Perez, had a clear goal: "Setting out at the exact same time of year as the escape team, we planned to walk where they had walked, camp in some of the places where they had camped, and—we hoped—get closer to understanding the heroism it had taken to save their companions," says Vlahos.

Map Legend
1. Site of impact of the Fairchild 571

2. Resting place of the fuselage, 12,025 feet (3,663 meters)

3. Approach route from Argentina of the author's modern-day expedition

4. Top of the headwall, 14,774 feet (4,503 meters)

5. Place where the snow ends
    Hear Roberto Canessa describe
hearing water for the first time >>

6. Los Maitenes settlement, Chile, 4,676 feet (1,425 meters)     

Survivors Look Back
Listen to four of the Alive survivors as they reflect back on their ordeal >>
Expedition Photo Gallery
Writer James Vlahos shares breathtaking expedition photos  >>
3-D Escape Map
Fly over the Andes escape route with our interactive map >>

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