About the author

Pedro Algorta is one of the sixteen survivors of the Uruguayan plane that crashed in the Andes in 1972. After the accident, he lived in Buenos Aires where he graduated with a degree in Economic Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, and then went on to get an MBA from Stanford University, California. He also studied International Politics at the Universidad di Tella, Argentina and the teaching of Adaptive Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Massachusetts.

He has had a successful business career as an executive at various companies: Techint, Quilmes and Peñaflor, among others.


On December 22nd 1972, the world discovered that sixteen of the forty-five passengers of the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 that crashed in the Andes seventy days earlier were still alive. Pedro Algorta has never spoken of his experience but he breaks his silence of over 40 years and gives a first-hand account of one of the most incredible stories of human survival and team spirit.


Pedro delves into how he personally lived those seventy days in the cordillera, the day-to-day struggle to survive, and how with difficulty, a lot of hard work and strong team spirit the group created a survival machine in the mountains. Each one of us has our own mountain – our own story – and understanding it helps us make sense of our path in life and to see the way ahead. We are all capable of surviving our Andes.

Into the Mountains


The extraordinary true story of survival in the Andes and its aftermath


Pedro Algorta
  • ISBN: 978-1-910649-41-1
  • Publication date: March 2016
  • Price: £12.99 (UK) / $19.99 (US)
  • Format: 216 x 138mm • Paperback • 256pp

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