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20th April – The BEST bus Journey in The World, Mendoza to Santiago de Chile.

THANK YOU ARGENTINA for being the perfect host and we will be eternally grateful for your hospitality, amazing landscapes in the Patagonia region, fine wine amazing steaks and last but not least friendly people.

We left Argentina for the last time this morning. The bus journey from Mendoza to Santiago de Chile took around 7hrs.

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In Argentina when taking a long distance bus, you must be on time or you are left behind. That’s what almost happened to us, we waited for Julie’s North Face socks to be returned by the laundrette and when the guy from the laundry came in, he had the wrong socks.

Julie and I raced outside, without her socks and jumped into a taxi. It took 10 mins to get to the bus terminal with everyone waiting for us and the coach staff not happy. Anyway we made it and didn’t have to forfeit $190 ARS per person.

The journey to Chile de Santiago from Mendoza must be one of the best or the best journey in terms on scenery we have made on this trip. OMG. The sky was dark blue, not a cloud in sight, mountains of the Andes stood tall, shoulder to shoulder, some with snow at the top and others just bare and red like the butt of an orangutan with a river running through the middle.

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RECOMMENDATION: I think it’s best to sit on the upper deck and left hand side of the bus. If you can get front seats excellent but more of the scenery or action is on the left.

It was stunning, it has to be one of the most picturesque journeys in the world. Don’t miss this if you visit Argentina and Chile, even if you have nothing to do in Chile or Argentina, it’s a MUST. Also just before you reach the Chilean border you get a view of the second highest peak outside the Himalayas called Cerro Aconcagua.

Passport control was a bit tedious, we spent around 2hrs here getting into Chile, being sniffed by dogs and this particular cute dog took a liking to me because I just handled apple and it could smell it.

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After we left passport control, the next 20 minutes of the bus journey to Santiago was incredible, you could see the winding roads from the top, it was like a snake trail. AMAZING and scary at times as the bus got too close to the edge.

We arrived at the bus terminals and negotiated our way to the hostel by metro. Cost of metro is $600 CLP (0.80p) per person, it doesn’t matter how far we are travelling on the metro, it’s still the same price. Hosteling International on Cien Fuego street is very good and clean, has wifi and were lucky to have a dorm to ourselves.

Had dinner and then slept.

En français:

Aujourd’hui, on quitte Mendoza et on quitte l’Argentine direction Santiago du Chile.

Hier quand on a recupéré notre linge tout propre, il me manquait une paire de chaussettes de randonnée et du coup ce matin, ils ont appelé et un mec de la laverie doit me l’apporter à temps pour qu’on puisse attraper notre bus qui part à 10h30.

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Le mec arrive à 10h15 et ce ne sont même pas mes chaussettes. Donc pas de chausettes et on va rater notre bus. On lutte pour trouver un taxi et quand on monte on lui demande de foncer car notre bus part dans….4 minutes! Si on raté un bus à cause d’une paire de chaussettes, franchement!

Mendoza est construit comme New York, en grille et à chaque croisement un feu et avec notre chance on se les tape tous au rouge.
Des qu’on atteint la gare routière je cours jusqu’au bus pour lui dire de nous attendre. Et heureusement il nous attendait déjà depuis plus de 5 minutes. Kwasi arrive deux minutes plus tard avec les sacs.

À peine on est assis que le bus part, ouf!

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Le trajet dure 7 heures dont 1h30 à la douane. Les paysages sont incroyables, on traverse la cordillère des Andes et on peut apercevoir le mont Aconcagua, le plus haut en dehors de l’Himalaya et le plus haut sommet du continent américain.
La douane se trouve à 3000 m d’altitude et du coup on ressent les effets de la hauteur, j’ai mal à la tête et Kwasi respire un peu plus difficilement.
Pour passer au Chili, il est interdit d’avoir des fruits, légumes, viandes etc… Car ils veulent préserver leur biodiversité.
Et pour ça, on doit être reniflé par des chiens experts en fruits!

Quand on reprend le bus, on descend 1000 mètres d’un coup par la route la plus en épingles que j’ai jamais vue.

On arrive à Santiago vers 17h30 à la gare routière Alameda. De la on prend le métro jusqu’à la station Los Heroes et on marche jusqu’à notre auberge.
On est installés dans un dortoir de 4 et pour l’instant on est les seuls occupants…

Pour le dîner, on sort dans l’avenida Brasil et on déguste une chorillana, un plat de frites, saucisses, steak, porc et œuf!

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