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Mendoza From Santiago, Argentina - Border Crossing In A Spectacular Setting

Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2014   » View Photoset (28 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
This blog is the 2nd part of the journey between Santiago Chile and Mendoza. From the top of the mounatins at Cristo Redentor all the way down to Mendoza.
Argentina Photo - 3 red-roofed buildings, the train tracks run between, must be the station, Cristo Redentor.
3 red-roofed buildings, the train tracks run between, must be the station, Cristo Redentor.
See Part 1 for info and photos of the ascent up from Santiago.

The Border Crossing

We crossed from Chile into Argentina, the official border is about 10mins before the passport control building. Processing our bus took 40mins and then we began the spectacular descent down the mountains towards Mendoza. It only took another 2hrs 30mins to reach Mendoza actually. During that time I was really blown away by the scenery and terrain, it is amazing!

Las Cuevas

We passed through the village of Las Cuevas and travelled down alongside the river and rugged, jagged mountains. The train tracks run along the right side of the road. 5 or so minutes after passing through Las Cuevas you will see them run through a station with bright red roofs, it's quite a sight! The road weaves and cuts back and forth, you may catch a glimpse of a few snowy peaks during this time. This is all in the 10mins before arriving at passport control. We continue. On the left is an orangey / black bus sitting deserted, abandoned and dwarfed by the mountains above it.

Inca Bridge

The road and train each have a bridge adjacent to each other as we cross the river at the town of Puente del Inca (Inca Bridge). There are restaurants and hostels here. The road travels down the middle of the valley. The river is beside and mountains of colors are all around, it's beautiful. We pass a big hotel called Hotel Ayelen which sits in a very picturesque setting. Just
Argentina Photo - Red/grey rock between Cristo Redentor and the passport offices.
Red/grey rock between Cristo Redentor and the passport offices.
down from there the train tracks pass by a museum called Mundo Perdido (Lost World). We pass by another little community, there is building here with a bright blue roof on a little hill above a small green / yellow farm with horses, it's very pretty.

Tunnels

Some interesting rock formations appear. The road heads up above
Argentina Photo - River, road and mountains between Cristo Redenter and the passport office.
River, road and mountains between Cristo Redenter and the passport office.
the valley and curves through tunnels around the mountain edge. Everything starts to flatten out and widen as we come to the end of an amazing run of views.

But Wait There's More!

But wait there's more! The now calm and tranquil river beside us drifts away and the landscape opens up again to bright yellow / green trees, just like on the Santiago side of these mountains. There's a few snowy peaks in the distance out to the right before we pass the big lagoon on the left. When you start seeing vineyards in all directions, you know you are in Mendoza!

Mendoza Arrival

Overall this trip from Santiago to Mendoza took 6hrs 15mins including 30mins stopped at road works and 40mins for passport control.

     

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Map location: Mendoza from Santiago, Argentina. The spectacular trip from Chile across the mountains, this is the 2nd half, the 1st half is in 'Chile - Santiago to Mendoza'.
 A : Santiago to Mendoza - Chile 80 kms 80 kms straight distance | 1hr 51mins 1hr 51mins by car (106 kms) | 2hrs 13mins 2hrs 13mins by bus (106 kms) (106 kms)
 B : Mendoza - Argentina 81 kms 81 kms straight distance | 2hrs 20mins 2hrs 20mins by car (172 kms) | 2hrs 48mins 2hrs 48mins by bus (172 kms) (172 kms)
 C : Santiago - Chile 126 kms 126 kms straight distance | 2hrs 55mins 2hrs 55mins by car (204 kms) | 3hrs 30mins 3hrs 30mins by bus (204 kms) (204 kms)
 D : Valparaiso - Chile 172 kms 172 kms straight distance | 3hrs 26mins 3hrs 26mins by car (247 kms) | 4hrs 7mins 4hrs 7mins by bus (247 kms) (247 kms)
 E : San Juan - Argentina 185 kms 185 kms straight distance | 4hrs 10mins 4hrs 10mins by car (344 kms) | 5hrs 5hrs by bus (344 kms) (344 kms)
 F : Coquimbo - Chile 354 kms 354 kms straight distance | 6hrs 8mins 6hrs 8mins by car (520 kms) | 7hrs 21mins 7hrs 21mins by bus (520 kms) (520 kms)
 G : La Serena - Chile 358 kms 358 kms straight distance | 6hrs 11mins 6hrs 11mins by car (525 kms) | 7hrs 25mins 7hrs 25mins by bus (525 kms) (525 kms)
 H : Cordoba - Argentina 536 kms 536 kms straight distance | 9hrs 40mins 9hrs 40mins by car (827 kms) | 11hrs 36mins 11hrs 36mins by bus (827 kms) (827 kms)
 I : Rosario - Argentina 839 kms 839 kms straight distance | 11hrs 16mins 11hrs 16mins by car (1024 kms) | 13hrs 31mins 13hrs 31mins by bus (1024 kms) (1024 kms)
 J : Santa Fe - Argentina 856 kms 856 kms straight distance | 12hrs 21mins 12hrs 21mins by car (1068 kms) | 14hrs 49mins 14hrs 49mins by bus (1068 kms) (1068 kms)
 K : Parana - Argentina 871 kms 871 kms straight distance | 13hrs 23mins 13hrs 23mins by car (1117 kms) | 16hrs 3mins 16hrs 3mins by bus (1117 kms) (1117 kms)
 L : Cafayate - Argentina 837 kms 837 kms straight distance | 15hrs 18mins 15hrs 18mins by car (1216 kms) | 18hrs 21mins 18hrs 21mins by bus (1216 kms) (1216 kms)
 M : Salta to Cafayate - Argentina 916 kms 916 kms straight distance | 16hrs 54mins 16hrs 54mins by car (1324 kms) | 20hrs 16mins 20hrs 16mins by bus (1324 kms) (1324 kms)
 N : Salta - Argentina 987 kms 987 kms straight distance | 16hrs 49mins 16hrs 49mins by car (1463 kms) | 20hrs 10mins 20hrs 10mins by bus (1463 kms) (1463 kms)
 O : Salta to Paso de Jama (Chile Border) - Argentina 1012 kms 1012 kms straight distance | 19hrs 27mins 19hrs 27mins by car (1642 kms) | 23hrs 20mins 23hrs 20mins by bus (1642 kms) (1642 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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