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Road trip across the Andes

sunny 93 °F
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On January 30, we took an Andesmar double-decker bus from Vina del Mar, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina. we had a front row seat 20190130_131014_resized.jpgon the top level, but the window had an embedded mesh to help cut down on glare that also made forward photography rotten Still it was an exciting and scenic ride. After a long climb up a road with many broad curves.we reached the last 20 km of Chile and began a steep climb with 30 switchbacks, 20190130_114907_resized.jpg followed by a somewhat gentler, but constant climb on broad curves until we reached the top of the pass and drove under a sign indicating we were leaving Chile.20190130_115331_resized.jpg A few more kilometers up the road, we went through the two mile long Cristo Redentor Tunnel20190130_115845_resized.jpg before making a stop for border control and customs. The process took about an hour and we were fortunate becuase 3 more buses arrived after us. The ride down the Argentine side featured mostly gentler slopes and few switchbacks.20190130_121123_resized.jpg Despite the high altitude (10,400 feet) the temperature was more than 90 F.

Posted by judgelarry 11:30 Archived in Chile

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How are the switchbacks in the ice and snow?

by Jef

No snow at this time of the year, but there are gates to close the road and I am sure that occurs sometimes in winter.

by judgelarry

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