30.01.2019 - 30.01.2019 93 °F
On January 30, we took an Andesmar double-decker bus from Vina del Mar, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina. we had a front row seat on 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, 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. A few more kilometers up the road, we went through the two mile long Cristo Redentor Tunnel 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. Despite the high altitude (10,400 feet) the temperature was more than 90 F.