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When we first looked at a vacation in Argentina, my plan was to rent a car and then drive to a few locations like we did in Portugal and England. However, after looking at the size of the country and also finding out that rental cars are not a good idea (expensive, no unlimited mileage and dangerous roads/driving habits) a change of plans was called for. As the Loney Planet guide book says, often a tour booked from outside the country is cheaper than just the airflights alone. Consequently, I got on the internet and, through Ripio Turismo, was able to book two separate internal package deals for US$500 per person per tour. This included the 1.5 hour jet flights from/to Buenos Aires, airport transfers, 4 nights accommodations with breakfast and two day-trip tours at each location. It ended up working out very well !
By the time we reached Mendoza, at the foot of the Andes mountains, we had been in Argentina for just over a week. We had done the big-city thing in Buenos Aires and both sides of the world-famous Iguazu Falls. However, I would have to say that this was the favourite part of our 2-week trip. The city of Mendoza itself is fantastic but the day-trip tour that we took into the Andes Mountains was really special.
The drive up the rugged river valleys leading to the mountain top border-crossing into Chile, the amazing yellow rocks at the Puente del Inca spa, the sight of the highest mountain outside of Asia, standing on top of the Andes, the fantastic weather and the great mini-bus passengers and guides all made this a special part of our trip!
The photo shows me bracing against the very strong back-winds at 12,500 ft (3,800 m) elevation on the continental divide between Argentina and Chile.
- Pros:Great weather, way too cheap & friendly people
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