The Best Bus Ride Ever (by Carmen)
Long bus rides come with the territory when traveling in South America. Extremely long in some cases – I’m talking 24 hours or more! Nathan and I have avoided such journeys, keeping our trips to 10 hours or less. On some of our longer journeys we take an overnight to save on money and time. These can actually be quite comfortable with seats that recline nearly flat. But there are some bus rides worth being awake for. Such is the case with the trip from Santiago to Mendoza.
A few years ago my cousin traveled around South America. She endured numerous bus hours but one trip in particular stuck out in her mind: Santiagoto Mendoza. Ever since, I’ve actually been looking forward to the eight hour journey. (Thanks Adri!) The two cities are separated by the Andes. It’s a mean job for the bus to get up and over these mountains, but for us it made for spectacular views.
As the bus trudged up switchback after switchback our eyes were practically glued to the windows. We were enveloped by high cliffs carved by the swift river running alongside the road. Glaciers peeked out from distant mountain peaks. The drama of it all made the ride feel much shorter than it actually was. Bring on the 24 hour bus trip! Ok, not really but we are looking forward to more scenic drives through northwest Argentina.