We left from Santiago at about 10am for our full day crossing through the Andes over to Argentina to our destination just outside of Mendoza. As soon as we left the city, passing the poorer outskirts,
the scenery began rising upwards
until we entered the Andes!
To the Border! There was an gross long line of cars so we piled out of the mini van and stretched our legs, taking in our incredible surroundings
before resting in the sun under the Argentinean flag
Soon tired of that we wandered some more, bought some water to ease the heat and eventually were summoned into the big shed like building to have our papers checked. Our driver had about 6 different documents that all required a certain number of stamps and other things (he was missing one but a bribe ensured that the officials quickly found a replacement!) And we handed over our passports to the Chilean official who checked our entry details and stamped something and we filled out something and he ofcourse stamped that too and then handed it all to the Argentinean official who felt compelled to do a bit more stamping – inbetween going for a wander with mums passport (the chilean official saw this as a sign to go for a wander to) and about 2 hours after arriving at the border we were offically – and legally – in ARGENTINA!
Argentina increased in prosperity and prominence between 1880 and 1929, while emerging as one of the 10 richest countries in the world, benefiting from an agricultural export-led economy but since that time has struggled with dictatorial leaders, high inflation and terrible corruption. Though many of the Argentinean people are distinct for their olive skin and striking blue eyes, Argentina is considered a country of immigrants. 86.4% of Argentina’s 40 million people self-identify as European descent and most of these, some, 25 million, have some degree of Italian descent (60% of the total population).
Facts aside, all i was thinking about when we crossed over was the landscape. It was amazing how as soon as we crossed, the scenery was far more dramatic, beautiful and diverse – the Argentineans definitely got the better deal!
and though i was planning to sleep and rest
i simply couldn’t pull my eyes away
from the ever changing landscape and
Finally, after a full day of driving (and waiting) our surroundings flattened out
until we came to the amazing Cavas Wine Lodge
where we were greated by an extremely refreshing white wine and then ducked under the vines that cover the many little paths
to our incredible abodes which are architecturally like nothing i’ve seen before with their flowing lines,
I certainly couldn’t be more relaxed or content with my amazing surroundings and even better company!