|Leaving Mendoza entering the Andes, Canon Rebel XSi, Canon 24-105 at 67mm, f10, 1/100sec. ISO100|
You can fly, it takes only 25 minutes, passing through the Andes, price varied with the seasons, can be affordable around $180US returned to over $600US, Aerolineas Argentinas and Lan Airlines are offering many flights per week.
If you like to go by bus, we did it once, don't think will do it again, it was a very scary experience, we were sitting on the first row, left side #12 & 13 on the second floor of the bus, it means that the view was amazing, on the Argentina side the roads were great, going to higher altitude into the Andes, what was scary was our bus driver, passing vehicles all the time in very dangerous location.
When we got to the border, we had to pass customs in Argentina and Chile, took few hours.
The road on the Chilean side were not that great, and we had to go to a lower altitude, using a loop road, many loops, too many, very scary, we were sitting pass the front wheels of the bus meaning that we had the feeling that we were hanging over the cliff, the driver wasn't slowing down, shooting the road below was very hard, not because the view wasn't great, because it was so scary, I had a hard time to look down, my thoughts were all over the place, "if we blow a tire, we are going to die, we are way too close to the edge of the road, I am so scared".... you can have an idea looking at the image below.
|Scary Chilean Loop Road, hanging over the cliff, you can see a bit of the road on the left corner, it doesn't look too scary but believe me it was. Canon Rebel XSi, Canon 24-105 at 24mm, f6.3, 1/100sec. ISO100|
We may do it again, the scenery is so amazing, and if we do we will do the leg from Santiago to Mendoza, that way we will sit inside of the road going up the Chilean dangerous loop road. If you plan to do this amazing adventure, bring your camera, I used a little Canon DSLR Rebel XSi, with my favorite lens my Canon 24-105 and a polarized filter for the window glare, it is sometime very difficult to avoid the glare, and a lot of my shots were not usable, too much of it, and because you're not the driver, you don't know what the weather will be, just keep shooting, you'll get great keepers, even if it was a scary experience, I am glad we did it... For more info follow this link "Platform 10".
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|Argentina Road, Canon Rebel XSi, Canon 24-105 at 45mm, f8, 1/100sec. ISO100|
|Argentina Road, Canon Rebel XSi, Canon 24-105 at 28mm, f8, 1/100sec. ISO100|
|Chilean Road, Canon Rebel XSi, Canon 24-105 at 50mm, f8, 1/100sec. ISO100|
|Chilean Road, Argentina Road, Canon Rebel XSi, Canon 24-105 at 35mm, f8, 1/100sec. ISO100|