Argentina, Uruguay & Chile

Sep 1st, 2015, 10:07 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 19
Argentina, Uruguay & Chile

Hello from Arizona! I am in the process of planning a surprise trip for the wife to South America, neither of us have ever been. We land in Buenos Aires, have 12 days. The main purpose of the trip is a few days in Mendoza, fly there from Buenos Aires. This is in January by the way, so summer season down there. I figured 2 or 3 days in Buenos Aires, then was thinking of doing a ferry to Monteviedo for the night. Thoughts on Monteviedo by ferry? Worth it or too much of a hassle? Then from Mendoza heading to Santiago, Chile for a couple of days and hit Vina del Mar as well for a day or so. Thoughts on this? Want to make this trip memorable, worthwhile and not be too crazy so 4 stops tops. Thanks all!

[email protected]
jpvillahill is offline  
Sep 1st, 2015, 11:35 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,243
Hi, JP and welcome to rhe Fodor's Argentina forum!

Hopefully, you have come to the right place for advice.

1) If I were you, I would NOT post my e-mail address, ever. No need for that. You'll get your answers here.

2) As you know, it's summer holiday season down here, so flights will be crowded and that kind of thing.

3) Buenos Aires will be pretty warm.

4) You seem to have your mind set on going to Mendoza, where it will also be very warm, so that's fine, as long as you are aware of that.

5) I don't think it makes any sense at all to go to Mentevideo.

6) If you are flying back from Chile, as seems to be the case, Santiago and Viña del Mar should be fine.

So, I suggest your 4 stops should be BA, Mendoza, Santiago and Viña del Mar.

Have a wonderful time in South America with your DW, JP.
avrooster is offline  
Sep 1st, 2015, 11:42 AM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 19
Perfect, do you think 4 days in BA makes sense? Plenty to see correct?

Yes I realize it will be warm, but coming from the desert of Arizona we will be ok. We really are looking forward to Mendoza and also some wineries in Chile.

We will actually be driving from Mendoza to Santiago then back again to fly back to Buenos Aires roundtrip. That make sense?

Thank you!

John Paul
jpvillahill is offline  
Sep 1st, 2015, 12:14 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,243
About your:

"We will actually be driving from Mendoza to Santiago then back again to fly back to Buenos Aires roundtrip. That make sense?"

Not to me, JP. The distances are huge and Argentine drivers are lunatics. Take my word for it, JP, I'm one of them.
avrooster is offline  
Sep 1st, 2015, 01:48 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 7,415
"Argentine drivers are lunatics. Take my word for it, JP, I'm one of them." I can attest to that having been in a car when avrooster is driving ��

I preferred Valparaiso to Vina but both are nice. I agree with avrooster re Montevideo, it would take too long.
crellston is offline  
Sep 1st, 2015, 01:54 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,243
ROTFLMAO!

That was SEVEN years ago!

http://www.fodors.com/community/sout...ant-refuse.cfm
avrooster is offline  
Sep 1st, 2015, 02:28 PM
  #7  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 19
So the drive from Mendoza to Santiago is longer than it seems?
jpvillahill is offline  
Sep 2nd, 2015, 02:51 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,243
"Longer than it seems" is relative. Lots of holiday traffic at that time of the year.

I assume you plan to rent a car. Do you know there are almost no cars with automatic gears for rent in Argentina?

Have you told whatever car rental company you plan to use that you are going to cross an international border?

I suggest going from BA first to Mendoza and then on to Santiago and back to BA by plane or bus. Tourists say our long distance buses are very good, particularly if you choose the fully reclining seat (cama) option.

Have a wonderful time in South America with your DW, JP.
avrooster is offline  
Sep 2nd, 2015, 05:43 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 2,032
I've taken the but from Mendoza to Santiago and it's one really fun ride. Cheaper than renting with a lot less hassle. Plus you can concentrate on the scenery rather than the road. Upper deck first row seats on a daytime crossing are strongly recommended (cama or not doesn't matter).
NoFlyZone is offline  
Sep 2nd, 2015, 06:16 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,243
"Cama" would be for the BA/Mendoza leg.
avrooster is offline  
Sep 2nd, 2015, 06:31 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,338
Consider taking a bus between Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Santiago. We used Andesmar from Santiago to Mendoza and enjoyed spectacular scenery going over the Andes and very reasonable rates. Then from Mendoza, we took an overnight Andesmar bus to BA. The buses are far superior to the ones we have in the US and one can actually get a good night's sleep (unlike a red eye flight). I actually slept 7 hours straight and would have slept more if I had not stayed up late watching a movie on the TV in front of me. Of course we also saved the cost of one night in a hotel doing it this way.

Research this further on Tripadvisor's Santiago and Mendoza forums as there is a lot written about this bus service there.

_____________________________________________
Vic's travels: http://my.flightmemory.com/vogilvie
Orlando_Vic is offline  
Sep 2nd, 2015, 10:35 AM
  #12  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 19
From BA to Mendoza plan is to fly, flights aren't bad at all on Argentina Airlines. Looks like I will switch my plan to bus from Mendoza to Santiago then. Just figured that would take a lot longer.
jpvillahill is offline  
Sep 2nd, 2015, 10:37 AM
  #13  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 19
Nevermind looks like KLM has a great flight one way from Santiago back to BA at a great price. So bus from Mendoza to Santiago to enjoy the scenery, just wish then we could stop at the tourist stops along the way.
jpvillahill is offline  
Sep 2nd, 2015, 11:28 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,243
I'm sorry, for some reason or other (age, maybe? LOL!) I misunderstood and thought you wanted to drive from BA to Mendoza and then on to Chile and back to BA.

If LAN has flights from BA to Mendoza which suit your schedule, choose them instead of Aerolíneas Argentinas which is quite unreliable.

Have a wonderful time in South America with your DW, JP.
avrooster is offline  
Sep 3rd, 2015, 05:25 AM
  #15  
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,338
"From BA to Mendoza plan is to fly, flights aren't bad at all on Argentina Airlines. Looks like I will switch my plan to bus from Mendoza to Santiago then. Just figured that would take a lot longer."

It's your call, but it takes about 7 hours (including about 1 hour for border crossing). You will also miss all that wonderful scenery going over the Andes by ground.

_____________________________________________
Vic's travels: http://my.flightmemory.com/vogilvie
Orlando_Vic is offline  
Sep 3rd, 2015, 07:27 AM
  #16  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 2,032
Well worth the 8 hour investment. No scenery is lost.
NoFlyZone is offline  
Sep 3rd, 2015, 07:30 AM
  #17  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 19
So you are suggesting flying to Santiago from Mendoza instead of bus or driving? I heard by land better and longer views of the scenery.
jpvillahill is offline  
Sep 3rd, 2015, 07:50 AM
  #18  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,243
I'd suggest crossing the Andes to Santiago by bus for the sights from the ground.

On the way back, you can watch from the air.
avrooster is offline  
Sep 3rd, 2015, 09:22 AM
  #19  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 19
perfect, that is my plan! All set now, so excited the next 4 months are going to drag. Thanks again everyone the advice.
jpvillahill is offline  
Sep 3rd, 2015, 11:13 AM
  #20  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,243
Keep the questions coming, JP. We won't let your DW know. LOL!!!
avrooster is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:47 PM.