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Aug 16, 2004 - Portillo, Chile's most famous ski resort

Most famous due to it's dry powder, the site of several downhill speed records and the mass of Americans pronouncing to the world at 3 am how "hammered" they are or alternatively "lost" by their friends and trying to find "the party" at 4 am. This was only on the first night though when we tried to get some sleep but every other night we joined in. We met up with Karen and Kathryn from the Navimag together with Debs travelling with them who first told us about the good deal that could be had at Portillo by staying in the bunkhouse. US$470...

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Aug 4, 2004 - Off to Mendoza!!

About 14 hours bus ride away from Buenos Aires, is the City of Mendoza, slap in the middle of the Andes, it's a beautiful place. This was our last long journey by bus, and what a bus!! Now I know we babble on alot about the journey times being sooooo long (which they are!)but they are made alot easier when you get a luxury coach. We have travelled in style on occasion, aswell as in death traps on wheels, but not this time. Fully reclined, super wide seats, TV/Video, and a stewardess!!! Not only did we get a hot meal, coffee, tea, coke (the...

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Jul 4, 2004 - "High Mountains" (Puente del Inca, Aconcagua)

Absolutely spectacular trip. Left Mendoza going west to the Chilean border. First we reached the first part of mountains - the oldest. The peaks are therefore fairly smooth, green and not higher then about 2000m. We started to climb up and reached second stage of the mountains where the peaks where about 2000-3000m and there was much less vegetation. We did couple stops along the way and finally reached the third, youngest and highest part - 3000-5000m. We made a stop in Los Peninentes, a ski resort which was closed because there was no...

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Jul 3, 2004 - Mendoza

We got to Mendoza a bit early. I figured out for several different reasons that it will be better to stay in Mendoza today and go to Puente del Inca tomorrow. I found a place in a hostel just half a block from the main square. Then back to the bus terminal trying to figure out which companies go to San Juan and La Rioja. Quick lunch at the hostel and off to wineries. First one was closed, the second one was big mordern (Fillipe Rutini-Trumpeter, www.bodegalarural.com.ar) and the third one was tiny family ran. It was fun, the only problem...

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Aug 24, 2003 - Road to nowhere...

Another night spent trying to catch a few fitful minutes of sleep on a fast-moving bus were followed by a sunrise arrival in Mendoza. We continued our theme of sleepy early morning strolls around new cities, and covered the centre of Mendoza before we had to return to the hostel and check in properly. At first look glance it appeared to be a pleasant, sleepy city, with lots of pedestrianised streets, coffee shops, residential areas and not much else. Further exploration over the following days proved these early observations to be pretty...

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Apr 2, 2003 - Killer Anconcagua

Copyright 2004 David Rich 1600 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com K i l l e r A c o n c a g u a I first saw a killer view of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas, which is to say South, Central, and North America, from the puny mountain top of Mount Campana, halfway between Chile's two most scintillating cities, Santiago and Valparaiso. Charles Darwin described his experience in climbing the minor hill of Campana on August 16-17, 1835: The mayor-domo of the Hacienda was good enough to give me a guide and fresh horses; and in the morning...

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