On the road to Mendoza, Argentina

Trip Start Dec 22, 2009
Trip End Jun 22, 2010

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Chevallier Bus

Flag of Argentina  , Mendoza,
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I must admit, I am not sure what I was expecting to get away from Mendoza when traveling on a backpackers budget, guess the "WiNo" bug had bit me after the incredible experience we had with Cassie and Darren in the Yara Valley. 

As I read up on the region in our the infamous Lonely Planet "South America on a Shoestring" guide we have lugged around half the world, I tried to formulate a game plan as we crossed the country from Buenos Aires to Mendoza. We had initially intended to take the legendary Panamerican highway with visions of "Che" himself having pioneered this voyage from South to North. However, once we found out that the bus routes were shut down during the fall and winter and we would have to take the eastern route to get to Bariloche, I bailed! I wasn't ready to subject myself to a two day bus journey just yet! We ended up shopping around for another one-way plane ticket back to Buenos Aires and literally commited 3 hours before the flight departed...

Once finally in Buenos Aires airport, we hailed a cab to drive us to the Retiro bus terminal. Upon arrival I knew exactly what the protocol was: 1) Find the Chevallier bus lines point of sale 2) request two "Executive" seats 3) Relax and sleep until you arrive at your next destination. Before setting foot on board, we grabbed a quick pizza and empanada, rookie move since this was a full service bus. Once aboard and comfortably sat, I thought to myself, if all buses going forward will be this nice I might not think twice before setting off on 14+ hour journey( that sure wasn't the case). Most important factor of comfort, our leather seats fully reclined to allow us to lay completely horizontal and to our surprise there was wireless internet! So after celebrating how we totally scored and passed the first couple of hours surfing the net and watching the very appropriate movie "The Bucket List"; I love that movie. Shortly after a very timely nightcap, we dozed off for eight hours and then awoke awake to the sunrise in the highly anticipated city of Mendoza...

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