Cross Country Argentine style
Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
49Trip End Dec 16, 2008
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When planning my trip, I thought I'd just zip across the country to see Iguazu falls, the widest waterfall in the world - after all, Argentina looks kind of skinny on the map so I figured I was in the neighborhood and it would be a shame if I didn't pop in to check it out.
It's a 24 hour bus ride!
"24 hours" he said.
"I heard it was 23 hours - is it 23 or 24 hours?" I asked.
"Does it really matter?" he retorted.
"Good point. VIP class includes free drinks, right? I'll take one of those, please." I said.
These buses feel more like international first class on Virgin Atlantic. I'm calling them Air-Argentina from now on.
The buses are massive Mercedes or Scandia double-deckers and you usually have the choice of three or four levels of service (e.g. Coach, Business Class, or VIP)
Free champaign and little fancy cookies when we boarded, free drinks, and real food. Now, I´m not talking Wolfgang Puck anything - but the quality was slightly better than what you'd get on an international flight.
On the opposite extreme, the US absolutely has the worst
(I thought the photo below was funny - this bus had a huge graphic on the side that I think was intended to show really happy people jumping for joy, but it looks more like the bus is trying to mow down terrified pedistrians. After trying to cross the street in Argentina, I think the later interpretation is more appropriate!)