Mendoza or Cordoba
Replies: 9 - Last Post: May 17, 2012 3:22 PM Last Post By: PatMoJen
Apr 30, 2012 9:22 PM
Mendoza or CordobaI have to wait for a package in Argentina. I have a choice of Mendoza or Cordoba. I have no idea about either. Anybody feel one is better than another to stay a couple of weeks?
Also has anyone taken the boat/bus trip Puerto Montt to Bariloche. I have seen the highway route Osorno-Bariloche a few times a wanted to see something different. Now I find out it is $280.00 U.S for the one day trip! Now I heard the scenery is spectacular. But $280.00!. Is there anyone who has taken this trip, I think it is with Sur Andina.
Also there is the option Santiago-Mendoza by bus. How is that trip?
May 1, 2012 7:06 AM
1I personally prefer Cordoba, although it is a much larger city. I like the countryside around it and find it nicer than Mendoza. Do you really have to sit in one place to wait for the package? You know that sending packages to Argentina often doesn't work out well, right?
I did the lake crossing when the price was lower and, although I enjoyed it and had good weather, it is not something I would repeat; certainly not at those prices. You can do a day trip on a boat to Peulla from Puerto Varas and another from Bariloche to Puerto Blest and pretty much do the route in two bits for a lot less. You might consider going from Panguipulli in Chile to San Martin de los Andes through Hua Hum pass. There is a short ferry ride (one a day at this time of year) which I actually like better. Not so many lakes but it is also a fraction of the price. Or cross from Pucón to San Martin de los Andes. A beautiful ride, though one bus a day at this time of year. From SMAndes it is 3.5 hrs to Bariloche via paved road.
The Santiago to Mendoza bus trip is spectacular but you need to be aware of the possible pass closings due to bad weather. It closed a few days ago, re-opened and then closed again. At this time of year they usually clear it in a day. Later in the winter it can close for longer. But, if you don't have a flight to catch and are flexible, it is a great ride. The Andes are covered in snow from the last snowfall and are looking magnificent
Edited by: vnrose
May 1, 2012 7:58 AM
May 1, 2012 8:42 AM
3CATA is a good company for the Santiago to Mendoza route. Andesmar as well. Being Argentine companies you can book online. At this time of year though you shouldn't have any trouble getting a seat. Get a morning bus.
You have been traveling for a long time now, judging by your posts. Nice. Hope it has all been good.
May 1, 2012 4:38 PM
May 2, 2012 9:24 AM
5Referring the boat cruise. I did it and it was really very nice, much better scenery than along the road.. It was much cheaper at that time. It is very expensive now. If you don´t mind the money, a good idea. If you are on a budget, not worth. Better do some trekking or other tours close to these places, Cerro Tronador is easily reched from Bariloche to Pampa Linda and you can do treks from there.
Instead of Mendoza or Cordoba, I would go to the area around Salta. Cafayate, Tilcara and Purmamarca are amazing
May 2, 2012 3:16 PM
6Well in some sense I am on a budget. However I could swing it without it killing my trip budget. If I hear you right you are saying to go for it. I just did the Caratera Austral and loved the scenery.
I do have another new angle from some other travelers. I was not going to go to Easter Island. The cost is about $900.00 rt right now. It always seemed overrated for the costs to me. Am I wrong? Am I missing out on a once in a lifetime visit. Or is Easter Island not worth the $1000.00 rt cost?
May 2, 2012 3:28 PM
May 4, 2012 6:18 AM
8I´d also prefer Cordoba over Mendoza to stay for a week or so. Nicer city, and more things to do around it.
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