Valparaíso in a day?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 5, 2013 1:37 PM Last Post By: catahuidobro
Feb 4, 2013 1:33 PM
Valparaíso in a day?we are trying to squeeze in as much as possible before leaving south america via santiago on saturday night.
it's possible we make it from cordoba to mendoza, and transfer straight onto a bus to valpo.
it'll be a long journey, and will mean probably only 24 hours in valpo before skipping back to santiago for our flight.
are we pushing it?
Feb 4, 2013 2:19 PM
1In Summer, bus from Mendoza to Santiago was about 7 hrs. with no delays in Immi. Santiago to Valparaiso was another 45 min each way , with busses departing about every 20 min from same Santiago terminal or the adjacent terminal, Do not know about Cordova or how early to purchase tickets. Good luck!
Feb 4, 2013 3:51 PM
2The road west is only open from 8am to 7pm (daylight) because of road repairs on the Chilean side so schedules have changed. Check the current ones in Argentina. Delays at the border are common in summer and I wouldn't count on doing it in 7 hours. There are buses directly to Valparaíso from Mendoza if you can link with one. If not, the last bus from Santiago to Valparaíso will leave around 10 pm. and it takes 1.5 hrs.
Feb 5, 2013 1:17 PM
Feb 5, 2013 4:50 PM
Feb 11, 2013 8:44 PM
5#2 suggests that Santiago to Valpo is 45 min. each way. Actually it's about 90 minutes each way.
The bus trip from Mendoza to Santiago is usually closer to 8-9 hours depending on border crossing and has taken me up to 10 hours. As an American who lives several months a year in Santiago, I make the trip fairly often to reset the clock on my passport stamp.
I've done many day-trips from Santiago to Valpo and like #4 said, it's a classical one-day city. There's also a metro train that connects Valpo to Viña (about 15 minutes to the north). And you can bus back to Santiago from Viña.
Unfortunately both cities are pretty run down these days. Valpo is littered with graffiti. Locals have no sense of pride. Nonethelss, it's worth a visit if you can make it.
Feb 11, 2013 11:55 PM
Feb 12, 2013 9:01 AM
Feb 27, 2013 10:06 AM
8I was just trying to understand everything that is being said here.
So, because of the mudslides, there are no buses from Valparaiso (or Santiago) to Mendoza until June??
I would like to travel from Chili to Mendoza in April, (preferably a day bus). Let's say the mudslides are fixed by then, is this even possible? All the bus websites I try to book on only offer night buses.
Feb 27, 2013 12:12 PM
9There are buses but they can only cross from Chile to Argentina at night. The traffic from Argentina to Chile can cross during the day.
The mudslides have been cleared.
Totally different topic: the reason for the one way traffic is road works on the Chilean side, which are expected to go on until June. Therefore, buses from Valparaíso or Santiago TO Mendoza will be crossing after 8 pm.
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