It seemed that we had miscalculated the days, and instead of about 5 days until we were meeting our friend Nuno2 in BA, we actually had 10 days. As it was already our third day in Mendoza, the travel urge was starting to lift it's head and we were starting to contemplate where would be the best place to spend this time gift.
We first thought about going down to Bariloche, which is supposed to be a beautiful mountain village. But the more we heard about the place, the more it indeed sounded like a lovely place, but also as very similar to what we are used to from around Switzerland. Not exactly what we had come all the way to Argentina for.
The choice instead fell on Santiago de Chile. We had originally planned to skip Chile for this trip and come back there another time to see Chile and southern Argentina.
But here we were! Only 7 hours away by bus (time perception seems to change drastically as you travel! Back in Switzerland it used to feel rather far to go the less than 4 hours to Zurich from Geneva, while in South America, a 12 hour long bus trip was rather normal), it suddenly seemed like the perfect destination.
|Salvador Allende statue|
|A flag with the size of a tennis court|
|Old reflected in new|
As we had come all the way to Santiago, we felt it was necessary to pay a visit also to Valparaiso as it is highly recommended as one of the more beautiful cities in South America and included as an UNESCO world heritage site.
On the last, extended day, back in Santiago, we enjoyed visiting the house where the very famous Chilean writer Pablo Neruda lived partly.
|Telecom building with a shape of a mobile phone|