Some friends and I are going to take the bus from Mendoza to Santiago or Valpo. A few of us are notoriously bad bus sleepers and we were wondering whether if the rumors of the sleeper busses in argentina were true. Specifically, would it make more sense to take a sleeper bus through the night, or a regular one during the morning. I would like to take a sleeper bus through the night, but only if I would be able to actually fall a sleep on it. Otherwise, I would rather take a morning bus and arrive nice and fresh. Also, is it possible to get the sleeper busses in the daytime, or can you only get semi-camas? any clarification would be most greatly appreciated.
Ive done the Mendoza-Santiago trip 3 times in all. Most people agree that it´s really worth doing during the day because it is one of the most spectacular journies you will do in South America.
In the summer it was particularly beautiful because of the profusion of colour in the mountains.
I made the trip again last week and the mountains are covered in snow. (As an aside, the border road is sporadically closed at the moment due to heavy snowfalls...so check in advance so you dont get stuck in Mendoza longer than you wanted). During those day trips, i took a semi-cama and that was really comfortable because you can just stretch out and relax for the 8hr journey.
Sleeper buses in Argentina are generally very good. I find I can sleep fine on a semi-cama, so Im sure if you go the whole hog and get a coche cama you will sleep like a baby!
Make sure to have a warm jacket for the stop at the border. It´s bloody cold up there now!!
From Santiago to Valpo, the bus takes about 90 minutes...the scenery isnt much to look at. There are buses every 15 minutes from the terminal in Santiago.
Hope that helps!
Go for the day bus, if only because of the views on the pass. And, have you ever tried taking a sleeper through the mountains... :-)
Did the day bus trip in early 2005 and the scenery in summer was awesome. Should be pretty good, and COLD, in winter daytime.