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Buenos Aires to santiago by bus, through the Andes. HELP

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1. Posted by aysar (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y

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Hi All
I am traveling to Argentina on february 9th and want to travel to Chile by bus, through the Andes. I am not sure if this is possible or not considering the conditions.
I will be travelling in the summer so I imagine temperatures will be quite mild, but again, this is just a guess.
I really would like some help here, links to bus or tour operators who specialise in these kind of trips, anything.
Has anybody traveled through the Andes before? I imagine the scenery must be spectacular.
Any help really appreciated

2. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 12y

Hi there - there is a bus station - in Retiro - Buenos Aires - easily accessible via taxi or metro and there are a couple of services there to Santiago from BA - so you should be ok.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

I travelled through the Andes by bus, though it was further in the South (Bariloche to Pto. Montt). The scenery was amazing.

There are buses direct from B.A. to Santiago, but the drive is LONG, LONG, LONG. You might want to split it up a bit, maybe heading to Mendoza or maybe something in the Northern Argentina before hand.


4. Posted by aysar (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y

Thanks for the help, really appreciated. I will go to the bus station in Retiro and see how long the journey takes and if it's too long, I will split it into smaller stages.
Best regards

5. Posted by idz (Full Member 27 posts) 12y

Just came of the bus, it took 21 hours and the border control is in the middle of the mountains at 3100 meters. Very nice. All the bus companies are reliable and operate with more or less the same prices. There are no stops in the mountains on the direct route, but you could stop in Mendoza, with great view over the mountains.


Idz ;)

6. Posted by Leo_arg (Inactive 54 posts) 11y

I have just returned from Chile to my city, Buenos Aires; it took me 24 hours from Santiago. There are many good companies you can travel with, you should go to Retiro, in Buenos Aires, yo buy your ticket. You can also travel to the city of Mendoza, it´s 16 hours or less from BsAs, and it´s worth visiting. From Mendoza, you can take the bus to Santiago. In the Provincia de Mendoza you can also visit some beautiful places, like Uspallata o El Cañón del Atuel. You can also visit the highest mountain in the continent, the Cerro Aconcagua, almost 7000 metres high, and drink very good wines.

7. Posted by Globerovers (Full Member 59 posts) 11y

What is the cost of traveling from BA to Santiago...and is it safe?

Is a 1-2 day stop over easy in Mendosa...and then get on the next bus?