Border beauty

Last week we departed on the worst planned vacation ever. Mendoza, Argentina's wine capital is only a five hour drive from Santiago, with all the fun of an international trip. 

Unfortunately I forgot it was end of season, and with El Niño, summer storms have been delaying border crossing between Chile ad Argentina. A fifteen minute border crossing took more than seven hours, and to add even more once we finally passed it started raining and two bridges connecting the border with Mendoza fell. 

We were stranded, along with 90 thousand Argentinians returning home, and with no chance of turning back to Chile.  

On the bright side, we got the closest look at a condor ever, the chance to drive back home on an empty road with the most spectacular scenery and of course, cross back the border in less than two minutes!

 

The road back

The road back

Abandoned train bridges

Abandoned train bridges

Native flora on a green summer

Native flora on a green summer

Mountain cemetery

Mountain cemetery

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And the condor over our heads at only three meters away! 

And the condor over our heads at only three meters away! 

The Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)

The Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)