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May 8, 2010 - Puente del Inca.. High in the Andes

Early morning run in the Parque General San Martin.. Being a freezing cold Sat morning I got a few looks from the police en route. Lucky to catch the bus to Puente del Inca.. 3 hrs 45 minutes away and a world apart. Set 2700 metres in the Andes, it boasts clear blue sky, fresh Andean air and an incredible natural ´bridge´made from limestone and thermal waters. Apart from the lookout and the Puente there is not a whole lot to the visit. I wandered down about a mile to the Andean Climbers Cemetery, final resting place to those who have...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Apr 19, 2010 - Ain't no mountain high enough.

Well lets just start from the night before and put the rumours to rest. Yes at dinner I did have both red and white wine. Only thing is for the price on the menu I assumed it was a glass, but instead it was a bottle of each. However I did feel fine this morning and I got up at 6am. I even managed a photo of the lit up Mendoza sign in the central plaza. So today I went on a tour of the Andes. well the road from Mendoza to Santiago at least and I didn't get to cross the border either much to my dissapointment. This was a long day trip of...

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Dec 13, 2008 - Los Puquios

Both of us woke up at 5am and proceeded to chat. Finally we got up around 8am - that is the time the sun warms up the tent - and made our breakfast. Again the highway was pretty quiet other than a bus that said 41st & Oak was trucked by. We packed up the tent and FINALLY the bags are ready to give to Emmanuel to put on the mules up to Base Camp. We walked into Puente del Inca and had a picnic lunch in front of the Puente (bridge). Puente del Inca is famous for its thermal pools and its mineral bridge - unfortunately you can no longer reach...

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Dec 12, 2008 - Las Cuevas back to Los Puquios

Woke up early (considering our early night) to a beautiful bright sunny day. We could see a dusting of snow on the mountains from last nights rain. After breakfast we toured around the town of Las Cuevas and visited the church. A very pretty little town, it is really a shame that it was abandoned after the avalanche and it isn't visited more now. Nestor runs the hostel and I hope to be able to send him business some day. During the winter months it is quite cold in the region but they get an incredible amount of snow and it is popular for...

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Dec 9, 2008 - Los Puquios - Day 2

Rise and shine at 6am but it was still a bit chilly out so we stayed in the tent until the sun came over the mountains and heated up the tent before we got up. It is late spring in Argentina and it is much greener than we remembered. Desert flowers are everywhere and you can hear birds singing constantly. A much nicer time of year then in the middle of summer when everything is dry and barren. Emmanuel lives above the daylodge so we took our stove and pots and made breakfast outside. As we were discussing the amount of semi-trailers that...

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Dec 8, 2008 - Los Puquios / Puente del Inca

Today is the day we start our gradual uphill journey. We are up early and leave the Cuyum Mapu Hostel and take a taxi (very overloaded with our luggage!) to the bus depot. Today is a holiday in Argentina so thankfully we were able to find a porter as each of the bags weighs over 50lbs! Bus departure to Puente del Inca, a 3 1/2 hr ride west of Mendoza on Ruta 7 towards the Chilean border, was 10:15am. At 10:00am I happily stand in line with everyone else to board while Fero is poised to load the bags underneath. You can imagine the shock...

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