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February 3, 2016

Bus Ride Through the Andes: Santiago to Mendoza

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Santiago de Chile & Argentina

Taking the bus from Santiago, Chile, to Mendoza, Argentina, turned out to be one of the most memorable parts of our trip and made for a day of sites that were postcard-worthy. It’s always fun to try new ways to get around – I’m so glad we chose the bus route rather than just taking a short flight because we were able to see more of the countryside and an up-close view of the Andes as we drove right over them.

I was (secretly) dreading our day-long bus trip. What if it snowed and we couldn’t cross? And, more importantly, what if the roads were so bumpy and curvy that even I [...]

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January 21, 2016

How to: Booking a Bus Ticket from Santiago to Mendoza

When we were planning our trip to South America, we had settled on going to Santiago, Mendoza and Buenos Aires but had to sort out how to get from A --> B --> C. After reading a few trip reports and seeing a few photo galleries from the bus ride over the Andes, our mind was made up.
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December 26, 2015

Walking Tour: Exploring Santiago De Chile

The city of Santiago was much bigger than I expected, sprawling on and on as far as the eye could see. Admittedly, I had done little research about the city but was surprised at how clean it was, how friendly the people were and how tall some of the buildings were. Despite not seeing very many tourists at all (and no other Americans), there were many, many restaurants, very fancy hotels and plenty of stores to shop. We walked to the six-story mall (South America's largest) and popped into the grocery store; it turned out to be a nicer and bigger version of Whole Foods...
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October 29, 2014

W Santiago Hotel Review – Santiago, Chile

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Santiago de Chile & Argentina

Once we arrived in Santiago, we took a cab from the airport straight to our hotel — the W Santiago in the Las Condes area. Like all W hotels, the best word to describe the hotel was “glamorous.” Like, it seems like Kim K is going to be staying in the suite next door to yours. All W’s, although decorated differently with their own motif, all share the same party atmosphere and glam decor. The W even has a signature scent… to go along with their signature house music. When you’re at the W, you know you’re not going to sleep before [...]

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August 21, 2014

All about our South American trip to Chile and Argentina: Santiago, Mendoza and Buenos Aires

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Santiago de Chile & Argentina

My sister was studying abroad in Argentina this past semester, so McCown and I planned a trip to go and visit her. We both had a decent stockpile of Delta SkyMiles and, with the impending changes to the 2015 SkyMiles program, I really wanted to burn all of the miles that we had in the event that Delta renders them all but worthless next year.

By using Delta Skymiles, we were able to take advantage of their routing rules to have 1 free stopover and 1 free open-jaw.  It looked like this:

Depart Charleston-CHS, fly to Atlanta-ATL to connect to Delta 147 from ATL to Santiago, Chile-SCL. This was [...]
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