Crossing latin borders

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One of the nicest ways of getting from Chile (Puerto Varas) to Argentina (Bariloche) is probably by boat, which only Cruce Andino makes possible.
If you love to see mountains, forests, lakes, but especially snow-capped volcanoes and glaciers, then this is definitely the most exciting way to cross Latin borders.

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It’s probably the most practical way of leaving one country and going to the other, because all the means of transport are arranged and you won’t have to look after your luggage for the entire day.

During the trip there are several places you’ll visit. It’s not just a transport bringing you from point A to B. First of all there’s a 30 minute visit to the amazing “Saltos del Rio Petrohue” (a hidden South-American gem if you ask me) and of course you’ll cross the Todos los Santos lake giving you the chance – when the weather’s good –ย  of spotting those impressive Chilean volcanoes. After that there’s also a lunch break at the tiny village of Puella, where you can enjoy several outdoor activities or relax and go on a photography tour.

Los Saltos del Rio Petrohue

Los Saltos del Rio Petrohue

Puella

Puella

Once you arrive at the border a quick stamp is placed in your passport and you’re ready to drive further to another boat transfer. After several buses and amazing turquoise waters you’ll be cruising lake Nahuel Huapi with stunning surrounding mountains on your way to Bariloche’s Puerto Paรฑuelo.

Lago Frias

Lago Frias

Nahuel Huapi

Nahuel Huapi

It is a great trip and the idea of crossing the border from Chile to Argentina (or the other way around) like this is amazing. The only thing I have to remind you off is to check the weather or to at least be open minded about it, because it can be pretty rainy which means the views of the volcanoes will be less spectacular. Still, even with bad weather it’s pretty nice to spend the day crossing beautiful lakes and having different surroundings every hour.

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Ever since I left my home country I felt at home at any other place I went to. I enjoy getting to know more cultures by talking to strangers and hearing their philosophy about life. Speaking with gestures when you can not find a shared language, finding places only the locals go to and learn about their customs and values. Hanging out with local people makes me happy. The experience of every new place is a step out of your comfort zone where I like to wander around until it feels like a second home.
4 Comments on “Crossing latin borders
  1. Your photos remind me a lot of my home country New Zealand. I did once cross from Chile into Argentina but it was over the Andes. Very gorgeous but I think this looks even more spectacular. I am envious. Tim

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