stairmaster by the sea

IMG_1750IMG_1739Ah Valparaiso, quaint little fishing village by the sea. Or so I thought when I booked it. I don’t know how I could have been so wrong. I really need to start paying more attention to the guidebooks. We drove into a huge crowded city that sprawls up very steep hills from the ocean like a giant amphitheater. Continue reading

the last leg

IMG_0844IMG_0628The actual physical border between Argentina and Chile is in the middle of Christ the Redeemer tunnel. The tunnel is 3km long. When it was built in 1980 it shortened the drive by 10 km, lowered the elevation by 600 m and eliminated 65 switchbacks. Even with the tunnel, getting through the pass in the winter can be tough. In September 2013 15,000 Chileans got stuck on the Argentinian side for more than 10 hour due to an early freak snow storm. Continue reading