Chile and Argentina

The big 2

After the vast emptiness of Bolivia, we are now entering Argentina and Chile. The roads are better, there are modern rest stops like in the US, and everything is conveniently close – it’s weirdly familiar.

Because the two countries are so close, we will be going in and out of both countries at least two or three times. The plan is to drive down Chile abit and then cross into Argentina for abit and then cross back into Chile to drive the Route 7 aka Carretera Austral. It’s supposed to be the best drive of Chile and as one man we met described it – “every km is like whoa, ooo, ahhh”.

The desert

But first, we drive through the Atacama desert in Chile and then crossover into Argentina to visit Mendoza – the wine heart of the country. We don’t particularly like the heat, so we drive through the vast emptiness quickly. But even then, we see landscapes that look like the moon and stars that litter the night sky. It’s not so bad.

Finally, we cross into Argentina. One of the final countries we will be visiting on this trip. The first thing we do in Mendoza is to obviously go find a restaurant, and we end up at Cava de Caño out of sheer luck.

Since I don’t drink, the food is for me and the wine is for Steve. The set menu is $835 Argentinian pesos per person – after double checking our math – it is $18 CAD. so we nod a hungry yes and get inside. Normally, you need reservations since it’s a set menu and normally, they don’t allow dogs in the restaurant. But it was 27 degrees outside so they gave us a private room with ac so our dog can sit with us while we enjoy a feast that we didn’t even know was coming. It included:

  • 25 various tapas
  • 3 courses of empanada, stewed beef in wine, freshly made pasta
  • A bottle of Malbec
  • Icecream with Dulce de Leche
  • Dessert drinks or coffee
  • Cigars (which we politely declined)

It was a wonderful start to an amazing Argentinian meal experience and hospitality.

What a perfect start to our final months in South America.

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