Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015: – Santiago, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina

Our flight today from Santiago, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina leaves at 3:30 pm.   Since it is an international flight we are to be at the airport 3 hours ahead of the flight.  As expected since we went to bed so late, we slept in until 9:00/9:30.  After breakfast we packed our stuff and began the trip to the airport.  On the way we made a detour to the top of a mountain in Santiago City, to have a closer look at the statue of the Virgin which overlooks the City of Santiago. 

Virgin Mary Statue Overlooking Santiago

View of Santiago from the Hill Top

Today was basically spent in-transit.  The short flight to Mendoza, Argentina went well.  Mendoza airport is very small.  We had to walk from the plane to the terminal.  We picked up the rental car and drove to the hotel as it was already 5:30 pm.  The city of Mendoza is in the Province of Mendoza.   Mendoza is the chief wine producing area of Argentina.  We could see many vineyards as we flew into the airport.

We are in a hotel in downtown Mendoza – Altezza Apart Suites. Thank goodness we had a good map.  The street signs and one-way streets are well marked, so that we drove directly here.  Parking for the hotel is underground and secured.  Our room is large, with a kitchenette - very comfortable.     

A Street in Mendoza
For dinner we ate at an Italian Restaurant, which did not open until 8:00 pm.  Another couple and we were there at 8:00! Even though we didn’t do much today, we were tired.  Tomorrow we will drive out into the country, as tomorrow night we are staying at a vineyard about an hour and a half south of Mendoza.   

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