Entering Argentina

November 13th was the day of our first border crossing, We purchased car insurance online the night before. HDI seguros was the cheapest one but had issues processing the payment online. Hence, we ended up with Chilena Consolidada. We paid $126 for the minimum cover needed for Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. A fair deal. We also tried to the pay the Santiago toll tag but again our online payment would not process (servipag.com). So we headed to the border.

DSC08303

Not knowing what to expect we let Kurt and Aljona walk over the border to avoid trouble. This border point has the reputation of being quite straightforward. And in deed leaving Chile and entering Argentina just took us an hour which was beyond our expectation. When leaving Chile we handed over our passports and the Padron. No question about the tag or how long we intend to stay away from Chile. One of the border officers asked his boss whether we could cross the border as foreigners with a Chilean car. His boss confirmed that it’s alright since we’re the owners. One additional question whether we intend to apply for Chilean citizenship (which we denied) and a decent amount of small talk about soccer (“Lothar como Lothar Matthäus”) and off we went with two print-outs of the car export approval to the Argentinian border post. The Argentinian side was easy as well. We left one of the car export copies with them and stated a random hotel et voila: Llegamos a Argentina 🙂

Road tripping was the name of the game of the next two days. The Argentinian side of Patagonia was quite different from the Chilean: Instead of lush green forests the landscape was dominated by dry tundra. The highlights were rather the animals we saw along the way: Lamas/Guanacos, emus, sheep and flamingos 🙂 Nevertheless, after 1200km and a overnight stop in the town of Perito Moreno (not the famous glacier!) we were super-happy to reach El Chalten. This hiking paradise will be covered in the next post.

2 thoughts on “Entering Argentina

  1. Alberto Fogel November 21, 2018 / 15:13

    Good luck Amigos , following your trip from Texas
    Check this place out ,” Cabañas Ankay” in San Luis province
    If
    You are near , belongs to a good friend of mine Victor

    Like

    • schnitzelundschaschlik November 24, 2018 / 03:11

      Gracias, Beto! We will keep that in mind. Not sure yet where the road will lead us to. But visiting your brother is still on our bucket 🙂 Thanks again!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s