Places to visit in Province of Mendoza
Andean Mountains
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Among the longest and highest mountain ranges in the world, the Andes extends 4,500 miles along South America's west coast.
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Chris M
1 contribution
Dec 2019
I want to say first - Andes mountains are great. But I don't know where to put a review for AndesMar.
I asked for a round trip to Aconcagua from Mendoza. The ticket for the way back to Mendoza was supposed to be at 16:30. The lady at the counter even wrote 16:30 on a paper to confirm it. When I was leaving Aconcagua the bus driver said that the ticket was for 11:30, and he was right. So I had to buy a new ticket. When I got back to the bus terminal I complained and was told that since the ticket said 11:30, there was nothing they could/wanted to do and that I should've checked the ticket after buying it.

They then pointed to a sign hidden in the bottom corner of the window that said you had to check your ticket after buying it. I thought this was a bit ridiculous considering the person at the counter had confirmed this time with me the previous day. So, apparently it is my fault for trusting their employees. I also called their customer service and was given the same response - no sympathy/empathy only that it was my fault for not checking. Great way to run a business.
Written 11 December 2019
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Merril B
Newcastle, Australia62 contributions
Mar 2019
If you are in Chile and have time I fully recommend a bus trip from Chile to Mendoza in Argentina. Or the other way round from Mendoza to Chile. There are daily buses either way and if you are returning to your starting point you can get cheap Sky flights at unpopular flight times. When we have visitors from elsewhere we always take them on this trip. Especially if you are from a place with limited mountains. Just note that the toilets at the Argentine border crossing are not inviting at all and you are better off using the one in the bus. You will get some sort of sandwich, biscuit and tea or coffee on the bus. No milk for tea or coffee. Better to do this trip in late Spring, early Autumn or summer. Do not bother In winter as you will probably not get the views due to low clouds and the trip could be very long due to snow.

I have done this trip by bus to Mendoza and return by plane 3 times now and have not had any problems. Sometimes the border crossing can take longer than others but not significantly so. Usually leave around 9am and arrive around 5pm.
Written 5 October 2019
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Melina Liberatore
Uruguay14 contributions
Sept 2019 • Family
A “must go place” in this planet.
The Alps looks small compared to the Andes.
The clean, fresh air, the politeness of the locals and good food makes this trip a special one
Written 30 September 2019
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Sophie
6 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Booked with Andesmar because they do have nice own busses. However, instead of that they put us in an Andesmar bus, they put us in a super cheap and old looking bus from Cata International. No WiFi, no charging points, dirty toilet, 7 hours of delay, seatings that could not even decline 10 centimeters and bloody hot in the bus at night.

Please check which bus you get beforehand and don’t get fooled!
Written 4 June 2019
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Tom H
Santiago, Chile2 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
Travelled to Mendoza from Santiago return journey via Andesmar bus from Santiago Terminar Sur. As other commenters have pointed out, Terminal Sur is crowded, chaotic and a complete nightmare to find your bus, it's actually three separate terminals with one being on a separate block from the other two, requiring an immense amount of faffing about to find your bus with no departure board or signposting, I only managed to find mine two minutes before departure after spending 25 minutes frantically running about and asking several people, it was blind luck that I found it in the end.

Seats were reasonably comfortable, although I was taken aback when the service assistant walked down the aisle halfway through the journey blatantly asking for tips, I found this very bizarre and unprofessional as the only 'service' this man had provided us was to hand us a rock hard inedible sandwich and a cup of water. Journey was approximately 8 hours including a 45 min wait at the border crossing, I imagine it can be much longer in high season, although once in Argentina we seemed to be constantly stopped by random police checkpoints which was quite annoying. On the return journey I stupidly forgot the time difference in Mendoza and missed my 10.30pm bus, resulting in having to wait 8 and a half hours in the terminal for the next one all through the night, strongly recommend you don't miss your bus, not a pleasant experience.

The return journey resulted in a longer wait in processing as Chile is very strict about food items being brought into the country. I've heard anecdotal reports about people being fined hundreds of thousands of pesos for having an apple in their backpack, so it's best to dump all your food before boarding the bus. Again in the customs screening hall we were harassed for tips by some random worker in dirty hi-vis vest, I had no idea what 'service' he was supposed to be providing so I declined to give him anything, it seems Chile is becoming almost as bad as the US for having service people constantly hassling you for money. All in all, Mendoza is a great city and the journey has some majestic scenery, but make sure you arrive at the bus station at least half an hour in advance and be prepared for lots of nagging little annoyances along the way, I would even consider booking a flight for my next trip to Mendoza as it seems it would save a lot of hassle.
Written 16 April 2019
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Putnam B
Seattle, WA89 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
We had the front seats in the upper level of an El Rapido bus between Mendoza and Santiago. The bus left exactly on time (9 AM) and everything went well until we got near the border with Chile. Apparently, the descent on the Chlle side had been closed earlier in the day, which produced a huge traffic jam at border control. Our wait was about 4 hours! I can only imagine it was much worse later in the day. About an hour of the 4 was spent going through the border control process inside a dark shed. Luckily, the El Rapido staff were helpful in guiding us through the hoops. (Warning - take the customs declaration seriously. We saw a young man almost get arrested for answering 'no' to the question about foodstuff and then trying to eat an apple before it could be confiscated. Not worth the risk!) Once across the border, we could see why even a dusting of snow would make the highway perilous - 25+ hairpin turns on a two-lane road clogged with giant lumbering trucks, and no guardrails! We made it to Santiago about 4 hours late. Terminal Sur is a crowded, busy, shabby, and confusing place. I think it's good advice to go to the official taxi stand (near the far end of the area where international busses seem to be unload); there were no cabs there when we got there, but one arrived within about 5 minutes and took us where we needed to go (near downtown) for less than $6 US.
Written 24 April 2017
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ryanjohns2ne
Newrybar, Australia1 contribution
May 2016 • Couples
We booked tickets from Buenos aires to Mendoza. When buying our tickets they asked for the email address of both passengers (we were two passengers) unluckily they sent the tickets to my girlfriends gmail account which is locked when travelling overseas. They wouldn't let us on the bus with a photo screen of our tickets. We had to forfeit our tickets and book other fares (with a different company of course). And to make matters worse while we were stuffing around with the ticket fiasco my bag got stolen at the buenos aires retiro terminal de omnibus.

My complaint is that the staff were unhelpful. They had our names on their list and we had proof of ticket purchase but because we couldn't print our tickets they wouldn't let us on.
Written 30 May 2016
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Frankie S
new york city3 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
As per everyone else's review Andesmar is a terrible bus company that will ruin your trip. I travelled these 2 buses because they had online booking. avoid this and pay at the bus terminals in Argentina instead where there are plenty of other options. Andesmar is non returnable and non changeable. Both buses were extremely late causing me to miss both bus connections. The first one I was stuck in a bus station for 7hrs and 2 one I had to wait overnight in a bus station because no hostels were available so late at night. It truly is the worst company ever, and they just don't care at all. When I let them know that there are poor reviews of andesmar they said "great! We don't care what you people think"

The best way to travel though is by renting a car to get around Argentina.
Written 16 April 2015
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Isabella44_G
Sardinia, Italy130 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
Yes, my last trip in the North West Argentina was like reaching the sky! Multicolored mountains go up to 6000-7000m and you can drive up to 5000m! then you hike for 100m and you are out of breath, but the rewards are blue lagoons with pink flamingoes, snow covered mountain peaks and the multicolored layers of the various minerals. it's difficult but worth it!
Written 13 May 2014
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Carlos S
Atlanta, GA205 contributions
Dec 2013 • Family
The trajectory between Mendoza and Santiago by road is definitely worthwhile, with stunning scenery. The service from Andesmar is acceptable at best. We booked a return trip from Santiago to Mendoza around Christmas 2013. The bus on the outbound trip smelled poorly, and the seats were dirty even for the higher-end cama. They had cancelled an earlier service, so the bus was over full and several seats were double-booked including ours. Fortunately our fellow travelers with our seats were very well natured about it and accepted to be downgraded to a semi-cama since we wee traveling with an infant. The bus on the return leg was significantly cleaner. The process of crossing the border can do away with some of the customs drama on both ways, but this is not controlled by Andesmar. The food is inedible but one would not choose the bus service based on food anyway. The most annoying feature was that films were displayed at full volume, and it was impossible to simply have a restful ride without having to watch/listen to superman and the like.
Written 19 January 2014
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