The Mendoza plateau is similar to the Chilean central valley. It is rich farm land covered with vinards, farms and ranches. On this side of the Andes it was sunny and warm; on the Chilean side it was overcast and rainy.
European style restaurants in Mendoza, Argentina.
Back in Chile again: This is the central valley about 200 km south of Santiago. Up close the mountains in the eastern distance resemble the mountains of Pennsylvania. This photo was taken from the train.
From here we started up the foot hills of Mt. Chillan, an active volcano. This waterfall reminded me of the Columbia river gourge. It's not summer yet. Note the size of the horses and compare with the water fall in the distance.
This will all turn green by the end of spring.
Gan Hotel Termos (Hot Springs) de Chillan
This looks like it could be some really good skiing. The lifts closed here a week before Valle Nevado, close to Santiago because these slopes are 5000 feet lower.
Waterrobics in a 37 (98.6) deg pool.
This stream is about hundred feet below. Those are giant logs.
Forgot to focus in this Kodak moment opportunity.
They call this flying down a cable from tree to tree "canopying". Seemed kinda stupid to me. These trees at 5000 feet are pretty stubby. Furthermore we weren't even close to the top of the would be canopy. But I did meet a lot of migrating parrots.
They said we were going repelling off a wall. I imagined the waterfalls and the cliff walls. I asked if the walls were natural or artificle. This is a "natural" wall. The repelling guide told me another hotel had won the concession for the cliffs they used to use in the reserve.
Back on the train to Santiago.
It was raining and overcast for most of the trip back, but none the less beautiful.
Peter & Tonia from the Santo Domingo Hash to my left back in Santiago late spring.