I was eager to head south in Argentina toward Patagonia when I left Mendoza. Images of glaciers and snow-capped mountains and alpine scenery danced in my head. Then I found out that Puerto Natales, my intended destination, was over 50 hours by bus.
We need to talk. About your sandwiches.
I appreciate your enthusiasm. I really do. But it’s time to expand your world when it comes to sandwiches.
Still parched and exhausted from our mountain desert adventures, my travel companion and I were facing a decision about where to go next from Santiago. We could hop on a 50 hour bus ride south to the wilds of Patagonia and hike in the mountains of Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego. Or we could take an 8 hour bus east across the border to Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina.
Nine hours later, we toasted ourselves for making the right choice as we reclined on a patio on the trendy Avenida Villanueva Aristides with our $6 bottle of Malbec and enormous steak dinners.