Back on the Road

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We are back on the road after a short visit to Europe. Buenos Aires still limping through its crisis: in our absence the peso/dollar exchange rate has gone from 6 pesos to 10 pesos for 1 dollar. There is a furious trade in  foreign exchange in the streets. The government is offering an amnesty for companies and individuals to turn in their hoarded dollars. We picked up our car outside Cordoba and headed west for Chile with some haste, as early snow threatened the closure of the passes. In fact the pass between Mendoza and Santiago had been closed for a couple of days when we arrived at Uspallata, the town at the foot of the mountains, so the trucks were stacking up.

The nights have been freezing in Argentina, which makes living in the car a little more challenging (still with no heating) and the days pretty chilly. And so we were very relieved to reach Chile and find the temperature around 20 C. The vines are now turning to their autumn colours.
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Now we are heading north through Chile. Today we are in La Serena where we will service the car and stick some new tyres on, ready for the Peruvian and Bolivian roads. Be in touch soon.

DE RETOUR SUR LES ROUTES!

3 jours à Buenos Aires pour le plaisir et renouveler notre assurance voiture. Puis 3 jours à Campo Alegre, à Villa Carlos Paz, pour le plaisir et remettre le roulotte en route. Une vague de  froid nous souhaite la bienvenue pour notre première nuit mais le campo tout blanc est bien beau le matin au réveil. Nous sommes trop engourdis pour prendre une photo .

Nous prenons la route classique pour passer au Chili, par Mendoza ,Aconcagua et le poste frontière à 3200m, ou nous pataugeons dans la neige. Puis côté chilien, le temps est plus doux, les vignes de Los Andes et San Felipe ont leur jolie couleur d’automne. Nous traçons sur La Serena par l’autoroute ou nous allons passer quelques jours…..révision voiture, pneus neufs, recharge de gaz.  Puis nous irons vers le nord et le désert, direction le Pérou,Cuzco et le Machu Picchu. ça c’est le plan A…….

Campo Alegre - Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina
Campo Alegre – Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina
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One thought on “Back on the Road

  1. joyeux anniversaire christine avec 1 jour de retard j espere que tout se passe bien pour vous j ai eu josette au tel hier je vous embrasse tres fort nicole

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