Bienvenido a Chile, Under and Over The Andes (a flashback)

April 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Welcome to Chile, but watch out for the trains!

This is a scanned copy of a Kodachrome color slide that I made in December 1978. Shelley and I were on our way to Santiago from Asuncion. It was our summer break and we had planned to visit our Chilean friends Pablo and Pili. We also were going to rendezvous with friends and fellow ASA teachers Liza and Bruce to then travel together to southern Chile and Argentina. To save money, we took the overland route — traveling by bus from Asuncion to Cordoba in Argentina where we stopped for a few days, and then on to Mendoza on the east slope of the Andes. On our way over the Andes from Mendoza to Santiago, the bus we were in broke down. Most of the passengers decided to walk back to Mendoza. We decided to hitch hike on to Chile. Fortunately, we were picked up by a couple of Argentine doctors who were commuting to a part-time job in Santiago. I made this image as we were passing through a combination railroad and car tunnel under the mountainous border and into Chile.

In December 1979 we made another trip from Asuncion to Santiago, but this time with our year old daughter, so we opted to fly over the Andes. This is a scan of a Kodachrome slide I made from the window of the Lineas Aireas Paraguay turbo-prop plane that we flew in. The peak in the upper right of the photo is Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere at 6,961 meters, or 22,841 feet. 

This image of Aconcagua, in the distance at the top of the picture, was made as we were flying from Asuncion to Santiago this past February 2016.


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