In June of 2019, we drove 786 miles (1,265 km) including the Uco Valley near Mendoza, a high-altitude crossing into Chile, the city of Santiago, and the coast around Valparaiso. Let’s recap.

Uco Valley Mendoza snowy andes panorama

Snow-covered Andean peaks in the lovely Uco Valley near Mendoza, Argentina.

June 2019 South American road trip driving route in Argentina and Chile

We arrived in the Mendoza area at the end of April and spent the entire month of May house sitting in the Uco Valley, which is why there was no Where We’ve Been post last month. On the first day of June, we left our beautiful housesit and returned to Mendoza city for a few days. Then we drove to Santiago, Chile, crossing the Paso Libertadores, the main international border over the Andes between Argentina and Chile. After a few days in Chile, friends came to visit us for a record fourth time in South America (Stacey, you have some catching up to do). After a week exploring Santiago and the nearby Cajon de Maipo, our friends returned home and we spent another week in Santiago further exploring the city.

Paso Libertadores Chile

Crossing the Paso Libertadores border between Chile and Argentina.

From Santiago we drove to Viña del Mar, returning to the Pacific for the first time since January 2018. After exploring a bit of Santiago’s beach getaway in the quiet winter season, we moved on to the neighboring city of Valparaiso, Chile’s crumbling but picturesque historic port city.

We then returned slightly inland to the Casablanca Valley to stay at the hotel at Matetic Vineyards before ending the month in San Estaban near Los Andes and a return trip over Paso Libertadores back into Argentina.

Our complete June 2019 road trip driving route in Argentina and Chile can be seen in our map, below:

And you can see what we saw out there on the road in Argentina and Chile in June of 2019 in our dash cam drive-lapse video, below. It was, as always, shot by our Brinno camera which is attached to our dashboard at all times.


Here’s more about travel in Argentina

Here’s more about travel in Chile


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