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Old 12-16-2011, 07:56 PM
 
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For anyone who has traveled by road in these two countries, what are the general conditions of the highways, especially near the mountains. Is traveling by car easy and convenient?
What about motel/hotels for road travelers? Are these plentiful and easy to find?
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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If you are thinking about this you HAVE to see the relevant Top Gear episode

BBC - BBC Two Programmes - Top Gear, Series 14, Bolivia Special

(unfortunately not downloadable, but quite a hoot)

and if you write for information...you may just want to get the spelling right.
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:59 AM
 
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You probably won't be able to drive through Chili, you'll just sink to the bottom of the bowl. Perhaps if you put some crackers on top, that might help.
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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You probably won't be able to drive through Chili, you'll just sink to the bottom of the bowl. Perhaps if you put some crackers on top, that might help.
That darn finger slipped on me again . OK maybe not. . I suppose it's too "hot" in Chili too.
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:19 PM
 
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If you are thinking about this you HAVE to see the relevant Top Gear episode

BBC - BBC Two Programmes - Top Gear, Series 14, Bolivia Special

(unfortunately not downloadable, but quite a hoot)

and if you write for information...you may just want to get the spelling right.
Darn, I spelled Argentina wrong? errrrrrrrrrrrrr j/k
Thanks for the link.
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:46 PM
 
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I've traveled between Chile and Argentina through the Andean passes, although I did so by bus. The roads are in excellent shape equivalent to US standards, nothing to worry about. I would rate Chile almost equivalent to a first world country and Argentina close behind. Note that in the winter (summer in the Nothern hemisphere) these roads can be closed. The roads in the rest of Chile are also excellent, same applies to Argentina.

BTW, it's spelled CHILE and pronounced "CHI-LAY"
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:19 PM
 
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The roads are excellent. However there are only about three first-class roads over the Andes between the two countries, and in the southern winter, they can all be blocked by snow for weeks at a time, with ground travel impossible. In Chile, there is no road south of Puerto Montt, so to drive to southern Chile, you'll need to go down through Argentina, or ferry your car down on a coastal boat.
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