On the journey from Cusco to Puno, we thought that we had never seen such beautiful landscape from out of the bus window, or at least not until now.
On our world tour everything moves very quickly, we’ve been changing countries every week: time, season and even the continent! A new culture, new people and a decor that although completely different from one place to the next, can be just as beautiful.
Last night we went paragliding in Mendoza, the capital of Argentinian wine
The flight gave us our first view of the mountains. The sun is strong here. During summer, temperatures reach as high as 50°c and it’s that which gives the wine its flavour. The vegetation is a bit like the Mediterranean shrubs in the south of France that have lost their needles.
The bus journey commenced, with little mountains in the foreground with ochre pigment in pink, red and yellow between the stratums. The landscape divided itself into 2 or 3 levels, with the most amazing mountain range covered in snow in the background.
The headland right in front, met the mountains behind showing off their sheer size.
We passed lakes, bridges, as well as old railway lines which stay along side us.
I was so tired, yet it was impossible to close my eyes as I didn’t want to miss a thing.
The light began to change, and the air got colder and the snow drew closer. The mountains were both fascinating yet scary as well at times, nothing can survive here outside the bus. The only things we came across were abandoned constructions and one or two buffalos on the move.
As we came closer to the Chilean border, civilisation started to return: climbing walls, ice waterfalls and ski stations.
After checking our bags, we set off down the most crazy road which snaked for a few kilometres to get to round to Santiago… and that was that, we’d travelled across the Andes mountain range!