WHEN PLANNING A BESPOKE JOURNEY THAT CONSIDERS OVERLANDING FROM ONE COUNTRY TO ANOTHER, BORDER CROSSINGS BECOME AN ESSENTIAL PART OF IT. THIS IS THE BORDER CROSSING IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA THAT MAY BE USED ON OUR BESPOKE JOURNEYS.
CENTRAL ANDES - CHILE
PORTILLO TO MENDOZA PASS
Portillo de Piuquenes International Pass, better known as Portillo Pass, is a scenic route that takes you from Chile to Argentina among a stunning landscape of high valleys, jagged peaks and towering rocky walls through the Andes mountain range. From Chile, you ascend through a zig-zagging road from the valley of the Yeso river, while in the Argentinian side the descent is less abrupt, towards Palomares Valley in Mendoza district.
The historic Portillo Pass was one used by General San Martin 200 years ago to cross the Andes with the patriotic troops.
It operates temporarily each year from November 1st to April 30th, as a passage authorized only for tourism and sports. The climate is cold and dry, with extreme temperatures in summer
Distances to the crossing points:
Santiago (Chile):144 km
Mendoza (Argentina):216 km
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