Ruta CH-60

Ruta CH-60, Los Andes: Address, Ruta CH-60 Reviews: 4.5/5

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Stanthorpe, Australia573 contributions
28 hairpin turns in The Andes - with goats: Los Caracoles
Mar 2020 • Couples
An amazing road with views and goats, the 28 hairpin turns on the steep slopes leading to Portillo Ski resort and the border crossing to Mendoza Argentina is an amazing drive. It only takes 10-30 minutes and the views are sheer and awe inspiring. I get a bit nervous with heights but the road is wide and safe so I just focussed on the road ahead while my wife informed me of the scenery. A herd of goats appeared at the half way mark, slowing us down. There are a lot of trucks on this route so drive to conditions and don’t speed. You can see the old train route, now in ruins, with its impressive tunnels as you traverse the climb.
The last toll on the road on the Chilli side has only an upcoming toll. If you’re going to Portillo and tell them this, “Voi a Portillo”, you don’t pay the toll.
Written 14 March 2020
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Denton, TX1,521 contributions
Great road connecting Chile and Argentina
Mar 2019
We took this route in a private car from our hotel at the Hyatt Centric in Santiago to the Park Hyatt in Mendoza. It wasn't an inexpensive trip. We could have saved money by flying or even taking the bus.
This way, we got to stop along the way and we received commentary from our driver about local towns. There was even a ski resort on the way which was busy during the Chilean winter.
The Andes are majestic and the colors are constantly changing. If you have the opportunity, you should take the trip.
Written 19 February 2020
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Jundiai, SP139,832 contributions
Maravilha! (Marvelous!)😍💖❄
Oct 2019 • Couples
Vislumbrar a paisagem que corta a Cadeia dos Andes e que desemboca em Mendoza é uma experiência muito bacana! Não tinha gelo na pista e pouca neblina, o que proporcionou uma subida até Portillo muito agradável (deu um pouco de medo: as curvas são extraordinárias) e a paisagem é de tirar o fôlego! Me lembrei de um casal de amigos que me contou que viajou de moto nessa região dos Andes: deve ser muito, muito legal!! Adoramos! (To catch a glimpse of the landscape that crosses the Andes Chain and ends in Mendoza is very nice experience! There was no ice in the track and little fog, which made for a very pleasant climb up to Portillo (it was a bit of a fear: the curves are extraordinary) and the scenery is breathtaking! I remembered a couple of friends who told me that they traveled by motorcycle in this Andes region: it must be very, very cool!! We love it!)😍💖❄❄
Written 27 October 2019
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Stroud, UK652 contributions
Great fun !
Mar 2019 • Friends
One of the 'world roads' if ever there was.We hit the frontier early on a Sunday morning under a crystal blue sky and were the only ones in the shed/warehouse that is the formal entry into Argentina. Almost waved through by the sleepy border officials.

At the top of the Snail do make the effort to stop and have a good look at the 27 hairpins.This is the only pass for crossing between the two countries for some 250 miles either way north or south.At busy times it can take up to three hours to get through the border check point. Great fun soaking up the atmosphere and the pure mountain air.
Written 9 April 2019
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Ballantine, MT86 contributions
The Snail
Mar 2019 • Couples
Known as the snail by the locals the highway connects Chile to Argentina. The Highway is also known as the Liberators Highway. There is 27 Curves going up and traffic moves very slow as you have large Semi trucks going back and forth to Argentina. It is also the highway that takes you to the ski area and the Inca Lagoon.
Written 30 March 2019
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Minneapolis, MN9,537 contributions
Night time decent
Feb 2019 • Solo
I took an overnight bus from Mendoza to Santiago and we wound down this after crossing the border. I had the front seat up top and even though you couldn't see far off in the distance you could feel yourself winding around the corners for a long time. Would be great in the daytime and heading west would offer the best views i think as you are going downhill that way.
Written 2 March 2019
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David M
London59 contributions
Journey of a lifetime
Oct 2018 • Couples
Almost on a whim, while we were in Chile, we decided to take the bus from Santiago through the Andes to Mendoza in Argentina. The journey, with stops to pick up passengers and at border control, takes around six and a half hours. Judging from the horror stories from travellers who have used hire cars and been held up at the border for ridiculous amounts of time, it's the only way to travel. Once you're out of Santiago Ruta 60 passes through some of the world's most spectacular scenery (very few towns) and we were never bored for a moment. The route is pretty much that of the Aconcagua river, almost dried up in many places. A single track railway first took the same route; it's now in mournful ruins along with its tunnels and telegraph poles. The road that replaced it, 365 kilometres in all, must have taken years to build. The grandeur of the Andes is breathtaking. The mountains are of various types and textures, some snowcapped, soaring above us. At one point a gorge gaped below us. The main destination for many travellers in the ski resort of Portillo, closed for the season when we were there. One of the most dramatic features, just before the border, is Los Caracoles, a zig-zag road up a mountain with around 30 curves. It's a splendid site to behold as you approach and see vehicles, looking like toys, slowly making their way up. San Francisco's Lombard Street, said to be the most crooked in the world, has only eight turns and is a fraction of the size. At the top a sign thanks you for visiting Chile and you pass into no man's land until the Argentinean frontier. The bus drove into a shed. Passport control was slow and it was now early evening and cold. Take jackets if you travel as we did in October. After the formalities you are expected to contribute to a whip-round for the staff. The first town in Argentina on route 7 is Uspallata. There are then more magnificent views of the Andes until the bus stops at Mendoza, our destination. We had time to walk to a restaurant and have dinner before getting back on the bus for the night-time trip back. The reclining seats helped. But of course we were woken for what turned out to be a much longer period - 2 hours - at the border. This included being lined up as though we were in an identity parade while every item of our luggage passed through security. I described it as Chilean torture. We arrived back in Santiago at 6.30am. I would strongly recommend spending at least one night in Mendoza and then travelling back during daytime. But despite the late night customs shenanigans, we still looked on this trip as one of the most enjoyable of our trip to Chile. Don't miss it.
Written 20 December 2018
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214 contributions
Magnificent views, adventurous drive
Dec 2017
Went here with bus from Santiago to Mendoza some years ago. It was a wonderful experience to watch the curves unfold and then to see the colors of the Andean mountains shift as you drove into Argentina. Unfortunately the bus broke down soon after passing the Argentinian border which was a bit of an adventure. However our excellent guide managed to get our small tour group a lift to the nearest village with another bus passing by. Felt really sorry for our bus driver who told us he had to stay in the bus overnight until spare parts could be delivered... But I guess incidents like this are not uncommon here.
I definitely recommend this route if you travel from Chile to Mendoza but wouldn't advise to drive yourself unless you are somewhat used to this type of roads and have a very good vehicle (plus the phone number to a reliable car support service)!
Written 9 November 2018
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Cafayate, Argentina112 contributions
Amazing zigzags to the top (for bikers) !!!
Jan 2018 • Couples
Coming from Santiago de Chile, ruta 60 takes you to the border between Chile and Argentina at an elevation of 3,200m (10,499ft), but before reaching that point, you have to go through over 20 steeps zigzags called 'Los Caracoles' (the snails).
This is another bikers paradise road, incredible ride and most amazing landscape all the way up,
Bikers, hit the road and enjoy it,
Written 19 April 2018
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Ottawa, Canada236 contributions
A very interesting highway
Mar 2017 • Friends
The Chilean side of the Andes provides an eye opening highway with 29 switchback curves as you travel the mountain side.
Written 27 March 2017
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