Los Andes, Chile’s main overland port of entry (though the actual border post is far to the east), is a crossroads where international Ruta 60 from Viña del Mar meets Ruta 57 from Santiago. Founded in late colonial times (1791) by Ambrosio O’Higgins, the Chilean liberator’s father, its central core retains something of that earlier atmosphere. Like San Felipe, it’s the center of a fruit- and wine-growing area.
At the north end of Avenida Santa Teresa, the Rodoviario Internacional Los Andes is alongside the former train station. Pullman Bus (tel. 034/421262) has the most frequent schedules. Mendoza-bound international buses from Santiago or Viña may stop here, but reservations are advisable—these are often full.
Buses Ahumada (Yerbas Buenas 650, tel. 034/424896) has its own, more central terminal.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition