This tour was offered as a “land only” option, but still five (of the eight) group members had booked the same flight from Amsterdam to Santiago. We would meet the other three group members in Santiago and Córdoba. The flight, starting on Saturday 24 March, was uneventful, but long. We crossed the Andes mountains for the first time, an awesome sight. Arriving at Santiago around noon on the Sunday (25 March), we had time to spend in transfer section of the airport, because we would continue our journey straight to Córdoba, Argentina, in the early evening. A FACh Twin Otter taking off provided a bit of excitement, the playback dance act by the waiters of one of the restaurants did less. Onwards to Córdoba: a short flight, picking up the two rental cars, driving into town and checking in into the hotel. We got our first tastes of everything taking longer than what we’re used to, a common fact in Latin America. But we checked in eventually and there was even time to head out to a local bar for a beer or two. We had arrived!