To Mendoza, Argentina
On Friday April 2, 2010, René flew to Mendoza for the wedding of Carsten and Maria that took place on Friday April 9, 2010. We had a great time. The wedding was fabulous, and we made a few local trips, such as to the Aconcagua and the Cristo Redentor pass to the border of Argentina and Chile. René also took the opportunity to do some local flying.
René flew from Amsterdam via Madrid and Santiago de Chile to Mendoza. The stop in Santiago de Chile allowed for a visit to the city before the final leg to Mendoza would commence. In the evening we all had diner in Mendoza. The other guys went on into the early hours of Sunday morning, but René left at about 00:30 to finally get some sleep.
René in Santiago with the Torre Entel
Cathedral de Santiago, Plaza de Armas
René, Peyman, Carsten, Alf, Roberto, Alfredo
Over the Andes to Mendoza
From Mendoza, La Puntilla to San Rafael
On Sunday afternoon, April 4 2010, René was picked-up by Hernan from San Rafael at La Puntilla airfield to fly back together to San Rafael. The plan was to stay for two or three nights at San Rafael, and to make several flights.
Although I was told that the weather was perfect for 99% of the year, it was not so good the next day. Low overcast around San Rafael, though not in San Rafael itself, stopped us from making the planned flights.
René made a local flight from San Rafael with Marcelo. At the time we were flying in the morning, also Mendoza was in low clouds. Rather than taking the risk of staying in San Rafael without flying because of low overcast, René decided to return to Mendoza. In the mean time, the weather had sufficiently cleared up in Mendoza, and René was able to fly back to Mendoza with Walter.
René with the 1963 Cessna LV-HJR
René, Carsten and Karin
Final RWY 10 San Rafael
San Rafael Terminal and Tower
Local flight from San Rafael
For Monday April 5 2010, the plan was to make a round-trip from San Rafael to Malargue and General Alvear in the morning, and a trip to San Luis and Villa Reynolds in the afternoon. Unfortunately, it was low overcast south-west of San Rafael (direction Malargue) and east of San Rafael (direction San Luis). The morning flight became a local flight to the Los Reyunos reservoir and Cerro Diamante west of San Rafael.
René with the C172 LV-HJR
Los Reyunos Reservoir
Cerro Diamante with cloud cap
Back to San Rafael
From San Rafael to Mendoza
In the afternoon we flew back to Mendoza, after the clouds had cleared-up there. We first flew to Mendoza El Plumerillo airport for fueling, and then went on to the small airfield La Puntilla of the Mendoza aeroclub.
The Cessna at San Rafael aeroclub
René at Mendoza International airport
Mendoza city centre
René in the Cessna
Right downwind RWY 04 La Puntilla
To Aconcagua and the Cristo Redentor pass
For Tuesday, Carsten had organized a day trip to the Parque Provincial Acongagua at the Acongagua mountain, the highest mountain outside the Himalayas. Then we went on to the Cristo Redentor pass on the border of Argentina and Chile.
Road between Mendoza and Santiago
René with the Aconcagua in the background
Dirt road up to the Cristo Redentor pass
On top of the Cristo Redentor pass
René, Carsten and Peyman
Maria and Carsten exchanging the rings
The wedding party