Mamuil Malal Pass, Junin de los Andes

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Mamuil Malal Pass is an international mountain pass in the Andes between Chile and Argentina. The pass connects Pucón and Curarrehue in Chile with Junín de los Andes in Argentina. The road is paved on the Argentinian side and passes just north of Lanín Volcano . During winter the pass may close due to heavy snowfalls. From the Chilean side the pass is accessed through Route 199-CH, branch line which begins at the Panamerican Highway near Freire.
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  • Eye if it is in winter, there are areas where you have to use chains on your vehicle. Take your time going from one country to another. The Chilean side there are wonderful landscapes, like Europe. Until you reach currarrehue where you have several thermal complexes (care prices). There you got several meals over the road jobs, delicious and good price
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  • I cross from Chile to Argentina and vice versa several times by this step. It always catches my attention the beautiful landscapes that are seen on the route. The only way is about 12 km from Earth (gravel) before the Argentinean Customs (coming from ARG), however, it is not in bad condition. Lower, no problem were crossing all types of vehicles, from 4 x 4 to cars. Cross is fast, just becomes a bit slow in the Chilean Customs, inspection of the SAG, especially if you are with a bus or group of persons, since suitcases must pass by scanner and there is a bottle neck. In none of the Customs I've seen that they sell food, so they should be. Bathrooms are in both. I crossed in February and later 1 hour approx total (both customs).
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  • Just a horror! We left 9:30 the morning of San Martin de los Andes towards Pucon. About of 250 km or 3 hours by road. The 2 km of the border, we face a line drive that lasted 5 hours. In the middle of nowhere! The reason: a strike of border agents who were doing everything slowly. After we entered, in 10 minutes we stood up to the Chilean border, more boring. Moral of the histó 17:30 we were on the road, exhausted and in a bad mood ... but hungry. The final path that was beautiful has been done fast ... a shame! I wish I'd chosen to go around Osorno, etc. ... The only good thing was to see Lanin volcano well close.
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