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Jumping over the Andes, a week at Buenos Aires and a Dreamliner Experience

Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:35 am

Hey guys!

It was time for another Trip Report. This one will be a 3 part TR. The first part will be the flight to Buenos Aires, second part will be a report on how good Buenos Aires was and the third part will be the trip back and my first experience on a Dreamliner :hearts:

So, on we go!

1. PLANNING MY VACATIONS.

So, after I came back from my summer vacation at Pucon, in Chile, I immediately started planning on what my next destination would be. First choice was Toronto and Vancouver for two weeks. Then, a friend suggested that I should go to New York for a week. That meant I had to book a good hostel and start saving money to have a hefty budget to spend my days over there. And then came the third option: Buenos Aires. I have some relatives living in Palermo, Buenos Aires' largest neighborhood. That meant I didn't have to spend money on a hotel and that I would have my cousin to go around the city, which was a great deal because It was my first time going there. And one more thing: I wanted to give my mom a very special present on her 62nd birthday.

So, Buenos Aires it was! Of course, my mom loved the idea and we started saving money together so I wouldn't have use my credit card over there haha.

October 1st to October 8th were the chosen dates, LATAM (Yeah, again) the airline and some months of planning ahead.

2. THE FLIGHTS.

So, I chose to fly on LATAM's Flight 445, departing at 14:30 and arriving at around 16:00 at Buenos Aires and for the flight back I chose Flight 532, departing at 18:20 and arriving at 20:30. Both flights were announced as being operated by 787s. SWEET! It would be my first time on a Dreamliner, so I was already excited. But my excitement was kinda short lived, as about a month later, I got an email from LATAM indicating that my LA445 had been cancelled and that I had been rebooked on LA443, departing at 16:53 and arriving at Buenos Aires at around 18:45. That meant, no 787 on my flight to Buenos Aires' and that I was put on a regular boring A320. Oh well, at least I had a seat on a plane, and my schedule was not that much affected anyways.

3. AND THEN IT WAS OCTOBER.

I work at a hotel in Santiago, and I work at night one weekend per month. It was my turn on the last weekend of September, so that meant I would be finishing my shift on Monday 1st October at 7AM, getting back home at around 8:00AM and trying to get as much sleep as I could before the trip :|

But, as I was so excited about the trip, I didn't care and my body also didn't. So, quick shower, quick lunch and it was time to go to the airport on a really sunny day.

On with the pics and videos. Everything was captured and recorded with a Huawei P20 Pro.

Expansion works still going at SCEL. A few more years until everything's ready.

ImageIMG_20181001_141012 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_141421 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_141501 by Ricardo Jiménez

Check In was quite fast as the terminal was lightly loaded at that time of the day.

ImageIMG_20181001_142825 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_142831 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_143819 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181001_144652 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

Duty Free!

ImageIMG_20181001_150219 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_150253 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_150352 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_150820 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_150526 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_151501 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_151326 by Ricardo Jiménez


It's gate 20A then
ImageIMG_20181001_151241 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_154334 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_160032 by Ricardo Jiménez

Ahhh much needed!
ImageIMG_20181001_152227 by Ricardo Jiménez

4. THE FLIGHT.

The Plane: Airbus A320-214
The Reg: CC-BAY. I actually flew this exact same plane when I came back from Pucon in the summer. I was expecting an IAE powered plane, but no issues with a CFM one. A six year old frame, still in LAN colors. (Come on LATAM, you're just repainting the 787s!)
The Flight Number: LA443, SCL-EZE.

We actually left the gate right on time, which is great!

ImageIMG_20181001_163643 by Ricardo Jiménez
Seat space was OK for a 5.6ft guy like me.

After a short taxi, it was time to take off. This time from SCEL's runway 17L

https://youtu.be/zvSr970oMKE

You can see how extensive the expansion actually is at the airport, so I have high hopes on how good the end product will be.

After a few minutes flying came this flight's main event: The Andes. And I was in for a treat: We got some rain on the previous days, and lots of snow over the Andes. What a sight to behold!

ImageIMG_20181001_171347 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_172011 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_172038 by Ricardo Jiménez

Of course there's a video :mrgreen:
https://youtu.be/mMBNexKb0Kk

And then came Argentina and in-flight service.
ImageIMG_20181001_174253 by Ricardo Jiménez
A Juan Valdez coffee, Coke Zero and a Cheese and Ham sandwich. Ok for a short flight like this.
ImageIMG_20181001_175215 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_181942 by Ricardo Jiménez

Soon, we started the descent for Ezeiza's runway 11.
ImageIMG_20181001_182450 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_182540 by Ricardo Jiménez

And the video of the landing. It was actually pretty bumpy as there had been a storm the day before, so we got some turbulence on the way down.
https://youtu.be/NE4YJCx3jJM

We're here!

ImageIMG_20181001_183557 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_183658 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_184334 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_184605 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_184651 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_185314 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_190302 by Ricardo Jiménez


Passing through immigrations was actually quite fast!

ImageIMG_20181001_191542 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_193108 by Ricardo Jiménez

Ezeiza is quite far away from where I was going to stay. Around 40 minutes by taxi. It will set you back round 990 Argentinian Pesos (around $25 USD) on a "Taxi Ezeiza", you can get your taxi booked at a small counter, right next to the entrance to the terminal.

Last pictures of this first part.
ImageIMG_20181001_194013 by Ricardo Jiménez
ImageIMG_20181001_201023 by Ricardo Jiménez

Hope you guys like them! Tomorrow, I'll post the second part.
Last edited by SQ22 on Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Title changed, pleqse do nut use capital letters in title
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Re: Jumping over the Andes, a week at Buenos Aires and a Dreamliner Experience

Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:03 am

Enjoying it so far! The quality of these cameras in phones nowadays is extraordinarily good. The building work at SCL is never ending, and I see that it looks like it will now go over the old national terminal site (later cargo??). I miss the old terminal with the terrace and cafe .. great views! Am I remembering correctly that many (many!) years ago there was a flower clock outside, a bit like the one in Viña?
 
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Re: Jumping over the Andes, a week at Buenos Aires and a Dreamliner Experience

Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:45 pm

Ok, so this is uncomfortable.

I had completely lost access to my flickr account for over a month, so I had no possibility to post the second and third parts of this trip. Now I finally regained access to it, though I still have no idea about what actually happened

So, second part coming up!

5. THE CITY

So, during my days in Buenos Aires, I took pictures of almost everything I saw. Here are the ones that I think are the best.

Make sure you get one of these as soon as you land in Buenos Aires
ImageIMG_20181002_163206 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
The Obelisco was getting prepared for the 2018 Youth Olimpics Opening Ceremony, so, during the day, it looked like this:
ImageIMG_20181002_151929 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181002_165159 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
And at night, it looked like this:
ImageIMG_20181004_231509 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
Buenos Aires is quite nice at night by the way:
ImageIMG_20181004_214805 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181002_213750 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181002_214249 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181002_231435 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

The "Subte", Casa Rosada, the Cathedral and Puerto Madero:

ImageIMG_20181003_130636 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181003_160546 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181003_161128 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181003_161217 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181003_161854 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181003_162745 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181003_165619 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181003_170751 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181003_172847 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181003_174528 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181003_174147 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181003_182359 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181003_182834 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181003_182951 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

One of my main reasons to come to Buenos Aires: River Plate Stadium!
ImageIMG_20181005_130745 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181005_131023 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181005_132241 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181005_132507 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181005_133831 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181005_140956 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

And of course, the food, which is amazing and surprisingly cheap, at least for us chileans:
ImageIMG_20181004_164846 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181004_222723 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181004_221648 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181006_133903 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181006_135039 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

But, after a week, it was time to go back to Santiago.
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Re: Jumping over the Andes, a week at Buenos Aires and a Dreamliner Experience

Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:08 pm

6. THE DREAMLINER EXPERIENCE

So, it was October 8th and our vacations were over, but at least I got one more treat for myself: A chance to fly, for the first time, on a Dreamliner :P Ohhh and how nice it was!

We were booked for LA532, departing at 18:20 from Ezeiza's gate 10.

Our plane: CC-BGB. a 3 year-old Boeing 787-9. Amazing for a 2-hour flight!

So, on with the pics!

We were a bit nervous as there was a strong storm forecast for Buenos Aires, so I was worried that our flight might actually get delayed.

Clouds looked menacing as we got to the airport:
ImageIMG_20181008_143401 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_154949 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

Check In was quite crowded:
ImageIMG_20181008_145244 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

Our flight was not delayed!
ImageIMG_20181008_155101 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

Bit of planespotting:
ImageIMG_20181008_162440 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_165243 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_165342 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

Our plane!
ImageIMG_20181008_165533 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_170131 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

A pic from the terminal:
ImageIMG_20181008_170157 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
Looks like it's going to be a full flight:
ImageIMG_20181008_173827 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

Personal IFEs!
ImageIMG_20181008_175103 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_175157 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_175706 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_180759 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_181455 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_181959 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

And it was time for Push Back
ImageIMG_20181008_180534 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_182504 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

Take off video!
https://youtu.be/3UxlgmTMSnU
And the turbulence
https://youtu.be/JaVKlbOzTCE

But after that, oh my...
ImageIMG_20181008_184637 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_184705 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_185032 by Ricardo Jiménez, en FlickrImageIMG_20181008_185300 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

Same in flight service:
ImageIMG_20181008_191120 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

It was getting dark
ImageIMG_20181008_193634 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_193703 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_200602 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

It was time to land:
ImageIMG_20181008_202701 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

https://youtu.be/a9ZRHXm8vpM

Quick glance at Business!
ImageIMG_20181008_204622 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

Ahhh Santiago, in all its awfulness:
ImageIMG_20181008_213307 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr
ImageIMG_20181008_220323 by Ricardo Jiménez, en Flickr

Well, it was a long time, but I do hope you enyojed this trip report.

Now, on with London :stirthepot:

Cheers guys!
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Re: Jumping over the Andes, a week at Buenos Aires and a Dreamliner Experience

Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:00 am

Nice photos! Buenos Aires is one of my favorites, and the photos going over the Andes were sublime!

Thanks!
Cheers,
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Re: Jumping over the Andes, a week at Buenos Aires and a Dreamliner Experience

Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:13 pm

Hey Ricardo,

great report and nice pictures of your Andes crossing, beautiful Buenos Aires and those artery-clogging but oh-so-yummy dishes!

I flew on a sister ship of your 787-9 just a couple of months ago, albeit on another continent.

Cheers,
C.
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