'By the Horn', Chile, Torre del Paine National Park, Cuernos del Paine
Below is an excerpt from my travel blog. Cheers.
The Chilean/Argentine border is an experience. I didn't realize the South American countries are sensitive towards each other. I believe most of it stems from Soccer rivalries, but a many of the countries have butt heads in the past over border issues. Argentina and Chile almost went to war in the 80s over who owns what land in a mostly remote area of Patagonia. Supposedly the Pope had to intervene and calm everyone's border demands.
My friend Erik and I had an interesting encounter while crossing the border back into Argentina from Chile. I'm addicted to Avocados, and Chile has some of the best in the world. Needless to say I bought a lot of Avocados in Chile, and I was determined to enjoy those avocados for my entire stay in Patagonia. The two countries however, are extremely tough on food coming into their country. Crossing into Chile, the border guards went through my entire backpack looking for food. So when we walked into the Argentine border patrol house and saw 3 military officers, a large angry looking general and a huge rottweiler, I became a little nervous. The general took our passports and looked us up and down. A long pause ensued. My addiction to Avocados was going to be the death of me. Visions of South American prisons raced through my head. Sweat rolled down my forehead. The general closed my passport. Slowly looking up, I noticed a small grin and he calmly said, 'How are the girls in California?'. The officers all started laughing, stamped our passports and we were on our way. I savored those Chilean Avocados.
The photo above is a shot of the magnificent Cuernos del Paine in Chile's Torre del Paine National Park.