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South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Calafate January 31st 2009

The ride down from El Chalten to El Calafate was quicker than I had thought it would be. I traveled down to Calafate with a group of four Israelis who I have become good friends with. We decided when we arrived to rent a car and head to the Perito Moreno Glacier for sunset. In fact, we decided to rent the car with five other people who would take the car from us and go for the sunrise. This really minimized the cost and allowed us to get into the park without paying the entrace fee. It really is the best idea to go for sunrise or sunset. The park is quiet and empty, maybe 8 or 10 people. We set out around 8 o'clock. The drive took about an hour winding through the roads. The ... read more
Sunset over the mountains
Puerto Moreno Glacier

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén January 29th 2009

I guess to some degree I felt obligated to take the long rough road down Route 40 towards Chalten and Calafate. The two day journey was a long one that just seemed like it would never end. About a day and a half of the ride is unpaved, meaning very bumpy. Most of Patagonia is step. There really is nothing for miles upon miles but the wind that blows through the land never seems to take a breath. It´s just a constant hard gust. We broke the ride up into two parts staying in a run down town called Puerto Moreno (not to be confused with the glacier in Chalten). There was nothing there, just dirt roads and cats. Arriving in Chalten late night the hostal that was booked for me apparently overbooked the rooms. Because ... read more
Glowing Fitz Roy
Early In The Hike

The decision to come to Bariloche may not have been the wisest decision I have made so far on my trip because of its location, but it was without a doubt a great one. Bariloche is a German and Swiss influenced town in the mountains. From the atmosphere, you do not feel like you are in Argentina, let alone South America. My first day here I met Anthony. We both decided to take a trek up to Refugios Frey for a 360 degree panaramic view. We were led to believe that the trek would be 2 hours up and 2 hours down but half way through the trek we found that it was 4 up, 4 down. Either way, we found a turn off on the trail and headed towards a beach. A half hour trek ... read more
With Mi Amiga
Sleep (Small)

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn January 19th 2009

The bus ride from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn was very easy. The sleeper busses here are very comfortable and the most leave late night to get to their destination during the day. I have met so many great people traveling. I probably will not keep in touch with most, but for those one or two nights you hang out together, you feel very close. It´s weird. People come and people go. Everyone from so many different places are here to do the same thing. My hostel is very nice. I met Natalie here in the hostel. She is from Germany and has been traveling for a long time already throught the world. The two of us decided to book a tour of Punto Tombu for the following day. The hostel helped to set up the ... read more
The Hostel Owners Son
Penguin Walk
More Penguins

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires January 16th 2009

After hearing from our friends Amy (Kansas) and Meghan (Boston) of an amazing bike tour, this morning Ludvig (Swedish) Tim (Scottish) and I woke up at 8am to get ready to take on Buenos Aires by bike. It´s pretty apparent from walking around the city that it is not the best idea to ride a bike here. Still, we decided to give it a shot. We met our guides Fernando and Ana Ines in Plaza San Martin. The three of us along with Krista (California) then began our ride. We quickly found that riding in the streets of Buenos Aires is not to be taken lightly and not for the faint of heart. Taxi drivers do not avoid pedestrians here. It is up to the pedestrians to avoid the cars. They yell, honk, screatch tires. They ... read more
Boca Jr Stadium
Asado at Estoril Hostel

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires January 14th 2009

Sorry ahead of time for no pictures. I cannot upload here and apparently I also forgot my USB cable. No worries though, I´ll figure something out. So I made it here! After a long 10.5 hour flight with no sleep, I made it. I met some interesting people on the flight over. I sat next to an Argentinian named Fredrico who too was a musician. We shared music on the way over and talked about what we do. It turns out that he was in the middle of composing music for a movie by a famous actress in Argentina, Norma Aleandro. He introduced to a friend of his who so happened to be on the same flight. I forget the guys name but he was visting Broadway to check out some shows. Apparently he is going ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires January 4th 2009

So here it is, I guess this is my test blog before the start of my trip. I leave for Buenos Aires a week from monday onto a 2.5 month adventure. Right now I am in in NYC - anxious, excited, and ready. My plans as of now are pretty bare. Nothing is in stone as everything is bound to change as soon as I land. What I've been thinking is to stay in Buenos Aires then head south along the Atlantic Coast towards Patagonia and onto Ushuaia. On the way stopping at cities and towns along the water. My mode of transport will be busses. From everything I have read the Argentinian bus system is very good. They have sleeper busses with fully reclining chairs, bars serving alcohol and meals. From the southern tip I ... read more

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