South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires June 2nd 2018

Cordoba is the second most populous city in Argentina and was founded on 6th July 1573 by Jeronimo Luis de Cabrera who named it after Cordoba, Spain. It was one of the first colonial Capitals of the region and has many historical monuments from the Spanish rule including the Roman Catholic Church, the Jesuit block which is a World Heritage sight and the Colegio National de Montserrat. There are also plenty of museums and one that sticks out in the memory was the Museo de la Memoria that details the excesses of the Argentinian military dictatorship 1976 - 1983. It was on the site of one of the old clandestine centres for detention and was chilling. I really enjoyed my time wandering around the city visiting the buildings and museums and stopping for lunch at random ... read more
Che Guevara house
Bust of Che Guevara
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South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza June 2nd 2018

There was a sad farewell to Denmark (despite almost falling out the previous night over a game of the 500 cardgame) prior to hopping in a taxi to the huge bus station Terminal Santiago. I’d booked a ticket online a few days before with Andesmar and after validating my online ticket and checking in it was a short wait for the right bus to turn up before boarding it and settling in for the day (South American buses really did have the most comfy seats some of them were like 1st class plane seats). I‘d heard that the views across the Andes during the journey were spectacular so I made sure I booked a window seat and had my little music MP3 player fully charged. It was also going to be a border crossing (my last ... read more
Another big mountain
Great view
View from window of bus

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago April 7th 2012

I’d been keeping in touch with Holland and Denmark during my continuing journey through the Lake districts of Argentina and Chile and whilst Holland was on a tighter schedule and ahead of us in Mendoza I had arranged to meet Denmark in Valparaiso in a couple of days time. I booked into the Bella Vista hostel for 2 nights following a recommendation by the frenches and bumped into a Pete from the Navimag. He was also travelling through SA and was leaving the next day for the north part of Chile but was out for drinks in the evening so I tagged along. Barrio BELLAVISTA is a really cool part of Santiago that I hadn’t stayed in before with many restaurants and bars and also a shopping/dining area called Patio Bellavista which was great. We all ... read more
Valparaiso street art
Funicular car
Street art

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón April 1st 2012

The bus from San Martin to Pucon was an early 6am start and I recall getting up around 4.30am in order to get ready and take a stroll to the bus station. It was pretty quite with just a few shops open and the ticket office (although I’d purchased my ticket the day before). It was still dark but felt safe and the bus arrived late. Once we got going though all wa fine and it was a short 6 hour bus trip across the border into Chile. Pucon is another charming little alpine town in the heart of the Chilean Lake District. The town sits on Lake Villerrica and there is a little beach where you can chill out. It’s a great place to wander around dipping into cafes, artisan markets and museums. I stayed ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Río Negro March 26th 2012

San Martin is a lovely little town a couple of hours North of Bariloche. I booked some nice private accommodation for 3 nights and went a day trip on the Ruta de los siete Lagos (route of the 7 lakes) through a local company. On the other days I hired a bike and explored the local area including a nice beach and forest areas. The town was great to cycle through and there were plenty of restaurants to visit on each night. After a few days it was time to move on once again and cross the border into Pucon Chile......... read more
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San Carlos de Bariloche is a gorgeous town in Argentina‘s Patagonia region. It’s famous for its Swiss alpine style architecture, chocolate shops and stunning lake and mountain scenery. What more could you want? Maybe a super hostel with a sun deck? A great Irish bar? Craft beer? super steak on tap at the local supermarket? This town had it all!! The bus journey from Puerto Montt was actually really comfortable and i was getting used to these long bus journeys with reclining seats and air con. The journey lasted around 7-8 with a seamless border crossing thrown in and we arrived late afternoon. The navimag crew were all booked in different hostels and apartments but we all arranged to meet in the Irish pub (Wilkenny) that evening. I‘d booked myself, Denmark and Holland into a 4 ... read more
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Puerto Natales March 11th 2012

The Navimag is a cargo and passenger ferry that sails through the fjords of Chile between Puerto Natales and Puerto Montt in the Chilean Lake District. It’s a 4 day/3 night trip and the Patagonian scenery is stunning with incredible flora and fauna, mountains, still waters and the occasional open sea choppy crossing. Many other travellers that I’d met on the Torres trek ( The Frenches and Holland) were also booked on the trip and after a bit of a wait in the reception area we boarded around 9pm ( the cargo boards first) and scambled to find our cabins and arranged to meet in the bar later (always a good idea!). I was booked in a BB cabin with 4 bunks, a window and shared bathroom which was just outside the cabin. It was comfortable ... read more
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine March 7th 2012

Torres Del Paine wasn’t on the original itinary as it meant doubling back from El Chalten however it was highly recommended by a couple of travellers and some others (Vincent from Holland) were heading in that direction so we went back to El Calafete for one night and then another long bus journey across the border to Chile and Puerto Natales. The border controls were quite strict as they don’t like you taking food across especially fruit so some bananas went out the window before we arrived at Customs. Otherwise the crossing was pretty uneventful and we arrived late morning. I’d booked into the Backpackers Kawashkar close to the town centre and the plan was to get organised and book the trekking for the next day (3 days/2 nights), one night back in PN and then ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén March 2nd 2012

El Chalten is 3 hours north of El Calafate by bus and is at the entrance to the northern sector of Parque National Los Glaciares. It’s a lovely little town and is full of tourists hiking the surrounding mountain ranges including the Fitz Roy. I got the afternoon bus with Christian and Zoe from England whom I met at the Glacier the day before and were on a three month trip of South America. We arrived in El Chalten around 6pm and had a quick stop in the Park Rangers office to get a talk on the hiking trails that were available. I was staying at a different hostel so we arranged to meet at the La Cerveceria Pub and Restro-a German style bar for some local microbrew beer before heading to a magnificent restaurant in ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Calafate February 29th 2012

The flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate took 3 ½ hours with Aerolineas. The flight on 29thFebruary was at 7am so it was an early start with my Nokia alarm set for 5am. I bumped into quite a few people coming back from their night out on the way to the shared bathroom and I was glad I’d caught an early night and just watched Clint Eastwood’s new film Hoover on DVD. The taxi picked me up at 5.30am and it was starting to get light outside as we headed to the Ezeiza airport. The domestic terminal was quite busy with other flights going to Cordoba, Mendoza and Iguacu. I arrived around 10.30am and the airport is quite small so getting onto the shuttle bus and to the hostel America Del Sur took around 40 ... read more
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