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Published: March 8th 2011
It has been three weeks since I have returned home from Argentina. I have more or less go into a routine with work, university etc and I still have the feel good factor from the trip. I am still reliving the happy memories! I took nearly 1500 photos which took me a long time to reorganise them and also have put paper memorablia into scrapbooks. I think I will do a quick summary of my highlights in Argentina:
My highlights were visiting Ushuaia and Trevelin for the first time. Being in Ushuaia was significant as I was at 'El Fin Del Mundo' and this is probably the nearest I will ever get to Antarctica! Despite the extortionate prices, Ushuaia was in a beautiful setting with the mountains in the background and by the Beagle Channel. I would like to return to Ushuaia sometime in the future and if I have the money, go on an Antarctic cruise! I cannot see this is a possibility! The cheapest price for the cruise cost more than this overall trip! Trevelin was lovely, not too touristy but had an adequate infrastructure if you wanted to explore out and about in the town and
surrounding area. Experiencing the Welsh culture was my biggest reason to visit Trevelin and it did not disappoint! Although Trevelin is not as Welsh these days, I got to experience the culture via the Regional Museum and having tea at Nain Maggie's. Visiting Trevelin has inspired me to visit the other Welsh cities and towns on the Patagonian Coast including Trelew, Gaiman and Dolavan so they will be on my list to visit on my next trip to Argentina.
I enjoyed revisiting Buenos Aires, El Calafate and Bariloche again and I enjoyed those places at a slower pace because I had already been there on past trips. The Ruta 40 was an experience not to be missed and I appreciated how big and immense Patagonia really is! However, I will not be repeating the journey on a future trip and will fly instead! I will not disuade others to undertake the journey up the La Cuarenta though. It was also nice catching up with like minded travellers and got friendly with some from home! Look forward to keeping in touch now and in the future! We had wonderful weather throughout except for the last couple of days when it
rained in Buenos Aires and there were some overcast days. The heat got a bit too much sometimes in Buenos Aires and also in Bariloche!
One of the challenges was sticking to a budget. I underestimated how expensive Argentina has become since I was there in 2010! You feel more the costs down south than when I did in Buenos Aires. In fact, I had to ring my credit card company back in the UK to let them know that I had to use the card for cash advances at the back end of the trip as I did not bring enough money. I really feel the very recent guide books do underestimate the costs and that they quickly go out of date as I always found the prices are so much more than what was quoted! Luckily, I managed in the end and got around the country without struggling financially but had to be careful. I will have to take more money with me on my next Argentine adventures.
For the time being, I am happy to be home but I plan to return to Argentina in the not too distant future. Not sure when but I
know I will be busy planning my next trip soon as the feel good factor has worn out!
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