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South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia December 8th 2019

So here I am with KP again. One might think that to be a liability but in all charity I gain from his presence. So where have we been and what have we done? Lots. In Buenos Aries we did the usual. (We ate big chunks of steak and drank copious amounts of malbec.) Evenings at jazz clubs and milongas and daily wanderings.(My leg hurts) Then to Mendoza where the nonsense began. Just imagine sitting on the back of a horse for three days among thorny dastardly rose shrubs having your legs shredded just for fun. The terrain in the foothills of the Andes was rugged, the horses stubborn but sure footed. We encountered magnificent views up into the peaks and down across the desert plain. I felt alive and were it not for having to ... read more
horse 1.
the foothills.

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires December 8th 2019

Dear Friends and Family, After travelling 28 hours from door to door, Ann, Riley and I arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We stopped in Toronto to change planes and then in Santiago just to walk in a big circle and get back on the same plane. We used Uber to get from the airport to the Airbnb and found it to be really reliable and cheap to get around in Argentina and later Chile. We were staying in the Palermo district that boasts lots of coffee shops, restaurants and grocery shops. For my birthday, we did a big walking tour of Buenos Aires. We started in the Caminito at the colourful buildings and market stalls. We walked north to La Bombonera (home to the Boca Juniors), the playground at the Parque Flora Native, San Telmo, Plaza ... read more
Caminito, BA
Exercising near Puerto Madero, BA
Casa Rosada, BA

South America » Argentina » Mendoza December 5th 2019

After our Estancia experience we are back in the hotel Internacional, Mendoza for a couple of nights, and although very central, the room is small.  You cant swing a cat, small. So, it's  time to find something different and also to pick up a car and allow us to  really explore the area. But before leaving Mendoza, we book a river rafting trip near Lake Potrerillos, about 70 km away from the city. With pickup, a very cheap 24 USD and that includes zip lining which actually turns out to be a little dissapointing. But, the rafting is fun, even though Malcolm cannot partake because of a leg issue, he does spend his day sitting by the side of the river, soaking up Quilmes (beer) and chatting to a bunch of likely lads from Liverpool. In ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires November 21st 2019

Nov 11 thru 20 My traveling companion is my good friend Malcolm from Fiji and we leave for our second trip to Argentina, followed by a possible incursion into Bolivia (we quickly had to dump this thought because of political unrest in Bolivia following the ouster of Evo Morales) Again, we pick San Telmo as our base for our five nights in Buenos Aires. We had stayed in hotel for one night before leaving the last trip, hotel Bohemia on Peru. Very central and within easy walking distance to everything. As the Argentina economy is in the doldrums, we are now receiving 60 pesos to the US dollar instead of our 15 to the $ in 2016. Taxis are cheap, hotels and food are reasonable and of course imported clothes, shoes etc. More expensive. ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires November 12th 2019

R: The next morning it was time so say our goodbyes and head off. I was booked on a flight from El Calafate airport in the early afternoon which required an early start. The tour company had told me that the could take me to the airport but it wouldn't be till later in the day, so I had booked my own minibus transfer. I was considering the public bus but my prior experience with Argentinian public transport told me that I didn't want to leave this to chance. I was sat in the kitchen with some of the other people from the tour, when suddenly the driver showed up early! Without saying full goodbyes to all, I was whisked away. The minibus went round and around the town picking up people before making the 3 ... read more
Plaza del Mayo
Puerto Madero
Teatro Atheno

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén November 11th 2019

R: It feels a bit odd to be writing this during the coronavirus lockdown, but it makes me glad that I've been able to do this trip, and to think about all the things I may be able to do after it all ends. Anyway. This was the big one - the last full day of the organised part of the trip. This was the longest walk of the trip - 20km in total over steep ground in places - some of us had been looking forward to it, some had been dreading it. We had been told the night before to go and find sustenance for the day which I should really have done the day before, but I was on a long walk, so I didn't get time! I headed to a small supermarket ... read more
On the way up
Piedras Blancas Glacier
Onwards and Upwards

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires November 10th 2019

Another full day in Buenos Aires. We are getting pretty good at navigating our way around using the subway system. It really is much better than traveling the city streets because of the volume of cars and buses whipping around. Our first destination was the Plaza de Mayo. It is located at the center of Buenos Aires And is the main square. It is a commemoration of the May Revolution on 1810, the first steps towards Argentina's independence from Spain in 1816. Seats of Government are located around the Plaza. At the center of the Plaza if the May Pyramid which was constructed to commemorate independence from Spain. We were able to see the changing of the guard at the Cabildo. The building was the seat of power during the time Argentina was colonized by Spain. ... read more
Bridge of a Woman
Port de Madero
Locks of Love

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén November 10th 2019

R: Next morning it was up early again - quite a long drive this morning. First, I took a trip up to the town viewpoint to take in the town from an abandoned old fort that sits above a kids play park. I was accompanied by fellow Brit Michelle who wanted to see the city too. It was a short steep climb and the views over to the lake and the mountains beyond were good. It was my sister's 18th birthday today, so I sat outside briefly and recorded her a birthday message before hopping on the bus. We were heading to El Chaltén which is the heart of the national park area. We stopped first at a very crowded "ranch" which seemed to do a brisk trade in terrible coffee, fridge magnets and hiking maps. ... read more
Laguna Torre
El Chalten
El Chalten Town

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires November 9th 2019

Today was busy with places to go and much to see. We started out very early this morning to join a walking tour. Unfortunately they left before we arrived even though we were on time. Luckily we had planned ahead and had another walking tour in our plans starting one hour later. Maybe it was a good thing we missed the first because the second was very good. Dominique, the tour guide, has a degree in tourism and is very dedicated to her job. She did an excellent job and we learned many interesting facts about Buenos Aires and Argentinian history. We stopped to view the Obelisco which is a national monument in the center of the city. It is a place where people from the city gather to celebrate events. The Teatro Colon was visited ... read more
Sante Fe Avenue, widest street as listed in Guinness Book of World Records
Teatro Colon-side view
Teatro Colon -front view

R: Today was the day we were off to Perito Moreno glacier. It is in the Los Glaciares National Park which is about an hour drive from El Calafate, which we did on the bus. Breakfast at the new hostel was a bit underwhelming, but we survived! Scambled eggs, Dulce du Leche pancakes and strong coffee - not much not to like really! We went the long way to the national park which is easily accessed by road from Calafate, but the route took us via Lago Argentino (the largest lake in Argentina) and various viewpoints to see hares, herds of vicuna and birds along the way. We stopped at an Estancia (ranch) along the way which was appreciating the tourist custom. Earning a living from cattle is hard in this area now so they have ... read more
Scooby Doo drops in in Argentina
Perito Moreno Glaciar from the shoreline
The face of the glacier

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