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South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires November 8th 2019

Today was not as eventful as the past few days since we spent 12 hours in transit either in taxis to or from the airport, taking two planes, and layovers . It's all part of the travel and can't be helped. All this moving around went very smoothly so all was good! We are now in Buenos Aires and staying in the Palermo neighborhood. This is another huge city with a population of 6 million people. After checking in we walked around several of the streets around here. There are numerous cafes and bakeries. We haven't seen a doughnut yet. The bakeries have all kinds of fancy cakes, tarts, fruity specialties, creamy deserts and all kinds of rolls. There are also little stores for daily needs like our party stores at home except many of them ... read more
One of the many bakeries
Busy streets in Palermo neighborhood

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Calafate November 8th 2019

R: So up until now you will have noticed most of my photos have been rather grey looking. The weather in Chilean Patagonia had had moments of brilliance (such as walking down from the Mirador las Torres - which was fantastic), but the weather generally comes in off the pacific and hits the mountain ranges and is generally much better in Argentina. This is where we were going next. First we had to pack up camp - Chef had made eggs and bacon again - there was so much of this that I was starting to feel that no matter how much exercise I did, it wouldn't burn all this off. It also went perfectly with the hot sauce! The tents came down and we packed up - thankfully it wasn't raining this morning. As we ... read more
Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine
Chilean Border Station

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz October 25th 2019

Up early for a 7.30am departure with Eduardo, our driver from the airport yesterday. We decided on a day trip to El Chaltén, one of the must-see area in this part of Patagonia. It’s over 200km away and a two and a half hour drive, but the journey goes quickly as the road is good and there’s lots to see on the way. As well as the beautiful views of the Patagonian scenery, we are treated to a mini safari of Guanacos (a bit like llamas), ñandúes (rhea - like emus/ostriches), condors, hares and a few horses, cows, pigs and sheep. We skirt the Lago Argentino, do a portion of the N40, then head towards the northern part of Parque Los Glaciares where we see the famous Cerro Fitzroy and glimpse our first glaciers. The park ... read more
On the approach to Cerro Fitzroy
El Chorrillo Salto
I need to find out what this plant is called...looks like sea urchins on the mountains

South America » Argentina October 25th 2019

Exciting day visiting Glaciar Perito Moreno. Bit of a lie in today as our tour pick up wasn’t until 8.15am. We are armed with hats, gloves, boots, ski socks and layers to keep warm. The company that does the tours is called Hielo y Aventura and we have chosen the Mini-Trekking tour. We wanted to do Big Ice, which is longer, but Maia is 15 and you have to be 18+ to do the tour. At the other end of the scale, 50 is the upper limit for Big Ice, so this was my one shot! (Too bad). I am delighted that our tour guide and driver duo are called Dora and Diego - very cool! We have managed to bag the front seats on the bus, with the huge window as our TV screen of ... read more
Glaciar Perito Moreno From the pasarela
Glaciar Perito Moreno from the pasarela
Glaciar Perito Moreno from the boat

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Calafate October 24th 2019

Up early for 7am breakfast, before taxi arrives at 7.30am to take us to the other Buenos Aires airport. Have enjoyed staying at Los Patios de San Telmo. Much, much cheaper than Chile (US $150 for two double rooms for 2 nights versus US $210 for a family room in Santiago for one night at Casasur Charming Hotel), great location in lively, characterful San Telmo, interesting decor and generally chilled with a nice vibe. Only small niggles would be that the room was a bit too warm with air con not working and fridge not working. Pretty smooth and uneventful trip to El Calafate with LATAM. Spent about half an hour with a helpful LATAM sales lady trying to decipher the various emails I’ve received from LATAM about problems with the refund. All pretty confusing and ... read more
Looking out towards Lago Argentino
Our stray dogs waiting to take on next passing car.

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires October 21st 2019

Unexpected turn of events today. Woke up early to depart for a 10.02 flight from Santiago to Calama to begin our much anticipated cycling tour of Atacama with Ecotours. Checked my phone to find an email from LATAM saying flight is cancelled. Try to look at options online but am 11th in the queue for the chat service. Head downstairs to reception to get some help from Diana who’s on the night shift. Spend two hours working out that all internal flights are cancelled as well as no buses, car hire or any other means of getting to where we want to be. Decide to look at crossing to Argentina for a few days in the hope of coming back to do the Patagonia part of our trip. Manage to book a flight with KLM but ... read more
Bar De Lucia in the market.

South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia October 16th 2019

À l’approche finale sur l’aéroport international d’Ushuaïa, à un peu plus de 3 heures de Buenos Aires, le spectacle qui s’offre à nous est incroyable! L’Antarctique, les montagnes enneigées, le canal de Beagle, autant de beauté suscite nécessairement l’émotion. Je crois que lorsqu’on est une grande voyageuse, on réussit à ressentir cette émotion pure, celle qui fait monter les larmes. C’est exactement ce qui est arrivé à l’atterrissage. Ushuaïa (prononcer Uswaia), ville battue par le vent, perchée sur une colline escarpée, est entourée par la Cordillère Darwin et le canal de Beagle. Il s'agit de la porte d'entrée de l’Antarctique et la ville la plus au sud de la planète. Elle se situe dans la province de la Terre de Feu, elle-même située dans la région de la Patagonie, sur la frontière chilienne. On y compte ... read more
lumières incroyables!
Harberton Ranch
Manchot de Magellan

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Tigre October 13th 2019

À environ 35 km au nord de Buenos Aires, dans la province du même nom, la ville de Tigre est facilement accessible par le Tren de la Costa qui la relie à la grande ville plusieurs fois par jours. Comme son nom l’indique, ce train longe la côte de l’Atlantique sud en traversant une dizaine de petites villes, tantôt cossues, tantôt plus délabrées jusqu’au delta du fleuve Paraná qui lui, prend naissance dans le Rio de la Plata. Tigre compte environ 30,000 habitants répartis, pour la plupart, entre la terre ferme et les nombreux canaux qui se déploient à partir du fleuve. Ce delta de 320 km de longueur rend la voiture inutile puisque toutes les maisons sont construites le long des canaux. On n’a donc aucun autre choix que d’y accéder par bateau. Il est ... read more
Bateau taxi
Sur le fleuve Sarmiento
la végétation est superbe

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires October 11th 2019

Il était certain qu’en venant à Buenos Aires, berceau du tango argentin, nous trouverions un endroit pour savourer le tango! Des centaines de milongas s’annoncent aux touristes, mais c’est justement celles qui m’intéressaient le moins. Une milonga désigne le lieu où les argentins viennent danser et pour moi, c’est l’ambiance feutrée et un peu sombre du tango typique que je recherchais! Je l’ai trouvée au Cabaré Marabú. Cette milonga des années 20 a tenu les plus grandes soirées de tango à cette époque et jusque dans les années 50. Tous les grands noms du tango y ont joué et enregistré leurs succès pendant plus de 4 décennies pour le grand plaisir des porteños qui y sont venus et viennent encore user leurs talons aiguilles et souliers vernis sur son grand plancher de danse. Il est 21h30 ... read more
l’orchestre Color Tango

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires October 10th 2019

Fidèles groupies de mes chroniques, je suis en Argentine pour un séjour aux confins de l’Antarctique, vers la capitale du bout du monde, Ushuaïa, la ville la plus australe de la planète! Mais, bien évidemment, on ne va pas en Argentine sans passer par l’élégante Buenos Aires pour y faire quelques pas de tango... donc j’y suis! Encore une fois, un voyage de contrastes, à plus de 11000 km de Montréal, qui s’annonce haut en couleurs et en découvertes. La première chronique suit!... read more

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