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South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 2nd 2019

Vive Miles & More... on collecte ses points et un jour arrive... on en a assez que pour aller retrouver nos amis... à petit prix... Quoi que. .. c'est quand cela vous arrive que vous vous rendez compte que finalement un billet d'avion contient plus de sous en taxes d'aéroport qu'en transport lui même ... en effet, si j'achetais mon billet ce jour, 3 février, je payerais 1.185 euros... alors qu'avec les points je n'ai payé que 500 euros... (de taxe...) mais ce billet en mars ne faisait que 950 euros dont les 500 euros de taxe.... Quand vous réservez alors un billet dans une agence de voyage... ne pensez pas qu'elle gagne grand chose .... c'est une fois de plus "pures taxes". Merci les gouvernements ! Contents donc aujourd'hui de constater qu'on a tout de ... read more

South America » Falkland Islands » East Falkland February 2nd 2019

Saturday 2 February – Day 1: Stanley & Bleaker Island, Falklands before we travel to South Georgia & Antarctica The information we received from One Ocean about our 18-day adventure through the southern globe was: THE CLASSIC VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY VISITING THREE UNIQUE LOCATIONS This is One Ocean’s most far-reaching polar expedition and includes visits to three different locations. The sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands and the island of South Georgia are home to a proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife. There are penguin rookeries with more than 100,000 nesting birds and the beaches are covered in fur seals and elephant seals. Seabirds, including many of the albatross species call these islands home, nesting and raising their young in this wild and remote environment. Both locations feature a fascinating history and stunning scenery. To the south lies... read more
First zodiac ride to Bleaker Island Falklands (2)
Bleaker Island Falklands - dolphins (1)
Macaroni Penguin (5)

South America February 1st 2019

Our first stop in Uruguay was in Punte d'elle Este, an expensive resort with very nice marina. Tried to get a taxi but couldn't find one so ended up having a beer on the front and then going back to the ship as it was so hot we couldn't walk anywhere. The following day we were in Montevideo, the capital which means 6th hill from east to west. Uruguay means River of birds. This time we travelled around in an airconditioned coach to see a few buildings and sculptures. A better way to see the place. Very friendly guide one of the best so far. Our final stop was in Buenos Aires. They had had a storm the night before which had cleared the air so it wasn't so oppressively hot. The traffic was heavy so ... read more
Boca art
Tango in the Boca
Eva and Maradonnasay Hi

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas February 1st 2019

Punta Arenas, Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica and Southern Patagonia 28 January to 2 March 2019 Tuesday 28 January to 2 February 2019 In an excited state at 5.00am we caught an Uber to the airport to catch the 8.15am Qantas/LAN flight to Punta Arenas via Auckland and Santiago. There is no quick and easy way to get to the southern tip of Chile. We had 3 hours wait in Auckland and 1 ½ hours in Santiago. After lots of movies and a few hours sleep, we arrived safely at the Punta Arena Airport at around 7.00pm. This is 29kms out of town, so we caught a taxi and arrived at the Plaza Hotel which was just next to the Plaza de Armas. Dropping our bags and after a quick shower, we walked towards the coast (3 ... read more
Map of Southern Patagonia
Punta Arenas - Chile serves great coffee
Port Area seen from La Cruz Hill Viewpoint Munta Arenas

Today we return to El Calafate for our flight to Bariloche. It’s 125 miles to the airport but Hertz insist the car is returned with a full tank which adds a further 20 miles to our drive. The distance between things is difficult for a Brit to get used to. It’s also 130 miles between toilets. But that’s another story… We set off at 7.15 am. It’s a remote road with nothing except lake one side and pampas on the other. In the first hour we pass 4 cars, 3 guanacos, 2 rhea and a grey fox. We have worked out a way to halve our excess baggage fines. This involves checking a piece of hand luggage and using a bag-for-life for carry on items - the height of sartorial elegance. Sadly, I’ve had to ditch ... read more
Hotel guest
View from Villa Huinid

South America » Argentina January 31st 2019

Today there has been a difference of opinion. I planned a pleasant drive to a lake but have been overruled. Instead, we are doing a 10 km hike up a mountain to a different lake. It seems rather foolish to walk, particularly uphill, when we have paid good money for a hire car. After breakfast and the packing of supplies (my latest addiction – Rocklets galletitas – cookies with chocolate chips and mini smarties) we set off. I’m only sulking a little bit, but the combination of the beautiful scenery and the endorphins from the exertion of walking 5 km uphill soon win me round. First stop is a viewpoint over the Rio de las Vueltas where we spot an eagle soaring over the valley. We move on through the beach forest to a viewpoint over ... read more
At the trailhead
Rio de las Vueltas
Smug about reaching KM 3 marker

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine January 31st 2019

Thursday 31 January What a day we had today! We spent from 4.30am (waking) to 9.30pm on a tour to Torres del Paine, a beautiful National Park in southern Patagonia which encompasses mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. The park is located 112 km north of Puerto Natales where we stopped for morning coffee and 312 km north of Punta Arenas where our guide picked us up. Throughout the day we drove over 800kms stopping at many view pints. The scenery was spectacular, so I hope you enjoy the photos. There were 10 other tourists with us, and we were the only ones who didn’t speak Spanish. However, our guide who was born in Punta Arenas spoke very good English. We certainly needed our duck-down coats even though the sun was shining. At ... read more
Torres Del Paine National Park (251)
Torres d'Agostini, Torres Central and Torres Monzino
Torres Del Paine National Park (249)

South America » Ecuador » North January 30th 2019

We are continuing to branch out from our excellent base in Quito. Again we rented a lifeless Chevy Spark for the drive to Otavalo and Mindo, but it was economical; $10 for fuel for the 4 day trip. Driving is a challenge here, potholes that are more like craters on roads that wind up or down mountains. 50km feels more like 200. But it was worth it. As usual, we'll let the photos tell the story. Next: 5 days at La Selva Amazon Jungle Lodge.... read more
His studio
Paco de Lucia
Pre Columbian collection

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén January 30th 2019

Today we drive 136 miles north to the village of El Chalten. The scenery en route is of snow capped mountains, turquoise lakes, rivers with eagles flying overhead and pampas dotted with guanacos (a type of llama). We also spot silver foxes, an armadillo and gauchos herding sheep. We arrive in El Chalten and check in to our cabin. We’ve been upgraded to a 2 storey, 6 bed cabin so space won’t be an issue for the next few nights. We walk through quirky little El Chalten; a hiking centre within Los Glaciares National Park and visit the park visitor centre for details of hiking routes. We select the 6 km ‘Mirador de los Condores y de las Aguilas’ supposedly to viewpoints where condors and eagles soar above the river canyon. It’s very steep and the ... read more
Guanaco warning
Fox hunting guanacos

We went to bed with the curtains open to take advantage of the view of the sun setting and rising over the lake. The trouble is the sun rises so early, it tricks you into getting up too soon and at 6.30 I go for a run. I planned to run along the lake, but at the end of the road are wild dogs. So I make do with jogging up and down the (rather steep) road by the hotel. After breakfast we set off for Perito Moreno Glacier. This 35 km long, 4 km wide glacier ends at Lago Argentino where you can observe it from boardwalks along the shore. The first part of the drive is stunning, but pretty soon the cloud descends and it starts to rain. By the time we reach the ... read more
Los Glaciares National Park
Steps become waterfall
Perito Moreno Glacier

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