Argentina

Iguassu Falls

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Argentina, Brazil, Play-by-plays, South America | 3 comments

Iguassu Falls

Truth be told I was a non-believer at first. I thought, how exciting can a bunch of falling water really be? Even if said water does straddle two countries, I wasn’t convinced…until I saw the falls. The parks (on each country side) offer different views of Iguassu (Iguazu in Spanish and Iguaçu in Portuguese), so I think both are a must. The feel is a bit Disneyland-y with the colorful tourist buses and trains and guided pathways. But there is nothing gimmicky about the falls themselves–they are a force to be reckoned with, a majestic sight that offers something different...

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Cafayate

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in Argentina, Play-by-plays, South America | 1 comment

Cafayate

Cafayate lies in Salta Province, one of Argentina’s wine regions, and its main charm is that it remains a quiet village in a valley surrounded by bodegas and mountain peaks. So quiet it is that no one really answers emails or calls, so don’t bother trying to reserve anything and many of the bodegas close for siesta, early on Saturdays, and don’t even open on Sundays. But despite these obstacles, it is still easy to cab around, walk into the town’s bodegas, eat delicious empanadas and chill out. Cafayate is most known for Torrontes, an aromatic white grape, but popular...

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Patagonia Recap

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Argentina, Chile, South America, Summaries | 0 comments

Patagonia Recap

Two weeks in Patagonia flew by. Yus and I spent them doing the W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park and checking out El Calafate and El Chalten. Below are some stats and fun facts. Puerto Natales Erratic Rock Hostel for daily info at 3pm Torres del Paine (pics here) 4 days, 3 nights , 70 km hiked: 53 with full backpacks, 17with daypacks Camped and learned how to set up a tent and use a camp stove El Calafate America del Sur Hostel Bus from PN to El Calafate 13k each Bus RT El Calafate to El Chalten 220ars each Mini trekking tour of Perito Moreno 640ars Highlight: whiskey on the rocks El...

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What she order?…Fish Fillet

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Argentina, Play-by-plays, South America | 3 comments

What she order?…Fish Fillet

After leaving the beautifully small ski-town of El Calafate, we caught a 3 hour bus ride to an even smaller town called El Chalten. El Chalten was created in 1985 when Argentina vied to beat Chile for Patagonian land. The town is the northern flank of Parque Nacional Los Glaciers which has picturesque glaciers and beautiful landscapes. El Chalten is visited by tourists and climbers who have a knack for hiking, trekking, rock climbing, ice climbing, mountain biking and fly fishing. Natalya and I only had a few days to explore this wonderland, and since we’ve been eating pasta and rice...

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Dougie on Ice

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Argentina, Photobombs, Play-by-plays, South America | 1 comment

Dougie on Ice

After trekking the W in Las Torres (pics here), we took a 5 hour bus to El Calafate (13k pesos) to explore a bit of Argentiean Patagonia. El Calafate is on the Southern side of the famous Los Glaciares National Park, while El Chalten (our next destination 3 hours away) is on the northern end. To get into the park from El Calafate, you must pay 100 peso entrance fee, while there is no fee from El Chalten. Weird, but somehow inconsistent fees are a norm. Side note: entering Argentina by land border like we did from Chile lets you skip the $160 reciprocity fee. Same for chile. Fees always have...

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Eight Hours in Buenos Aires

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Argentina, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

Eight Hours in Buenos Aires

I had eight hours to amuse myself in Buenos Aires before my flight to Rio Gallegos (and buses to Patagonia) so I made a list of things I wanted to see that I missed on my last trip there. Unfortunately the day I was in BA, the subte wasn’t working (yes, the one day) so I walked half the city and took the bus for a bit too. From the Manuel Tienda Leon station in Retiro (bus is 75 pesos from Ezeiza and 30 to Aeroparque FYI), I headed to San Telmo, one of the oldest and picturesque neighborhoods in BA. On the way, I passed most of the better known parts of the center of BA, including Casa...

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