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Archive for the '
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South America' Category

Torres del Paine

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

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We caught the bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales, a six hour trip which included a border crossing into Chile where I had to sacrifice some Bariloche lavender in order to save the chocolate purchased as gifts for my flatmates.
Puerto Natales is a small town off Ultima Esperanza Sound which exists as a jumping […]

Los Glaciers National Parque

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

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We flew from Bariloche to El Calafate on the 6th January.  El Calafate is in very southern Argentina, and is the gateway to the Los Glaciers National Park, which of course, is full of glaciers.
Now any town was going to look ugly after Bariloche, but El Calafate would have managed to look ugly even if we […]

Hiking in Nahuel Huapi National Park

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

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Bariloche had a double attraction for us - not just being the prime town in the Argentine lake district, but also being the base for treks in the Nahuel Huapi park, which contains a lot of the mountains and lakes.
Our plan was to do a 3 day hike, but at the end of the third […]

Bariloche

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

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We flew from the chaos of Bs As domestic airport to Bariloche on the 29th.  Bariloche is located in the Andes halfway down the length of Argentina and is probably the most stunning town I have ever see, location wise.  It is situated right on the massive Nahuel Huapi lake, which is a beautiful royal […]

Buenos Aires

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

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We flew from Salta straight to Buenos Aires on Christmas Eve afternoon.  I had splashed out and booked us a nicer hotel for our time over Christmas, and while the hotels we have been staying in were fine, a flat screen tv, massive bed and about 50 tv channels were definitely appreciated.
We knew that the […]

Salta

Monday, December 24th, 2007

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We left San Pedro on 21st December.  The bus ride from San Pedro to Salta went through the Andes, which meant climbing up them and then down again, which gave some great views, especially of the changing scenery of the desert on the Chilean side to a bit greener on the Argentine side.
There were a […]

San Pedro de Atacama

Friday, December 21st, 2007

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So, Dave and I arrive in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, on the edge of the driest desert on earth, expecting to catch a bus to Salta, Argentina, the next day.  We were dreaming of Argentine steaks washed down with red wine for dinner the next eve, until we found out that the bus to […]

Salt plains, silly photos and freaky coloured lagoons!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

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After flying back from Rurrenabaque, we got ourselves on a overnight bus to Uyuni, the jumping off town for tours to the salt flats.  The first part of the bus ride was okay, but after about 4 hours, the road deteriorated to a very bumpy track, and sleep was very difficult. I still managed, Dave […]

Bolivian Amazon

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

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We flew from La Paz to Rurrenabaque in a death pencil, over the Andes. Flying over the Andes was spectacular, some of the mountains were as high as we were, though fortunately far enough to the left or right. Arriving in Rurrenabaque was a big change to La Paz, firstly as it was a dirt […]

Freewheeling down the worlds most dangerous road

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

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One of the big to-do things on our list for this trip was to bike down the worlds most dangerous road, which is outside of La Paz.  Nearly everybody on the gringo trail does it, so I thought I had better tick it off as well. 
The road was once the ´Worlds Most Dangerous¨as it is […]