Category Archives: Argentina

Perito Moreno

Perito Moreno is a glacier about 80 km from the town of Calafate in Patagonia. We stopped once along the way farther from the glacier for the view. 20140728-131042-47442783.jpg

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The glacier is considered a UNESCO world heritage site and is known for it’s ruptures. It was absolutely beautiful.

We first paid around $20 to get into the park then around $14 I think to take the boat ride.

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The boat ride was pretty cool but maybe not really worth it. We didn’t go to the park itself until afterwards and realized the boat wasn’t totally necessary.

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(I had to do one cool pose at the glacier.)

We were on our way home and the tour guide asked us where we wanted to get dropped off. What? Turns out we could go to a museum or an ice bar. Since we were in Patagonia and it was only $16 to go (all you can drink, half an hour), we thought we might as well go to the ice bar. It was okay… Mostly just freezing. I’m glad I did it once but don’t plan on ever doing it again.

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There’s not really much to say on the city/town of Calafate other than it’s what you would expect. Tiny, wintery, a lot of lamb. Except in the rest of the country there’s just stray tiny dogs but here they’re all big. I’m a big dog person too so it really broke my heart. We made sure to always have left overs to feed them.

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Iguazu River!

The next/last day in Iguazu we went to the Argentina side of the falls. We didn’t really do too much of the paths though, this time it was all about the Grand Adventure. We did the top trail of the falls pretty quickly. 20140727-092451-33891627.jpg

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We didn’t really hit the bottom much and got right on to the safari trail (boring) and then the boat ride. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who goes to Iguazu. The boat ride is seriously a must. When I came originally we didn’t even see the trail down where you get onto the boat, which is pretty awesome also. So they strapped us into life vests and there was about 30 of us on this pretty tiny boat.

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The first time around to the falls we barely got wet and just got the wonderful close up view.

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We went back around a second time and got completely SOAKED. Literally the little boat went moatering right next to the falls. Couldn’t get too great of a pic for obvious reasons.

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After that we spent a lot of time on the trail from the boat launch back to the regular trails. It was incredible.

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After we got our stuff out of the water proof bag, the cookies we had were in pieces. So what else to do then feed them to do coatis?

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Iguaçu Falls (Brazilian side)

I went back to Iguazu because Brittany’s mom wanted her to see it if she was going to send her to Argentina. I was more than happy to go back but got skeptical after our rainy trip… But am so happy I did. The Brazil side was much more panoramic and absolutely amazing. The border crossings was easy but annoying, the guide took care of everything. The side was much less explorative and just one trail you followed along. 20140726-174704-64024803.jpg

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Back to my favorite city!

We left Guayaquil for Buenos Aires, I absolutely love Buenos Aires! I was weary of our “tour” since I had been on one before. But I shouldn’t have been, this tour was so amazing, only us, and the weather was perfect. The tour guide was a younger woman and spoke perfect English, she was great.

First we went back to the historic district, I’ve already posted the pink palace and such. This time we went into one of the museum/churches. They had guards everywhere, England status. 20140726-110432-39872009.jpg

Second we went to San Telmo. I didn’t get to go to San Telmo my first time here and was so disappointed. I love it. It’s an extremely cute little area.

We got coffee at this cute and famous place within the Old Market in San Telmo.

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I also found a nice doll store (mom).

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After that we went to La Boca. This time we walked through different parts of the area. Also, thanks to the weather being so much nicer artists were out with their work everywhere and people dressed in tango clothes walked about. I loved Boca the first time but love it even more now.

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Thanks to the weather and it being personal we could also actually stop and see the flower and the obelisk too.

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After that we went back to the hotel and got ready for a dinner tango show! We had no idea what we were in for… It turned out to be incredibly fancy.

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It also turned out we were the only people under 35 there without a parent. It was fine though thanks to the wine-included, we were having more than enough fun with the wait staff.

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Afterwards we went out in Palermo Soho where everyone told us to go. It was only Wednesday… But we still found a fun club to hang out at for a little. Definitely an amazing second trip out in Buenos Aires! We have one more night here on our stop through and I’m only more excited than the last. I love this city.

Wine tasting in Mendoza!

We bailed on doing a tour with one of the companies and instead decided to go for it on our own. The owner of the B&B ended up helping us pick wineries, making reservations for us, and ended up going to the first one with us.

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Alta Vista is apparently one of the most famous wineries in South America with the 31st best wine in the world.

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The wine was really good, nothing magnificent in my taste. I’m no expert though. They had this “torrentes” wine that I’ve never heard of in the US. It’s popular here. It smells like sweet wine but tastes quite dry. It’s a wonderful white wine and I fell in love.

Next we hit up Bodega Lagarde. It was another big and popular place.

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The place was packed with Argentinian families so we had our own private tasting. The guide was busy and put us in this very fancy room. It was wonderful. He even let us hang out for a long time with the bottles, just talking and drinking.

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We ended up staying too long to catch lunch anywhere and got extremely lost just trying to get home.

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We ended up buying stuff from a bakery and asking for directions. A wonderful woman ended up giving us a ride back, and then I immediately passed out. We thought two wineries would be too little… We very quickly learned our lesson.

Mendoza and the Andes!

Today my mom, sister, and I woke up to do a group bus tour to the Andes! They picked us up right at our place in Mendoza at about 8 and didn’t get home until about 6. We spent a solid amount of that time in the coach bus, but it was totally worth it.
Our first stop was at this man made lake at the beginning of the mountains. 20140709-211848-76728100.jpg

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At first I was just taking pictures of everything, no idea what was really in store.

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We stopped in this tiny town called Upsallata (about 50k population) within the Andes. It was absolutely adorable. I FINALLY found some homemade jewelry like I had been looking for and expecting all through South America. I could get an authentic present or two finally (Acacia).

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It was crazy to see people renting snow boots and pants. Coming from Pennsylvania I didn’t really consider it cold and snow is not that great. It was crazy to know it was the first time some of these people would ever see it, nonetheless sled.

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Where we stopped there were some lodges, sledding, and a ski lift. We got tickets and took the ski lift up. This bit was in Argentina but the entire time we were going back and forth between Chile and Argentina, or so we were told.

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The top was unbelievable.

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After that we went to the “Pointo del Inca”. It’s an old Incan bridge that was naturally formed in the mountains.

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Our last stop was lunch at the top of this wooden hostel/restaurant building.

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It was a truly incredible tour and day. I’ve never been to any huge mountain ranges like this in the US so the longest one in the world really blew me away.

Iguazu to Mendoza

We checked out of our room around 12 to head to the airport. We’d stayed at the Sheraton by the way and it was just fabulous. We had a layover in Buenos Aires. The airport was funny, they packed this tiny bus with the entire flight to drive us out to the plane. They really don’t believe in having a lot of ports at the Argentinian airports, but do just fine without. 20140709-183332-66812513.jpg

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It was dark when we arrived in Mendoza and their airport only had one single port… Which neither of the planes there were using.

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Also, one last note on the airports: THEY LOVE MESSI. I mean all of Argentina does, he’s literally the biggest celebrity. The airports are really just his personal showcase.

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So we arrived in the night and really couldn’t see much of where we were staying, Posada Oliver. The owner came over and opened a bottle. He was such a sweet man, showing us around on maps and being very welcoming and helpful. The rooms were huge and we each had our own bed (so nice), I definitely really recommend this place. When we woke up the next morning we could really see the beautiful little bed and breakfast cottage we were staying at.

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It was out of the city in the middle of the wineries, so it was pretty silent and in the country. It was adorable. Unfortunately, too cold to swim in the pool out back.

Iguazu falls (Argentinian side)

We got to Iguazu in the afternoon and the airport was so small, I felt like I was at the Pocono ski lodge. 20140707-081103-29463911.jpg

We got to the hotel and it was crazy. The room was unreal…

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It was pouring rain so we ate at the hotel’s fabulous restaurant with glass walls out to the same similar view. We ended up hanging out in the hotel room watching the rain and tv.
All night my mom was saying how she wanted to see monkeys. Especially after we saw this sign…

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Monkeys we woke up and saw…

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We went to the park pretty early to avoid crowds… It was unlike anything, so magnificent.

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There were also these creatures called coati. They were similar to a raccoon but a lot more friendly.

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Despite all of this my favorite part of the hotel may have to be the included breakfast buffet, and DIY mimosas bar.

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Buenos Aires (Part 1)

I finally met up with my mom and sister! It was my first out of two times I would be going to Buenos Aires. Neither of them are city people so we spent more time drinking wine in our hotel room. The first day they were both tired from the long flights but we walked around the city a little. We went to the Recoleta Cemetery, 4,691 vaults including one with Eva Peron. 20140706-081150-29510844.jpg20140706-081151-29511711.jpg

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They didn’t last long and we just ended up in what my mother repeatedly referred to as “heaven”.

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Also we found these statues.

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Day 2:
We went shopping in the stores in the morning but it was hard core pouring so that ended quickly. We had a bus tour in the afternoon. We saw the Pink Palace (parliament building) and surrounding historic area.

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It was still raining during the tour so it was a little rough.

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Our last stop was in Boca, famous for it’s soccer team and colorful tango streets.

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After the tour Chelsea and I went to get those famous Argentinian steaks. $12 for a great hunk of meat bigger than my head.

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On some other notes:
As you can see IT IS COLD. It’s not freezing but it’s decently chilly. It felt more like fall, which I love, but the rain made it more like winter.
Most of the people spoke minor English and we speak minor Spanish, so we got by without much of a problem.

We stayed in a really nice hotel in Recoleta part of the city. View to the right…

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View to the left…

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And continental room service breakfast.

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Now here we come Iguazu!