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Watching Penguins and climbing Galciers

Just what the doctor ordered


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Drinking whiskey with ice straight from the galcier. Check out the spikes on our shoes :)

Puerto Deseado

Getting into Purto Deseado was not easy (neither getting out, by the way), but the main attraction there was worth all the long hours on the bus: watching penguins.

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Not just the patagonic usual penguin, the Magellanes penguins, but the crazy Rockhopper Penguins. Their appearence with the yellow stipe above a red eye gives them a crazy-cool surfer style.

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Magellanes Penguins

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Seals, Marine Lions , birds and penguins. All on the same island

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El Calafate and Perito Moreno Glaciar

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We have no words to describe Perito Moreno Galcier (or maybe we are too tired of it...).

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Aside from watching it face to face and waiting for the famous ice ruptures to happen, we hiked on the glaciar itself to appreciate its magnitude, structure and the deep blue color.

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And one last thing...

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Best Patagonian style lamb assado possible. Perfect ribs, simply unforgettable

Posted by shiriandre 19:03 Archived in Argentina Comments (2)

Some snow for a change

Bariloche, Bariloche, la la la, Bariloche


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Santiago de Chile

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We started our Chile-Argentina part of the trip in Santaiago. The cool air and good red wine were a nice change from Brazil`s hot whether and cool beer but eventually this will probabely be our only stop in Chile since Andre already explored it and since I, Shiri, don`t have much space left on my passport for any more border crossings. :)

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Santiago museum of pre-Colombian art

But it was all worth it for having the beautifull ride over the Andes to Mendoza, Argentina...

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Border crossing from Chile to Argentina, not too far from the Aconcagua

Mendoza

Mendoza turned out to be a fun and potentialy exciting place, but every slightly touristy thing to do there is highly overpriced! With all due respect to the great wines of the area and the Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the western hemisphere), skipping it would not have been a mistake. Live and learn (you would think that after 10 months on the road we have learnt already...).

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One of the highlights of the visit to Mendoza is riding a bicycle between the different wineries around it. We imagined ourselves riding around drunk for hours, but eventually we figured out that it is easier and as much fun to get drunk from good wine from the supermarket than from the overpriced wine tasting at the wineries...

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Treking around Mendoza. Short walk, high altitude

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Bariloche

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After a long 20 hours ride, in dry desert views, we arrived in the green lake area of Bariloche. Our hostel, the only one with available beds in town, turned out to be cozy wooden cabana far from town. The smell of home made bread and jams that welcomed us made it even more perfect for the ski resort athmosphere. And don`t get us started on the great Argentinian asado that we had here on our last night :)

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With Javi and Nati - in front of their hostel - waiting for the meat to grill. YUMMMMMMM

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So - between hiking along the lakes and snowy peaks and cooking great meet every night, Bariloche became one of our favorite places.

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Mount Cathedral - the best ski slops at winter time. These pictures were taken is Summer. The wind at the top could make little kids fly!

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Posted by shiriandre 08:38 Archived in Argentina Comments (1)

Happy 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy new year.....


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New Year’s Eve party in Rio

After a great bacalhau (cod fish) family-dinner we went to see the fireworks at Copacabana beach.

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This is supposed to be one of the biggest open-air celebrations in the world, going from 2 to 3 million people (just on Copa’s beach, not counting the other beaches).

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15 minutes of fireworks, with soundtrack of Brazilian all-classic-music, so no words to describe it…

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