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  • Day31

    Puerto Madryn, Argentina

    February 3 in Argentina

    Well, I’m feeling a lot better and ready to participate more fully in our off-the-ship activities! It’s funny, though, the medicinal alcohol consumption was so helpful. And, as Jeff mentioned, having a butler supplying anything you might need certainly softens the fact that you’re not feeling 100%. In addition to whatever I asked for, he always managed to bring “just one more thing” that he was sure would make me feel better. He really is like a mother!
    We had our first stop in Argentina after being told not to wear anything that has “Falkland Islands” on it. 35 years has not wiped away the bad feelings of the conflicts that occurred during the early 80’s. We are still in the Patagonia region of South America.
    Puerto Madryn is a resort town that primarily serves people from Buenos Aires with 3 flights per week. They are quite eco-conscious and have a nice center that explains about how they are protecting their marine life. There are penguins, sea lions and right whales here. In certain areas, you might also see Orca whales. As I mentioned, this is a beach resort, and on this particular Saturday, the beach was packed with people! And so many people swimming in the ocean-I have to say that these are hearty souls because the ocean temperature is 60 degrees!
    The terrain is quite a bit like the desert Southwest in the US. Dry, scrubby plants are indicative of the hot, dry climate here and dust is everywhere. All daily use water is brought in. The descriptions of the snakes and tarantulas caused me some trepidation when stepping out of the bus.
    We visited a sheep farm and, since we are in the land of the “gaucho”, got to see gauchos in both their traditional dress and modern dress. We saw a sheep get sheared, which is a fascinating process that I had never experienced before. With practiced shearing, the wool comes off in one intact piece that was huge and hard to believe it all came off one sheep!
    Tomorrow we are flying inland to see Iguazu Falls on an overnight trip.
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  • Day28

    Puerto Madryn - Gaucho Ranch

    February 2, 2017 in Argentina

    Vom Schiff ging es heute morgen zu einer Gaucho Ranch.

    Wir haben gesehen wir man Schafe schert und die Wolle im Anschluss sortiert. Auf der Ranch leben Hunde, Schafe, Pferde, Hühner und ein Baby Lama welches von den Gauchos gefunden wurde und nun per Flasche aufgezogen wird. 😍

  • Day58

    Gravel and Punk

    February 27 in Argentina

    Von El Bolson nach Esquel gibt es eine schöne Variante zur Ruta 40, die mitten durch den Nationalpark Alercen führt. Definition Nationalparks Argentinien: kosten Geld, viel Natur, kaum Besucher, gravel roads. Insgesamt also eine staubige Angelegenheit. Am Parkende findet sich ein (ebenfalls wenig frequentierter) Campingplatz, dessen Restaurant von Antonella aus Buenes Aires betrieben wird. Sie spricht bombig englisch, ist in der Welt herumgekommen, serviert frische Zitronenlimonade und gibt sich über ihr T-Shirt als Musikexpertin zu erkennen. Bislang dachte ich immer, die Sex Pistols hätten den Punk begründet, aber Antonella und Phil sind sich schnell einig, dass die (US-Band) Ramones die ersten wahren Punks waren. Was für herrlich unnütze Dinge man mittags auf argentinischen Campingplätzen lernen kann.Read more

  • Day85

    Puerto Madryn

    December 15, 2016 in Argentina

    Vanuit Buenos Aires hebben we de bus genomen naar Puerto Madryn, maar het was deze keer nog niet zo makkelijk om de juiste bus te vinden. We hadden namelijk een ticket gekocht bij Andesmar en die hebben blauwe bussen. Op borden stond geen Andesmar en het was toch al echt bijna vertrektijd. Toch maar even navragen bij het verkooploket, waar echt een hele chagrijnige meneer zat, en die zei nee je reist vandaag met Tramat en die hebben een gele bus....hoe kunnen wij dit nu weer weten??? Maar goed we zijn op tijd vertrokken.

    De reis zelf was niet heel boeiend overigens, want het landschap was behoorlijk eenzijdig met in het begin alleen maar landbouw en later steppe gebied. Welkom op de pampa van Argentinië. Koud uit de bus kwamen in het hostel aan de praat met twee Nederlandse jongens Colin en Wessel. Zij hadden die dag nog een auto gehuurd om richting Peninsula Valdes te gaan. Aangezien dit de hoofdreden was om hier naar toe te komen, zijn we graag ingestapt om het schiereiland te bewonderen.

    Een eiland mag je het al bijna niet meer noemen, want een rondje is al gauw 300km. Maar dan heb je wel een supermooi natuurpark. Hier worden namelijk de Discovery Channel beelden geschoten van orka's die op het strand aanspoelen om zeehondjes op te eten. Helaas zaten we hiervoor niet in het juiste seizoen en de walvissen zijn alvast richting Antarctica gegaan om alles klaar te zetten voor onze komst later deze maand. We hebben wel zeehonden (de zeehond op de foto zwaaiden enthousiast naar ons terug), zeeleeuwen, gordeldieren, pinguïns, lama's, emoe's en een vogelspin gezien. Vooral het gordeldier zijn we heel erg blij mee!!! Doet het gemis van de orka's wel een beetje vergeten;-). En daarnaast nog een boel vogels waarvan de namen niet weten...

    Gesloopt van de vorige intensieve dag hebben de volgende dag een fiets gehuurd en zijn we langs de kust een lekker stukje gaan fietsen om nog meer zeehonden te gaan bekijken. Het eerste deel was nog verhard en later onverhard, maar met mountainbikes zou dit geen probleem moeten zijn. Totdat Robert lekker enthousiast een offroad route koos en het grind onder Ellen's fiets toch wel wat los bleek te zitten. Met een kleine schaafplek aan haar voet zijn we maar weer veilig over de hoofdweg teruggegaan.

    Aangezien een pinguïn de mascotte van onze reis is, mogen we een van de grootste pinguïnkolonies van Zuid-Amerika natuurlijk niet overslaan. Nu hadden we zelf een auto gehuurd, maar iets over de helft van de heenreis kwamen we erachter dat de benzine toch iets harder ging dan gedacht en we het voorlopig laatste tankstation een half uurtje eerder voorbij gereden waren. Omkeren, auto tanken en starten om weer weg te gaan...Alleen toen deed de auto niets meer. Je geeft uiteraard eerst een ander eerst de schuld dus we dachten dat de pompbediende diesel had getankt in plaats van benzine, maar daar kwamen we al snel achter dat dit niet de oorzaak was. De accu bleek helemaal leeg te zijn, omdat we tijdens het tanken de lichten hadden laten aanstaan (wat we achteraf hoorde, en wat de normaalste zaak blijkt te zijn met deze auto.. Bedankt voor het melden aan ons). Met geen vertrouwen meer in de auto en met de hulp van de vriendelijke mensen van het tankstation die hielpen met aanduwen, zijn we terug gegaan naar het verhuurbedrijf om ons geld terug te vragen. Nou die strijd win je dus nooit en wij ook niet..... Helaas hebben we dus geen pinguïns die dag gezien, maar dat gaat vast nog wel goed komen de komende weken.

    Tijd om het verhuurdebakel maar weer snel te vergeten en door te reizen naar onze volgende bestemming Villa Carlos Paz.
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  • Day24

    Punta Tombo - Pinguinkolonie

    January 24, 2017 in Argentina

    So, wir haben Pinguine gefunden, wir können dann jetzt wieder nach Hause kommen... machen wir aber nicht.

    Heute ging es um 7:40 Uhr mit dem Minibus von Juan und Hugo los Richtung Seeelefanten. Die waren tierisch groß, fett und sehr gemütlich. Wir haben uns mit etwas Abstand zu ihnen an den Strand gesetzt und beim Sonnenbaden zugesehen. Irgendwie ist das sehr entspannend. Danach dann zurück in den Minibus und auf zur größten Pinguinkolonie der Welt. Dort leben ca. 800.000 Pinguine (davon 3/4 an Land, die anderen sind Fische fangen). Man kann es eigentlich nicht mit Worten beschreiben, aber das muss man einmal im Leben gesehen haben. Wir waren von der Niedlichkeit und dem Vertrauen der Tiere sehr überrascht. Aber seht selbst...Read more

  • Day27

    Puerto Madryn

    February 1, 2017 in Argentina

    Nach einem entspanntem Tag auf See haben wir heute morgen Puerto Madryn erreicht. 😊

    Um kurz vor 10 Uhr sind wir mit einem Boot für ca 30 Personen die Küste entlang gefahren und haben nach Pinguinen, Seelöwen und Delfinen Ausschau gehalten.

    Bereits nach 30 Minuten haben wir die ersten Seelöwen gesehen. Wir waren wirklich sehr nah, bis auf ca 5 Meter an den Tieren dran. Die Pinguine haben sich daneben breit gemacht 😁 Delfine haben wir leider keine gesehen, macht aber nix, die haben wir auf offener See schon neben uns durchs Wasser springen gesehen. 😄

    Danach sind wir noch den eeeewig langen Sandstrand entlang gegangen und haben uns dann in ein Strandcafe gesetzt und eine Kleinigkeit gegessen 😊
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  • Day22

    Puerto Madryn - Nautica Bistro de Mar

    January 22, 2017 in Argentina

    Nach erneuten 19 Stunden Busfahrt sitzen wir glücklich und erschöpft am Atlantik. Die Argentinier sind auch schon alle da, das Bier ist kalt und schmeckt. Ab jetzt werden noch mehr Tiere geguckt.

    23.01.2017
    Heute schön ausgeschlafen, einen großen Haufen Kleidung zur Wäscherei gebracht (abends ist das hier schon wieder fertig) und den ganzen Strand bis zum Ende durchspaziert. Waren 3 Stunden unterwegs und hatten in der Zeit einen treuen Begleiter, der uns vor Strandgästen, Fahrradfahrern und Autos beschützt hat - einen schwarzen Hund mit einem Auge. Aber trotzdem süß. War zeitweise etwas anstrengend, weil die Leute dachten er gehört uns und böse geschaut und teilweise auch geschimpft haben, als er auf sie zugerannt ist und wie wild gebellt hat. Aber hey, wenn jemand für uns den Man in Black spielen will, dann halten wir ihn nicht ab.

    Und wie so oft auf unserer Reise: Der Hundi stand ziemlich auf David. Er ist ihm sogar zum Pinkeln in den Busch gefolgt. Also der Hund David.
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  • Day33

    Y Wladfa

    March 23, 2017 in Argentina

    We spent a day in Puerto Natales after the trek just sitting around the hostel doing the least possible. Having done the trek we blossomed into advice givers for the few in the hostel that had just arrived.

    A particular young dutch man was set on doing the trek with a ton of food with no equipment to cook it. His plan was to bribe others with choclate to use theirs. We gently advised at least buying a stove as free gas could be found in most campsites if his plan fell through!

    After another long bus journey we've arrived in Puerto Madryn. Here we are lucky enough to be hosted by Maelor and Sonia, a couple who speak Welsh, and have stayed in Eifionydd before whilst visiting Wales. We're staying in one of their lovely flats not far from the seafront. The perfect place to unwind and relax for a couple of days after the first hectic month of travelling.

    Exploring the area we've found a statue commemorating the Welsh settlers and the caves the settlers created as shelter when they first arrived. By the caves we bumped into a couple of Welsh girls from Caernarfon, Gwennan is the girlfriend of Osian from Llanuwchllyn. Byd bach!

    Entering the museum I was delighted to be welcomed in Welsh by the staff member who had only been learning Welsh for 1 month. An interesting museum it have the account of the first few settlers including a murder attempt!

    Afterwards we enjoyed a lovely tea with Maelor and Sonia in their flat overlooking the seafront, and Maelor helped us buy bus tickets onwards to Gaiman due to our pitiful Spanish!
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  • Day36

    Trelew and Gaiman

    March 26, 2017 in Argentina

    With a sad heart we packed our bags and left our little haven in Puerto Madryn towards Trelew. Also a Welsh settlement with a smattering of welsh on its signs. After playing the usual game of "for godsake give me some money" with 6 ATMs and 4 different banks we had a bite to eat before hunting some dinasours.

    Over the years more and more dinasour bones have been found in patagonia, and Trelew has its research centre and museum. Here we got to touch a real dinasour femur, and see the most recent bones found, of the yet un-named dinasour. The biggest ever found in the world, its femur was 2m tall and it weighed a whopping 42 tonnes.

    We carried on to Gaiman where the Welsh was more obvious. Arriving at Ty Gwyn having been Whatsapping Camilla, the grandaughter of the owner for advice the last few days, they kindly let us leave our big packs there for the afternoon so that we could explore the town. Before we set off we had an amazing tea service there (I've missed tea!), with over eight different cakes. It felt like we were in an old grannies house with oak dressers and tea cossies.
    We had a lovely chat with Sonia before leaving them to prepare for a local wedding that evening.

    We found the first house built in Gaiman and had a lovely tour round the heritage museum meeting Fabio who spoke perfect Welsh, and wished James well with his learning. We popped down to Capel Bethel to see it set up for the wedding, and could hear some welsh music from within. Dressed in shorts and jeans and being eaten alive by mosquitos (I counted 10 leeching on me at the same time!) we turned back, and failing to find an open restaraunt (we still aren't used to the late meal times here) we had a 2nd tea service by the lovely Anna.

    Now came the tricky bit. I had booked a night bus from Gaiman to Esquel but where the bus picked us up was a mystery. Maelor didn't know, the ticket office in Puerto Madryn didn't know, luckily Sonia and Anna gave us a notion of a corner to stand in. A few minutes before the bus a friendly spanish couple stopped their car and ushered us to the correct area. Watching lightening dance across the sky while waiting, the bus thankfully turned up just before the skies opened in earnest.

    The bus was a nightmare, with the indoor temperature being a roasting 30 we both had a fitfull nights sleep. Esquel on a Sunday is a quiet peaceful place surrounded by low lying mountains. Sunning ourself in the plaza for a while, we spent the day relaxing before heading to Barioloche.
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  • Day199

    Esquel, Argentina

    May 4, 2017 in Argentina

    Tea, treats and trees.

    Esquel is one of many stop-offs we'll have on our way north. We didn't intend on being here specifically but we've got a lot of ground to cover so may as well enjoy it (or at least make an effort to disperse the long and boring bus trips as best as possible). It's the advantage we gain from not flying - an opportunity to see the little things.

    Esquel is a small town in Patagonia which exists solely to service the farmers who capitalise on the rich soils of the valley in which it lies. There's a small tourist industry but you wouldn't pick it. Esquel is the largest town within reach of Las Alerces National Park - home of some of the biggest and oldest trees in the world. But, that's the second reason we chose here. The main reason we're here is for tea. Trevelin is a blip on the map, a mere stones throw from Esquel and it's famous for high tea. That's right, we travelled 1200km for tea. Not dinner. The drink.

    Trevelin is tiny, but remarkable for the fact that it's Welsh. The primary language might be spanish if you're speaking to a shop keeper, but the town will have it otherwise; the landmarks are titled in Welsh, as are momuments, museums and street names. The culture is welsh - high tea is at five daily and baking and cooking competitions litter the monthly calendar. Cat dragged my sorry soul to this miniscule town on a very wet afternoon for a brief visit to the museum followed by high tea. The museum was relatively unexciting (as we expected) and the tea was just tea, but the sweet treats - they were worth the trip and some! Cake, custard pie and raspberry slice were the highlights of a table full of delicious afternoon snacks which left both of us feeling slightly ill and heavily flooded with tea - specifically in the bladder. It didn't help that we'd already indulged in sweet treats and tea earlier that morning as well as wine with lunch. Yes, we're getting piggy but food is one of the few delights we can find in the continuous days of buses, rain and exhausting hikes. Don't judge.

    In fact, as if to justify the gluttony, the next day we picked up a rental car and headed out to Las Alerces National Park to burn off the cakes on the trail. It was still raining on and off, and the thought of venturing into the wild was unappealing. However, on our way out there we picked up some younger and more enthusiastic hitchhikers, who boosted our enthusiasm and with with whom we spent the remainder of the day - hiking short trails to lakes and waterfalls and rivers. Although it did rain for most of the day, it was light rain and the hope of sunshine lured us on. Unfortunately, to get to the really old Alerces trees, you need to take a boat ride. Said boat was no longer operating and there was no other way to get to that part of the park - much to our dismay. Of course, they take no shame in advertising a wonder you physically cannot see. The park was beautiful nonetheless and despite the rain we thoroughly enjoyed the day. We did not see the sun but we witnessed plenty of flora including apples (delicious), blackberries (also delicious) and mushrooms (too scared to try). As far as fauna goes - cows and birds were about the only things dumber than us to brave the autumn weather.

    We were also reminded that we're not really travelling on a budget - rental cars, hostels and wine for dinner are a far cry from hitchhiking, tents in the rain and plain couscous on a portable stove. Lucky us! Speaking of luck, our exit plan landed us on the flashest coach I have ever seen. Virtually brand new with all the gadgets including wifi, power outlets, blankets, pillows and a tea/meal service. Not willing to admit we may have bought tickets with the wrong bus company, we sat back and enjoyed the ride through yet more of the endless RN40.

    Don't be fooled by the pictures. They're all taken in the tiny absences of the rain - it really is bad weather!
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