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  • Day2

    Fast da, wo eigentlich?

    November 15, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Wir haben gut geschlafen. Sonne geht über den Wolken auf und wir bekommen Frühstück. Alles gut!
    Alles gut? Langsam kommt es uns, dass wir keine Ahnung über Buenos Aires haben. Wir kommen wir ins Hotel? Haben die Uber? Wie heißt eigentlich unser Hotel? Braucht man Bargeld? Was ist der Wechselkurs? Passt unser Gepäck in ein Taxi?
    Wir setzten zum Landeanflug an ... Aber es wird gut werden, wie immer. Restaurants sind reserviert, irgendwas mussten wir ja schon vorplanen.
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  • Day26

    La ruta de las estrellas

    February 14, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Aujourd'hui, je décide de partir avec Trini, Cotóno et Ludo en voiture dans la Valle del Elqui. Anne part de son côté avec les deux français en bus pour une journée visite à velo.
    Nous prenons la route jusqu'à Monte Grande et nous arrêtons à Vicuna pour acheter de l'eau et faire des réserves. Je découvre le "mote", un mélange peu banal d'abricot cuit (très sucré) et de céréales molles qui me font un peu penser à l'ébli, le tout servi dans un verre et baignant dans un sirop sucré, un peu comme le jus d'ananas ou de pêches en conserve.
    Sur le chemin, nous sommes une fois de plus ébahis par la beauté de ce qui nous entoure. On se sent si petits, plongés au beau milieu de cette gigantesque nature qui donne le vertige.
    Une fois à Monte Grande, le voisin d'enfance de Trini et Cotono nous accueille tous les quatre dans son spa vieux de trois petites années. Le Spa est situé au beau milieu des montagnes de la vallée del Elqui. Nous profitons donc de cette fabuleuse chance que nous avons d'être là, ouvrons grands nos yeux puis nous endormons un moment au bord de la piscine.
    Nous nous promenons un peu dans le village de Monte Grande puis découvrons le petit bled de Cochiguaz, qui d'après Cotono est très peu fréquenté par les touristes étrangers. Des autostoppeurs sautent à l'arrière du pick-up de manière aussi banale que lorsque je me jette dans mon lit. Je suis la seule amusée par cette scene, mes camarades étant eux, plutôt amusés de ma réaction. Sur notre gauche, nous apercevons une Stupa, lieu de culte bouddhiste. Nos deux passagers à l'arrière du pick-up sont en fait les gardiens de la Stupa et nous font une belle introduction au bouddhisme. Cet aménagement a été créé par un indien 3 ans auparavant, qui s'est installé au chili et a développé ce lieu de culte dans d'autres coin du pays.
    Après ce rappel d'Asie, nous nous dirigeons vers le petit village de Pisco, le fameux alcool "du chilien qui se respecte" et repartons de nuit pour La Serena sous un ciel extraordinairement étoilé.
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  • Day106

    Buenes Aires

    March 13, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    So this is the 4th time we have been in Buenes Aires and the first time we will actually spend a night here. Its crazy becuse i am not overly excited about spending much time in any of the big cities, but we feel we can do a full day and a night justice , it would be rude not to. We drop our bags after getting a tube to the hostel and were pleasantly surprised to come across a festival in the streeet hosting countries from all over the world (aart from England) ven Ireland were there. they had stalls lining the streets selling streetfood of the various countries national dishes and everyone was dressed in authentic outfits . We sampled the Korean food, and enjoyed it that much that we went back for second helpings . We had a plan to go to see the cemetary but agreed as it was getting late we would just stay here and soak up the atmosphere. We bumed into some Australians that had stayed in one of our first hostels in Rio and exchanged our tales of where we had been and what we had done. It really is crazy how small the world is, and i know we are all generally travelling the same route you would think the chances of our paths crossing would not be that great. We walk the streets for another few hours and I have to admit there really is something quite special about Buenes Aires . Everywhere you look, every corner you turn there are amazing buildings, and this place really has a way of mixing the old with the new. The hostel itself is set in a 200 yr old building, but the interior and facilities are the most modern we have come across yet. In the Plaza of the old town , veterans are sleeing rough under canvases and yet again this is something that brings me back to home. Theses men and women sacrifice their lives for theyre country and are still left with nothing in the end. To be honest there has been a lot of overty as wty and begging in the streete have travelled South America but its far worse than we have at home and on a much bigger scale. My heart is always pulled when i see the young children dirty and begging in the street. No child in the land shouldbe without an education, let alone without food to eat. Travelling has really made me want to make the change and people we meet feel the same . Surely there is something that can be done??? I go to bed with a heavy heart and a busy head.Read more

    Amanda Galtrey-Brown

    Photos are looking amazing flower. Stay safe xxxx

    3/19/16Reply
     
  • Day106

    Graveyard Visit

    March 13, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We wake early as at 3pm we will cath a bus for 20 hours down south so we want to make the most of our time here . One of the biggest visitor attractions here is the cementerio de la Recoleta, it houses argentinas dead elite, in the grandest splendour. Its like a small town of houses that are actually tombs , but rivals some of the grandest architecture in the city. There is a starbucks just opposite and i grab one of my favourites before starting my wander around this necropolis. The countrys presidents, military figures and of course Evita lay here, and Mark and i spend severalnhours just exploring.Its crazy because some of the tombs are literally open with just coffins lay between the crumbling slabs. This place is so mesmerizing that these graves that cost 200,000 pounds per 100 years(rent) are left to rack and ruin, but i guess theres more to this than i will ever know. We leave the cemetery and stroll down towards the river, this place has so mamy beautiful areas, and buildings to explore and really is a beautiful city. In tge park is a huge metal flower that cleverly uses solar panels to open and shut its peals, so as the sun rises the petals open and as the light dissapears they gradually close. We take a walk back, passing many beautiful statues, pieces of art work and gorgeous parks , Buenes Aires really does have i all and i am quite disspointed that i havent assigned more time here. The problem is we have tried to avoid the big citeis for the plain reason they are so full of the arrogant touristy types, and my patience runs a little thin with them. Our ideal so far has definitely been getting of the beaten track and exploring the hard to reach places, and the idea of getting on a bus for 20 hours is maybe the rason why i want to stay, but back to the hostel a quick bite to eat and over to the terminal it is. Everything is so accesible here by tube (subte) that even with our luggage we find it easy. There are lots of ways to travel here bus train subway and walking, as when you are travelling taxis become a thing of the past (or maybe a little treat when youve been on a bus all day) so arriving on the tube we take a ten minute walk to the bus station. This place is huge and has over 70 platforms with no real warning of where your bus will pull in until ten minutes beforehand.
    Our bus is due to leave at 3 and at five to there is still no sign of it and im really starting to panic that were going to miss it. Marks attitude is if the bus isnt here how can we miss it?? But after our experience at missing a bus before, im not fancying having no seat for 20 hours . I ask the guard and he just points to where it should be and says soomething that i dont understand. My stress is relieved when our bus pulls in to where we are standing and as Mark say we are in South America, they are allowed to be late. We jump on the bus and are greeted by the biggest leather reclining chairs and a blanket and pillow, so Im pretty sure we will be able to sleep later. Within 10 mins of the bus departing bingo tickets are handed out and the guy starts calling numbers, here is where i came unstuck i cross numbers off while trying to guess what they actually are , every one on the bus is waiting on 1 or 2 numbers , but im still waiting for 5 so i guess i missed a few, i feel like shouting house just to be told its a false call , but i restarin myself and accept the fact im not going to win. Dinner is served, and its just like being on a plane, a little tin foil carton with meat and potatoes a bread roll and a little cake and we snuggle up to catch some sleep.
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  • Day106

    Good intentions

    March 13, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    So we wake up at 1030 and it is absolutely chucking it down, so as good our intentions of exploring are, tthere is no way we can go out with the weather. When you are travelling, there is now ay that you can plan more than a few days at a time as things change on an hourly basis let alone a day. I must admit I have found this really had to get used to as my head is stuck in a regimental format that no matter how long i travelled for i dont think id get out of it(but i will updtate you on this throughout the trip) luckily at 3 pm the weather clears up and we finally get to discover the pretty town of Carmelo. It literally takes all of 2 hours with a walk across the crank handled swing bridge down to the beach. The beach has lots of greenery and not very clean water , and little fishing boats and a bloody huge yacht line the other side of the Peninsula. We walked a different way back, and stumbled across The Zoo. To be fair for the size of the little town, it was quite impressive. They had llamas ducks sheep, goats , coatis ,pheasants ,peacocks and even beavers. The zoo was surrounded by a large fence and there was no actual access, but everything was visible. As we walked ast the entrance one of the workers opened the gate to collect the grain left outside and he was so busy making sure the llamas didnt escape he didnt see the goat run through his legs. Well for the next ten minutes he made avery attempt to get this goat, but totally unsuccesfully so me mark and another couple put our herding skills into practice eventually getting the goat back into the zoo. Mark and i laughed that he would still be chasing the goat after dark had we not been there. We went from here to book our ferry to Buenes Aires only to find the 1330 one wasnt running and the only ferry back was at 430 in the morning. Change of plan again, we dicide to take the bus back to Colonio and get the ferry from there at 9 . A couple of drinks finished our evening and an early bed for a busy day tomorrow.Read more

  • Day223

    Buenos Aires

    March 28, 2020 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Hostel Casa Marina Argentina:

    - in Flughafennähe
    - hatte während der Ausgangssperre wohl inoffiziell geöffnet (jetzt nicht mehr)
    - mit Pool und Garten
    - 50€/Nacht für Erwachsene+2 Kinder

  • Nov16

    The end of a long day

    November 16, 2014 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    It seems like days ago since we left Denver. By the time we reached the airport in Buenos Aires, my back was stiff and my ankles could have been mistaken for those of a pregnant elephant. The human body is not meant to sit in a tiny little space for hours on end.

    Although we got in at 9:45p, it took until 11:15 for us to find our ride. Apparently there was a miscommunication, despite his best English and my best Spanish. I was a bit surprised that more people don't speak English, especially in the airport. I don't mind speaking Spanish, but I hate to make people listen to it. I'm a little clunky. The language is also difficult for me to understand here. Kim looks at me, after I get an answer to a question, and I just shrug my shoulders, "I have no idea what he said, but he pointed this way." The dialect is different than what I'm used to in Mexico, not to mention that I just don't speak Spanish too well.

    We'll manage five hours of sleep tonight before returning to the airport for an early flight to Ushuaia. We are very much looking forward to the end of our air travel.
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  • Day57

    AT "Perito Moreno"

    December 5, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Nach einem überraschend guten Frühstück in unserem Hostel - ja klar, der Kaffee ist wie immer dünn und auch ein herzhafter Anteil fehlt, aber hey: es gibt sogar Pancakes - werden wir vom Shuttleunternehmen abgeholt und brechen Richtung Nationalpark "Los Glaciares" auf. Hier im Süden ist der Perito Moreno-Gletscher die bekannteste Attraktion und auch Grund für unseren Besuch.Read more

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