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Retiro

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  • Day20

    Day 18 - Penguins in Profusion

    January 15 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    The Eclipse docked in Puerto Madryn about 7:00 with bright sunshine and warm temps - forecast high of 89, today. We disembarked after breakfast and walked the long pier (half a mile) over the shallow harbor. Found our tour and boarded a 20-passenger bus for our excursion. We had a guide who explained things through an interpreter.

    Puerto Madryn was settled by Welsch immigrants in the 1850s. They were fleeing religious persecution and the Argentine government offered free land to Baron Madryn and his followers.

    We headed out of the city south on a freeway through gently rolling scrub plains. No trees, only low desert scrub - a lot like the desert southwest in Arizona. Stopped at a pull off next to the giant herbivorous dinosaur model. The bones of it were discovered about ten years ago a few miles inland. It is considered the largest dinosaur known. Stopped at a modern rest stop/gas station for relief then on through Trelew, a fairly large town on the Chubut River where there were actually trees!

    As we drove south, our guide offered us a sample of mate, a traditional Argentine infusion, in a mate cup. The cup is made from a hollowed out gourd decorated with local designs and chased in silver with a silver straw. Mate is a strong, bitter herb tea that locals drink all through the day. The sky had become a bit overcast with a mild breeze with temps in the high 70s.

    We turned off the (now two-lane) highway into the Protected Area of Punto Tombo. Our destination was the Magellanic Penguin rookery in the preserve, about five miles down a good gravel road. We parked at the visitor's center and walked along the marked paths and boardwalks among the penguins. This rookery is home to some 700,000 penguins! They were everywhere, basking in the sun, sheltering in their burrows, and walking to and from the Atlantic. Scattered among the penguins were small groups of guanacos, a llama-like browser found across the Argentine pampas. We took pics of the penguins and their three to six-month old chicks. Spent an hour and a half exploring and dodging the other 1,000 passengers from the Eclipse who had chosen this excursion. Back on the bus, the tour offered a box lunch before we headed back to the dock, about 115 miles away.

    One of the drawbacks of cruising is that the ship dumps 2,000+ people into sometimes small cities. Although there area usually several different excursions,
    there are always hundreds of people jostling to see the same sights. It can be frustrating. Occassionally another cruise ship is in port at the same time, compounding the problem.

    Back on the Eclipse, we relaxed a bit and watched the ship pull out of port. The evening show was a Russian violinist who gave a rousing performance mixing jazzed up classics with gypsy and modern tunes, a bit like the Celtic women concerts. Had dinner with our German table mates and chatted.

    Tomorrow another sea day.
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  • Day24

    Day 21 - Montevideo

    January 19 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We docked as schedule in Montevideo. Today dawned grey and rainy as we looked on the port area.

    We met our tour at the port entrance and went for a city highlights tour on a 45-passenger bus. We drove out of the port along the "Ramblas," the coast highway along the Rio de la Plata. The river is over 140 miles wide at its mouth, the widest river in the world. The Ramblas is lined with beaches most of its 400-mile length to Brazil. The tour stopped briefly at several pull offs.

    Uruguay has the highest standard of living in South America and is also the safest country so it attracts many American retirees. Our tour wound through several upscale neighborhoods with homes from $700,000 and up. Our guide mentioned that all large purchases (homes, cars, major electronics and appliances) are made in US$.

    The name of the city comes from the Latin, "monte vid eo" - "I see land," which is what the first Spanish explorers said when they arrived. In addition to the Spanish, many migrants came here from Italy, as well as sizable Jewish population, during WW1 and again in WW2. Home to almost half the country's population, it was established in 1724.

    Our tour continued past the soccer stadium, which hosted the first FIFA World Cup in 1930 (in which Uruguay defeated Argentina for the Cup). We stopped at the carters monument, a nod to the toils of the first settlers. We stopped at the old executive palace and at Independence Plaza. This Plaza has the statue of the country's liberation leader, Jose Artigas, and has the new presidential building (with a glass facade) alongside the old one (in yellow stucco). Underneath the Artigas statue (below ground) is his tomb, which is open for visitation.

    Our tour took us back to the dock. We got out and walked through the Mercado Puerto (Port Market), a bustling place with many parillada restaurants. Parillada is the open grill, all meat barbeque for which Uruguay and Argentina are noted. We had a chorizo sausage and fries with a beer as we watched the griller cut and throw large chunks of meat onto the wood-fired grill. A little shopping and we walked across the street to the dock and boarded the Eclipse. The weather had cleared up and the sun was out. We soon sailed out of the harbor, heading to Buenos Aires.

    The show was fantastic! The performance troupe put on a spectacular song and dance story with full staging and props. It used a reinterpretation of pop songs. The production was of Kennedy Center or Broadway quality. Throughout the cruise, the quality and variety of the live music entertainment has been superb, I can't say enough to praise it.

    At dinner we learned that one of our table mates, Silvia, had come down with the flu and was quarantined- a major bummer.

    Tomorrow Buenos Aires!
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  • Day28

    Day 26 - Tigre and the Delta

    January 23 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    After waiting until the shops opened to change money, we taxied to the train station and caught a commuter train to Tigre. The train is modern, air conditioned, and efficient. On the way out and back, street (train?) musicians played for tips and individual vendors sold a variety of small things. (Remember that everyone is squeezed by the tight economy.) The hour train ride took us through numerous suburbs, some looking upscale with good-sized, single-family dwellings and shabby apartment buildings.

    Tigre (tiger) is a river port some 20 miles northeast of BA. From the description of it as the jump off place for the people that live in and ply the Parana River delta, we expected a rustic, rural town. It was anything but! We found a high-rise suburb with bustling traffic and many tourists (including from Brazil). Tigre is a weekend getaway for Portenos (as BA residents are known). The Parana River drains large parts of Brazil, Paraguay, and Uraguay and turns into the Rio de la Plata here. The delta is a 14,000 square-mile expanse of canals, tributaries, and river that the guidebook compares to the Mekong Delta. It is populated by people making a living from it and with weekend and summer cabin Portenos. The city is packed with rowing and regatta clubs along the banks and boasts one of the largest amusement parks in Latin America.

    We took an hour and a half catamaran cruise up one of the slow moving rivers. The tourist catamaran provided a recorded narrative of what we passed in Spanish, English, and Portuguese (remember the observation from Chile that Brazilians make up the second largest tourist group). The river carries a heavy sediment load that turns the water brown (and nourishes the delta). The banks of the channels are lined with small (sometimes not so small) cabins and houses, many built on stilts to avoid high water. The locals get around by boat and there are personal motorboats, water taxis, and water buses (long, agile 50-passenger launches that stop when people hail them). Each house has a dock with its river number (like a street number but everything moves by the channels since there are no roads). There are campgrounds and cabin rentals to be had. Many of the places are well-manicured with beautiful lawns and gardens; some are run-down or abandoned. There's a market boat that brings a supermarket to the waterways and people tie up to it, shop, and motor home. There are several smaller grocery stores where people shop right from their boats. The locals use row boats, motorboats, or swim to get around. There are some exclusive resorts hidden among the maze of waterways and you can make a vacation of it. The city hosts a naval museum, a fine arts museum (in a spectacular, ornate building on the water), and the Mate Museum. Mate, I told you, is the ubiquitous national herb drink. Unfortunately, the Mate Museum only functions on weekends.

    Back in the Tigre, we ate at the former Italian Yacht Club and walked around before catching the train back. It was an unexpectedly delightful change from the big-city feel of BA.
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  • Day215

    Buenos Aires

    December 7, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    Because we’d used miles to pay for one ticket out of Delhi, we ended up on different flights to London. Christy flew Delhi-Helsinki-London (on FinnAir – “the official airline of Santa”) and John flew Delhi-London. We met in London for a few hours’ wait then took a long flight to Argentina. John bought a very small camera in DutyFree as we’ll be sending his HUGE camera home after Antarctica as it’s just too heavy/big for how we will now travel.
    A very nice lady from our Antarctica travel company met us at the airport and then drove us to our Airbnb apartment in central BA. The apartment was in a great location with easy access to all the sights we wanted to see. Generally, we’ve headed off early in the morning to different parts of the city, walked around, drunk some coffee and taken a siesta. We also went to Boca (famous for the soccer team and colorful homes), the waterfront and famous women’s bridge, the cemetery where Eva Peron and many other famous Argentinians are buried, and we saw an Opera at the Teatro Colon - considered to have some of the best acoustics in the world.
    Like India, the cow is worshipped here in Argentina but in a totally different and obvious way. When people find out that we don't eat a lot of red meat, there is genuine concern that we will starve to death. Also, nothing really gets started here until late at night, which is another adjustment to our normal m.o. Like many other travelers have noted, BA is like a combination of NYC and Paris with more empanadas. The architecture is amazing and the people have all been wonderfully friendly, even though we are struggling with our Spanish. The plan is to travel for a few more months and head back here for 3-4 weeks to take Spanish lessons and enjoy this beautiful city.
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  • Day3

    Sonntags in Buenos Aires

    March 12, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Nachdem wir gestern nachmittag noch zum Hafen und durch die historische Altstadt gelaufen sind, versuchen wir uns heute mal mit Bus und Bahn. 14 Stunden Schlaf haben unsere Akkus wieder gefüllt, die Sonne scheint wie gewohnt und wir treffen uns gleich mit zwei Weltreisenden Bekannten von Lena, die zufällig auch gestern hier gelandet sind. Und später kommt auch noch Maximiliano dazu, ein waschechter Einheimischer. Bin gespannt :) ps: Bin froh, dass Googles spanisch wahrscheinlich genauso gut ist wie unseres. Das beruhigt.Read more

  • Day43

    Tango Kurs im Club La Ventana

    February 24, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Nur drei Paare und ein Single haben sich angemeldet für den Tango Argentino Tanzkurs im Club "La Ventana" in Buenos Aires, einem traditionellen Tango Lokal, das einen in die alten Zeiten eintauchen lässt. Wir erhalten einen 90 Minuten Intensivkurs. Es ist faszinierend zu sehen, wie einfach das aussieht und wie schwer es ist, es selbst auszuführen. Wir lernen viel über Haltung, neue Schritte, und tanzen beide auch mit den Profis, ein tolles Erlebnis!💃🕺💃🕺Read more

  • Day43

    Buenos Aires, Argentinien

    February 24, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Buenos Aires an nur einem oder zwei Tagen zu erleben und kennenzulernen ist praktisch unmöglich. So viele verschiedene Viertel, Sehenswürdigkeiten dieser Millionen Metropole (13,5 Millionen Einwohner) zu erkunden, braucht man viel mehr Zeit. In einer kleinen Stadtrundfahrt bekommen wir zumindest einen kleinen Einblick.Read more

  • Day5

    02.02.2018: Buenos Aires (IV)

    February 2, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Heute haben wir unseren ersten großen Ausflug absolviert. Bei herrlichem Wetter sind wir bereits gegen 08:00 Uhr vom Schiff gestartet. Mit einem jüngeren sehr aufgeschlossenen Stadtführer ging es zuerst nochmals durch Buenos Aires. Wir konnten unsere Kenntnisse über die Stadtgeschichte und die Sehenswürdigkeiten, wie das Stadtviertel La Boca und das dortige La Boca - Stadion, das Stadtviertel Palermo sowie den Friedhof La Recoleta festigen und ausbauen.

    Im zweiten Teil haben wir dann die Stadt auf der Panamericana in Richtung Norden verlassen und nach cirka 1,5 Stunden die Estanzia Santa Susana besucht. Wir hatten dort die Möglichkeit einen Ausritt mit den Pferden oder eine Kutschfahrt zu machen. Wir haben uns für die Besichtigung der hübschen Anlagen und des dortigen Gaucho-Museums entschieden. Gegen 13:00 waren wir dann in die zur Veranstaltungshalle hergerichtete Scheune zu einem Grillfest (Assada) geladen. Es gab sehr würzige Würste, Schweine- und Hühnerfleisch sowie Rinderfilets vom Holzkohlengrill. Dazu wurden Rot- und Weißwein sowie Bier gereicht. Nach denn Essen konnten wir folkloristische Darbietungen genießen. Zum Abschluss gab es eine sehenswerte Gaucho- und Reitershow. Ein sehr gelungener Ausflug!

    Am Abend verlassen wir Buenos Aires in Richtung Süden bzw. Puerto Madryn.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Retiro, レティーロ, Retiras, Ретиро, Ретіро, 雷蒂罗

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