A Travellerspoint blog

La Serena & the Mamalluca Observatory.

La Serena, Chile`s premier beach resort, some 500km North of scorching hot Santiago, we were expecting it to get a tad warm and with it being shown as having almost cloudless skies we were hoping to get in a few hours of relaxing time on the beach...

The first 3 days were almost 100% grey cloud and temperatures struggled to get much above 16 degrees so the warm jackets were retreived from the depths of the rucksacks to prevent us from hypothermia.

Apart from the beaches the other main attraction to this area is the Star gazing. The nearby Mamalluca Observatory takes visitors nightly for a few hours of Astronomy. The night we went it was fantastic.

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We had great views of the moon and parts of the Orion Nebula closed cluster ! and later a look at the very bright Sirius. The evening lasted well into the small hours and we eventually got back to our hostel around 2 a.m

More moon pics.
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Eventually the sun did manage to wake up and we had a chance to see what La Serena was all about, nice old buildings, Churches and plazza´s

The Elqui Valley runs due East from La Serena and is a hub of Pisco production, Pisco being a fermented and distilled grape juice which smells like whisky and tastes just as bad.

Pisco in the making.
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The Valley is dammed about 20 km from La Serena, we were told that annual rainfall can be between 6 mm to 400 mm so it is very unpredictable. Hence why it was constructed.

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The valley is a strange place, all barren but for the valley floor which is lush and green and mostly full of vineyards which are growing grapes for either Pisco or for eating.

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The small Town of Vincuna ( same name as the llama type animal ) lies about 65 km from La Serena and is famouse for Pisco and Gabriella Mistral, a Chilean Poet who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1945.

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Because there is so much sunlight in the valley, some of the local restaurants has capitalised on this and have created an ingineous way of cooking, just using the power of the sun..

Solar cooking Elqui valley style.
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Numerous small villages fill the valley and it is easy to lose count of the many quaint tiny churches you pass.

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Elqui Valley.
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Gabriella Mistral Murals and a few windows .
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There is also a small archeological museum in La Serena which houses a genuine Moai from Easter Island. The Moai is about 3 metres high and gives an idea of what the rest must look like on Easter Island. There are also loads of other local archelogical stuff to ponder over if you are into broken pots and jars.

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Puerto Varas and the Orsorno Volcano

We were in two minds whether to come here, what a mistake that would have been not to..

The first day it rained as usual but on the 2nd full day we had weather from heaven, we went on a full day excursion ( 6 of us ) to the Petrohue Waterfalls and a hilke around the Orsorno Volcano... FANTASTIC !

See what I mean.
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The road to the Petrohue falls and the Orsorno Volcano was really scenic, we lost count of how many different Vocanoes we saw. The best by far was Orsorno.

We completed a short 2 hour trek around the base of Orsorno and back to the lake. Great weather and great views, the only downside was the horrible horse flies which plagued us on our walk. At the lake edge they became so intense that we had to abandon the idea of having lunch there and headed back to a retreat within the tree line.

View of Orsorno on the trek.
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After Lunch we made off for the Petrohue falls and more stunning scenery .

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A series of short boardwalks take you to numerous viewing areas. The water here is truly very blue. We even saw a fox !
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More Orsorno pics
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Puerto Varas was really great, in a way we coulf have stayed here longer.

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Pucon and the Huerquehue National park

Pucon as a town is not a place you would want to go to except that it is the gateway to the fantastic Villarica Volcano and right next door to the Huerquehue National park..

View of Villarica Volcano from Pucon
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Our first night in Pucon we had a stunning sunset and saw massive pink plumes of smoke billowing from the crater of the Villarica volcano, the problem being we had leaft the camera at the hostel..

A cheap 1 hour bus journey to the National park was planned for the next day and with the skies clearing it was looking to be a cracker.

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A 6 hour 14km hike into the park took us past a few waterfalls and some really remarkable scenery and view of the Villarica Volcano in the distance.

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Although the temperatures had racked up a few degrees the abundant tree lined paths kept us nicely shaded.

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After 3 hours we reached our main goal, a series of lakes, Largo Chico, Largo Torre and Largo Verde where we took a light break and simply ambled around. It was surprisingly peaceful.

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On the walk back we had the luxury of seeing loads of walkers puffing and panting their way up to where we had just come from.

The only bad experience we had in Pucon was being in a nice hostal with a really poorly behaved bunch of Israelis, who for some reason took perverse enjoyemnt in leaving the bathroom, kitchen, fridge and almost all the cooking utensils in a filthy state. The owner of the hostel tried in vain to teach these pigs a few manners but to no avail. These were and are the worst hostel guest we have had to stay with in nearly 16 months. So we were glad in a way to leave.

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Chiloe Chile.

Back on land and a lucky bus conection in Puerto Montt and we were again on a Ferry to cross over from the mainland to the Island of Chiloe.

Our Hostel had no record of our booking but with room to spare this wasn´t a problem, we even had a decent kitchen which we could cook in..

Hostel Food.
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Ancud is one of the two main towns on Chiloe and is best placed to explore the North of the Island and the nearby Penguin colony of Magalanic and Humbolt penguins.

Magalanic penguins.
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Humbolt Penguins.
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As we had to view the penguins from a small boat it was difficult to get good closed up pictures.

The next day the sun came out to play and what a difference that made, the temperatures shot up and it made everything look so much brighter. We did a short coastal walk arounf the Ancud peninsula which was really nice.

Ancud in the sun.
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More Ancud pictures.
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Calanto is the local food speciality of Chiloe, it´s a mix of meats and shell fish cooked over hot stones, so we had to give it a go, sadly it was one of thoses dishes that look better on the plate.
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About 70km from Ancud is the Capital town of Castro, famous for it´s ornate wooden churches and it´s tradifitional stilted homes called Palafito´s.

Palafito´s
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On a walk around Castro we also managed to see a bit of wildlife, Buff necked Ibis, and loads of Black necked swans.

Black necked swans.
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The Main Church just off the Plaza in Castro.
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The small town of Chonchi is just a short hop down the coast from Castro, not sure what it is famous for but it does have a rather smart church and a nice waterfront.

Chonchi Church
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Chonchi Harbour.
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The Chiloe National Park is one of Chiloes main tourist attractions, it has a few decent long treks and a few smaller one day hikes for those of us not carrying a tent. The walk down through the dunes to the Pacific was really nice, avenues of small paths surrounded by thousands of yellow Lupins.

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The Sand dunes lead down to the mighty Pacific and some great views.

Pacific and dunes.
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Chiloe National Park.
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The Navimag Ferry or 4 days on a Boat.

One of the Iconic journeys from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt is the 4 day voyage on the Navimag ferry along the Patagonian Channels. A route full of eye popping scenery and wildlife. That is if the weather is good, we had 4 days of mostly very wet very low cloud and the much hoped for spectacular scenery remained hidden beneath a permanent blanket of grey. The wildlife also appeared to be in lethargic mode as we only glimpsed a few Albatross and the occasional dolphin.

Just before we set sail the evening sunshine broke in Puerto Natales from its day long hiatus of rain to give us a spectacular send off.

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Wthin minutes of the super sunset the clouds started to roll in again.
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At the end of day 2 we encountered the Skua Glacier, the light was fading and the rain was starting another round of "lets soak the tourists" on another day this would have been awesome.

Skua Glacier on a dull day.
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Day 3 was when we crossed the open Pacific at night, swells of about 3 -4 metres but not to bad, this at of the journey lasted about 12 hours.

More pictures on a dull day.
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On our last day we cruised through the channels between the mainland and the Island of Chiloe. before we docked some 5 hours late in Puerto Montt but at least it had stopped raining.

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Puerto Natalles and the Torres Del Paine National Park

Puerto Natales is the prime jumping off point to visit the Torres Del Paine National Park it is also as windy as hell.

View from Puerto Natales waterfront.
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The Torres Del Paine National Park is about 120km away which is about 2 hours by bus. There are a few good treks namely the "W" and the circuit all of which mean stays in a refugio or staying in a tent, as the wind have been gusting up to 120kph a tent didn´t seem like a good idea and the refugios are hellishly expensive about $90 US per person per night and this is just for a bed in a basic wooden shed. The other option and more cost effective is to endure the 2 hour bus each day and do a particular trek.

We did a sample of the park on a one day excursion which takes in all the main sights and includes a few short treks.
Though our bus did breakdown on the way back to Puerto Natales !! The weather on the day we went in was not good Low cloud, rain and high winds, and the forecast not good for the next few days either..Even so we think we managed to get as good a picture as possible given the circumstances.

Views of the Torres del Paine mountains.
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From Largo Gray we saw a few big Icebergs which had fallen from the gray glacieer some 17km away..

Ice Bergs on Largo Gray.
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On a short hilke to a waterfall we encountered such strong winds that it was almost impossible to stand upright let alone walk.

Waterfall.
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The classic view of the Torres del Paine are from across largo Nordenskjold, luckily we were treated with a break in the clouds and managed a sneak preview of what could have been.

Torres del Paine from largo Nordenskjold
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Alpine flowers.
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Inside the Park there are thousands of Guanacos ( not to be confused with any Mexican dish of a similar name ). A type of Llama but a bit more cute.

Guanaco´s
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Puerto Natales is also famous for having had a Milodon found nearby in a cave, as such the tourist buses ply the cave in droves. A statue of the Milodon is also at the entrance to Puerto Natales, a sort of bear like thing with a tail ( or a giant sloth if you want the official description )

Milodon
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More Puerto Natales pics.
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As the weather refused to pick up we didn´t go back to the park, couldn´t see the point in more hikes in gale force winds and no scenery to gawp at... next blog the Navimag 4 day ferry....

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Punta Arenas chile

A tedious bus journey with utterly futile border checks and a Magallan straits crossing makes this a place and a half to get too.

View over Punta Arenas
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Punta Arenas is undergoing a lot of good development work, the waterfront especially is being upgraded and is almost complete.
The waterfront stretches many kilometers and makes for a great little walk ( if you can stand the persistent winds) On one day there were gusts of 140kph reported which sounds about right as we were almost bowled over at one point. On one of our walks we met a seal all on his own looking a bit lost..

Solo Seal.
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Punta Arenas waterfront.
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The Town is compact and is easily explored.

It also has a huge duty free area which was really handy as our camera had started to show signs of failure, so we bought the latest model in the same range as a replacement, luckily we did as the very next day the lens retract had an error..

One of the more unusual highlights of Punta Arenas is its Cemetery. A maze of neat rows of remembrance and celebration.

Punta Arenas Cemetery.
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Other views of Punta Arenas.
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Clock Tower

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Topiary trees.

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Ushuaia and the end of the World.

Ushuaia is recorded as being the most Southerly city on the planet and lies just 625 miles North of the Antarctic, which explains why the summertime temperatures are about the same as the winter temps in the UK. There is also an almost persistent wind which makes it feel even colder. Ushuaia is separated from mainland Argentina and Chile by the infamous Magellan straits which means to get here you either have to fly in or take the 30 minute straits crossing.

Being so far South make Ushuaia one of the best places from which to visit the Antarctic, the cost of a 7 to 10 day trip is about 7000 $ US per person though we did see a last minute deal for just 3500 each. As our budget is already way over we had to give it a miss.

How close are we to the Antarctic ?
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The area around Ushuaia is know as the Tierra Del Fuego, Tierra Del Fuego also lies within two countries, Argentina and Chile and getting here means crossing the two borders twice, a pointless and futile piece of tedium, one border crossing took us three and a half hours of passport stamping and multiple bag scanning.

Apart from just being so far South Ushuaia is also a great place to walk around the Tierra Del Fuego National park and take in a spot of Island hopping to look at some of the local Penguin colonies.

We took a bus to Haberton and a boat from there to Martillo Island where there are colonies of Magallanic and Gentoo penguins, it was a great day out and the penguins came within a couple of feet. There were also a few Skuas on the hunt for Penguin chicks and eggs.

On the way to Haberton.
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Mal and the Magallanic Penguins.
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More Penguins.
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Gentoo Penguins.
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Skua with thier chick.
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Penguins and views across the Beagle Channel.
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We also did a small day trek around the small but pristine Tierra Del Fuego National park, again the weather was really poor, at first it rained and later the rain turned lumpy, yes more snow, so any views were tainted by poor light and low cloud.

Tierra Del Fuego National Park
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Along the Walk in the Tierra Del Fuego National park there were loads of trees with a strange fungus like growth, apparently these fungus growths are edible but we thought better of trying them. Great shapes but they do leave the trees well scarred.

Tree Fungus.
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By the time the walk finished the rain had turned really heavy and had decided that a spell of snow would be a great idea. This really made the walk a litle pointless as we couldn´t see anything, so we headed back to Ushuaia for a nice hot cuppa.

Linda on the trek and a few flower things.
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Ushuaia is nestled in between a couple of mountain ranges so there is always a view of some peak ( weather permitting ) we stayed in a hostel just on the edge of town which meant a 45 minute walk into the centro, one way of keeping fit !

Views of Ushaia.
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Black Crowned Night Heron.
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Ushuaia was our last stop in Argentina before crossing over into Chile.

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El Calafate and the fantastic Glaciers.

El Calafate exists primarily to serve the tourists who want to explore the tha famous Perito Moreno glacier but we found lots more to go wow about.

El Calafate has a decent wildlife area and a couple of good lagoons where the Chillean Flamingoes can be seen.

Chillean Falmingoes on the Lagoon.
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The weather here is really unpredictable but very windy luckily our hostel has good heating and a half decent kitchen so we made another Curry on our first night.

Arround El Clafate are many glaciers, Upsala, Spegazzini and many more, the easiest way to see the remote glaciers is by boat as ther are no road links. We took the all day boat along Largo Agrentino to view The ice bergs and the blocked channels of Upsala, what an amazing experience, although the weather was not that good we were still awestruck by the size and colours of these natural wonders. On the way we even got a close up view of a Condor !

Condor.
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Ice Bergs on the Largo Agentina
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The Ice berg Blockade at Upsala Glacier is almost 10km long, making it totally inpenetrable, so getting to the Upsala glacier face is now impossible unless you get dropped in by helicopter.

Ice Blockade Upsala Glacier.
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From Upsala we sailed on to the impressive Spegazzini gacier face and had great views of this wall of ice daggers reaching down to the water.

Spegazzini Glacier face.
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Next we sailed to the North face of the famous Perito Moreno glacier and spent time watching huge ice chunks fall off the face into the lake. As we were going there by land the next day we wondered if a repeat was going to be pointless, we could not have been more wrong, the next day the weather broke out nice and the views of the Perito Moreno Galciers North and South Faces were sublime.

Perito Moreno Glacier. Sorry about the picture overload..
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Our last day in El Calafate was spent walking to more bird reserves and a bit more flamingo spotting.

El Calafate was supperb and a definite highlight of our journey through South America so far.

Next we go to the the Southern most city on the planet Ushuaia, where summer time temperatures can match most countries winter temps.

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El Chalten and the 24km trek to Laguna Torres.

We arrived in El chalten at about 22:00 so a quick check in and a huge steak was hi on the agenda.

Next day we awoke to grey skies and a flurry of snow, regardless we decided to take the 7-8 hour 22km ( 24 for us as we lost the path at one stage ) to Laguna Torres and the Cerro Torres Glacier in the foothill of the massive Fitzroy mountain. As the weather was so poor we did not see the peak of Fitzroy.

This is best we saw of Fitzroy.
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About 2 hours into the trek the snow picked up its pace and the visibility fell accordingly. We eventually reached the Laguna after taking a small detour and losing the path for a bit.

The Laguna was a bit of a disapointment but well worth the walk, the snow did eventually stop, not before one last big flurry.
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A local Hawk or Buzzard kept us company while we ate our lunch.
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Linda in the snow
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The views on the way back were a lot clearer, all in all a great little walk.

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With just 2 nights in Chalten it was a great little break from the long bus journeys. Our next stop is El Calafate where we hope to do more Glacier watching and a few small day hikes.

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Bariloche and surrounds

Heading South from Mendoza to Bariloche will almost certainly involve taking the ruta 40. The view as you get into the lake district of Patagonia are stunning, the Rio Limay escorts you South for about 100km and its brilliant. So good that we re-traced our steps in a hire car just to get a few photos a few days later.

Various snaps along the Rio Limay
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Bariloche is without doubt a tourist town but a damn good one. Our Hostel is about the best we have stayed in and we met some great folks from New Zealand and Washington DC.

Bariloche is about 2 seasons, the winter season has the place for skiing and the summer season its us sad old trekkers.

17 Km out of Bariloche is Cerro Campanario, where 40 pesos takes you to the top ( and back down ) of a nearby mountain, the views are spectacular. The Skies were a tad boring just blue so the pictures lack that wow factor.

Views from Cerro Campanario
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Even futher out from Bariloche the bus number 20 takes you to Lloa Lloa, a small village with same great one day hikes.
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Some snaps of Bariloche.
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The small Town of San Martin De Los Andes is 3 hours out from Bariloche and is a great place to see more of the Patagonian lake district. We booked two days in a hostel and managed to do a local trek in the bargain.

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From San Martin De Los Andes we catch the bus back to Bariloche along the famous seven lakes road and another 2 and a half day bus journey to El Chalten deep into Patagonia...

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Mendoza and the Parque Provincial Aconcagua

Mendoza is about 18hours on a bus South of Salta. It is the hub of the Argentinian wine production and the flat plains East of the Andes provides a perfect climate for growing grapes. Some of the Vineyards are enormous.

The central plaza Independica is a bit of a let down when compared to the plaza de Espania.

Plaza de Espania.
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Mendoza is a good place to explore the Mountain parque of Aconcagua and the Inca bridge Puente Del Inca, so we did.

The road to Puente Del Inca takes about 2 hours, the bridge is a natural limestone formation and has natural hot springs. This encouraged the construction of an ugly flat building right on the natural geological wonder of the Puente Del Inca. Over time the limestone heavy yellow waters has altered the building so it now looks like an integral part of the bridge

Puente Del Inca
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About an hour further out from Puente Del Inca the Provincial Parque Aconcagua is home to the massive Cerro Aconcagua mountain, at 6959 mts it is the highest mountain outside of the Himalaya and the highest in the Southern hemisphere.

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The peak of Cerro Aconcagua was hidden behind high clouds when we arrived but the surrounding Andean mountains were spectacular enough for us.

A view of the Cerro Aconcagua was made when we were enroute to the Parque so at least we had an idea of what we didn´t see close up.
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Mendoza has a huge park area about a 30 minute walk from our digs. The main feature being an impressive fountain and a nice man made lake.

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We had planned to cook up a curry but when we got to the Mercado it was closed for its daily 4 hour siesta... duh !

Short blog this, as we are off to Bariloche tomorrow, another 15 hour night bus.

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Salta and Surrounds.

Salta

. The we had planned to go to Salta from Northern Chile but that would involve another border crossing and another 2 pages of stamps in the passport, pages which we are running out of. So Linda had a brainwave to do Salta from Cordoba.

Salta is now firmly on the tourist map and there are more backpackers and tourist here than anywhere else we have been in Argentina ( excluding Iguazu ) Saying that the area is massive and within minutes the crowds vanish.

The main plaza in Salta is much like that of any Argentinian City, dominated by an impressive Cathedral and surrounding statues of famous revolutionaries.

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South of Salta lies the Town of Cafayate and the Valle Calchaquires where the ruta 40 runs alongside so very impressive Geology. Many of the Geological formations have been given names, some even slightly resemble what they are called..

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At Cafayate we stopped to do a bit of wine tasting at the Nana Vineyards, the Rose was exceptional and a bottle had to be purchased. Again in the centre of the town is a plaza and a cathedral.

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On the way back to Salta we were treated to yet more colourful rock shapes.

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The next day we embarked on an epic day trip out from Salta to the Quebrada Del Torro Gorge and the look at the Tren a los Nubos as it crosses the impressive Polvorilla Viaduct ( a train ticket for this journey would have cost us a whopping $ 120 US each we then travelled along the Lerma Valley and saw some impressive Cacti ( and more rocks ).

The Tren a los Nubos crossing the Povorrilla Viaduct, yes we did wave at the rich gits on the train.
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Along the Lerma Valley we saw some impressive flowering Cacti so we stopped for an extended photo break.

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The mini bus then carried on to the small town of Tasils and on to the Salt flats at Playa de es Tacionamiento vai more colourful rock formations, we even saw a wild Ostrich on the way.

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Tasil.
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At Playa de es Tacionamiento the landscape is simply Salt flats but they do make for a great photo stop.

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The journey back to Salta took about 5 hours and numb bums were the order of the day.

The next day saw us on yet another bus, this time to the small town of Cachi via the Parque National Cardones. A valley full of Cardones Cacti.

More pictures of Cacti..
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These two pictures are of a dried out Cactus, the wood from these is aften used in construction, and example is the roof of the Church in Chachi.

The Parque Nat¡onal los Cardones.
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After leaving the Parque National Cardones, we climbed out of the valley and we were lucky enough to see Condors rising up on the thermals, we estimate that we saw about 9 in total, oh for a decent 500mm lens.. the pictures do blow up but a good telephoto would have been a blessing. A great sighting of these massive birds. Luckily we had a small pair of binoculars with us so we got some great views. Several flying as close as about 50ft from where we were standing.

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There wasn´t much to see in Cachi but we did have a suorb lunch. Oh and we saw the paza and church while we were there.

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On the way back tom Salta we passed a small church on the top of a mountain, can´t remember its name but the altitude of 3950 mts seems to ring a bell.

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Today we are taking it easy before catching the 17 hour overnight bus to Mendoza.

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Cordoba & Alta Gracia

Arrived early after another night bus. Getting in at 05:30 is not a good idea but sod´s law says that this bus was always going to be on time... it was even early.. As we are only staying here for a couple of nights we are going to cram in the sights. The local plaza is where the Catalina Cathederal is located and it has some of the best and ornate ceilings outside of Venice.

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The outside is pretty good as well.

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Just 40km out from Cordoba is the small town of Alta Gracia, famous mostly for being the place where Ernesto "Che" Guevara was raised as a child. The old family home is now a superb little Museum. Some of the photo´s are quite remarkable.

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The now famous Norton which Che and Alberto tried to cross South America on.

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The Museum was visited in 2006 by Fidel Castro along with a few descendents from the Guevara family.

As well as the Che museum there is a quaint little Jesuit Church in the town square

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It would also seem that there is a prevalent drink problem within the local Witch Coven..

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That´s it for this short blog. Next up should be Salta..

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Uruguay.

We love the big bus´s here. Another overnight bus journey to Uruguay and a 03:00 border crossing and more pages stamped out in our passports.. This beginning to be a big problem at this rate we wil have to get new passports as the border agencies seem to love filling up clean pages and stamping everything in the centre.

We arived in Montevideo at 09:00 and settled into a days walking around the compact city centre. There are more statues here than you can shake a stick at. The biggest seems to be of General Artigas stuck in the middle of the Plaza independica which also has a suberb old building ( shame some clown decided to allow a mobile phone mast to be sighted on the top though ).

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The centre of Montevideo is on a promentary so the sea ( Rio del Plata ) River plate is not far away, for the records the Rio Del Plata is the widest river in the world, that´s why it looks more like the Atlantic. Just a way out of Montevideo it does in fact become the Atlantic ( Useless information over ).

As would be expected of any city situated by the water, there is a waterside pathway. The one here is called La Rambla, and is about 20 miles long. The wide path attracts many joggers and walkers and seems to be a regular pastime of the locals.

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The Sea ( Rio Del Plata ) is about the same colour as the North Sea so we feel quite at home..

Along La Rambla there is what we think is an old Lighthouse, no one seems to know so we are going with our Lighthouse identification for now.

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Is it a lighthouse ??

The city is again set out on a grid and navigation is easy, even with a distinct lack of street names. Huge old buildings dominate the city, the most impressive being the old legislative building.

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Towards the main port area is the Mercado de Puerto, a building made in Liverpool and shipped over to be assembled on the waterside. It is now the home of many restaurants and is the gastronomic centre of the city. The main fare being Parilla ( Grilled meats ) though we did see a red pepper being roasted as well..

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Next to the Mercado is the Museum of the Carnival, a small place housing some old pictures and artifacts from carnivals old and new.

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The 2nd of November is a national Holiday so many of the places are closed but we are informed the Mercado will be open as usual, after a 25 minute walk at sundown we arrive to find it all closed... Arrrggghhhh. So we trudged back to the city centre and had a pasta dish and a beer called Patricia !!

Our last day here so we decide to wander out from the city along the Rambla to playa Rameirez ( and beyond as it happened ) Quite a bit of birdlife on the walk and a nice little park, Parque Rodo with a quaint little fort in memory of William Tell !! why ? Nice walk though, we estimate about 14 -16 km.

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This one of us and yes that´s Mal new un-hair style, stupid boy got his head sun burned..

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That William Tell fort !

In the parque there is a display of some fantastic photographs.

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Here is one of our submissions for best refelctions.. :-)

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Tomorrow we are off to Colonia De Sacremento..

Arrived in Colonia Del Sacremento without any fuss but had a bit of a problem in getting accommodation, eventually found a hotel where we negotiated a knock down rate for 3 nights, Pretty good place as it turns out, nice and quiet..

Anyway Colonia Del Sacremento is a place that´s well on the tourist map and quite rightly so, it´s a great little place, the old town is packed with old Portuguese buildings and the street lights are the old lantern type which make for some great chocolate box photography.

The Town is on the Rio Del Plata and has some reasonable little beaches, not alot else to say other than we like it here.

See pictures below ..

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That´s it next blog should be back in Argentina..

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