Travel

02
Jun
2004
James

Coastal Uruguay in Winter

We left Buenos Aires on tuesday night for the Uruguayan border. Its possible to cross to Montevideo, the capital city and Buenos Aires’ smaller scruffier cousin, by a ferry boat across Rio de La Plata. But the cost of the boat launch was, once again, more than we were willing to pay when we could catch a night bus (that goes quite a bit out of the way up river) for much cheaper and at the same time saving us the cost of lodging for one night.

31
May
2004
James

Buenos Aires fiesta

From Calafate, we marched back up the coastline some 3000+ kilometers to the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires (BA), located on the southern banks of the Rio de la Plata river. Actually we road a direct bus for 42 hours (two days two nights) and arrived in BA a bit worn and slimey. I dont recommend riding any bus for that long, granted… ours was decked out with heat/AC, reclining “semi-cama” chairs, and various movies (and you can bet your house there was at least one Schwarzeneger film)!

29
May
2004
James

Moreno Glacier

We left Puerto Natales, Chile for the Argentine border crossing in the middle of nowhere on a 5 hour trip down a dirt road. The Argentine border patrol station had a pingpong table set up in the room adjacent to where we had to get the entrance stamp, so naturally we wandered over and struck up a game, thinking the border guards might want to jump in with us.

25
May
2004
James

Snow, Mud, Ice and Wind: the Towers of Paine

Hello diary, I’m going to basically take some of this summary of our trek to Torres del Paine from Paul’s mass email he just sent to his friends so as to save me time in writing what would be much the same information. A work authored by Paul and revised and edited by yours truly, enjoy:)

19
May
2004
James

Ushuaia, the end of the world

Hey, two days in Ushuaia were just enough for us… We arrived at night and found a hostel where there were actually a couple of people staying despite the frigid cold. We figured this place would be deserted because its really between seasons. (summer travel season and winter ski season) It might have been because the hostel actually had heated floors! WOW that was nice… but you had to walk outside on a boardwalk to get to and from your bungalo dormroom and to the shared bathroom :/

16
May
2004
James

Straight of Magellan

To cross to Tierra del Fuego you have to cross the Straight of Magellan or Estrecho de Magallanes at Bahia Azul (blue bay). The ordeal was pretty nifty and cold, we waited for the ferry to arrive while looking into the clear waters seeing straight (heh, heh, heh) down to the bottom, someone said they saw a small whale, but i missed it. We looked across a couple kilometers to the other side that looked a lot like the side we were on. We took a picture and then crossed. On the ferry I ate a hot dog with mayo, mustard, and ketchup.

15
May
2004
James

The long trip to the end of the world

Tierra del Fuego, the Land of Fire is the huge island group at the very tip of the southern cone of South America. The majority of the area is claimed by Chile but the two big cities there are on the smaller Argentinian side: Rio Grande and Ushuaia , the later of which is the proported southern-most city in the world somewhere around 53° Lat.

12
May
2004
James

Cerro Catedral Trek

Monday Tuesday and Wednesday we took a 3 day trek into the Patagonian mountains right outside Bariloche with two californian girls, Ana and Dalia, to keep us company and give us some comedic relief. The bus dropped us off at the base of Cerro Catedral at the ski slopes, no snow yet.

09
May
2004
James

Lago Nahual Huapi

Sunday we woke early to execute a highly planned bike ride along the huge Lago Nahual Huapi (photo) on a 56 kilometer ride dubbed the Circuito Chico, “Small Circuit” in english, which was anything but chico, but definitely a beautiful and worthwhile trip. We rented bikes for $15 pesos (bout 5 bucks americano) and warmed up our rumps for a nice thrashing. The ride began on a nice paved road with a wide, groomed gravel shoulder perfect for bikes… little did we know that our timing was ever so perfect.

08
May
2004
James

El Bolsón, aka Berkely California

We decided to take a trip a bit to the south to see the artsy hippy-ish town of El Bolsón “comunidad no nuclear” as the sign read as we arrived in town (interpret that as you wish). We shlightly overshlept after a long night and didn’t quite make it in time to catch the morning bus, and then the 11:00 bus was full, soooooo we sat in the Bariloche bus station playing Hearts till noon-thirty (card gameing to pass idle time with random travelers abounds on the gringo trail).

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