Category Archives: Argentina

Bikes and booze in Bariloche

On a quiet road with a stunning backdrop there can be no better mode of transport than two wheels. Situated on the Argentina/Chile border it is easy to understand why Che Guevara once dreamed about settling down in Bariloche next … Continue reading

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A poetic trip up Route 40

Years spent working outdoors in the glare of the Patagonian summer sun and braving icy winter gales have given the elderly man’s wrinkled skin a deep burnished caramel tan. Doffing his black grandpa cap in my direction, he eases himself … Continue reading

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The Hands of Time

It’s a spooky sight. The coloured handprints creep out from the darkness and upwards, along a large gallery of rock, as if trying to claw their way out of history. We have driven 40 minutes outside of the small, lakeside town … Continue reading

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Travelling lesson 264: Never hire hiking boots

“Do you want to try them out around town a little bit before you head off?” says the shop assistant. I decline the offer, assuming, as always, that everything will be okay. Unfortunately being a generally optimistic person isn’t always … Continue reading

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The giant-sized iced gems of Perito Moreno

Tinged with grit and dirt it looks like the browned topping of a lemon meringue pie, a million giant-sized white iced gems clawing skywards. Crammed into a catamaran, we rise to our tiptoes to get a first glimpse of the … Continue reading

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A quick picnic at the “End of the World”

As we hurriedly make our leathery ham and squidged cheese sandwiches, we can’t help but let out an ironic little chuckle. This should be a highpoint for us, our arrival at the bottom tip of South America after an overland … Continue reading

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A Welsh tea and a march with the penguins in Patagonia

Before we came away, I was given a brilliant book of Traveller’s Tales including one by Don George called “The Culinary Chaos Principle”. In it he describes his fond love of turning up at a restaurant abroad and ordering crazy-sounding … Continue reading

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