Arentina

Three trips to Argentina so far! These were in 2007 to Antarctica, in 2006, and in 2002. Antarctica Trip – December 2007 A cruise to Antarctica from the Argentinean port of Ushuaia. Antarctica, the White Continent. Words cannot do this any justice. The fantastic wildlife and scenery. The friends that I made. The fun that we had. All this combined to make the trip that little extra special. This was another planet. I was devastated to leave! Best. Trip. EVAH! South America Trip – February & March 2006 A trip from the Atacama Desert of northern Chile to the cold, wet and windswept lands of Patagonia in Chile and Argentina. Arid, desolate, lunar landscapes and high‑altitude volcanoes and geysers of the Atacama Desert. The busy streets of Santiago and the surrounding pleasant vineyards. The beautiful Pacific coastal towns of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. The pioneering feel of the small towns of Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and El Calafate. The awe‑inspiring majestic peaks and glaciers of Torres del Paine. The huge glaciers of Upsala and Spegazzini, the slow break‑up of Perito Moreno glacier, and iceberg‑littered lakes. The charms of the Tierra del Fuego town of Ushuaia and the wilds of the estancias. Glorious seafood, spit-roasted lamb, huge beef steaks. The music, dance and passion of Tango, and the splendour of Buenos Aires. Nice one. South America Trip – August 2002 Apart from being mosquito food, I've dodged car bombs and mortar attacks in Colombia (President’s inauguration and all that!), been told to back‑off by armed security forces (hey, that was only a camera I was holding!), been to Machu Picchu, overland to Lake Titicaca, travelled onto the Andes backbone (over 4,335 breathless metres above sea level...coca leaves helped though!), cruised and fished on the Amazon River (caught piranha using bits of chicken as bait...excellent!), trekked through the Amazon jungle (it was wet here even though it's the dry season...blame El Nino...I guess it's called a “rain‑forest” for a reason!), went without electricity for a few days (not easy for a gadget freak...withdrawal symptoms!), no hot water (just the stuff from the river!), spent hours llama‑watching in the Andes (I swear those llamas were posing for my camera!), been frozen in the mountains, been fried in the jungle, eaten guinea‑pig (yikes!), been attacked by termites, dodged deadly ants, been eaten more by mosquitoes (I need surgery after this!), seen the magnificent Iguazu (Iguassu) Falls, got mugged by four dudes in Rio de Janeiro (painful...cuts and bruises...I definitely need surgery!), travelled across the continent from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic via bus, train, boat and plane through Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil, plus loads more. A fantastic trip!