Trying to describe Tierra del Fuego in words can go two directions. Either you can sort of give up and just use photos. Or you can write a book. I take the former. Our Tierra del Fuego guide, Juan Ronco and his partner Federico Ezequiel Gargiulo, went the other direction. Of course they made an epic hike into the wilderness. And we only did a few pretty easy day hikes. Not sure I’m up to the epic approach, but I will heartily embrace the photo approach.
These are all things that we use, and that we’ve bought with our very own money. We wish we’d had people like you to buy them for us, but no such luck. Of course, we are the only crazy people in our family–the ones that travel all the time–usually with only a carry on and […]
Spending more time in Minneapolis and St. Paul this past year–after being mostly absent for the previous seven years–has apparently made me go gaga for the Twin Cities. We wrote a post recently recommending a stay in Downtown Minneapolis in order to enjoy many of the city’s major attractions. Then our dear friends at Travel […]
It’s senseless to write too much about the beauty of Tierra del Fuego when technology allows you to carry a camera without resorting to a pack mule. We spent five days in Ushuaia and spent all of those hiking and spotting vistas like these. It was pretty much non stop, except for the times we […]
Thanks to friends’ recommendations and a couple tours, we got acquainted with Buenos Aires quickly. It helped that our visit was broken into three stays of about four nights each (October 2017, springtime). Bits and bites at a time, we were introduced to great tastes of eclectic Buenos Aires and picked up on the city’s […]
By Tom Bartel on November 6, 2017 in Argentina, Photo of the Day, South America, Unesco World Heritage Sites
One of the benefits of hiking all around Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego (aside from learning to like wet feet) is the consistent vistas of water, rock, and snowy mountains. The southern spring provides plenty of snow and water–and lovely clouds–to make your landscape even more inviting. Even in warm spring, bring layers, because the weather […]
Take a wine tour in Buenos Aires. Guide books, lengthy restaurant wine menus, and stumbling around on your own will only get you so far, especially when it comes to wine tasting. Our expert guide from Context Travel showed us a couple Buenos Aires wine bars and several Argentine wines we’d never have discovered without […]
The more we travel, the more we seem to arrange our trips around adventure travel–itineraries with activities leading us into wilderness or protected areas and connecting with local communities. We’ve morphed into more active travelers gradually–and before seeing new research on adventure travel. Over our past seven nomadic years, we’ve engaged in a wide range […]
Regularly, we wonder what the heck we’re doing. What’s the point of our travels, other than entertaining and edifying ourselves? What’s our purpose in working on this blog, other than it’s a good way to organize all our notes and photos? Why do we bother sharing stories and photos via social media? Then along comes […]
A drive into the high desert from Salta, Argentina tells you why it’s called a desert. Although the Andes mountains in the far distance are still covered with spring snow, down here, a hundred kilometers away, the river is already dry, even though it’s only the middle of October, one month into the southern spring. […]
The high Andean desert on the road between Salta and Cachi, Argentina. This particular view is from the Cuesta del Obispo, the hill of the bishop. According to the story, a 16th Century bishop traversed all the paths you see below, minus the paved one, to visit his various flocks.