South America Trip – Part 2: El Calafate & Laguna Nimez

Monday, March 17th:

We woke at 3am (uggh!), checked out of our hotel, and took a cab to nearby Aeroparque Jorge Newberry to catch our 5:45am flight to El Calafate. On the very fast taxi ride we got our first, but by no means last, taste of the strange enmity between Argentina and Chile, when our driver asked about our itinerary, and when we said we were going to Chile from El Calafate, he shook his head, frowned, and implied that it is an awful, unsafe place (which is quite the opposite from our experiences there!).

Black-faced Ibis / Bandurria Austral

South America Trip – Part 1: Getting to Patagonia

Saturday, March 15th:

After packing on Friday, we awoke on Saturday morning and prepared to leave. Fortunately I checked for our flight, and found that it was delayed by 1.5 hours – not good when we had only a 2-hour layover in Chicago! A quick and painless call to AA customer service got us rerouted on a plane to Buenos Aires via Dallas, a more direct route, and with the same arrival time. Unfortunately Sarah & I did not get seats together for either leg of our trip, which was a bit of a bummer.

Home again

Ahh, home again.  It was rather a long journey, but Sarah & I are glad to be back in San Francisco with our kitties after three weeks abroad.  Of course I have much to post from our trip to Patagonia and Buenos Aires, but for the time being, I offer in no particular order and with little commentary, the following images that I’ve quickly processed from the 1700+ photos I took on our trip:

Glaciar Perito Moreno, Parque Nacional los Glaciares, Argentina

South…. very south!

Sarah, her folks, and I are now in Punta Arenas, Chile, the southernmost city in continental Chile (Tierra del Fuego, which we unfortunately don´t have time to visit, is a large island just south of here). Since my last post a few days ago, we´ve: – gone for two short day hikes under the shadows…

Hello from Chilean Patagonia!

Hi blog-friends! Sarah & I arrived in Puerto Natales, Chile yesterday, after a very slow-feeling 5-hour bus ride from El Calafate, Argentina.  So far, our trip has been fantastic.  Some highlights so far include: – Recoleta Cemetery in BsAs – where Evita is buried, and full of interesting above-ground monuments to BsAs´ rich and famous…

!A Sur de America!

Sarah & I head out for South America tomorrow morning for 3 weeks vacation (the longest vacation I’ve ever had since summer break went away). My blog will most likely be pretty quiet during this time, as I expect internet access to be sporadic at best until we get to Buenos Aires. For those wondering,…