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Awesome Argentina and Mendoza

A fantastic journey through Argentina

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Ushuaian penguin
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Orvin S. Gelber
We arrived back in BA, spent the night at the Kapenski and picked up our Princess cruise the next day. The cruise took us to Montevideo, Falkland Islands, around Cape Horn, Punta Arena, Chile, Puerto …
Jagged landscape
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Orvin S. Gelber
Back at the ranch, we will have our final dinner and toast Patagonia and our private tours farewell. Stan arranged this land segment called “Awesome Argentina”, and indeed it exceeded all …
Mountainous landscape
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Orvin S. Gelber
Today was amazing. We joined an 8 hr tour to Perito Moreno, the 3rd largest glacier in the world—magnifico! We lucked out with a sunny day and not too much wind which is a real problem in the …
The coast of Argentina
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Orvin S. Gelber
Afternoon tea/mate hour is a real trip with a 30 ft long table of postres (goodies). The mate REALLY makes Jean feel great—Stan stuck with coffee because he hates drinking hay-flavored water! …
Odd coastline
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Orvin S. Gelber
We drove 5 hrs over the pampas, but about halfway from the east coast to the west side of Argentina, a varied landscape began with mountains and hills which helped to break up the vast expansiveness …
Trekking up the Perito Moreno Glacier
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Orvin S. Gelber
Our guides picked us up (Leon and Diego) and off we went to a national park and seashore where we hiked to a lookout and viewed thousands upon thousands of penguins. When we first arrived here in …
Scotch on the glacier
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Orvin S. Gelber
The first night we had a private dinner in a club, opened just for us. The wife cooked all the courses which were organic, fresh from the sea, butcher or garden. They are known for their haddock and …
Glacial ice meets the sea at the end of the Earth
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Orvin S. Gelber
This is the tail end of our 2-day visit to Santa Cruz, Patagonia. We flew from Ushuaia to Rio Gallegos and then drove 3 hrs by private car to our sister ciudad. The drive was over the expansive flat …
Glacier
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Orvin S. Gelber
The town of Ushuaia is fascinating. We can't believe how many young people walk the streets at night. The only other folks are tourists. There are many kids hanging out everywhere. When asked, …
Sheep of Argentina
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Orvin S. Gelber
Today we visited Tierra del Fuego National Park with a different private guide. It is named fuego not because of volcanoes which is what we had thought, but because the native inhabitants built so …
Home, sweet Argentina
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Orvin S. Gelber
We made it to Ushuaia, the southern most city of the world! It took all day to travel from Mendoza. This place is truly spectacular. It is the gateway to Antarctica which is 700 miles to the …
Sunset on the water
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Orvin S. Gelber
Today we went on an all day gaucho adventure to the countryside of Mendoza. 2 hrs to drive to the foot of the most gorgeous mtns and valleys ever. We rode horses for 4 hours (ouch!) and learned how …
Set up for wine
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Orvin S. Gelber
Today we had a private tour of wine and food. We visited a very old winery called Bodega Benegas which use to produce bulk wines and is now into the classic style with small production and $$$ for …
Horseback riding tour in Mendoza, Argentina
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Orvin S. Gelber
We made it to the Provence of Mendoza on Sunday (2 hrs via jet from BA) our flights were somewhat in question as it seems that the airlines frequently go on strike however it left on time. We were …
Wine tasting tour
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Orvin S. Gelber
Today we visited an Estancia (ranch) and got to ride a horse in a circle, the horses look pretty tired but we got into the spirit of it. We also watched the gauchos demonstrate their riding abilities …
Argentine gauchos demonstrate their horsemanship
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Orvin S. Gelber
This is a country of demonstrations, This morning we saw 2. We thought they were using guns at first but the loud "pops" turned out to be fireworks. The tourist bus drivers were pissed …
Local dress
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Orvin S. Gelber
It is interesting to see the people here. They are not very attractive and most are carrying extra pounds. The locals say it is the soul not the body that counts! Looking around, one has the …
Buenos Aires
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Orvin S. Gelber
We are wet with sweat rather than rain due to the heat/humidity! It is our 2nd day and we took a city tour of BA this morning. Met some terrific young folks who just finished a 4 month work stint …
Tango performances in the strees of Buenos Aires
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Orvin S. Gelber
Arrived hot and sweaty after a very long flight from San Francisco. Grabbed a taxi to the hotel with our ton of luggage however we had to hang out in the lobby for a couple of hours as we could not …

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