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Argentina-Chile-Brazil Custom Trip

Over the years, especially in the last few, we’ve been traveling extensively in the US and the rest of the world. It goes without saying that each trip had memorable moments and left us with many great memories. As time and age take their toll on our memory, we realized that we sometimes forget some of the great moments and sometime we have a different recollection of what happened or what we experienced.So, we decided to create a document that lists the highlights of our trip. This is not an attempt to write a trip diary but rather to list the more memorable events (positive and negative). To make it more interesting, we also embedded a bunch of pictures on every page.

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Watching you like a Hawk...
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Margalit Ziv
• It was the last day of our trip. Since our flight did not leave until 10:20pm, we had the whole day ahead of us. Natan arranged for us a late checkout at no charge (6:00pm) which worked out …
Chilean Flamingos
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Margalit Ziv
• The early part of the day was dedicated to a 5 hours walking tour with a private guide of downtown Rio. In addition to being highly enlightening, it gave us the courage to return to downtown …
El Condor passa
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Margalit Ziv
• The morning was devoted to visit Christ the Redeemer, a 38 meter high statue who keeps an eye on Rio from an elevation of 710m (2340ft). Poor visibility spoiled otherwise great vista point. A …
Guanaco in Torres del Paines National Park
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Margalit Ziv
• The panoramic view from the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, at 1,296 ft (395m) above sea-level, is breathtaking. Two sets of cable cars elevated us to the top of Sugar Loaf. The first brings …
An iceberg on Grey Lake, a fallout of Grey Glacier
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Margalit Ziv
• For the first time the plane from Foz to Rio left on time, however, due to terrible lending at the intermediate airport it needed a new tire, a 45 minutes delay. • On the flight we …
Los Cuernos (a cloudy view)
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Margalit Ziv
• Finally had a Mate, the national drink that resembles tea but much bitter. Our guide prepared it for us to taste. Although it was not bad, it is definitely something you need to develop taste …
Salto Grande waterfall
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Margalit Ziv
• This morning, we set out on a four-hour open truck safari through the Iguazú Forest. The adventure included a Zip Line over the jungle canopy and rappel down to a 12 m high waterfall …
The Toress - can you see better??
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Margalit Ziv
• The privately guided excursion to the Argentinean side of the Iguazú Falls was amazing. We watched the cascading water from various angles. We began the day by boarding a small train to …
The famous Torres with the heads in the clouds
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Margalit Ziv
• The flight from Bariloche to Puerto Iguazu via Buenos Aires was late (what’s new?), only 1 hour this time. • Maggie is very sick. While Natan had an easy cold a few days earlier …
Crossing a suspension bridge in to Torres del Paine National Park
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Margalit Ziv
• Today we returned back to Bariloche, but this time in a public international bus. The ride took 7 hours, 2 of them were dedicated to border crossing. By now we are expert on border crossing …
Our dome suite at Eco-Camp
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Margalit Ziv
• The hostess at the B&B booked us on a late bus back to Bariloche which we did not like a bit. She claimed the earlier bus was fully booked. We took the matter into our hands. We went to …
The cave and a statue of the Milodón
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Margalit Ziv
• The whole day (12 hours) was devoted to lakes crossing tour – 4 boat trips on 4 different lakes, and 4 bus trips in between the lakes. The 2 hours lunch break midway was too long, not to …
Trying out ice climbing
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Margalit Ziv
• Today is mostly travel day from Ushuaia to Bariloche with a plane change in El Calafate. • It was very cold the night before, so when we woke up we noticed the snow on the hills around …
Mini tracking Perito Moreno Glacier
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Margalit Ziv
• Woke up at 6:00am (by mistake) for coffee before early disembarkation at Ushuaia, Argentina. Coffee bar was closed so we had nothing to do until 7:30am when the dining room opened for …
Sheering sheep in one piece in  less than 3 minutes
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Margalit Ziv
• Cape Horn – END OF THE WORLD!!! – What a miserable experience. We climbed the 160 steps in heavy rain, strong winds and cold temps. The weather has not changed a bit during the …
Tango at San Telmo Square, Buenos Aires
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Margalit Ziv
• This morning we attended 2 lectures: Patagonia, from Ice to Flowers and Glaciology. • After lunch we disembarked at Pia Fjord. The zodiac had difficulties to get to the shore due to …
Caminito: it takes two to Tango
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Margalit Ziv
• The morning walking excursion at Ainsworth Bay was so-so; we saw 2 elephant seals from a distance and a lot of flora. • The lecture about Penguins and other birds was very …
Caminito restaurant staff dance the Tango
Author
Margalit Ziv
• Rain again • Long 6 hours drive to Punta Arenas (with another couple from camp) for boarding the cruise ship. On the way we stopped at Puerto Natales for an hour and a half lunch break. …
B.A. - More of Caminito
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Margalit Ziv
• Due to bad weather, yet again, we did not do the 8 hours hike to the base of the Torres. Instead, we did a van trip and 3 hours hike to observe the local wildlife, including guanaco, foxes, …
Colorful caminito beckons travelers and locals alike in Buenos Aires
Author
Margalit Ziv
• We were surprised to find out that the shower head and water flow are the best we have seen in any hotel. • Again, the weather was bad – windy and rainy • We had an amazing …
Friday night: Tango in the Park
Author
Margalit Ziv
• We traveled by public bus from El-Calafate, AR to Puerto Natales, CL. The bus left at 8:30am; the station was busy with many travelers (mainly backpackers), however, the only coffee shop at …
Tigre - Rowing is the sport for all ages
Author
Margalit Ziv
• The excursion bus which was supposed to pick us up from the hotel was 45 min late. One hour drive to the park. • Perito Moreno Glacier mini tracking activity started with a short lake …
Tigre Rowing Club in Buenos Aires
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Margalit Ziv
• No one waited for us at the airport. We called the hotel to find out our driver is on his way. Apparently they had a wrong flight number. The driver was only 20 minutes late. • El Galpon …

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