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First to Buenos Aires, then to Ushuaia at the bottom of the continent where we hiked and visited a penguin colony. Next to El Calafate where we stayed on a sheep ranch, visited a glacier in Glacier National Park, and went for a great horseback ride.
Arriving in Buenos Aires
I am traveling alone and planned to arrive a few days early because I live in Salt Lake City and could not depend on the weather allowing me to make my scheduled flights. It turned out that all flights went well and I arrived in Buenos Aires in the early this morning. I took a taxi to the hotel. They did not have my room ready, but held my bag and …
Exploring Buenos Aires
Today I walked in a wider circle around the hotel. The Puerto Maderno waterfront has been redeveloped with upscale lofts, shops and restaurants. I love harbors and enjoyed the scenery of the yacht club and the two old sailing ships. My plan was to walk in the ecological reserve and look for birds, but it was closed because of a fire.
In the …
Guided tour of Buenos Aires
Today, Sunday I started on the official tour. Our tour guide met us at the hotel and I met the couple, Kathy and John from New York City, who would be joining me for eight days. Our tour guide gave us a good running commentary on what we were seeing and the history of the area.
Our first stop was at the huge metal flower sculpture, Floralis …
Flight to Ushuaia
Our guide from yesterday took us from the hotel to the airport for our flight to Ushuaia. On arrival at the domestic airport we learned our flight was rescheduled to leave from the international airport on the other side of town. Fortunately the flight was changed to a later departure time so we were able to make the flight in plenty of time and …
Hiking and Paddling in Tierra del Fuego National Park
Our guide for the day, Frederico, picked us up at the hotel in the morning and we drove out to Tierra del Fuego National Park. We had a very easy hike through the park forest. Freddy was very knowledgeable about the history, flora and fauna of the area and I tired to remember as many names of plants as I could, but some are already …
Harberton Farm and Penguin Colony
Today we were picked up by a different guide who was equally as personable and knowledgeable. He drove us to the east to Estancia Harberton, a former cattle and sheep ranch. As we drove through the industrial area he explained that in the 70’s the government declared the area tax free and invested in industries there to encourage people to …
Off to El Calafate and Glacier National Park
Today we flew from Ushuaia to El Calafate. Before we left, I walked around town a bit and found a sled house. I also walked down two streets below our hotel to check out the cemetery. Lie the one in Buenos Aires, it has above-ground tombs, but unlike Recoleta cemetery, they we not as beautiful.
We were picked up at the El Calafate airport and …
Upsala Glacier and Horseback riding at Estancia Christina
The regular schedule for today is a hike on Morino glacier. Because the local tour operator would not allow anyone over 65 to hike on the glacier, Adventure Life arranged for an alternative tour for me. Ironically, I think the glacier hike was the safer of the two choices. I was fortunate enough to go to Estancia Christina. First we went to view …
El Calafate to Buenos Aires, to NY to Salt Lake City UT
When I woke up this morning and looked out the window there were three horses grazing on the grass just outside my window. We just had time for breakfast and to finish packing when we were picked up for our flight to the airport. It took me 38 hours to get back to Salt Lake City, including sitting on the tarmac at JFK in New York for three hours …
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