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Chasing icebergs in Patagonia

Posted by on July 10th, 2013
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I just finished watching the award winning 2012 documentary Chasing Ice, a visually stunning film that follows National Geographic photographer James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey.   His project captures time-lapse images of receding glaciers in Greenland and Alaska, a phenomenon he describes as “a miraculous, magical, horrible, scary thing.” The film reminded me of my own […]

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Trips to Uruguay from Buenos Aires

Posted by on June 8th, 2013

Uruguay, with its pre-Hispanic name, sounds a lot more exotic than it really is. Many people imagine it to be buried deep within the Amazon, but it is actually right on Buenos Aires’ doorstep. The entire country, wedged between its huge neighbors Argentina and Brazil, fits on to a coastal plain whose highest point is […]

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A guide to shopping in Argentina

Posted by on June 2nd, 2013

Argentina is a shopper’s paradise – if you know where to go. Here we look at three products the country is really famous for, and where to get them. Leather The ubiquitous beef must come from somewhere, and the hides from all those cows definitely don’t go to waste. Leather goods are available throughout the […]

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Day Trips from Buenos Aires: Tigre, the Paraná Delta and the Tren de la Costa

Posted by on April 30th, 2013

Buenos Aires is a huge city, and many tourists only end up seeing the central districts of San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta and La Boca. Fascinating though these neighbourhoods are, sometimes I feel the need to escape the city and I take the slow train up to Tigre. Tigre is located 17 miles north of the […]

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New Hotels in Puerto Natales

Posted by on April 3rd, 2013

One of our most popular itineraries, the Highlights of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, includes a one night stay in the charming fishing village of Puerto Natales. Over the last few years Puerto Natales has seen a boom in boutique, all-inclusive hotels that cater to travelers on their way to the nearby Torres del Paine National […]

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Poor Niagra! Visiting Iguazu Falls

Posted by on April 1st, 2013

When Eleanor Roosevelt visited Iguzau Falls she is reputed to have exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” and it’s easy to see why. Gravity and immense quantities of water are always irresistible allies, but at the Iguazu River on the Brazilian and Argentine border they achieve a sublime chemistry which is unrivalled anywhere on the planet. Although they […]

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Day Trips from Mendoza, Argentina

Posted by on March 15th, 2013

I lived in Mendoza for two years and I went on countless day and overnight trips. Here are three of my favourites. Aconcagua / Alta Montaña circuit Mendoza is located on a desert plain, 2300ft above sea level. Aconcagua, which at 22,841ft is the highest peak on the continent, is only two hours away by […]

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Understanding Maradona, Understanding Argentina

Posted by on February 12th, 2013
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To understand the gargantuan shadow Maradona casts over his soccer-mad homeland, one has to conjure up the athleticism of Michael Jordan, the power of Babe Ruth – and the human fallibility of Mike Tyson. Lump them together in a single barrel-chested man with shaggy black hair and you have El Diego, idol to the millions […]

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The Acequias, Veredas and Plazas of Mendoza

Posted by on January 28th, 2013

Mendoza is prone to earthquakes, which means that it doesn’t have many historical buildings of interest. But that’s not say that it is not an urban space worth taking notice of. First-time visitors to Mendoza, Argentina‘s wine capital,  especially those who arrive by plane, do not usually realise that the city is located in what […]

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What’s That Gourd? An Introduction to Yerba Mate

Posted by on January 28th, 2013
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My first experiences in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay all involved mate… In Argentina the guy who sold me my bus ticket from Puerto Iguazú to Córdoba was drinking some strange green substance from a sawn off plastic flask, but my Spanish was at that stage not sufficient to ask anything of it. I had to […]

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