Jul 15, 2018 - Day 3, 4 & 5
Left Santiago nice and early on 12th July. Flying over the Andes was amazing, the views from the plane were fantastic. Checked in to our hotel then went for lunch. It was a long one, nachos and wine. Next day had a half day tour, we talked about the French influence of the architecture, some of the English influence because they came to build the railway. Saw the soccer Stadium La Boca then visited the La Boca area which is very colourful. This evening we have dinner with the Argentinian Experience crew. Made empanadas, had steak and gaucho...Jump to full entry
Jul 14, 2018 - El Parque Nacional Iguazú, Argentina
Hola hola hola! La próxima semana Ted y yo viajaremos al Parque Nacional Iguazú. Localiza en la frontera de Argentina y Brasil. Las Cataratas del Iguazú consisten de 275 cataratas. La catarata más famosa es la Garganta de Diablo. Lo es dos veces más alto que Las cataratas Niágara. Se quedaremos en el Hotel Cataratas y dormiremos allí por una semana. Comeremos al hotel por toda la comida excepto dos noches. El parque tiene paseos de helicópteros y paseos de barcos. Mi esposo y yo vamos a pasar tiempo en un paseo de helicóptero. No hay museos...Jump to full entry
Jul 11, 2018 - Mendoza, Argentina
Hola hola hola! Ted y yo estamos en Mendoza, Argentina. Localiza al este de los Cordilleras de los Andes. Continuamos el viaje de Argentina. Esta mañana, hemos comido tostado, fruta, y yerba mate por desayuno. Durante nuestra visita se quedamos a la Huentala Hotel Boutique que localiza en centro de la ciudad. También, vamos a la Bodega Caelum por la cena. Estoy emocionada por la bodega y muchas otras bodegas. Luego, visitamos al Museo Fundacional para Ted. Me encanta esta ciudad y las personas amables. El vino de Mendoza es el mejor del...Jump to full entry
Jul 9, 2018 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hola hola hola! La semana pasada, mi esposo, Ted, y yo viajamos a Buenos Aires para nuestra luna de miel. Queríamos viajar a Buenos Aires debido a la diversidad. Por la primera vez, volamos a Buenos Aires y se quedamos en un hotel inmediatamente. Durante toda la semana, comíamos comidas diferentes y excelentes. Por ejemplo, comimos al Café Tortoni en Avenida de Mayo 825. Probamos bife a caballo con huevos. Estuvo bien También, Ted le gusta museos y arte y íbamos a muchos museos. Fuimos al Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, el Museo de Arte...Jump to full entry
Apr 15, 2018 - Across The Amazing Andes
With a recently completed new tunnel, the route up over the Andes from Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago, Chile is a smooth seven-hour bus ride with great views. However, the descent from the Aconcagua (tallest mountain outside the Himalayas) viewpoint to Santiago takes so many tight switchbacks in a series that it could be highly nauseating. Several ski resorts are nestled near this route. Paso Internacional Los Libertadores is an easy border crossing, with both the Argentine and the Chilean immigration posts located inside the same building,...Jump to full entry
Apr 14, 2018 - Unlucky 13
2018 marks our 13th year of what I consider international travelling - you, know outside of the USA and not counting our packaged trips to Mexico. I guess we were due, and I sure hope it means we have many years sans misfortune ahead of us. one touristic thing to do in Buenos Aires is pop over to Colonial,Uruguay by ferry, and the packaged day trip is not much more that booking a return ticket. So, we were content to book the ferry ride, bus & walking tour and "two hours of time for yourself" - code for shopping - package. not much for...Jump to full entry
Mar 30, 2018 - At Sea
Despite the sleep-inducing effect of Dr Christina’s seasick pills, the heavy pitching, rolling and figure-eights kept me awake most of the night. Our ship arrived at the mouth of The Beagle Channel after noon and dropped anchor. We were advised that the Captain had sped across Drake’s Passage to keep the ship ahead of a second storm. All that remained of our expedition was a slow-paced chug towards the Ushuaia’s home port. With the storm well behind us, we enjoyed a gorgeous, sunny day on deck and it was a real pleasure to sit in the sun...Jump to full entry
Mar 30, 2018 - The Antarctic Atmosphere
Antarctica is a multiple Continental Record Holder; Driest; Coldest; Highest; Windiest. It consists of two large sections. The East is 4000 million yrs. Whereas the West is 700 million yrs. The approximate centerline of them is the range called the Transantarctic Mountains, which is actually the same range as the Andes, it just runs under the Southern Ocean. There are two active volcanoes on Antarctica too. The modern-day development of chlorofluorocarbons as used in refrigerators, air conditioners, electricity plants, propellants sent...Jump to full entry
Mar 29, 2018 - We’re Not in Drake Lake Anymore, Dorothy.
It is with good reason that the Drake Passage is also referred to as the Roaring 40s and Screaming 60s. its waves are not just nauseating, they are noisy! After dining on a breakfast that slid away from us in every direction, in a room that was by no means full, Duncan and I wobbled and swayed our way up to the bridge. Watching waves crash over the foredeck as we held on to the brass rails to steady ourselves was very exciting, enhanced no doubt by the fact that the lone officer on duty was blasting AC/DC over the speakers. This was when...Jump to full entry
Mar 28, 2018 - Deception Island
Our destination on this morning was the aptly named Deception Island, called such because of its outward appearance as a normal island, until a narrow entrance reveals it to actually be a ring around a flooded caldera. The break in the rim/caldera created a very dramatic, high-walled and tight passage - called Neptune’s Bellows due to venturi effect fast winds - into the bowl. The 500m wide Bellows in 45 knot winds makes for a tricky navigation. Once past the Bellows we see the interior of the crater with its volcanic sands, very...Jump to full entry
Mar 27, 2018 - Paradise. Period.
Also known as Paradise Harbor, the glaciers and mountains of Paradise Bay reflect beautifully in the water here, in our most fortunate of late-season weather. There seems to be an infinite variety of shapes and shades of blue. After a sightseeing loop around the bay we continued on to our second continental landing. This was very near Argentina’s Brown Station, which from 1951 to 1984 served as a permanent research base; since then it is open during the summer season only. We wandered about the vacated buildings and took our time to...Jump to full entry
Mar 26, 2018 - I Really Do Cairn, Do You?
The plan for the day was that at 8 am the Captain would start ATTEMPTING to go through the Lemaire Channel with Wolf Island - also called the “Kodak gap” because it is so beautiful. One of the top tourist destinations in Antarctica; steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage, which is 11 km long and just 1,600 meters wide at its narrowest point. Once again, we were warned that weather, winds and ice can impact the ability to pass. We got lucky, again, and dropped anchor at Port Charcot about 9:15 am in preparation for our 10 am Zodiac...Jump to full entry