Buenos Aires / Puerto Madryn / El Calafate / El Chaltén / Los Antiguos
Well what can I say about Buenos Aires…? It’s a great city, I stayed more than two weeks – no idea where the time has gone, it was like two days - in three different hostels, I enjoyed fantastic meals (not only meat but also a variety of delicious food), great coffees, saw a lot of the city and its different districts, went to the gym and played squash twice, good parties and cozy evenings at the hostel.
For the first night and day I met Marco, a good friend form Switzerland, and Nicole, who gave me a nice introduction to the city and the Buenos Aires Lonely Planet which turned out to be very handy.
Later I had a great time being with two friends - I met earlier in Ecuador and Peru and respectively - and besides there have been a lot of nice and entertaining people around.
But after more than two weeks of taking it easy and just enjoying being free I went back on the road again. So far is Argentina very good and no disappointment to my high expectations but now it’s time to see the rest of the country. First station Puerto Madryn with its nice national reserve on the Peninsula Valdes full of wildlife…
Furthermore I did my cold water dive number 6 & 7. Nr. 6 was also my first wreck dive and in total I’m “already” on 22 dives. But enough with cold water – warm water is more fun and I’m looking forward to Brazil for that!
Then I went far south to El Calafate in southern Patagonia where probably the most beautiful glacier, Glacier Porito Moreno, in the world is and a nice lagoon for a little walk. But there is not much to do, however, sorry to say that but after the hot temperatures in the north of Argentina I’m really enjoying the lower temperatures down south.
With two Italian girls and a Frenchman we built a travel group here and tried to plan the trip back up north to El Bolson which turned out to be very complicated and we have to take it step by step.
By bus to El Chaltén witch has great trekking through Patagonia in beautiful nature and beside a nice wine bar and the best meat I had so far in Argentina. Then we took a bus to Los Antiguos which has not much more than the border crossing over to Chile (Chico).
- I’m had a hard time to decide whether I should extend my travels by 2-3 month or fly back home on the 9th March… Pros and cons equal out… I hate these kinds of decisions! Between a rock and a hard place. But I think now I will come home as planned in the first place -> 10th March.
- Back on the road and already feeling the time pressure again. I have to catch my flight in Sao Paulo on the 1st March to Recife and like to spend one or better two weeks in the south of Brazil first. But there is so much to do on the way there. I want to go see southern Patagonia (also in Chile), Bariloche (The Lake District), Mendoza, maybe back to Viña del Mar, north of Argentina, Iguazu falls and from there entering Brazil.
- Travelling for 20 or more hours in a bus became a very normal thing to do. Thinking in European terms this is crazy and far too long but actually it’s ok and I think I will do that back in Europe more often instead of taking a plane.