Bariloche

I enjoyed a couple of hikes around Bariloche, enjoying the great views and the dogs that would follow me around. Luckily, I left before the town was covered in volcanic ash.

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Tren Patagónico

Pictures from the overnight train ride from Viedma to Bariloche:

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Patagonia Bus Marathon


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Traveling the 1400 miles from Ushuaia to Viedma took about 37 hours by bus. The first leg was especially slow given the four border posts (for the short stretch of the trip in Chilean territory) and the ferry ride over the Strait of Magellan. I took a couple hours to walk around Río Gallegos and stayed for one night in Comodoro Rivadavia to break up the rest of the trip. Traveling in coche cama, which includes food, drinks, and bed-like seats was a treat. I also enjoyed the expansive views of the pampas and seeing some guanacos.

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Sights of Ushuaia

Sights from the southernmost city in the world:

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Arriving in Buenos Aires

I flew directly from Cape Town to Buenos Aires in April. Riding the bus from Ezeiza Airport to the Manuel Tienda Leon bus station was a good introduction to the city. Usually the trip takes about half an hour, but we were sitting in traffic for twice that amount of time because of a corte, a street closure for a protest march. Realizing that walking to their destinations would be faster than staying on the bus, many of the passengers asked the bus driver to let them off before we reached the terminal. He refused until a number of the passengers started calling friends on their phones and complaining about being kidnapped. I found this exaggeration to be typically porteño; later during my stay, for example, I was warned about a massive hailstorm that turned out to be a light drizzle.

Along with the Ecuadorian passenger sitting next to me, I stayed on the bus until the terminal, since I wasn’t sure exactly how to walk to my home-stay. As we sat in the traffic jam, the bus driver enthusiastically told us about the four best assets of Argentina: women, beef, wine, and tango, in that order. For a culturally complete visit to Argentina, he said, we needed to experience all four. I laughed and resolved to sample the three appropriate items.

Some of the city’s sights:

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