Archives for : November 2011

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Los Glaciares National Park – Argentina

November 25 to November 27, 2011 El Calafate in Patagonia, Argentina is the gateway to the Los Glaciares National Park. The town itself is quite cute with plenty of eateries, hotels and souvenirs. But people don’t come here for the town. They come here for the glaciers – the massive flows of compressed snow that make their way from the Andes to Lago Argentino.     The main attraction is the Perito Merino Glacier. Its ice peaks tower 60 metres above the lake, dwarfing the tourist boats.  It is 5km …

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Ruta 40 through the desert

November 23 and November 24, 2011   Leaving Chile Chico it’s only a short ride to the border and yet another crossing – Chile to Argentina.   Each crossing is a little different.  This time, the young Argentinian immigration Officer takes her time reading every word of the Carnet de passage, cross checks the registration details on the original registration – (note to would be travellers – do not leave home without your original registration papers).  The similarly in-experienced customs agent does exactly the same – about an hour later and …

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Back over the Andes – on the dirt

November 18 to November 22, 2011 Bariloche in Argentina to Chile Chico in, where else but Chile     Before we leave the volcanic ash we head out for a loop around the lake. The wind has cleared some of the ash away and we can see the Andes towering over the lake and some very impressive houses. Then we head south on Ruta 258 to Ruta 40 – all paved roads! The weather was closing in so we decided to break out the wets. While we were on the …