Cueva de las Manos: High Five Argentina

Patagonia has been inhabited for thousands of years. The last indigenous inhabitants were the Tehuelche people, most of whom have been killed in Argentina’s Campaña del Desierto (Desert Campaign) between 1787 and 1880. The native people left traces in form of tools and rock paintings. Some of the finest paintings – in all of South America…

El Calafate: Sun & Ice Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

El Calafate is not far from Puerto Natales in Chile but the bus ride takes about 5 hours, of which you spend around two at the border crossings. Though not much more northerly, El Calafate is much warmer. The town is beautifully locates at the coast of Lago Argentina, with views of a lagoon with…

El Chaltén: The Better Torre(s) Patagonia, Argentina

A few days after Torres del Paine we went to the small village of El Chaltén in Argentina, located in the northern sector of Los Glaciares National Park. We only had half a day there (our bus left in the evening) but nevertheless decided on doing a short hike. Planning a hike At the park…

Torres del Paine: On the Beaten Track

It’s a must when you’re in Chilean Patagonia: Torres del Paine National Park. The famous torres, three vertical rock pillars, each over 2800 meters high, can actually be seen when driving to the park but climbing up to the lookout point and being as close as (I guess) possible to those towers is something else….

On the Road to Tierra del Fuego

From Río Gallegos to the Chilean border it’s only a one hour drive. Passing the border, however, takes a little longer. Formalities are actually straight forward, you just can’t bring any fruits or vegetables or animal products to Chile. Cookies are no problem (good – our breakfast, lunch and dinner is save). An elderly Argentinan…

Stuck in Río Gallegos

Due to some bad planning and a lot of things being closed on Christmas, from Puerto Madryn we went directly to Río Gallegos from where a few days later we’d take the bus to Ushuaia. Río Gallegos is a small town (albeit the capital of Santa Cruz province) that doesn’t hold a lot of attractions…

Endless Patagonia

Patagonia seems endless. The distances here are huge and you spend hours and hours and hours in buses driving through the Patagonian steppe and the landscape doesn’t really change. I never thought that was possible. Apart from trucks and buses there isn’t a lot of traffic on the roads and every town and occasional gas station…

Península Valdés and Punta Tombo

Back in Argentina, we went from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn where we rented a car for two days. After some stormy and cloudy days, the weather was finally perfect and we headed for Península Valdés, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Shortly after arriving on the peninsula, close to the village of Puerto Pirámides, we…