World Travel Tales

Patagonia, Argentina

Mount Fitz Roy

Mount Fitz Roy is in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field in Patagonia, on Argentina/Chile border.

These mountains and the surrounding ice field make their own weather system so it's often difficult to catch them on a clear day. When I started hiking in the morning the forecast looked really promising, but before I arrived at the viewpoint the clouds had closed in. However, I managed to see the forlorn walls of Fitz Roy poking out from a thin spot in the clouds and managed to snap a few photos before it closed up again. The following day, as luck would have it, was crystal clear and I had terrific views from the bus as I was heading South from El Calafate.

Location: Patagonia, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/500 sec at f/5.6.

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Santa Cruz, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier

I hitch-hiked here from El Calafate, where I was staying in a small hostel for a few days. Once I had walked to the main road from town it didn't take me long to get a ride. A few locals passed by and indicated that they were turning off shortly up the road so they couldn't stop for me - it seemed as though people actually wanted to pick you up here. A short time later, two young women from Belgium in a rental car picked me up. We toured around Glaciers National Park together, and since we seemed to be on a similar itinerary for the day, they invited me to tag along for the return trip to El Calafate, too.

The park is located in the Argentinian Patagonia range in the Andes Mountains, Perito Moreno is a 250 km2 glacier that is over 30 kilometers in length. It's part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and is one of the very few glaciers in the world that is currently increasing is size.

It's difficult to tell from just a photo, but the tongue of ice that rises above the surface of Argentino Lake averages 74 meters in thickness.

Location: Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Santa Cruz, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/125 sec at f/10.

Lago Perito Moreno, Río Negro, Argentina

Cottage Country

This is ideal cottage country with beautiful scenery and year-round activities to keep you healthy and happy. It doesn't get any better than this.

Location: Lago Perito Moreno, Río Negro, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/15 sec at f/8.

San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina

LLao LLao Hotel & Resort

I'm not in the business for marketing hotels, but this five star hotel and resort is incredible.

I was recommended to visit the Llao Llao for their breakfast buffet. It was a huge splurge for a budget traveller like myself, but I talked myself into it. When I arrived I was immediately blown away by the beauty of the surroundings, and after a few minutes gazing around, I headed inside for breakfast.

If I was paying top dollar for a breakfast buffet, I was going to get every last peso of value from it. Therefore, the details here are a little unclear to me since I ate myself into a stupor. All I remember is eating dessert after dessert, each seemingly better than the last, until I was so full I couldn't pallet even one wafer thin mint.

I spent the next few hours wandering around the hotel and the nearby lakes and cottages. In the end, it was worth every peso spent.

Location: San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/50 sec at f/5.

San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche

Often referred to simply as Bariloche, this beautiful town lies on the shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.

It's hard to imagine a more stunning location for a little town. There is year-round activity here, with great skiing and winter sports during the cold months and hiking, biking, sailing and other water sports for the warm weather months, it's no secret why this town is so busy with tourism and is home to more than a few ex-pats seeking paradise.

Location: San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/160 sec at f/5.6.

Mendoza, Argentina

Vineyards of Mendoza

This popular wine producing region lies along side the Andes Mountains, and the lush green vineyards against the mountainous backdrop look simply amazing.

On a sunny day, we rented bicycles for a self-guided tour of the local vineyards. We grabbed a little photocopied map from our hostel and took off for a fun day of exploring the valley and drinking good wine.

Location: Mendoza, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/80 sec at f/18.

Mendoza, Argentina

Wine Tasting Room

Wine tasting tours are popular in Argentina's wine making regions. The wineries invite you in for a tour of their vineyards and production facilities, and then you can sit and relax as they serve you a glass or two of their favourite wines. This is the wine tasting room in the cellar of Gimenenz Riili, a small family owned winery in the heart of Argentina wine country.

Location: Mendoza, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/60 sec at f/3.5.

Near Cerro Aconcagua, Argentina

Colourful Mountains

An example of the incredible colours you see in the mountains of Argentina.

Location: Near Cerro Aconcagua, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/100 sec at f/5.

Purmamarca, Jujuy, Argentina

Hill of Seven Colours

This dusty little town in Northern Argentina is home of some seriously colourful hills. These colours are present in many of the mountains in Argentina, but the Hill of Seven Colours is a dramatic display since they're so close to each other.

The colours are a result of how various minerals in the rock oxidize differently.

Location: Purmamarca, Jujuy, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/100 sec at f/5.

Iguazú Falls, Misiones, Argentina

Iguazú Falls

Puerto Iguazú, which is the Argentine gateway town to Iguazú Falls, lies at the border between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

The river marks the border between two countries and the impressive Iguazú Falls is split down the middle between Argentina and Brazil. I visited the Argentine side, which has boardwalk access to "La Garganta del Diablo" - The Devil's Throat. When standing on the platform looking into the Devil's throat it's easy to get vertigo since water is falling all around you. It's absolutely mesmerizing and fascinating to witness the raw power of this much water.

This photo is not of the Devil's throat though, but another spot in the vast area that is Iguazú Falls.

Location: Iguazú Falls, Misiones, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/200 sec at f/7.1.

Salta, Argentina

Salinas Grandes - The Great Salt Flats of Argentina

This salt carver sits in the harsh sun of these high elevation salt flats. Despite the nearly 40°C heat, he's covered head to toe to prevent his skin from frying to a crisp. His motorcycle is also covered to prevent the paint from peeling and the rubber from cracking.

Location: Salta, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/125 sec at f/4.5.

Aconcagua region, Argentina

Trekking to Confluencia

From the entrance to Cerro Aconcagua National Park, you hike up the Horcones river valley to a low camp at Confluencia, and then onward to Plaza de Mulas, where many climbers set up a more permanent base to acclimatize for summiting Mt. Aconcagua.

The mountains in this area are the most colourful mountains I have seen in all of my travels. The many different minerals in the rock oxidize into stunning rust reds, gun-metal blues, and sulphur greens. Add in the clear blue sky, mossy green vegetation, and muddy red water, and it's a stunning palette for the eyes.

I met the two Spanish climbers in this photo while spending the night at Confluencia. We did an acclimatization hike to Plaza Francia together before heading up to Plaza de Mulas. They eventually climbed Aconcagua, but sadly I wasn't geared up for climbing.

Location: Aconcagua region, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/125 sec at f/.6.

Ushuaia, Argentina

Smoke Break

This street busker in Ushuaia was breaking down some mean accordion and needed a little smoke break.

After hanging out in Argentina for a while, I realize that most of the world is in desperate need of more accordion players.

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/125 sec at f/8.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dancing in the Streets

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 320, 1/80 sec at f/6.3.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

An Intimate Dance

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 320, 1/60 sec at f/8.0.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tango in La Boca

When you think of Argentina, tango should cross your mind. And in Buenos Aires, La Boca is the place where tango in the streets is a way of life.

Busy restaurants have tables out in the streets and a local guitarist and accordion player will break out some tunes while a couple will dance tango.

The dancers shown here are Pelin and Ronaldo.

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Camera: Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 320, 1/100 sec at f/3.5-5.6.