November 29, 2020

Home again in Singapore

Ray and I are back in Singapore filled with memories and jet lag. We were in airports and airplanes for the last 43 hours. Enough of that for awhile… Our Patagonia trip was exciting, educational, and fulfilling. We saw volcanoes, glaciers, and mating guanacos. We drank mate (Yerba Mate) like the locals, ate Argentinian beef and lamb, and met new traveling friends. We were as South in South America as you can go. Punta Arenas was one of our brief stops and is the last large city in Argentina however we did get to fly even more South into the …

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Trip to Patagonia – Jan 4-5, 2015 – Fly to Buenos Aires; Tour Parana Delta; Return to Singapore

– from the Itinerary: Jan 4 – We depart Calafate for the airport after breakfast today, boarding our flight north to rejoin the porteños in Buenos Aires. Once there, we’ll check into our hotel and have the day at leisure to absorb more of the culture, architecture, and character of this memorable port city before gathering for a night of reminiscing with fellow travelers over a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. Jan 5 – After breakfast, we spend this morning touring the area where the Parana River empties into the Rio de la Plata on its way into the …

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Trip to Patagonia – Jan 3, 2015 – Explore Los Glaciares National Park

– from the Itinerary: Today, we embark upon a full-day excursion to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Los Glaciares is the second-largest national park in Argentina, and comprises more than 1,700 square miles and nearly 50 large glaciers. These glaciers are fed by a giant ice cap (the largest continental ice extension after Antarctica) that begins in the Andes and occupies well over a third of the park’s total area. During our explorations, we’ll discover the wondrous Perito Moreno Glacier, a pristine marvel towering nearly 200 feet above Lake Argentino. It is named after Francisco Moreno, …

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Trip to Patagonia – Jan 2, 2015 – Overland to El Calafate, Argentina

– from the Itinerary: After breakfast, we depart Torres del Paine National Park and cross the Andes once again as we transfer by coach to El Calafate, a town in Argentina that serves as the gateway to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. For 65 million years, the land here evolved from chaotic volcanic eruption and massive glaciers, creating a jagged landscape of interconnected fjords, channels, and mountainside  glacial lakes. We’ll enjoy another chance to view the scenery and wildlife of the Patagonian steppe during our drive and make a stop for lunch en route. This evening we arrive at our hotel …

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Trip to Patagonia – Dec 26, 2014 – Overland to Puerto Varas, Chile

– from the Itinerary After breakfast today, we’ll bid farewell to Bariloche, board our motorcoach, and travel to Chile. We’ll stop for lunch en route. We’ll arrive at our hotel in Puerto Varas in the late afternoon and take a short orientation walk. This evening, dinner is on your own. And now we take a long bus ride across the Andes to Puerto Varas in Chile for the next 2 nights. We drove through the Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. This entire area is covered in ash from the eruption of the Puyehue Volcano in 2011. When we cross into Chile, …

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Trip to Patagonia – Dec 25, 2014 – Explore Bariloche; Campanario Hill; Craft Brewery Visit; Brazo Tristeza Hike

– from the Itinerary: This morning we explore Bariloche, starting with a guided tour of the city before venturing out into the surrounding countryside. At Campanario Hill, we’ll enjoy a chairlift ride up this picturesque peak, climbing high above the tree line for a panoramic view of Patagonia’s striking scenery. We’ll take in the beautiful collage of deep green foliage and snowcapped mountains mirrored in the region’s azure lakes. We’ll continue to Brazo Tristeza, an arm of Lake Nahuel Huapi, where we’ll hike amid lake and forest scenery.Later, we’ll witness how Bariloche’s land and culture come together when we see …

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Trip to Paragonia – Dec 24, 2014 – Mapuche Discussion; Limay River Float; Visit Patagonian Family

– from the Itinerary: This morning, we’ll experience an older side of Patagonia during a discussion with a member of the Mapuche, an indigenous, agricultural people native to southern Chile and Argentina. We’ll learn about their struggle for survival and their current relationship with the government. Then you can join our optional excursion to the Limay River, where you’ll experience the natural splendor of northern Patagonia from a different point of view by floating along Bariloche’s most scenic river. Flowing from Lake Nahuel Huapi, the tranquil Limay River provides our small group with a perfect path along which to capture …

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Trip to Patagonia – Dec 23, 2014 – Fly to Bariloche

– from our Itinerary: Today, we trade man-made skyscrapers for a natural skyline as we depart Buenos Aires after breakfast for our flight to Bariloche, during which we can gaze out the windows at the frosted peaks that surround this lakeside city nestled in the foothills of the Andes. Set along the banks of the 40-mile-long Lake Nahuel Huapi, San Carlos de Bariloche—as the city is more formally known—is the gateway to Patagonia’s Lake District, and has a distinctly alpine flavor indicative of its strong Central European influence. This is most apparent in the wood and stone architecture of the …

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Trip to Patagonia – Dec 22, 2014 – Explore Buenos Aires

– from our Itinerary: This morning, we discover the rich history of Buenos Aires—an epic tale of birth and rebirth, protests and passions, suffering and triumph set against the placid landscape of the Rio de la Plata—from a local perspective, as we explore it barrio (neighborhood) by barrio during today’s excursion. Startling contrasts await us as we experience the bustle of the city’s cultural center. We begin with Plaza de Mayo—site of Argentina’s answer to the White House, the Casa Rosada, and the heart of Buenos Aires’ political life. From there, we wander the wide boulevards of Avenida 9 de …

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Trip to Patagonia – Dec 21, 2014 – Buenos Aires, Argentina

– from our Itinerary: We arrive in the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina this morning, where we’ll check in to our hotel, meet the other travelers and join our resident expert Trip Leader. We’ll slip into the swirl of activity that fills the surrounding streets, joining the flurry of pedestrian traffic, business workers, and fashionistas as we get to know our surroundings during an orientation walk. As we stroll the heart of Buenos Aires, we’ll catch a glimpse of the endless options and activities available to us during our stay: sidewalk cafés ideal for people-watching over cortado (coffee with milk) and …

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