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Argentina Part 1

posted by Kevin and Mandy

sunny 80 °F

We took a red eye flight from Panama City to Buenos Aires to meet up with our friends, Katie and Ryan Yurcich. We were excited to see some familiar faces and a new part of the world. Katie and Ryan found a nice apartment near the center of the city, complete with a courtyard and traditional Argentinian parilla (grill).
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We spend our time walking the city streets, exploring the different neighborhoods,
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eating tons of steak, drinking amazing wine
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and enjoying the porteno way of life, complete with siestas. A highlight included going to a tango show in historic San Telmo.
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We both loved Buenos Aires and are hoping to be living there sometime in our lives.

After six enjoyable days in BA, we all flew south to El Calafate, Argentina to start exploring the Patagionia region. We spent one full day visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier, which is one of the last advancing glaciers in the world.
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Our tour included a boat ride in front of the south face and hiking on the glacier with cramp-ons. Everyone was amazed not only by the magnificent sight of the enormous glacier, but also the loud cracking sounds it made. The next day we hopped on a bus and headed 2 hours northwest to El Chalten, Argentina to visit Glacier National Park and the famous Fitz Roy mountain. We stayed in a rustic "refugio" in town and hiked our butts off!
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We spent one very windy night in the park, at the base of Fitz Roy and tested the limits of our new tents. We heard from all locals that we were very lucky, as the weather was in our favor throughout our entire stay. We were able to see the top of Fitz Roy two days in a row, which is extremely rare. After four enjoyable and exhausting days, we headed back to El Calafate to have one more epic dinner with Ryan and Katie before they headed back to California. We were thankful that they made the effort to come down and meet up with us and we were very sad to see them go!

Posted by rd2nowhere 07:58 Archived in Argentina

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