Antartica Amazing Landscapes


There is a phrase we all know: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. These last few weeks are filled with moments I will not forget, they took my breath away. You did not want to go to bed because you didn’t want to miss a moment…

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Ushuaia, Terra Del Fuego, Cape Horn, and Drake Passage


We cruised to the southernmost town on the South American continent and last outpost before Antarctica, Ushuaia has earned the name el Fin del Mundo. Ushuaia is, quite literally, the end of the road. Located off the tip of the South American continent in the archipelago called Tierra del Fuego, it’s considered the southernmost city in the world. its location…

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The Chilean Fjords, Glacier Alley


The Chilean fjords’ snow-capped volcanoes and spectacular frosty glaciers are certainly dramatic highlights — During this part is of the cruise, we were out on deck with binoculars and camera in hand to watch the Captain expertly maneuver through the slalom course of islands and channel markers, dodge brash sea ice and bits of ice bergs as we pass by…

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The Chilean Coastline


We embarked on our 22 day South America and Antartica cruise on December 20, two months after we began our South American land journey. Our departure port, Valipariso, was one of the most intriguing and distinctive cities in Chile. Its most striking feature is the array of houses – a mad, colorful tangle of them tumbling down the hills to…

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Wine tasting in Casablanca, Chile


Wine tasting is one of our favorite past times during this trip. Although difficult, we have come up with our favorite wines. Unfortunately, some are not exported to the US. An area to the northeast of Santiago is a region of many fruit and vegetable farms. Further to the east and closer to the Pacific Ocean is the town of…

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Cat-walking Moreno Glacier


The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that is growing. The reason remains debated by glaciologists. The Perito Moreno Glacier is 3 miles wide, 19 miles in length, and is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice and has an average height of 240 ft above the surface of the water. It has…

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Glacier National Park (Argentina)


We are in Patagonia with glaciers and snow covered mountain peaks. The Argentinian Glacier National Park has lots and lots of glaciers! We needed to decide between the largest glacier, the tallest glacier, the closest glacier, whew, so many choices! Well we picked the one closest to Fitz Roy massif. Fitzroy massif is the heart of the trekking experience, and…

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Chile wine country by Bicycle


Traveling on bikes must be one of our favorite things to do. If you add a winery or three, in another country, we are talking about the perfect day. It was a perfect day . . . The tour started with breakfast empanadas and scrambled eggs, then a 7 mile bike ride on thru the Santa Rita vineyard (which included…

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Bolivia final farewell – La Paz


It was nice to return to La Paz. Our regular driver picked us up from the airport and took us back to our home away from home, the Rendezvous. Zach the owner of this B&B Hotel, is from Boston and always makes feel like we are home. This time, our goal was to see the sights of La Paz and…

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Tiahuanaco


In the centuries before the Incan rose to stature, there was the Tiahuanaco society. Located in western Bolivia, at the shores of Lake Titicaca, this ancient civilization created monuments to the heavens, the earth and the underworld. As the oldest and most advanced people, it developed advances in metallurgy, farming, and art. Tiahuanaco had a class system…. Aymaran were farmers,…

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Isla del Sol, Bolivia


Isla del Sol (“Island of the Sun”) is the largest island on Lake Titicaca, and part of Bolivian territory and an ancient holy site of the Inca. Inca legend says that the bearded god who created the universe, emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca and created the sun at this location. Lake Titicaca is split between Bolivia and Peru,…

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Northern Argentina Bodegas


Cafayate has a laid-back rhythm, colonial style, and wine cellars (bodegas) open to the public and is what attracted us to this town located in northern Argentina. Located at 1,660 m above sea level, Cafayate is well known because of its famous torrontes wine product of the exquisite combination of temperature and humidity that provides the ideal environment to the…

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The Estancia el Bordo de Las Lanzas


We really like Argentina! Staying at an Estancia (horse ranch), reminded David of his youth where his family vacationed at the Malibu Dude Ranch. Riding Peruvian horses, led by a true Argentine gaucho, was really a treat. The horses were so well mannered and easy to ride. One of the 10 children is a vet (he lives there part time)…

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Salta – hello Argentina


Salta is a fair-sized city, we really liked it a lot. Our hotel was centrally located, and the room was huge. The roads were paved, everything was clean, and people were friendly. Most days we walked around town, thru parks, in and out of museums and always to a steak dinner. We extended our stay. We saw churches, got our…

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Tupiza, Bolivia – Farewell Bolivia


Tupiza represents the gateway for the southern portion of the popular tourist trek in SW Bolivia. The road between Uyuni and Tupiza is not paved and very rough. The reason is, it passes over the mountain and rains and bad weather creates a rutted, washboard, dusty mess. So we took the train, a superior option. The train departed Uyuni at…

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Uyuni Bolivia Salt Flats


Almost all reviews of the 4 day Salt Flat tours have two things in common: the scenery is amazing and the nights are freezing cold in the desert. The tour companies built dorms in the desert to house their guests . . . . One room for each tour group, given 4-6 guests per car there are 6 beds in…

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Potosi – A Rich Mountain and Day of the Dead


Potosí is a city and the capital of the department of Potosí in Bolivia. It is one of the highest cities in the world by elevation at a nominal 4,090 metres (13,420 ft).  For centuries, it was the location of the Spanish colonial mint. Potosi, the mountain town, is why the Spanish invaded Bolivia. The Spanish were looking for riches,…

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Sucre, Bolivia


We only passed thru La Paz (plans are to return for a Thanksgiving) and moved onto the historical capital of Sucre. In colonial days, the very wealthy, very educated people lived in Sucre instead of La Paz because Sucre is at a lower elevation (9400′) and much sunnier and warmer. It has palm trees! It was wonderful to meander in…

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Santiago, Chile


We found Victor on the Internet and I am so glad we did. In a building across from Santa Lucia park, in downtown Santiago, Victor owns/lets 8 apartments. There are amazing views from our balcony! He has allowed us to book for our different intervals and more importantly, maintain a duffel in the building when we are gone. That duffel…

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The South America Adventure, an overview


For us the best way to offset the high cost of airfare is to put together several trips. Using Santiago as a hub, we are touring Bolivia, Northern Argentina, and northern Chile as a circuit. The Bolivia side of Lake Titicaca, the great salt flats and the wine country will take us a month to move through. Leaving from Santiago…

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The Transition – 2015


Of course, given the opportunity, we would be in kayak or bike, or visiting someplace new. “We can update the blog at night” but night time would find us asleep in our chairs or too tired to think much. We were headed to the big Keystone Montana rally in Goshen, Indiana when Megan joined us on our journeys as an…

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