Thursday, December 15, 2016

Through their eyes - Buenos Aires

More Argentina... This time fabulous Buenos Aires

Taking a walk in utterly fascinating and super fun Mercado de San Telmo... The people watching here cannot be beat... We loved going through all the stalls and hunting for little treasures. We snacked our way through it too (Let me tell you, it was quite of bit of snacking, it is quite long).








Batucada!
One of our many stops... This Choripan stand was the Bomb

Taking a stroll from Plaza de Mayo toward la Casa Rosada and witnessing the change of the guard - La Casa Rosada is usually fenced off to the public but for some reason, it was open on this day... Beautiful square and the change of the guard was great to watch




Visiting Cemetery La Recoleta - Totally random sighting: I saw this guy there (he is even better looking in person...) Yes, I will tell all those that are willing to listen...





Paying our respect to Argentina's favorite daughter: Evita Peron

Strolling super fun and colorful, El Caminito... We bargain-shopped there too. So excited about my find!








Taking the Buenos Aires tourist bus... Beautiful sites all around
Ministry of Health
Gorgeous Teatro Colon - We attended a concert here. It was lovely!

Beautiful street art everywhere
Famous Avenida 9 de Julio and the Obelisk - The widest avenue in the world
El Ateneo - Would you look at this library? Simply gorgeous

A fun treat from our friend Maria... And a great experience we will not soon forget... Simply amazing... Fuerza Bruta (Centro Cultural Recoleta)







Ok, let's talk about the food, it was incredible... Our friend Maria (and her mom) spoiled us rotten with all of our favorites: Empanadas, medialunas, choripan, parrillas, fresh pastas, ice creams (oh my God the ice cream was amazing!!!). We took breaks for cafe and alfajores (the maizena ones were my favorite) everytime we could. We especially loved Cafe Tortoni... An institution in Buenos Aires
I'm telling you... Our dearest friend rolled out the red carpet for us... We had the best time anybody can ask for. Thank you Maria!!!! I hope you can make it to visit us this year.

I can't wait to go back to Argentina, though. So many places to visit there. Good time to be had everywhere you go... Let the wonderlusting begin.

This wraps up our last adventure of the year 2016. Could not imagine a better way to end the year? I think not.

Want to see where else we went this year?

Peru (here and here)
Portugal and a little bit of Istanbul (here and here)
Canada

Also:
Pictures from the first leg of our trip, Patagonia here.
All of our travel pictures here
Follow our day to day family adventures right here

Monday, December 5, 2016

Through their Eyes - Patagonia

Argentina has been on my wish list for quite some time and since my friend Maria moved down there, I had to make it possible... It only took us 4 years... The main reason was because the prices were really high but finally the stars alined and I was able to find reasonably priced tickets. Now, never mind that we had to go via Miami (nightmarish, I hate that airport) and Santiago (super easy) or Lima on the way back (too long of a lay over)... But for the sake of a cheap ticket... I am willing to do anything.

To decide where to go in Argentina was my next issue. There are tons of things to do there and the country is so large... you have to allow a lot of time for a  flight anywhere. Patagonia was always a strong contender (ever since Maria showed me pictures of her trip to Perito Moreno, I wanted to go). So, we decided that is where we had to go and, like you could imagine it was a fantastic experience, just breathtaking, I let the pictures do the talking...

Visiting bird sanctuary of Laguna Nimez, El Calafate





Being awestruck by the marvels of Perito Moreno Glacier, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Calafate


Walking the pasarellas for a close up look at the Glacier - Experiencing the cracking of the ice was so exciting



Going on an ice trekking expeditions  (I totally recommend it!!!)
Look at the view from this picnic spot! Cannot be beat





Los Peritos Sands!

Spending 3 fabulous days in gorgeous El Chalten - We totally lucked out on the weather - Patagonia's weather is notorious for being windy and unpredictable... We had great weather and very little wind... can you say lucky?

Look at this mountain range... Inspiration for the logo of the famous brand also named Patagonia





Our little cabana in El Chalten

Hiking incredibly demanding Laguna de los Tres (via El pilar)


Glacier Piedras Blanca

We arrived at our destination, well worth the hike

Distance: from El Pilar to Laguna de los tres and back to El Chalten via Laguna Capri is 20 kms - 12.4 miles

More gorgeous views during the hike


Laguna Capri

Hiking to Laguna Torre

Mirador Cascada Margarita

An easy hike (mostly flat) but after the hike to Laguna de los tres, my knees were really complaining

Taking a break to refill our bottles with glacier water


Our destination! Laguna Torre


Distance to Laguna Torre and back: 10 Kms - 6.2 miles

Visiting el Chorillo del Salto

Hiking Mirador de los Condores to spot, you guessed it, many condors... Oh my god, so cool!!!

I got a picture!!!! Can you believe it?

Distance to Mirador de los Condores and back: 4 Kms - 2.4 Miles

Other animals spotted... Guanacos (lots of them)


Gorgeous right? Ah, I miss it so much... This part of Argentina will always have a special place in my heart... I absolutely loved it there

I have more to share... We spent the rest of our time in Argentina in Buenos Aires, Ah... What a cool town that is. More to come.

Pictures from all of our travels here
For more South American pictures, go here and here too see pictures from our trip to Peru earlier in the year.
And to see even more family adventures? Go here