Category: Argentina

Punta Arenas is the world’s southernmost city with more than 100,000 inhabitants. Established in 1848 as a tiny penal colony, it was a modest harbour that served ships crossing between the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. Before the opening of the Panama Canal (1914) the Strait of Magellan, along which Punta Arenas is located, was the easiest way to cross between the Oceans. A gold rush in the late 19th century let the city grow and a bit later the sheep farming boom on the Patagonian steppe brought prosperity. Several mansions in town are reminders of that era. […]

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I have run out of cash. Argentinian cash to be precise, I have enough US-dollars but no pesos. I had enough to buy my bus ticket but now my wallet is empty. I have just come back from Brazil and failed to change on the black market. I have found the lady at the bus station who I was directed to but she had run out of cash herself. I am ready to forgo my black-market advantage but there is no ATM. […]

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Most South American Countries have good, friendly relationships and usually it is no trouble crossing any borders. Nowhere is this more evident as in the area around the Iguaçu/Iguazú falls which is located where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet. Paraguay got-short changed as the beautiful waterfalls, one of the highlights of South America, are close to Paraguay but straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil. Paraguay has the Salto del Monday, which is a beautiful waterfall in its own right but pales in comparison at the Iguaçu/Iguazú falls. The area has more to offer than just the falls. […]

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As I cross the border I am struck by the sign “Welcome to La Quiaca – Ushuaia 5121 km”. Argentina is big. La Quiaca is in the far north and Ushuaia the southernmost city on planet earth. I have a long way to go! With your own car you could actually follow Ruta Nacional 40 for most of the way. I’m in Salta and it is around seven in the evening when I start to get hungry. I ask the guy at reception for a recommendation and his first question is “Now?”. […]

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