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The last post

The last post

Sunrise on the last day: our final camping weekend was spent by the Rio Lujan, Tigre delta, Buenos Aires province. Buenos Aires, Argentina [by Paula] This might not be the first time you’ve heard a journalist say this, but the headline on this story – well, it’s...
Speedy Gonzales

Speedy Gonzales

Doorway in colonial Paraty, Brazil. Buenos Aires, Argentina [by Paula] In a battle between one small rodent and two reasonably intelligent human beings, you’d like to think the superior species would easily prevail. What chance has one teeny mouse got of evading...
Back to basics in Brazil

Back to basics in Brazil

Getting our culture on: Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Tandil, Buenos Aires province, Argentina [by Paula] As we arrived in Brazil we were entering the last new country of the trip. By now we were surely hardened, weathered old...
And now, the end is near

And now, the end is near

Van for sale, sunset not included   Guarapari, Espirito Santo, Brazil [by Paula] After 88,000kms, 18 countries and more than 1,500 days on the road, we’ve decided that now is the right time to bring this Latin American adventure to an end and return to...
Going with the flow

Going with the flow

Down by the riverside: Capybaras bathing in a stream, Parque Nacional El Palmar, Entre Rios, Argentina. Caraiva, Bahia, Brazil [by Paula] As we traversed Argentina for the fifth time in just over a year, it felt like a lot of the things we were seeing and doing were...
Mooning around

Mooning around

Blood moon, Parque Provincial Ischigualasto, San Juan, Argentina. Alta Gracia, Córdoba, Argentina [by Paula] In our previous life, if I read or heard talk of the kind of travelling that was of the fluid, go-where-the-road-takes-you variety, it always smelled faintly...
Wood-stock

Wood-stock

We walk to the river with the dogs every morning. Salto de las Rosas, San Rafael, Argentina [by Paula] If I had to select one word to sum up our time so far in San Rafael, it would be ‘wood’. Cutting, felling, chain-sawing, gathering, dragging, rolling, splitting,...
Horsing around

Horsing around

Riding in to a glistening mountain lake was the highlight of our Chilean horse trek with Lot. Salto de las Rosas, San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina [by Jeremy] We haven’t seen another soul all day. The mountains reflect as if the lake were a shimmering sheet of...
Hell of a hike

Hell of a hike

Steep scramble to the lake at glacier at Hielo Azul, near El Bolson, Argentina. San Rafael, Argentina / Kent, UK [by Paula] Occasionally, I may be prone to over-stating things – just a little. So when we woke up in what should have been a peaceful mountain...
In pursuit of penguins

In pursuit of penguins

  Bariloche, Argentina [by Paula] If, like us, you’ve got a bit of a thing for penguins you’ll probably enjoy this blog post. If you’re not that bothered about penguins, well, you are clearly dead inside. Not enjoying this blog post is, therefore, the least of...
Because I’m worth it

Because I’m worth it

Picnic stop with a view – Lago Nordernskjold, Torres del Paine national park, Chile. Esquel, Patagonia, Argentina [by Jeremy] Well, we’re here now. I suppose we better go and see what all the fuss is about. There are some places that are so hyped, so...
Land of fire

Land of fire

Tierra del Fuego is both harsh and beautifully desolate. El Calafate, Argentina [by Paula] When European explorers reached ‘the end of the world’ at Tierra del Fuego in the 1500s, they called it the ‘land of fire’ because they could see...
Ice, ice baby

Ice, ice baby

Perito Moreno glaciar, Argentina Punta Arenas, Chile [by Paula] It would be fair to say that Christmas Day 2014 did not begin with a cheery festive smile. Anyone that knows me will be aware that without an early morning cup of tea, I am a non-functioning mess of a...
Charming Chiloé

Charming Chiloé

A penguin tries really hard to get everyone’s attention, Parque Ahuenco, Chiloé Ushuaia, Argentina [by Paula] Last week we blogged ‘live’ from our arrival in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. But there’s still some catching up to do about the places...
End of the road?

End of the road?

14 Jan 2015: Only about a year ‘late’ – not too shabby! Ushuaia, Argentina [by Paula] We did it. After 1,199 days, with 17 countries visited and 41,657 miles (66,651km) travelled, at lunchtime yesterday we rolled into the southern-most city in the...
Return to Chile

Return to Chile

El Calafate, Argentina [by Paula] It was more than a year since we’d last been in Chile, and what a year it had been. The country is ridiculously long and skinny. But not only did the northern Atacama desert seem like a million miles away in physical terms, mentally...
Snow joke

Snow joke

Cucao, Chiloé, Chile [by Paula] I like to think that one of the few positives of being away from the family is that my parents have taken some trips to Latin America that they might not otherwise have embarked upon. Each year they can escape those harsh Scottish...
If you’re tired of Buenos Aires, try harder

If you’re tired of Buenos Aires, try harder

More wine? Villa La Angostura, Argentina [by Paula] We arrived in Buenos Aires on an overnight ferry, bleary-eyed and begging for more sleep, and things pretty much continued that way until we left a month later. BA is the kind of city that you gorge on until you feel...
Argentina’s dirty past

Argentina’s dirty past

Buenos Aires [by Jeremy] “And this is where they brought the trucks in and loaded the tortured, bloody bodies on board before driving them to the airport, flying them out over the Rio Plata and throwing them in to the sea. Around 5000 people passed through here, only...