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We are driving from Mexico to Argentina in our VW Eurovan, which we bought in the US in 2011. We are both journalists from the UK – we’ve been working a little on the road, and we have no plans for what will happen at the end of this trip, in 2014. We’ve been broken, stranded, stuck and lost, and so far had the time of our lives.

Trip Start: Trip End: 2014-12-31 .

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River mornings

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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’.…
Lake trek moment

Horsing around

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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…
Hiking to Hielo Azul glacier

Hell of a hike

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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…
Rockhopper penguin

In pursuit of penguins

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  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…
Picnic stop with a view

Because I’m worth it

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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…
Beware of guanacos, Tierra del Fuego

Land of fire

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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…
Perito Moreno glaciar, Argentina

Ice, ice baby

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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…
A penguin tries really hard to get everyone

Charming Chiloé

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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…
Arriving in Ushuaia!

End of the road?

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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…
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Return to Chile

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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…
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Snow joke

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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.…
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Argentina’s dirty past

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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…
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The road to Buenos Aires

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Uruguay has lots of lovely vintage cars. Buenos Aires, Argentina [by Paula] The urge to just get ‘there’ – wherever there may be – is not something with which the slow traveller is familiar. Whilst most of us have goals…
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Water, water everywhere

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Worth a detour: Iguazu Falls (Brazil) Buenos Aires, Argentina [by Paula] We Brits are sticklers for punctuality. So it seemed a trifle rude to turn up to our friends’ house in Buenos Aires, more than a year late. “Sorry about…
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Argentina, we meet at last

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It’s all a bit lovely in northern Argentina. Purmamarca, Jujuy. San Ignacio Guasú, Paraguay [by Paula] The arid deserty landscapes of northern Argentina notwithstanding, the country is proving to be something of an oasis. With a few small exceptions, we’ve…
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On a mission

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Salta, Argentina [by Paula] Given how unbelievably sweaty, dusty and thirsty we were, it was hard to imagine how it must have been for the 17th-century Jesuit priests who had to trek here from Paraguay. I mean, I don’t think…
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Home from home

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By Jeremy Put a few travellers in a room, add a beer, rum or vino to the equation and talk always turn to it. Could you live here? Everyone has had the feeling at some time or another, be it…
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Ramble in the jungle

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We got an incredible view of flying macaws, from a cliff-top above their nesting site. La Paz, Bolivia [by Paula] There are so very many bitey stingy things in the jungle, but it was the ants that really messed with…
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Road days of our lives

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La Paz, Bolivia [by Paula] We often berate ourselves for forgetting to properly record one of the most significant parts of this trip – those days on the road that, periodically, take so much of our time and energy. We’re…
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Inca-redible

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Cusco was starting its June festivities when we were there. La Paz, Bolivia [by Paula] We’re going to make this a mostly photo-dominated post. And not just because we are lazy and really far behind with the blog – good…
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Over the top

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The view as you come over the top of the Punta Union Pass, Cordillera Blanca, Peru, is more than enough reward for the climb. Cusco, Peru [by Paula] There was a time in our lives when we thought we were…
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Life’s a beach

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We did a lot of this. Huanchaco, Peru [by Paula] I’d like to say that the month we’ve just spent at the beach in northern Peru was a necessary pit-stop, a chance to get fit by jogging daily, perhaps, or…
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A transmission tragedy – abridged

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by Paula You might have wondered how a broken van could possibly take 11 months to repair. We’ve frequently pondered that too. Now that we’re happily on our way again, lazing on a sun-kissed Peruvian beach, let’s have a little…

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