El Calafate: National Capital of the [Selfie] Glaciers

The self-proclaimed “National Capital of the Glaciers”, El Calafate is kind of a one trick pony town. Everybody comes here to see one thing and that is the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few advancing glaciers in the world. And we did not see it. El Calafate which is located at the Southern edge… Continue reading El Calafate: National Capital of the [Selfie] Glaciers

Cerro Torre: Towering Above the Clouds

We were standing at the mirador watching the clouds play hide and seek with the jagged peaks of Cerro Torre. Clouds had come in overnight, shrouding the mountains in a bluish gray pallor, limiting our views of the three granite spires. Fortunately the clouds were at the level of the higher peaks and made for… Continue reading Cerro Torre: Towering Above the Clouds

Fitz Roy, Up Close

Taking the Ranger’s advice, we were hiking Laguna de Los Tres trail to the base of Fitz Roy today. With our day of “rest” behind us we just hoped our bodies were recovered enough to hike the 13 miles to Fitz Roy and back. Instead of starting at the trail head from town and doubling back, we… Continue reading Fitz Roy, Up Close

El Chalten: Gliking in Patagonia-Argentina

Call us masochists. Instead of sleeping in and resting our tired old bodies, we were on a 7 am bus on our way to El Chalten, Argentina, to spend 3 days hiking the superb trails of Cerro Torre and Monte Fitz Roy, part of Los Glaciares National Park, a world heritage site. You would think we… Continue reading El Chalten: Gliking in Patagonia-Argentina

Uruguay for a Day

Across on the other side of the Rio de La Plata, a wide stretch of river that separates Argentina from Uruguay, Colonia del Sacramento was taunting us. Flaunting its world heritage status, quaint colonial architecture and another stamp on our passports how could we resist. It wasn’t easy though. Rejected credit cards, ticket issues and… Continue reading Uruguay for a Day

Ending with Good Hope

It took some effort, but we managed to pry ourselves away from the gluttonous bacchanalia of Franschhoek. Our destination was Simon’s Town on the Cape Peninsula, a convenient access point to the area’s top attractions including the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Yay more cute penguins!! This was also our last stop in our… Continue reading Ending with Good Hope

Get Your Kicks on Route 62

Without a set itinerary, our plan was to drive to the Garden Route from Graaff Reinet and figure it out from there. So when Pierre, our host at Aa’Qtansisi B&B, offered to give us some ideas on places to visit we jumped at the chance. Pierre sat with us and mapped out a three day route that would… Continue reading Get Your Kicks on Route 62