Argentina

The Travelettes Itinerary: Hiking in Patagonia

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“Don’t ask about the weather forecast, it’s Patagonia” is scrawled on a sign outside one of the campsites on the W-trek. I first saw Patagonia on Pinterest. I can't remember what I was searching for. But I remember the mountain. Ice capped, mythical, surrounded by water tinted a shade of blue all its own. But there it was amid recipes for banana muffins a[...]

Wondrous wildlife in Puerto Madryn

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I’m hopeful. As we set sail from Puerto Pirámides, our guide Sebastian confidently assures us that we have a ‘100% chance’ of seeing Southern Right Whales today. He’s not wrong. Almost as soon as we get out into the deeper water a mother and baby are spotted from the team’s lookout point. Whale watching season is in full swing in Puerto Madryn in Patagoni[...]

Skiing in summer: Bariloche, Argentina

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Being from England, I’m used to bad weather in the summer... but to be standing on top of a mountain in a snowstorm in mid-August is a surreal experience! Even a few days in to my week-long ski trip to Bariloche in Argentina, it still felt confusing to be donning layers of thermals and heading out into the mountains while my friends and family back in the[...]

10 wonderful things to do in Buenos Aires

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Colourful. Gritty. Impassioned. Glamorous. Relaxed. For me, those five words sum up Buenos Aires. It’s impossible not to love this city and all of its contradictions. Every barrio (neighbourhood) of this sprawling and eclectic metropolis has its own character and list of “must-see” attractions. From hipster Palermo with its new designers, cafes and pa[...]

7 Ways to Experience Mendoza

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Argentina's wine capital offers much in the way of sensorial experiences. While enjoying its 320+ days of sun a year, stark mountain landscapes, vineyard-striped countryside and bustling downtown, try some of these suggestions for fully enjoying this wonderful land. 1) Meander Mendoza's wide, tree-lined streets make excellent strolling territory. It's pede[...]

Great Eats in Buenos Aires: Cafe Hierbabuena

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When arriving in a city you've never been to before, you probably like to wander around, stop to marvel at cute shops, sample a delectable ice-cream and take as many photos as possible of everything you see. In a matter of a few days you try to get the best all-round picture a tourist could get of a city but even with all the walking and the most in-depth st[...]

Salsa without Music is like Nachos without Salsa

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MY PERSONAL OCTOBERFEST I've always felt like a stranger at home. Ever since I went to Argentina for the first time, I had decided that deep in my heart, I am a porteña (that's the name for the girls here). At home in Berlin most people think I'm crazy because I'm always smiling, I dance in the supermarket and sing with my eyes closed. Average stuff in[...]

Portraits from along the way: Lolo in Buenos Aires

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I remember very little about Lolo. It was the early in the year of 2006 and I had just arrived in Buenos Aires planning to stay there for a couple of months. Since I didnt know anyone there I contacted a few random people via myspace to find out what's happening in BA. Lolo was nice enough to invite me over for a BBQ with her and her friends one afternoon an[...]

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