Chile & Argentina – 2016

 

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This Christmas I traveled to Chile and Argentina. My adventure began in Santiago, Chile for 4 days. It was nice to be able to wear shorts again. Arriving 2 days before the formal tour started I spent these days enjoying a food tasting and markets tour, wandering throughout Barrio Bellavista and exploring the city center.

The first day of the main tour we drove to the Undurraga Winery in the Maipo Valley for a tour of the vineyard, winery and finished with wine tasting. Our final day in Santiago included dinner at the Como Agua para Chocolate (like water for chocolate) restaurant in Bellavista.

Then we were off to Patagonia for seven days. We flew from Santiago to Punta Arenas. It was time to put the shorts away and get out my jacket and “layers”. Patagonia can be very windy and rainy, but we lucked out for the most part.

After visiting Punta Arenas we headed to Puerto Natales for 3 days. We took a catamaran to view the Balmaceda Glacier and later walked through a forest to the Serrano Glacier. This was followed by a BBQ lunch at an estancia (ranch) on the lake. The next day was spent exploring Torres Del Paine National Park and viewing the peaks for all angles. What an amazing place and we were fortunate to have a mostly sunny day.

Our next stop was El Calafate, Argentina. It was a long drive to get there but certainly worth it. Our hotel was on the shores of Lake Argentino. El Calafate is a small city named for the Calafate berry that, once eaten, guarantees that you’ll return one day to Patagonia. I certainly hope to follow the tradition.

Another catamaran cruise brought us to the Upsala and Spegazzini Glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park. Our final day in Patagonia (Christmas Day) was spent visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier. The massive ice wall is almost three miles wide and over 240 feet high.

We bid farewell to Patagonia and flew from El Calafate to Buenos Aires for our final two days. There we visited the Metropolitan Cathedral and the colorful La Boca neighborhood. Our final stop was at the Recoleta Cemetery. The grounds cover over four city blocks, with more than 6,400 hand crafted mausoleums, including the tomb of Eva “Evita” Peron. Our final night in Buenos Aires was celebrated with dinner and tango show at a local restaurant.

Another excellent vacation. This is a part of the world I definitely want to return to. Chile is as long as the U.S. is wide with much more to be seen and experienced. I hope you enjoy these photos from the trip.

Dates: Dec 14 – 29, 2016
Tour Operator: Gate 1 Travel

Click on any of the images below to open a slideshow.

3 thoughts on “Chile & Argentina – 2016

  1. Hello David,
    Thank you so much for sharing your photos. What a beautiful place to spend Christmas. The murals on the walls were incredible, so much nicer to look at than the gang graffiti we have in some of our cities. Welcome back.
    Nancy

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