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Ruta del Vino: tasting the best of Argentina - We have officially left Patagonia behind us and are heading towards Northern Argentina. What awaits us is more of the magnificent Andes, endless desert plains and wine, litres of wine. But above all, we meet up with some dear friends again! Driving down from the high Andes to the desert landscape around Mendoza it is … More Ruta del Vino: tasting the best of Argentina
Company on the road: the good and the bad kind – Bariloche & Malalcahuello - The more to the North we travel in Argentina the more pleasant the temperature gets and slowly the dry pampas give way to green woods. Bariloche is the Argentinians’ prime holiday destination for a reason. As the locals are still in their summer holidays, we doubt we’ll have the beautiful spots all to ourselves. We’re … More Company on the road: the good and the bad kind – Bariloche & Malalcahuello
Carretera Austral - We’ve had some epic road trips already and we have arrived to the start of one more. Dotted with National Parks, the Carretera Austral meanders through ancient forest and follows great rivers, icy lakes and silent fjords from Puerto Montt to a dead end in Villa O’Higgins down South. We will take this “highway” from … More Carretera Austral
Natural splendor on either side of the border - We start our long trip to the North on the famous Ruta 40, which runs from Rio Gallegos in the South of Argentina all the way to the Bolivian border. Along the way we will cross to Chile multiple times, so in contrast with Ruta 3 we will probably not drive every km of the … More Natural splendor on either side of the border
Holidays in the South - We’ve been listening to our Christmas playlist in the car for about 2 weeks now and we’ve had our first summer snow so it’s time for the real deal. From El Fin del Mundo, as Ushuaia likes to call itself, we’re now crossing the Beagle Channel further South for some trekking and possibly a white … More Holidays in the South
Roadtripping to the Land of Fire, or is it Ice? - We’ve had some intense first weeks since our car arrived in Buenos Aires. Sadly we’re now saying goodbye to our dear friend, Rob, for quite a while. Now that we have dropped him off at the airport, we want to shift gear and slow down for a bit. First we decide to splurge on a … More Roadtripping to the Land of Fire, or is it Ice?
Patagonian summer with Rob: ice, snow and wind - Perfectly on time we arrive to watch the hundreds of faces come through the arrival gate at El Calafate’s little airport. For a moment we even start thinking something must have gone wrong, when finally we see that one familiar face: Rob! Rob is a friend of us both since we were kids and he’s … More Patagonian summer with Rob: ice, snow and wind
Ruta 3: 2000km straight ahead then turn right - 1 week and 2825 km. That’s our first road tripping goal. In exactly one week our good friend, Rob, will land in El Calafate to travel with us through Patagonia for 10 days and we’re still in Buenos Aires… We choose to drive South via the coastal Ruta Nacional 3. The other option, famous Ruta … More Ruta 3: 2000km straight ahead then turn right
Buenos Aires: home away from home - Buenos Aires was the capital we sure did not want to miss out on, as we did skip Brasilia. Even though the city also doesn’t really boast the most spectacular highlights of the country – except to all Evita Peron fans, or Peronistas – it attracts us infinitely more than its Brasilian counterpart. We want … More Buenos Aires: home away from home
Bordercrossings as they should be – Iguazu Falls - We have spent 6 weeks in Brazil by now and are looking forward to a new chapter of our trip. We leave the country and enter Argentina at one of the absolute highlights: We pass through Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil and travel via the waterfalls to Puerto Iguazu in Argentina with a short stop … More Bordercrossings as they should be – Iguazu Falls
A tropical paradise in a tropical storm – Ilha Grande - It was quite the week in Rio de Janeiro and we are looking forward to spending some relaxing time on the beach again. In Angra Dos Reis we’ll be meeting Caue, an old friend of Hannes whom he met travelling in Asia. There we will try to catch a boat to one of the remotest … More A tropical paradise in a tropical storm – Ilha Grande
Rio: robbery, rain and restaurants - Flying before dawn has it’s perks: our entire flight to Rio de Janeiro is colored with the gorgeous warm hues of the rising sun. It’s only unfortunate we can’t enjoy it much longer as landing takes us back into dark grey skies. It feels like Belgian autumn when we walk out of the airport and … More Rio: robbery, rain and restaurants
En route to Rio: tropical beaches and surfer’s paradise – Barra Grande, Itacaré - Came for the pictures, but got disappointed? So were we. Due to being robbed in Rio de Janeiro we unfortunately have little pictures left of this part of our trip. Just imagine white sand and turquoise waters for a mental picture that covers most of this week in Brazil… Brazil is big, really big… We … More En route to Rio: tropical beaches and surfer’s paradise – Barra Grande, Itacaré
Chapada Diamantina – Trekking in the wild Nordeste pt. 2 - In our previous blogpost we talked about spending several days in Chapada Diamantina before walking into Capão in Friday. Capão is a true delight. When we walk into town on Friday afternoon the village is preparing for the annual Capão Jazz Festival this weekend. It’s busier than usual but still there are nothing but good … More Chapada Diamantina – Trekking in the wild Nordeste pt. 2
Chapada Diamantina – Trekking in the wild Nordeste pt. 1 - The promise of truly spectacular scenery and hiking opportunities made us disembarque the bus in Lençois at 5 in the morning. The only ones awake in this sleepy village are we and some locals having a better Saturday night than we just had. When they too decide to call it a night this leaves us … More Chapada Diamantina – Trekking in the wild Nordeste pt. 1
Salvador - Salvador, the most important city of the Portuguese colonial empire, such lively and colorful place where African rhythms still fuel life in the streets for the many descendants of slaves from bygone times. Even though both of us were excited to head into the wild in Chapada Diamantina National Park, Salvador turned out to be … More Salvador
Jericoacoara - Wonderful sunsets, dusty alleys without traffic, a surfer’s paradise populated by a dreamy crowd. According to the guidebooks, Jericoacoara would be the place for us to unwind and start our journey South. … More Jericoacoara