|Dates:||23 Dec 2017 - 9 Jan 2018|
|Duration:||2 weeks, 3 days|
Nathan & My Road Trip to The End of the Earth!
What an amazing trip. We got to see places few people will ever have the opportunity to visit. We saw animals I never expected to see in their natural habitat. We had many great meals and beverages and met many good people but what made it most special was I had the opportunity to spend more than two weeks with Nathan. It truly was the trip of a life time.
Nathan missed his flight and we needed to split up. I’m just about to board my flight. Looks like I should be on time.
Not looking good for Nathan making his flight. We are still waiting for our bags.
We made it to Toronto. There was a delay getting out of Santiago so our connecting flights are going to be tight. Nathan’s connection is the real worry as his flight is boarding in less than 10 minuets and taking off in 40 minuets. Here is where Nathan and I will split up with me going to Regina and he to Saskatoon. It was a great trip.
Getting close to boarding. Getting our stomachs back to North American foods.
Made it through customs. Just waiting for our gate to be announced.
Santiago Aeropuerto We’ve completed our circle. We dropped off our truck after almost 10 000 km without any issues.
We’ll try it one more time.
Ok. That was much better.
Valparaíso is known for their 28 funiculars, so we needed to try at least one. We chose one that was built in 1915.
Well that was rather underwhelming!! Our funicular turned out to be an elevator. A cool 100 year old elevator that joins two neighbourhoods a few 100 feet apart, but still an elevator!
If we can find another we will try one more.
We thought we were done but the chef insisted we try leche asada, a local special dessert.
El Rincon de Greda We went back to Viña del Mar for our last lunch of our trip, Pastel de Choclo. Kind of a Chilean shepherds’ pie.
We took a winding road up to some Nobel Prizewinning poet’s house but it was closed.
Driving around Valparaíso not really sure where we are. Looking for wifi and a place for lunch.
We are in Viña del Mar, sister city to Valparaíso and are wanting to go to the beach but are unsure how the parking works.
We are spending the last day of our trip driving out to Valparaíso, a seaside city an hour and a half Northwest of Santiago. We plan on a bit of swimming, a seafood lunch, some sightseeing and then a winery tour on the way back. Our plane leaves tonight after 9 and we need to return the truck so we will probably be at the airport between 6&7.
Mosai Café Nice patio overlooking the statue on the mountain.
Round two. Caipiriñas!!
LeFournil for Pisco Sours, Chile’s national cocktail.
Walking towards lunch and shopping.
At the very top of the hill is a Santuario Inmaculada Concepción.
We rode to the top of some hill for some kind of wheat peach drink- Mote con Huesillo. Not bad.
Our first café con leche of the day, at the la Vega Central Market.
The main course.
Running late. Subway closes before midnight. Found a Peruvian restaurant with everything on the menu in Spanish. Not sure what we are going to get. *Update Won’t be all bad. Just ordered a Cerveza and found out it’s from Machu Pichu!!! Another Update Having Ceviche. Not too sure but going to give it a shot. Final Update* It wad surprisingly good. The only things I didn’t like were the favs beans and the scallops.
Pretty sure we bought chicken and fries from some lady on the street corner. After our Earthquake I think Nathan was ready to buy anything from just about anyone for just about any price. $3. Amazing!
La Piojera We found a literal “hole in the wall” where they make a special drink-Terremoto-The Earthquake!! It’s a Santiago staple every visitor should try. A mix of sweet wine (pipeño or chicha) sometimes pisco (a liquor made from grapes), fernet, pineapple ice cream, and a hint of grenadine. Make sure to mix well and you will walk out feeling like a tremor just hit you. If you order a second it is usually smaller and called a “replica” (aftershock).
We hit the pool for a quick cool down and now we are thinking about heading downtown. Nathan found a good place for seafood and then we need to try a signature drink called a volcano. Stay tuned for an update. Hosta Lavista.
We’ve made it to our last temporary home for this trip. Santiago is 33 degrees but I see Regina has warmed up to -1 and Toronto is -16 so hopefully it won’t be too much of a shock to our systems when we get back.
Just about full circle. Getting close to Santiago.
Road of a Thousand Curves. (or at least 28!) You should zoom in on the map to check this out.
Chile border crossing.
Just grabbing a quick cafe con leche and a couple of medialunas before we’re back on the road.
We are going for another Argentinian steak dinner. Parrillada-basically a whole bunch of meat.
Wine O’ Clock. Mendoza is the biggest wine producing area of Argentina.
Made it to Mendoza.
Neat square where there was a tango demonstration.
Still hot. Still thirsty.
Missed it. Nathan had found a cool hamburger joint that was opened by a Michelin chef but it’s closed after 4.
Cool old mall with high-end stores.
El Federal. Stopped in for lunch after a long morning of walking. Nathan just looked up the temperature. It’s 35 and feels like 40. No wonder we’re feeling it.
Church where pope worked. Basilica of the Holy Sacrament.
Stopped for a cold drink after walking to see a bunch of sights. I forgot to turn on my app to track our distance so not sure just how far we’ve walked but it’s a lot. Now it’s off to see some of the things we missed last night and maybe some souvenir shopping.
The Recoleta Cemetery is the final resting place of Eva “Evita” Peron.
We are just getting fuelled up before our busy day of sightseeing. Last night we walked more than 11km and today will probably be even more.
As we walked around last night we both noted how Buenos Aries feels/looks very European. It seems to have a mix of Paris, Barcelona and even Malaga.
Los 36 Billares Tonight for supper (we’ve been living on the South American idea of supper time so we regularly eat after 10:30) we are trying a landmark place right across the street from our apartment. I’ll tell you more about where we are staying in a bit. The billiard hall was started in 1894 and has become somewhat of a historical gem of Buenos Aires. As far as our apartment, we are staying in an incredible high-end like place which was built in the early 1900s. It has high ceilings, chandeliers and ornate balconies. We are next door to the Palacio Barolo building which was built in 1919 and at 22 floors was the tallest building in all of South America for many years.
First sunny and HOT (+31 for Laurie!!) day since Santiago. Just walking around seeing some of the sights.
So hot we needed to stop to re-hydrate. (The fruit is to protect us from scurvy!! LOL!!)
We’re having a quick snack then it’s off to do some exploring. We’ve already been warned to be careful with our camera and to be wary of pickpockets.
We are staying in a beautiful old (probably 1800s) building. We each have our own suite.
Arrived at our place in Bahia Blanca.
Gasoline lineup sandwich.
We had planned on a short stop for gas and a snack with the thought we’d be at our next AirBnB by 6. Instead we found a gas shortage lineup. I spoke to one group who have been waiting for 2 hours.
Just having a little breakfast before hitting the road. This hotel is just a couple of hours north of where we had hoped to see our last penguins-rockhoppers, but we couldn’t make it work time wise. Oh well, next time!
Just added a waypoint to show how close we are to El Calafate again.
Crossing The Strait of Magellan.
Stopped at border crossing and grabbed a coffee. I happened upon these three who invited me to their barbecue.
In for a serious case of the meat sweats tonight.
Feliz Ano Nuevo 2018. Fin del mundo y fin del ano.
Just laying around waiting to go out for supper. Was googling a bit and found a neat tidbit of trivia-we could basically travel round trip to London, England to equal the distance we are from Regina!!
Ushuaia’s Time Capsule to be opened in 2492.
Stopped on the way back to Ushuaia.
Cast de Té Mánacatush. Estancia Harberton. Canal Beagle, Tierra del Fuego.
As part of our boat trip, we visited a farm started by an ex-pat Britt in 1879.
Isla Martillo On this island we were able to see three types of los pingüinos-Gentoo, King and only found here and in Antarctica, Magellanic.
Faro The lighthouse in the Beagle Channel.
More seals and cormorants.
A small island in the Beagle Channel home to cormorants and sea lions (maybe seals).
We are trying to find a tour guide to sail the Beagle Channel to see more penguins.
We decided on an 8 hour cruise which includes seals, cormorants and penguins. We upgraded a bit to extend the trip for 2 more hours which includes a farm tour and a natural history museum.
La Cantina de Freddy.
Centolla Natural. Natural King Crab.
Del Fin Del Mundo.
We made it to the end of the world in Ushuaia. For those of you that are interested, it is pronounced Oosh-Why-ah. I can’t wait to share some of Nathan’s pictures of the last 50 km with you. The scenery was absolutely amazing.
50 km north of Ushuaia. Did not expect it to be this beautiful.
Stopped for lunch before were off to Useless Bay to see penguins. Not sure what we are getting to eat. We think it might be beef. We didn’t really understand our waitress/chef/owner/server.
Just got it. Tastes like penguin! With egg!
We’ve arrived at Tierra del Fuego, the southern most island of our trip.
Loaded up and ready to go! We met a really nice couple from Brittany, France who helped us with the language needed to buy the tickets for the ferry. They also corrected us on the llamas, apparently they are actually guanacos, a fourth member of the camelid family along with vicuñas and alpacas.
We got to Punta Arenas around midnight as we had quite the adventure getting to the border. I'll fill you in when I get some time. As for now it's time to sleep as we have an early morning ferry to catch so we can see penguins. Night.
Saved our butts We met 5 very helpful Chileans today. They sold us some gas and got us back on our way. We were about 4 hours behind schedule but it had been looking very bad.
Lost We got really lost this time. We drove over an hour over a very bad road only to get to a police station/immigration station in the middle of a pasture and we had less than a quarter tank of gas.
Perito Moreno Glacier
We spent the morning seeing the glacier. Pretty amazing to see. We left just in time as it started to rain a very cold rain. After a quick bite it’s back to Chile and Puerto Arenas.
We got cleaned up and went out for supper. Tomorrow we’re off to the glacier.
We made it to El Calafate. It was about a 17 hour drive. We left before the sun rise in Bariloche and got here shortly after 11. It was long but all the wildlife made the time go faster.
I need to add some pictures from the camera as it was too much to explain.
This started out as a waypoint about birds as we saw a mother Rhea and her chicks. The funny thing was though, as soon as I started the post, we started seeing more llamas. Up until this point we had seen about 20 from here on to El Calafate we ended up seeing more than 600 as well as more than 50 Rheas!!
I need to grab the photo off my camera, but this was where we saw our first llama.
Kinda lost. We got a bit turned around and got off of our route.
Too late to go up the cable car so we decided to go for a beer instead. Had ginormous calamari.
Our AirBnB in Bariloche.
Hola. We have arrived in Bariloche and have stopped for lunch at the old train station. After lunch we are going to exchange our money into Argentinian Pesos and then check in at our AirBnB. We will then see what adventures we can find.
Crossing into Argentina.
The second waterfall we hiked to-Salto Repucura.
We woke fairly early this morning to hike to two of the waterfalls in the Parque. This is the smallest of the 6-Salto de la Princesa.
Our first night in the Chilean mountains was in Parque Nacional Puyehue in an A-Frame cabin. Nathan made a great midnight meal of wood-fire cooked fajitas with a nice local wine. We had hoped to be able to take some star pictures as there is zero light pollution but by the time we finished eating clouds had obscured the amazing sight.
We drove out to a peninsula west of Concepcion. We had a tour of a house of a world traveler from the 1880s. We went down to the beach and I think it might be the most photogenic spot I’ve ever seen.
Buenos días. We had a great sleep last night and now we’re off to the peninsula to see the ocean. Then it’s heading south to Parque Nacional Puyehue.
We arrived at our first stop-Concepcion. As it is Christmas Day it might be an issue finding someplace to eat so that is where we are off to now.
We just checked the weather app. 31 here. -3 in Toronto. -27, feels like -40 with the wind in Regina.
We’ve made it to Chile! It’s about 32 degrees in Santiago. We need to go through customs and then pick up our truck to go to our first stop, Concepcion.
We’ve had a bit of a delay due to first the weather, then six travelers who didn’t join their luggage so the bags had to be found and removed. Then there were two guys near Nathan (we had been separated earlier-another story) who started having convulsions. They also needed to be removed with their luggage. We are now finally getting de-iced and with any luck should be underway by 2:15-two and a half hours after the original time.
Hanging out watching Christmas cartoon specials. Just got a notification that our flight has been delayed by an hour. Hopefully we will be able to take off then.
Spending the day with Mackenzie’s parents, Tracy and Mark, playing games and visiting. We are keeping a close watch on the weather as there’s a big snowstorm going through and we’re a bit worried that it might affect our departure.
Supper at Basra Taberna, a Great Spanish restaurant just around the corner from the apartment.
Stopped at the St. Lawrence Market for their famous Peameal Bacon on a Bun sandwich.
Made it to Toronto. Lots of snow. Just on the train to Mackenzie’s apartment.
Just hanging out at the airport. Can't wait to get this adventure started!
|Dates:||23 Dec 2017 - 9 Jan 2018|
|Duration:||2 weeks, 3 days|
Nathan & My Road Trip to The End of the Earth!