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With bottles of water, sunscreen, a hat, a warm sweater and not to forget a camera, we were ready to go into the Atacama desert. Walking and driving through the enormous sand dunes and the moon like landscape felt surreal, but the heat makes you realize that you are in the desert for real. As […]

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  • Crossing the Andes
  • Cachi
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If you’re accustomed to live below sea level, like in my case in Amsterdam, you may already feel the impact of an altitude of 2280 meters such as in Cachi. Crossing the northern part of the Andes to traverse the Argentinian-Chilean border you’ll suddenly be faced with altitudes of up to 4800 meters. At this […]

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  • Andean Textile And Silver
  • Andean Textile
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The indigenous feel in Argentina gets stronger the more you travel north, a feeling strongly enhanced by the colorful textiles worn by the locals and sold at market stalls. The silverware sold likely comes out of the silver mines in Bolivia, just a few hours up north.

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Purmamarca dog
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The company of one or more (stray) dogs during our traveling through Argentina and Chile has become a given, especially in the smaller places we visit. They’re playful, happy and well nourished dogs, of which many live on the generosity of humans. The more north we come, the more domesticated dogs seem to be around, […]

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  • Cachi kids
  • Cachi kids
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Getting closer to the northern part of the Andes and traveling over roads less traveled, we came through small villages mainly inhabited by descendants of the Incas. While wandering around in Cachi, Argentina, the next generation just came out of school, taking their three year old sister out to play.

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  • La Casa De Las Empanadas Cafayate
  • La Casa De Las Empanadas Cafayate
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A popular snack in Latin America is the empanada, a pastry of folded dough with stuffing of different kinds. Even the smallest village will have a place where you can buy them. With the exception of empanadas found in bigger cities, the choices of stuffing encountered so far have often been somewhat limited to varieties […]

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  • Hosteria del Puerto Colon
  • Hosteria del Puerto Colon
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Back in the 19th century the village of Colon, Argentina, was mainly used as a stopover on the trading route to Buenos Aires thanks to its proximity to the Uruguay river. Nowadays the nice riverside makes Colon a popular tourist destination for Argentinians. After a long weekend sitting on buses through the Uruguayan countryside it […]

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  • Montevideo modern
  • Montevideo modern
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Our search for a hotel in Montevideo in the pouring rain and the looks of the hotel we found both didn’t give us the first good impression of the Uruguayan capital we hoped for. Only after exploring Montevideo further the other, more modern side showed itself to us. Remember, don’t forget to look up high […]

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  • Montevideo hotel
  • Montevideo hotel
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Staying in rundown hotel Rio de la Plata in the centre of Montevideo initially made me question how they could advertise Montevideo as a vibrant, eclectic city. It was as if the owner and guests did not change since the 1950’s. The interior certainly didn’t. Lessons learned to make hotel reservations for next public holiday […]

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  • Colonia Del Sacramento
  • Colonia Del Sacramento
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Only a short boat ride away from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the cobbled stone streets and the well maintained colonial houses of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, make you feel as if you travel years back in time. The many old timers crossing the streets strongly add to this feeling. Arriving in low season and early autumn […]

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  • Mate drinking Tigre
  • Empanadas Tigre
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Drinking maté – the Argentine national drink – and eating empanadas with our Porteno friends on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Tigre, a favorite weekend getaway for the inhabitants of Argentina’s capital.

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  • El Ateneo Buenos Aires
  • El Ateneo Buenos Aires
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The curtains, the stage and the construction in El Ateneo Buenos Aires all give you the impression you are in a theater. Even its audience is sitting on the balconies as if they are awaiting the start of the next play. If you look better, you will see that you are not in a theater […]

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Los Patios De Montserrat
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  Run by an Argentinean – American couple Los Patios De Montserrat in Buenos Aires is one of the more affordable bed & breakfasts in barrio Montserrat. The kind and helpful couple restored the long time neglected 19th century building with lots of love and taste, making it an ideal place to relax on one […]

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  • Barreal
  • Ruta 40
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Driving the largely unpaved and hardly travelled road from Uspallata – once the film-set of Seven Years In Tibet – to Barreal we crossed a vast land of emptiness, similar to Ruta 40, a road we travelled some weeks before. While the Argentinean government is developing both roads for years already, as for now bus […]

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  • Valparaiso Hill Artilleria
  • Valparaiso
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As big part of historic Valparaíso has been declared an UNESCO world heritage site, the old wooden and colorful houses are maintained well, creating strong contrasts with more recently built buildings. In the past houses were built wherever one would find a free spot on one of the hills of Valparaíso. The houses were mostly […]

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