Impressions from my Vlog
Iguazu Falls (Puerto Iguazú)
The Iguazu Falls are one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World and consist of almost 300 waterfalls located on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The Brazilian side offers a panoramic view and the starting point for visiting is the city of Foz do Iguaçu. On the Argentine side you can get closer to the waterfalls and the starting point is the city of Puerto Iguazú. The park is large and you should plan one day. On the Argentine side, I had the feeling that there was a lot more going on and I really liked it. Both sides are connected by an airport, so that you can fly in in the morning and out in the evening. Flights from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu can be booked cheaply a few days in advance.
The capital Buenos Aires felt like a European city and is huge. Impressive was the cemetery “Cementerio de la Recoleta” with many small houses with graves. A walk through an ecological reserve with the skyscrapers in the background was great fun.
Tierra del Fuego
Tierra del Fuego is a region in the south of Argentina. I was hiking in the National Park and camped at almost 0 degrees for one night. It was surrounded by beautiful nature with snow covered mountains, different forests and lakes. The starting point was Ushuaia, which lies at the end of the world. On a day trip I was at the Lagoon Esmeralda.
El Calafate (Perito Moreno Glacier)
The city El Calafate is the starting point for the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. He is over 60 meters high, that is about 20 floors. From time to time you could hear a loud noise and a piece of ice broke off. With a large strike they fell into the water and large waves have been created.
The village El Chalten is located directly in the national park and has the advantage, that all hiking trails start here. In addition to day trips, I also camped. This allowed me to hike up a mountain with a head lamp 2 hours before sun rise. The landscape was autumnal colorful and it was a lot of fun.
The city Bariloche is in the lake district with many mountains and reminded me of the Alps and Lake Constance. I was hiking in the mountains and lakes at autumnal colorful forests.
In the north of Argentina is the city of Salta. Exciting was the High Mountain Archeology Museum (Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña) with well-preserved mummies of the Inca. A little boy was exhibited who looked real and was several hundred years old. Unfortunately, you were not allowed to take pictures. On a day trip to Cafayate, I saw breathtaking canyon scenery and took part in a wine tasting.
- I visited Argentina on my world trip through Latin America:
- 1. Bus from Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) across the border to Puerto Iguazú to see the Iguazu Falls.
- 2. Bus from Puerto Iguazú to Posada and then over the border to Encarnación (Paraguay).
- 3. Bus from Encarnación (Paraguay) via Argentina to Salto (Uruguay).
- 4. Ferry from Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay) to Buenos Aires.
- 5. Flight from Buenos Aires to the "end of the world" to Ushuaia, where my ship was to Antarctica.
- 6. Afterwards I was hiking in Tierra del Fuego (Tierra del Fuego).
- 7. Bus from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales (Chile) for hiking in the 'Torres del Paine' National Park.
- 8. Bus from Puerto Natales (Chile) to El Calafate.
- 9. Bus from El Calafate to El Chalten.
- 10. Bus from El Chalten to Bariloche in 24 hours.
- 11. Bus from Bariloche to Puerto Montt (Chile).
- 12. Bus from Santiago (Chile) to Mendoza.
- 13. Flight from Mendoza to Salta.
- 14. Bus from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile).
- I used for my planning and can recommend the Lonely Planet for South America and the Rough Guide for South America.
- All major cities are connected by buses and there is always central bus station (span. Terminal de Busse).
- Some travel times and prices were listed on BusBud or Rome2Rio.
- More bus companies were available at the bus station. The travel times either hung out or I asked.
- Most of the time, the ticket was 10% cheaper when I paid with cash instead of credit card. The tickets on BusBud were more expensive, but you save the time to go to the bus station.
- For longer distances within Argentina, it may be cheaper to take a plane instead of the bus. You can buy a ticket a few days in advance.
Food & Drinks
- I had often Empanada. That are stuffed dumplings with cheese (span. Queso) or vegetables (span. vegetariano) as vegetarian options.
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