Argentina

Jammin thru the Global South

Argentina, Part 1: The Northeast into Buenos Aires

November 10 – 20, 2010Argentina and Chile form the bottom half of South America and I was saving them for the southern summer, as the latitudes stretch all the way to Antartica in the south, but I still wanted to visit southern Bolivia first before heading south to Patagonia. I thought I could get across…

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Argentina, Part 2: Across the Central Region

November 21 – 28, 2010With all my trip chores and bike maintenance done, it was time to begin a big loop around the southern half of South America. From Buenos Aires, I headed for southern Bolivia and then would turn south for Patagonia and return to Buenos Aires. I lined up people to stay with…

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Argentina, Part 3: Colorful Hues of Salta and Jujuy

November 29 – December 2, 2010From Tucuman, the Andes are close by and I took a scenic route through the mountains to head north to Salta and onwards to Jujuy. Northwest Argentina is famed for its colorful landscapes and wine culture. I took in the Quebrada de Cafayate and Humahuaca before exiting at Aguas Blancas.There…

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Argentina, Part 4: Ruta 40 in the Northwest

December 27 – 28, 2010Having looped around southern Bolivia, I was now pointed south, heading to Patagonia and Ushuaia, before turning north for Buenos Aires. Argentina is the eight largest country in the world, similar in size to India but with only 40 million people making this one of the least densely populated lands in…

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Argentina, Part 5: Central Ruta 40 | Cachi to Mendoza

December 29, 2010 – January 1, 2011Getting good vibrations from northwest Argentina (not just from the corrugations), I continued south on Ruta 40 from Cachi across the middle of the country, down to Mendoza, making it there in time for New Years.From Cachi, Ruta 40 goes through some remote terrain. As there are paved alternatives…

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Patagonia, Part 1: Argentine Lake District

January 3 – 9, 2011Patagonia, a distant land at the end of South America. An image of pristine, natural beauty sweeping to the horizon. Only recently settled by modern people, its vastness is still its trademark impression. Having Antarctica close by keeps the year-round temperatures cooler than similar latitudes in the northern hemisphere and the…

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Patagonia, Part 4: Backtracking up the Austral and down the 40

January 17 – 21, 2011I had reached the current terminus of the Carretera Austral in Chile’s Northern Patagonia. From Villa O’Higgins, to continue south to Ushuaia, one needs to backtrack about 300 kms (186 mi) north before catching the road east across into Argentina and then turning south.After spending a relaxing morning at the campground…

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Argentina, Part 6: Bahia Blanca, Azul and Buenos Aires

February 4 – 16, 2011The fun, adventure part of riding in Latin America was over and now it was a matter of getting to the end in Buenos Aires and planning the exit from this continent onwards to Africa.I stayed with Walter in Bahia Blanca and we’re partaking in a daily habit of Argentines, the…

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