Estancia La Cina Cina, San Antonio de Areco, Argentina

Only 2 hours by bus from Buenos Aires, Estancia La Cina Cina is located in the sleepy little town of San Antonio. We’d booked a full day with the ranch, with a full complement of activities – a traditional asado, or Argentinean barbecue, a dance performance, horse riding on the property, a tour of the…

Patagonia, the end of the world

The day we arrived at El Chalten, the skies were grey and wet. Our bus stopped us in the new terminal and dropped us off. Rainwater dripped off our hoods as we consulted our (very damp) map. El Chalten is a small town, in fact, the newest town in Argentina, and there are only a…

Top 5 Spanish Phrases to Learn before Visiting South America

Part of the fun of traveling is trying out the local language. I’d already had some basic Spanish from the classes I took while in London before I went to South America, but the Spanish I learnt back then was pure Spain Spanish – South American Spanish, and Argentine Spanish in particular, are slightly different….

Mendoza: Hostel Lao, horse riding and wine drinking

Mendoza is a beautiful city of parks and fountains, a welcome home-away-from-home on my next-to-last leg ofSouth America. I found respite in the Hostel Lao, located within walking distance to the city’s heart, away from the noise and bustle ofSan Martin Avenuewith its shops and restaurants. You may also like Iguazu Falls, Argentina We hear…

Cordoba, Argentina

Having said my goodbyes to my friends in Buenos Aires, I jumped on yet another overnight bus heading towards Argentina’s northwest and arrived in Cordoba during the Christmas/New Year week. The city was quiet, the students mostly gone back home for the holidays, and most shops and attractions were closed. The city is easily navigable,…

Salta & Jujuy, Argentina

I took the Pullman bus from San Pedro de Atacama over the border to Argentina, passing through Jujuy. It was a day bus, semi-cama, 10 hours. Not a long bus ride, as far as South American bus rides go, and the scenery was interesting enough to merit a day bus. There was a marked change…

Getting to Alta Gracia from Cordoba, Argentina

Alta Gracia is a small, sleepy town just an hour’s bus ride away from Cordoba, in Argentina’s north west. The two main sights here are the Jesuit estancia and Che Guevara’s childhood house, now turned into a museum. To get to Alta Gracia from Cordoba by public bus, catch a regular colectivo from the main…

Patagonia: Glacier Hiking

“Stick your bum out” advises my rugged up guide, as he tramps up and down the ice. He makes it look so easy, but my first few steps on the glacier are tentative. Wearing crampons, we make our ungainly way across the blue ice, marvelling at the views. I am ice hiking on the Perito…