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penolva posted a topic in WorldwideFollowing on from @@pomkiwi excellent report of their trip here is the story of our first visit to South America. Being avid African fans we knew the trip would probably not include a lot of wildlife but we were quite impressed with the animals and birds we saw but even more so by the astounding scenery. After a lot of research we decided to use Argentina as the destination country rather than Chile and made all our transfers in and out of Buenos Aires. We got an excellent Business Class fare that was almost the same price as Premium Economy! We flew from London to Buenos Aires via Amsterdam with KLM and arrived at 8am on 19 February 2017. We used the Mine Hotel in Palermo Soho as our base in Buenos Aires for the trip returning there before our visit to the Iguazu Falls and again at the end for a three day stay which allowed us to explore Buenos Aires at a more leisurely pace. A great little hotel. We were able to leave luggage there as the flight to El Calafate and onward to Bariloche had a reduced luggage allowance compared to our international flights. We had booked our trip ourselves, as we usually do, and planned a week in southern Patagonia, 12 nights in the Argentinian/Chilean Lake District especially to see the active volcanoes and 3 nights in Brazil at the Iguazu Falls. Booking the accommodation, hiring the cars and communications were very easy despite our lack of Spanish. Everyone spoke excellent English and we felt very welcome everywhere. The following morning we flew to El Calafate and picked up our hire car. We planned a trip into Chile where we would stay in Torres del Paine NP. First of all we put a day aside to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier which is only 100kms or so from El Calafate. We used Posada Karut Josh as our base in El Calafate, at only US$ 60 per night B&B it is a beautiful little family run place, and the host Frederico cooks amazing food. After a good nights rest we set off for the glacier. A fuel shortage in town caused some anxiety as we knew if we made the 200km round trip we might not have enough fuel to get to Chile the next day. Fingers crossed it would all work out we set off. It was wonderful to be self driving on a new continent and the roads were well maintained and easy. We soon started seeing snow covered mountains in the distance. The sun was shining, the sky blue and there was hardly any other vehicles on the road. A stop on the way delivered our first Caracara, a very relaxed and photogenic bird.
Treepol posted a topic in WorldwideDuring 2010 @@GnuGnu and I made a first trip to South America, the forerunner of the 2013 safari detailed in Macaws, monkeys and moai. There has been some interest in the Pantanal and Barranco Alto lately, so I thought I would post now – better late than never! The itinerary was: Buenos Aires (4 nights) Iguazu Falls (2 nights) Barranco Alto (4 nights) Northern Pantanal (Rio Clara, Porto Jofre Hotel, Araras Eco-lodge, Piuval – 8 nights with Pantanal Trackers) Rio (2 nights), Quito (3 nights) Tandayapa Valley (2 nights) Galapagos (2 nights on San Cristobel Island and then a 7 night cruise on MV Eric, an Ecoventura boat) Amazon (3 nights at Ceiba Tops, out of Iquitos) Ollantaytambo and Macchu Pichu (3 nights) Cusco (3 nights) Manu Cloudforest (2 nights Cock of the Rock Lodge) Buenos Aires (3 nights) Photos from this trip are available at: Argentina and Iguazu, Barranco Alto, Northern Pantanal, Ecuador and Galapagos and Peru. This was my first taste of Latin American culture and I was immediately captivated by the vibrant colours, warm people and unique wildlife that early on created a yen to return to see more of what South America was all about. There were so many memorable firsts in this trip - flying over the Andes misty Iguazu the unexpected mix of cattle ranching and safari in the Pantanal unique animals such as tapir, capybara, anteaters and armadillo birds as colourful as an artist's palette cosmopolitan cities the colours and landscapes of the Galapagos orca in the Canal Bolivar the Amazon historic cities of Cusco and Machu Picchu the scenery and wildlife of the Manu cloudforest Next: Buenos Aires