Day 04 (Tuesday Nov 24
The day started with a long
drive to the city of San Antonio de Areco in the Pampas.
This was a 3.5hr drive from Buenos Aires. I
wanted to spend the whole day at the ranch (Estancia
The tour started off with a welcome drink at the ranch. The
Gaucho (cow boys) were off to show their skills in riding the horse.
The group was given an opportunity to try horse riding.
I was surprised at how
difficult it was to even climb onto the saddle. The Gaucho took us for a
slow ride around the ranch. The group was taken into a nice
colonial home in the ranch. Sumptuous lunch was served with
wine. The beef was cooked over a open charcoal pit. The
different type of beef cuts which were served was Chorizo
(Sirloin: very popular cut), Costilla (T-bone), Lomo
(Tenderloin). I would
highly recommend this trip if you want to taste the best
The afternoon was spend lazing around the ranch. I tried
horse riding again. The most popular drink in Argentina "
Mate" was served with the evening snack. This was the only time
I got to try it. You don't usually get Mate in a regular
restaurant. The drive back was long especially after a
couple of hours stranded in the evening rush. I was back at the
hotel. What a long day it was.
Day 05 (Wednesday Nov 25
After a quick breakfast at
the hotel.I checked out and took a cab to the domestic airport
(A$10).My flight to Ushuaia was to leave at 11.30am. The
domestic airport is a little confusing as all the departure
and arrival information are in Spanish. You have to get to
your gate to see what's going on. I had a 4hrs flight to
Ushuaia with a
brief stop at Rio Gallegos. As you get close to
Ushuaia the scenery is breath taking. Snow capped mountains
and just the feeling of being at the end of world.
After a long delay I finally
managed to get my baggage out. I met my tour guide from
Rumbo Sur tours. They had booked my
del Bosque and the day trips in Ushuaia. Since it was summer
in Argentina the sun was up even at 8.30pm. After checking
in at the Hotel I went down to the Av San Martin to check out
the nice restaurants and souvenir shops. The shops
here close by 8.00pm. I was also told that the city was safe at
any time of the day. Had a nice steak dinner with
Argentinean wine at Hostal de Bosque restaurant( $20).
Day 06 (Thrusday Nov 26
The schedule for today was
to see Terra del Fuego national park in the morning and in
the afternoon do a 4hr cruise in the Beagle channel.
Started the day early at 8.00am. The tour bus drove us to the
" End of the World" train station. From here I
scenic train which runs inside the national park. It makes
many stops for photo opportunity. I was sharing the cabin
with tourists from Venezuela and Spain.
After the train ride. The
hike in the national park begins. This is easily the best
part. The park is beautiful and really remote.
You get pretty close to the Chilean border. The hike lets you get up close with nature. There was a
brief stop in one of the log cabin restaurant for a drink.
After lunch in Ushuaia I was at the pier to board the Beagle
channel cruise. The top deck is the best place to enjoy the
scenery as the cruise pulls out of Ushuaia harbor. The
first landmark on the channel was the light house. Two more
brief stops were scheduled in the penguin island and Sea
lion island. The trip back was really turbulent. The winds
were blowing at more than 60miles/hr. The tossing of the boat led many to
throw out. I was also not feeling too good.
After the exhausting cruise I had a nice barbeque lamb
dinner in one of restaurants in Av San Martin. What a great way to end
Day 07 (Friday Nov 27
Got up at 5.00am today to enjoy the early morning stroll in
Ushuaia. It was the best time to take some clear photo shots
at the harbor and at the downtown.
Checked out of the hotel at mid day and after a 3hrs flight I was back in Buenos
Aires. I used a pre-paid taxi (A$15) to get back to Hotel Waldrof.
For dinner I took a cab to Palermo for some good Argentinean
Taxis are a good way to get around the city and they are not
There are a lots of pubs and restaurants around Palermo
Viejo and especially in and around Plaza Serrano.
Day 08 (Saturday Nov 28
Today I signed up for a half day tour to cruise on Tigre delta and also
ride a coast train along Rio de la Plata to the beautiful San
Isidro city on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
The morning started off with a light shower which held on
till mid day. The cruise in Tigre was good with a splendid
view of Parana river.
The next part of the trip was to board a beautiful tourist train
called " San Isidro express" to San Isidro city.
The main attraction were the
Spanish church and a handicrafts market. I picked up a mate
gourds (used to make mate) and a couple of souvenirs from the market.
After a late check out from the hotel I had to kill some
more time in Florida street before heading back to the
airport for my return flight to Chicago. It does take a long
time to check in as every passenger goes through screening
from the airline security.
Day 09 (Sunday Nov 29
I landed in Chicago at 6.00am after immigration
clearance and baggage claim I had to wait couple of hours
for my onward flight to Tucson.
Looking forward for more trips to South America.
I have some more information
of this trip in my Travelogue.
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