Hiking with friends.
Photos by Brynden
Aconcagua, Mendoza, Argentina
22,841 ft to the summit, largest mountain in the Americas, third largest in the world.
This photo holds a lot of memories. I started out in a tropical zone of Argentina, worrying about mosquitoes and stray dogs. I found myself traveling in an old 70′s Renault with 4 other Argentinians traveling toward the Andes Mountains. After an epic battle of car problems, (12 hour car trip that turned into 26 hrs) we reached a small town outside of the national park. We were short on supplies, and had to make an “Argentinian” stop at the the supermarket. It consisted of 6lbs of beef, 2 bottles of wine, an array of vegetables and a bottle of whiskey. Although this seemed like over-kill, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. The initial hike was amazing, we stopped for lunch, casually took photos. It was mellow and peaceful. After a few more hours of straight-up, uphill hiking, the mountain was starting to demonstrate her true power. As the sun was setting I could feel the effects of elevation taking hold, I was wondering if we would reach the base camp by dark.
It was dark when we arrived at base camp. Three of us struggled to set up our tent with rocks as the wind blew the nylon a giant flag. After eating a quick meal, we poured out some wine for Pacha Mama and I set my camera up for a night shot of the sleeping campers and one of the many peaks.
This collection of photos is from the north of Argentina, in the Province Salta.
My second time to Uruguay and I have to say I love this country! It is very similar to Argentina as far as the language and culture, but there are subtle differences that make you really appreciate traveling. My whole goal for traveling here was to get to the coast. (that and a new visa). There are many beach towns in Uruguay and by far the most popular is Punta del Este, however, after spending 3 hours roaming around, I’d have to say it is far from what I consider to be the beach experience. It’s a city with a year-round population of 7,300, tourists bump that population up to 150,000. Sitting on the beach and not being able to hear the ocean…the rich, the famous, the fighting to find a place to layout…not my style.
From Punta del Este, take a bus to La Rocha. Here you have to transfer buses to go to La Paloma.
*Before going to Uruguay to experience the beach, I decided to look at the map, I had always heard great things about Punta del Diablo, but decided that it may be another Punta del Este. La Paloma was selected…fate.
La Paloma gives you the small beach town feel, with everything that you could possibly need in town. Surf, hiking, town fair, etc. However, the best experience was traveling to another beach town that is very hard to find on a map. Its called Cabo Polonio, LO MAS (the best). The small town is located in a protected wilderness area. The only way in is with a heavy-duty truck or hiking in. We got dropped off outside of town and hiked the beach.
In Cabo Polonio I saw dolphins swimming off shore, Sea Lions (lobos), lizards, cows on the beach?, variety of birds, and crabs. I think we saw one other human on our adventure hike, lets just say this is the place for me.
The houses in the town are scattered around and very basic, which was humbling and inspiring. When we finally hiked into town, a huge thunderstorm had just rolled in, changing the climate from hot and sweaty, to wet and warm. The place we went to eat was full of people in the town, but it was more of an outdoor cafeteria than a restaurant. Everyone sat pretty close together to escape the rain, everyone was welcoming.
If you want beach, that includes nature, tranquillity and adventure, than I suggest, Cabo Polonio.
Santa Rosa is located about 2 hours south of Codoba capital, by bus. It is located in the Sierras of Cordoba.
New Years 2010 was in Pergamino, Argentina (see map). It started out with a big lunch and then a even bigger dinner. After celebrating the coming of the new year, we went to a friends party at around 2 am. After drinking Fernet and Cuba Libres (rum, Coke, and lemon) we went to a club called Six, with over 3,000 people. The party was inside, outside and upstairs. We made it home at around 8 am, all around a successful new year.