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.
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.
I hope now that I’ve got “settled in” to Villa Maria, I will be able to update more often. Here are a few photos from my last weeks in Rosario.
I will be posting more in the future but for now here are a few of my favorites from the trip.
First day we got into Bariloche, was an amazing day! The sun was out, the water was calm, and it also happened to be my mom’s birthday. We kayaked about a mile down a lake, left our kayaks with our guide and hiked back. Here is a video of our first day’s adventures!
Here is a new video I put together of all of the glaciers, my boat trip I took outside of El Calafate, plus a bonus video of the largest glacier in Argentina, Perito Moreno. I still have a lot of other videos to upload so stay tuned!!
The largest glacier in Argentina, Perito Morneo is located an hour outside of El Calafate, Argentina on el Largo Argentino (Argentina Lake).
So I discovered a faster, easier way to share my photos, in the form of a video. Here is the first one…let me know what you think…?
Study Abroad group based out of Rosario, Argentina takes a weekend trip to Buenos Aires
We arrived in El Calafate at approximately 11:30. We caught a bus going into the town and the driver knew exactly where our hostel was, which made it easy on us. We stayed at the Marco Polo Inn, which had free pool and a telescope. It was around $15 US per night and we got free breakfast on top of it all. In order to save money, we cooked our dinners in the kitchen inside the hostel. The first night we had pasta and the second, good-old American Cheeseburgers. Activities in El Calafate are mainly centered around the glaciers, which are an hour outside of the town, horseback riding, and trekking. I opted out of the horseback riding, but the other four that went said it was amazing. If given another opportunity I would do the trekking on the glaciers. Although it was the most expensive option, it would be amazing to be engulfed in such a powerful formation. The adventure that all of us traveled down their for was to explore the glaciers. My next blog will include our adventure on a boat, touring 7 of the largest glaciers in all of Argentina. For now, these are some photos of El Calafate and my walking tour of this beautiful town.
Here is a glimpse at some of the pictures I took in Buenos Aires, this was the start of my awesome vacation.
After class, a new, but great friend approached me and said “We’re going to Patagonia next week and I won’t take no for answer” I told him I was a little strapped for cash but I would consider it. Next week there are two national holidays leaving us with no excuse but to take advantage of the long weekend.
4 guys, 2 girls, one of the guys is a Utah Jazz fan, but what can you do.
The whole group leaves on Saturday, October 3rd at 530 am headed for Buenos Aires
After touring the city for whole day, and night, we all stay in a hotel.
Sunday: Instead of coming back to Rosario, we stay an extra night in Buenos Aires, rocking the Hostel.
Monday: 6:20 am fly south to El Calafate, where there is amazing hiking and a HUGE glacier, you’ll see pics. We stay there for 2 days.
Thursday: 10 am fly north to San Carlos de Bareloche, mt. biking, photos, the works!
Monday, October 12th, 11 hour bus ride back to Rosario in time for class on Tuesday.
There you go, an amazing plan for an amzing time, I’m really excited to share photos and stories, stay tuned!
Argentina contra America. 5 on 5. They had no subs, we had 3. They beat us pretty badly, but we still put up a fight. I even had to play keeper, and it was my first time. I had a couple amazing blocks. The final score was 7 to 4, Argentina. We have a rematch next week. Keep an eye out for Andrew and Brendan, new show coming out on tuesday, Sept. 29th. Here a few pictures from the match today. Plus I added a few interesting shots.
An Asado is a bbq with many different types of meat and let me tell you, the meat is amazing! During an Asado there are phases where they keep bringing in different types of meat, from pig to cow to coagulated blood sausage. For us, we did the churipan, which is like a sausage in bread, because we had over 50 hungry college students and friends. We went to Club Mitre to celebrate Jeff’s birthday. It was fun night that I documented with my camera. Check it out!
So far I cannot express how amazing everything is…the other students, the people, the city, everything is very emotional and real! Last night we explored the town, got some drinks, hit up a crazy dance club where I met some friends who want to play futbol next week! Today we had a walking tour of the city and it was amazing. David, Jeff and I were waiting outside of the museum for the other members of group finished up. It was not the first time that people had greated us but one curious guy in the pink was very interested in talking to us. He was apart of a traveling choir from Buenos Aires and we asked him to sing for us. After he called over all of his friends from around the park, they performed. Here is one of the videos that I took. By the way, after about 3 songs all the rest of the students got to experience this, but when it was just us three it literally took my breathe away…hope you enjoy! also here are some pics