Buenos Aires

SAM_3876

SAM_3861Courtesy of our host we spent a leisurely week in Buenos Aires. The weather was a delightful contrast to at times sunny but unpredictably changeable and prone to wind and rain Ushuaia :-) One of the places we enjoyed most was Caminito, a charming, mainly pedestrian area comprising just a few streets full of crumbling colourful houses located near the famous Boca Juniors team stadium. One of the greatest football players of all time, also know for the ‘Hand of God’, used to play here when he was younger.

SAM_3859

Unfortunately for Mateusz, on this occasion Diego Maradona was unavailable to give an autograph :-(

SAM_3967

SAM_3831Cementerio de la Recoleta, seen from the bird’s eye view. To be exact from the third floor shopping mall’s view. Evita Peron’s grave may not be the most impressive one but certainly one of the easiest to find. You just need to follow other tourists. On the next photo you can see nine lanes wide Avenida 9 de Julio, which according to porteños (people living in Buenos Aires) is the widest street in the world. Not everyone agrees with that title but no doubt it takes many pedestrian crossings to get to the other side of the avenue.

SAM_3929

SAM_3927

Double rainbow is not a guaranteed sight in Buenos Aires. For us it was included in the price of the walking tour.

SAM_3940

You’ll never find it if you don’t know where to look for it. A house built on the roof of another house.

SAM_3854

SAM_3917The Congressional Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in Buenos Aires, closed for many years during the dictatorship. To the right, almost 70 metres high Obelisco de Buenos Aires, iconic monument built at incredible speed in a month’s time in 1936. People gather here to celebrate victories of national football team, take parts in concerts, organise parades or political demonstrations.

At the end of the world in Ushuaia

SAM_3769

It took us four months of travelling through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina to reach Ushuaia, a place that boasts the titles of ‘the end of the world’ and ‘the southernmost city in the world’. Arriving there was kind of a milestone in our journey. From that point we headed north and felt like slowly going back home.

SAM_3745

It was January when we visited Ushuaia which means summer in this part of the world and beautiful weather during the day.

SAM_3763

Although sunshine does not last forever here and the weather can truly change in an instant.

SAM_3767

Another photo taken in this iconic touristic spot that all travellers coming to Ushuaia have to visit. It’s only a few hours difference between the shots but this time we had to endure wind, rain and clouds.

SAM_3742

Patagonian Animal Planet

SAM_3531

Patagonia is not only about breathtaking views. If you’re lucky you’ll meet wild animals living in their natural habitat. Some of them show little fear of humans and allow you to get really close to them.

SAM_3578

Other creatures are more elusive and rather camera shy.

SAM_3606

But the most rewarding experience we’ve had was not an encounter with some rare species but with the herd of sheep that stopped our bus for almost half an hour. This was the only time during our trip when we were not angry because of the delayed journey.

SAM_3612

The sheer amount of the sheep, the skilful way with which only few dogs managed such a big herd and the carefree attitude of the gaucho (man on the horse) were a delight to watch.

SAM_3707

We’ve met these cuties during the visit to Seno Otoway Penguin Colony near Punta Arenas.

SAM_3674

SAM_3625

Despite the bad weather and although we’ve only seen a few hundreds of penguins, out of the colony population of over five thousand, we would still recommend it to others.

SAM_3714

These flightless critters didn’t want to pose for the photo and we had to follow them in the car for quite a long time to take this shot.

SAM_3732

And this is on the budget version. No excursions, no entrance fee to pay. Just bring your camera to the beach.

Torres del Paine

SAM_3517

With Ania beign already two months pregnant, we decided not to spend few days trekking the famous W circuit around Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.

SAM_3522

But we still wanted to visit the place so we opted for organised minibus day trip.

SAM_3550

The visibility and the weather may not have been at their best on that day but we still enjoyed spectacular views of the mountains.

SAM_3577