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Travels in South America 2016 – 2017
Argentina, Chile, Uruguay,
Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands

This years voyage takes place in South America. Starting in Buenos Aries, Argentina in a rented motorhome, we headed south to Patagonia. We have 4 months to drive to Ushuaia, Terra del Fuego. Then we cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland/ Malvinas Islands ending up in Montevideo, Uruguay. Our first goal: Peninsula Valdes to see the Southern Right Whales or Ballena Franca Austral. Many mama and baby whales graced us with wonderful frolics very near us by the shore. There penguins sat on eggs and the Elephant seals fought over mates. Herds of guanaco, a camel, were everywhere. From there it is over 500 miles across the plains of Patagonia to Chile. In these lands they find new discoveries of dinosaurs. Crossing into Chile from Esquel to Futaleufu was a snap. On down the rivers to drive the Carretera Austral or Ruta 7. This is one of the most remote roads in the world. It can only be reached by ferry from the north and a few remote border crossings along the Andes. The Carretera Austral ends at the third largest ice field in the world at the southern tip of South America. This road in a dense temperate rain forest has been under construction since the 1970s and is largely UN paved. The road swoops through glacier carved valleys, along the fjords of the Pacific ocean and is bordered in the east by the Andes Mountains with many hanging glaciers and waterfalls. The Andes are the longest mountain range in the world at over 5000 miles. The flora and fauna have amazed us. There you have some of the oldest trees on Earth – the Alarces. The Pudu, the smallest deer in the world, made an appearance peaking at us from under a nalca / rhubarb leaf. The Pudu are nearly extinct. Exploring the land of Patagonia has been surprising. Sealife, giant ostrich like birds the Choique/ Rhea, flamingos and Andean condors just to name a few are the wonders of this land. The call of the diminutive chucao, a very small wren has been the song we hope to remember from this rugged land.