In Search Of: Cash in Argentina

Argentina has stunning natural beauty, stylish people, excellent Malbec and delicious ice cream in abundance. What they lack is smart monetary policy, at least from a tourist’s perspective.1 Before leaving for Southeast Asia this morning, James and I decided to visit the ATM for more U.S. dollars cash, just in case, because we are nowContinue reading “In Search Of: Cash in Argentina”

The 47,000 step Patagonia hike 

I had read that the Mount Fitz Roy hike in El Chalten was very difficult. I may have neglected to tell the rest of the family…. We woke up at around 8:45, had a quick breakfast, and took a taxi 30 minutes to the Hostería El Pilar. Normally, hikers start in El Chalten and goContinue reading “The 47,000 step Patagonia hike “

Our Favorite Patagonia Hike

Towards the end of our Phase 2 travels in South America, we visited the Patagonia region in Argentina. It was December when we visited, so it was the middle of summer. Due to Patagonia being so far south, the sun didn’t set until around 10pm. After flying from Buenos Aires to El Calafate and stayingContinue reading “Our Favorite Patagonia Hike”

Guide to Building a South American Metropolis

Did you just liberate people from decades of colonial oppression and want to make a good first impression? Here’s my guide to help you build the next great South American destination! During Phase 2 of our travels, we spent a significant portion of our time in large South American cities. We stayed in Quito (theContinue reading “Guide to Building a South American Metropolis”

Ice Sculptures in Perito Moreno

When we went to Perito Moreno glacier near El Calafate, Argentina my dad and I pointed out what different hunks of ice looked like. Here are some along with a picture. 1. In this picture we saw 2 penguins. But can you find the penguins?  2. Now it’s broken in two, one of our penguinsContinue reading “Ice Sculptures in Perito Moreno”

Desayuno de Quinoa by Marta in Urcos, Peru

We tried to cram too many activities into too few days in Peru, and so we didn’t always have time to buy breakfast or eat breakfast before some of our tours. Thankfully, our drivers always knew the best places to stop. Our favorite go-to to-go breakfast was a drinkable quinoa porridge – warm, filling andContinue reading “Desayuno de Quinoa by Marta in Urcos, Peru”