Category Archives: South America

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Exploring Wine Country by Bike – Mendoza, Argentina

We left Cordoba heading West to Mendoza, situated in the high plains bordering Chile, with the towering Andes Mountain range in sight. Mendoza is, of course, famous for being the heart of winemaking in Argentina, responsible for nearly two-thirds of the country’s wine production. Having recently visited the white-wine region of Cafayate in the North, […]

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A Nice Respite in Cordoba, Argentina

The wines of Cafayate did not disappoint and I was sad to leave this white wine haven. After sampling the Torrontes and Malbec wine sorbets at Heladeria Miranda (yum!), we caught the bus to Tucumán. There, we had to switch buses at 12 midnight for the bus to Cordoba. It was a long night and […]

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Tasting Crisp, Fruity White Wines – Cafayate, Argentina

Argentina is well-known for its delicious wines. Everyone knows how fantastic the steaks are here, and to accompany that, the red wines produced in this country are wonderful and famous. But, the Cafayate region in the north specializes in a fruity, crisp white wine made from Torrontes grapes. The grape is originally from Spain, but […]

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Back to Civilization – Salta, Argentina

From Uyuni, it was a long haul across the border to Salta, Argentina. First, we caught a very uncomfortable overnight bus to the border town, Villazon. We arrived at 5am, all very groggy, only to find the Bolivian side of the border shut, but the Argentinian side open. Irritatingly, we needed an exit stamp from […]

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Bolivia by the Numbers

Our guidebook warned us in advance, “in Bolivia, learn to expect the unexpected.” That advice proved true time and time again as this high-altitude, landlocked, South American country repeatedly surprised us (for good and for bad). Only in Bolivia can you mountain bike down the world’s most dangerous road, come face to face with colorful […]

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The Bolivian Salt Flats – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

After 3 days stuck in a jeep exploring the magnificent landscapes of Southwestern Bolivia, we were excited to finally make it to the Salar de Uyuni – the largest salt flats in the world. The night before, we caught our first sight of this amazing natural wonder as we made our way to our final […]

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Surviving the Bus Ride from Hell – Tupiza, Bolivia

The roads in much of Bolivia are notoriously terrible. The majority are unpaved, dirt roads that curve around mountains with sheer drops (like the Death Road). Although we’ve had many scary, winding bus rides, the ride from Tarija to Tupiza was the most memorable to date. Our guidebook warned us the ride was an extremely […]

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New Year’s Eve and Bolivian Wine in Tarija

When we were preparing to leave Sucre after spending Christmas there, we were shocked to hear from our very sweet host and hostel owner that the Bolivian government had swiftly and unexpectedly removed a gas subsidy, causing the price of gas to double overnight. This would mean higher bus fares, higher taxi fares and most […]

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Touring the Potosi Mines in Cerro Rico

Bolivia is home to some strange and scary tourist attractions. We’d already toured a working prison and gone mountain biking down the World’s Most Dangerous Road, but there was still another famous site left to visit – the depths of hell in the Potosi mines. At one point in time, the Cerro Rico mines in […]

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