Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is internationally recognized as “The Paris of South America,” and during our one week stay, it was easy to see why: the elegant avenues and exquisite architecture evoked more feelings of… Continue reading

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento was founded by the Portuguese in 1680, strategically opposite Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata.  A century of border disputes later, it was ultimately lost to the Spanish.… Continue reading

Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo is the southernmost capital of South America, but that’s nothing to boast about, since the latitudinal distances between Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Santiago are all within 1.5° (100 miles).  We only had… Continue reading

Valparaiso, Chile

Don’t mind the stench of urine on the streets… or the littered beer cans and wine bottles… or the fact that the place is a virtual ghost town. This is January 1st: the aftermath of… Continue reading

Pucón, Chile

Pucón, as described on Wikitravel, is “a backpacker’s Disneyland, filled with travel agencies that will offer you any kind of day trips imaginable.” That actually sums up the place pretty well! There are more… Continue reading

A food paradise in Puerto Varas, Chile

The moment we rolled in by bus to Puerto Varas, we instantly felt like we were transported to either Switzerland or Bavaria—from the snow-capped peaks across a pristine lake to the evergreen trees to… Continue reading

Torres del Paine and Chile’s famous W Trek

Is it possible to have too many exceptional experiences? Surely we’re going to max out on some invisible quota at this rate! We followed up our amazing Antarctic adventure with a four-day, 45-mile*… Continue reading

Antarctic Adventures with Quark Expeditions

Nothing could have prepared us for the magnificent, vast and pristine wilderness of Antarctica. Our ten-night voyage to and around the Antarctic Peninsula brought us to nine landing sites, some rarely visited. For example, Paulette… Continue reading

Ushuaia, Argentina: The End of the World

We probably spent twice as much time in Ushuaia as needed for a typical tourist (five days total), but at the rate we’d been traveling, it wasn’t so bad to stay put for… Continue reading

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls sits on the border near Paraguay of Brazil and Argentina. After we said “goodbye” to Justin’s mom in Rio de Janeiro, we flew to Foz de Iguacu, Brazil. You can also… Continue reading