Argentina – North

Aconcagua

We are starting our expedition to Aconcagua tomorrow morning (15 January) if all goes well – today the road to the mountains was closed by a mudslide but it should be cleared by tomorrow morning. We will be back online some time in the beginning of February.

Our egos want the summit but our souls long for the climb!

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On the Border to Chile

Still preparing for Aconcagua…

From Vallecitos, we drove up the long valley towards Chile. We stopped for the night at Puente del Inca where we found a bit of shelter for the very strong wind. Below, Frida is parked under an incredibly blue sky in the small village of Puenta del Inca.IMG_6727_small

Puente del Inca in the early morning before the arrival of the tourists and the opening of the souvenir shops. There is something strangely attractive about remote and deserted places like this.IMG_6729_small

We drove up to Cuevas on the border to Chile. This is the remains of the Transandine Railway which used to cross from Argentina into Chile over the Andes. It worked until the mid 1980’s and it must have been both a spectacular and a scary ride. IMG_6743_small

The Argentinian border station. From here, a long tunnel takes you under the rocks into Chile. IMG_6746_small

We took the old dirt road up to the high border station in the pass.IMG_6752_small

Welcome to Chile! It was incredibly windy but the view was fantastic.          IMG_6755_small

The station of the Bomberos Alta Montana, Uspallata (the high mountain fire brigade).IMG_6813_small

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We hiked up the Santa Helena mountain. Here with a view down to Argentina on the right and Chile on the left. IMG_6766_small

The road into Chile. This is the kind of road that Frida likes to drive!         IMG_6769_small

Marco enjoying the panorama and trying to keep his balance against the strong wind blowing from Chile. IMG_6798_small

Penitentes at 4300 m. Penitentes are ice structures which usually form at high altitude (above 4000 m) and are found only in the dry part of the high Andes between Chile and Argentina.     IMG_6791_small

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Vallecitos – Training for Aconcagua

31 December 2012 –  6 January 2013

Walking up the beautiful valley of Vallecito, testing our new 95 liter rugsacks and warming up the legs for Aconcagua.
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Marco aka Kurt Diemberger
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We set up camp in this beautiful spot at 4600 m. In the background Pico Vallecitos, 5475 m.IMG_6705_small

In the night we had a bit of snow. The next morning the valley was even more beautiful to view!
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Who has the nicest hair after 6 days in the tent? (Or WOW – Waiting On Weather)IMG_6672_small

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It was quite cold so we had to warm up the frozen snicker bars in the hottest place we could find…IMG_6675_small

In brilliant sunshine we walked further up the valley. Unfortunately there was also a strong storm blowing so we could hardly walk and had to abandon the idea to reach the top of either Vallecito or Plata. Our tent is down there to the right in the picture somewhere. IMG_6668_small

Photo in the pass at 5200 m. Maybe it looks warm and sunny but it was cold!IMG_6665_small

Aconcagua!                         IMG_6663_small

Happy Birthday Frida!!!

Today Frida turned 50! She has behaved very very well the last year and was rewarded with beautiful birthday weather. Frida, we are ready for the next 50.000 km with you!

Celebrating Frida’s birthday under a deep blue sky in the Andes of Argentina.IMG_6712_small

50.000 km in less than one year! Frida has worked hard but she still looks like a young lady!IMG_6709_small

Family Christmas in Buenos Aires

19-27 December 2012

Our roof top terrace in Palermo Viejo – sunset, Torrontes wine and picadas.IMG_6418_small

Tourists in La Boca on a hot and sunny December day                      IMG_6431_small

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The mothers                                    IMG_6433_small

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Father and son                                          IMG_6437_small

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Maradona started his career in the famous Boca Junior Club. Here with the truffaldini of Bergamo!                                IMG_6444_small

Our parents                                    IMG_6451_small

Enjoying dulce de leche icecream and tango in the shadeIMG_6453_small

A well kept Fiat 600 – Argentina is the country of the very old Fiats, Renaults and Ford Falcons.                                         IMG_6413_small

Beautiful tiles in an old building.                IMG_6415_small

Plaza de Mayo in front of the Casa Rosada in central Buenos Aires. The white shawl of the “Mothers of Plaza de Mayo” is painted on the square. They represent an organization of mothers whose children disappeared during the “Guerra Sucia”, the dirty war in the 1970’s during the years of the the military dictatorship.IMG_6582_small

Christmas in Buenos Aires (in Danish this would be “jule-uhygge”!)IMG_6585_small

More “jule-uhygge”                      DIGITAL CAMERA

Asado!                                            IMG_6586_small

Tango in San Telmo (with the “indio”)                  DIGITAL CAMERA

We went on a day trip to Estancia Ombu 130 km outside Buenos Aires.DIGITAL CAMERA

Horse riding at the estancia. Here Malene’s mother in elegant gaucha style!IMG_6531_small

Toro Seduto on his wild stallion      IMG_6524_small

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Crazy Horse on her not so crazy horse          IMG_6542_small

Malene’s mother with Oscar who ran away from home at 11 years old to become a gaucho.IMG_6548_small

The horse seems to be the only one who is not enjoying!IMG_6549_small

Oscar singing sentimental gaucho songs about lost love and hard patronsIMG_6560_small

Christmas eve! We enjoyed a fantastic Christmas dinner at Cabanas Las Lilas. Here Malene’s mother with a big steak and a very big knife!                                     IMG_6608_small

Dinner at home on the 25th December including the Danish traditional Christmas dessert “risalamande”IMG_6614_small

Here with Marco’s mother and father            DIGITAL CAMERA

And after the dinner, more Danish traditions! The “nu-er-det-jul-igen” dance around the house….IMG_6615_small

It all ended in chaos but everybody enjoyed, especially the photographer!IMG_6617_small

The Asado

The famous argentinian asado prepared by Fernando (former Puma – national team rugby player for Argentina). 

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The asado                               IMG_6403_small

The chori pan                                                         IMG_6402_small

Cataratas del Iguazu – The Iguazu Falls

12 December 2012

The Iguazu falls on the border between Argentina and Brazil is a 2.7 km wide water fall or rather series of numerous water falls tumbling down over the edge of the Parana Plateau. The falls are 60-82 m high and there are around 150-300 individual water falls depending on the water level in the Iguazu River. 

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The Devil’s Throat – Garganta del Diablo – the largest water fall of the Iguazu Falls, 82 m high and 150 m wide. About half of the water of the Iguazu River flows through this narrow passage and creates a roaring chaos of water and steam.IMG_6310_small

The top of the Devil’s Throat where the quiet river transforms into a roaring water fall.IMG_6283_small

Looking down the river from Devil’s Throat. To the left is Argentina and to the right Brazil.IMG_6288_small

One quick picture! Getting completely wet at Devil’s Throat.
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Walking along the Iguazu Falls.IMG_6320_small

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Cafayate – The City of Taste

From Cachi we took the Ruta 40 to Cafayate to check out the local wines. Little did we know that we would end up eating the wines as lovely sorbets from the local artisan ice cream shop Miranda. We would return to Cafayate just to have more Miranda ice cream!

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The road is a little bit bumpy in places but the landscape is beautiful.IMG_6188_small

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We arrived to Cafayate and set camp in the hills above the city. Fantastic view and very peaceful.IMG_6229_small

The next day we did a very hot training-hike to the big cross on the Cerro San Isidro above the city. Here a view down to the vineyards below.IMG_6231_small

The cactus were in bloom.IMG_6234_small

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We were not alone! This dog “picked us up” on the square in Cafayate and followed us all the way to the top, more than 1000 m altitude gain! She was incredible!!!IMG_6241_small

On the top with an exhausted dog.IMG_6247_small

After we returned to the square she was hoping to get adopted and jump in Frida with us……it was very hard to leave her there! IMG_6251_small

Before retreating to our camp in the hills, we had 1/2 kg of home made ice cream each from the local ice cream store Miranda! The wine sorbet was invented here and we tasted two of the local grapes as sorbets: Torrontes and Cabernet. Incredible!! Also the dulce de leche ice cream was unforgettable….

Ah yes, and by the way there is another very good reason to come to Cafayate: Alfajores! Alfajores classic style with dulce de leche and grated coconut, but also alfajores with coffee coating, with chocolate biscuits and chocolate coating, with white chocolate, with wine (our favourites!), with marengs instead of the classical biscuits, with raspberry, with double layers etc etc. Just look for this sign and enjoy:IMG_6224_small

Summer Snow

We entered northwestern Argentina from Chile over the beautiful Paso de Jama. We spent a couple of nights in Salta and then drove to Cachi to do some trekking in the mountains.

The road to Cachi through the beautiful Parque Nacional Los Cardones.IMG_6124_small

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From the small village of Cachi we drove up past Pailas and camped in the valley at the end of the road.IMG_6143_small

This is the valley where we were going trekking. Beautiful! Nevado de Cachi is somewhere in the background, behind the first line of peaks. IMG_6140_small

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We hiked up 1600 altitude meters and set camp at around 4550 m. Just in time…. As we raised the tent it started raining and soon we were in the center of a very bad thunderstorm. This is how the landscape looked after!IMG_6152_small

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We enjoyed the sunset and the next morning we walked down again!IMG_6160_small


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