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!
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.
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.
Marco enjoying the panorama and trying to keep his balance against the strong wind blowing from Chile.
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.
Marco aka Kurt Diemberger
In the night we had a bit of snow. The next morning the valley was even more beautiful to view!
It was quite cold so we had to warm up the frozen snicker bars in the hottest place we could find…
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.
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!
Family Christmas in Buenos Aires
19-27 December 2012
Beautiful tiles in an old building.
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.
The famous argentinian asado prepared by Fernando (former Puma – national team rugby player for Argentina).
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.
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.
Looking down the river from Devil’s Throat. To the left is Argentina and to the right Brazil.
One quick picture! Getting completely wet at Devil’s Throat.
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!
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:
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.
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!