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{ Monthly Archives } December 2013

giant telescopes, multiple moons, baking and general christmas cheer

ARGENTINA: CALINGASTA — EL LEONCITO — USPALLATA — MENDOZA (VIA 52) The festive season is upon us again. I spent last Christmas all at sea but an invitation from my friends, Sarah and James, promise to make this one a cosier experience. When I finally catch them up in Calingasta, we stock up for celebratory […]

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folk heroes and history lessons

ARGENTINA: ON THE HIGHWAY Roadside shrines are a ubiquitous sight in many parts of Latin America but in Argentina they are particularly elaborate and colourful affairs. While they range considerably in size and complexity – some are simple structures, nestled under the puny branches of a scrubby bush, containing only a single icon, while others […]

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postcards from ruta 40

ARGENTINA: CAFAYATE — SANTA MARIA — BELÉN — LONDRES — CUESTA DE ZAPATA — FAMATINA — CHILECITO — VILLA UNIÓN — SAN JOSÉ DE JÁCHAL — IGLESIA — CALINGASTA Ruta 40’s mystique is something akin to that of Route 66 in the States — it is the stuff of mythic road adventures. The young Ernesto […]

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not forgotten

ARGENTINA: TINOGASTA

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abra de acay

ARGENTINA: SAN ANTONIO DE COBRES — LA POMA — CACHI — CAFAYATE After a very brief pit-stop in San Antonio de Cobres, which entirely wipes out my available Argentinian cash* supply I head off to cross Abra de Acay, Argentina’s highest pass. I’m still pretty tired after the trip from San Pedro so it’s not […]

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people and bikes

ARGENTINA: PASO SICO ROUTE * A fairly disadvantageous one for me, I must say, as he seemed to be utterly unaware of the blue market rate of exchange for Argentinian pesos and wasn’t much interested in educating himself on the subject.

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paso sico

CHILE/ARGENTINA: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA –TOCONAO — SOCAIRE — PASO SICO — CATUA — CAUCHARI — SAN ANTONIO DE LOS CORBRES When the time comes to leave San Pedro it happens that the Pikes and I are – initially, at least – heading in the same direction.  I am going to enter Argentina via Paso […]

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san pedro de atacama

CHILE: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA San Pedro is a tourist town in the northern desert of Chile and it is where most of the cycle tourists who brave the Lagunas route end up to restock and recuperate. When I arrive I head to the square and instantly encounter Eva and Jan in the company of […]

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