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Top 10 Unmissable Destinations In Argentina

Following in the footsteps of my Top 10 Unmissable Destinations for Chile, I figured I would do one for each of the countries we visited. Argentina was the first destination, where we began our journey in South America over two years ago. It all started in Buenos Aires and after visiting the capital we made our way north all the way to the border of Bolivia. Next, we headed south. Deep south, all the way down to Ushuaia, dubbed 'el fin del mundo' (the end of the world). We returned to the country recently this past August revisiting Mendoza followed by the northeastern part of the country, an area we hadn't explored on our original journey. We've spent a total of about four months traveling this diverse country and while that may sound like a lot, to be honest, I would probably need four years to really spend the time necessary in each place.

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The lastest photos of our trip … All Bolivia & the first part of Peru

Just another quick update.  We put most of our photos from Bolivia & Peru. From BOLIVIA, you will find the photos from Lake Titicaca and La Paz (La Paz, Coroico, Copacabana & Isla del Sol), Central Highland (Cochabamba & Aiquile), the South Central (Sucre, Tarija & Rosilla) & the Southern Altiplano (Our tour to the Salar of Uyuni). And from PERU, you will find the photos from Lima, Cusco & the Sacred Valley (Cusco, Urubamba, The Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu), the South Coast & Arequipa (Arequipa & Colca Canyon) & Lake Titicaca (LLachon).  You can find all the best photos from Laurent on his Flickr gallery (Already available Uruguay, Argentina, Antarctica and Chile), the pictures from Bolivia & Peru will be available in December and January, stay tuned. You can also go and like his Facebook page L.L.P..  So if you are tired of reading, you can just look at the pictures!  Click on the ‘photos’ tab and you can search by place.  Enjoy!!!

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Celebrating one year of travel! Some reflections, new plans & our favorite memories

One year ago on October 4, with much trepidation and excitement, Laurent & I landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina with just backpacks strapped to our backs containing everything we would need for the next two years. I had quit my job back in New York, sold my car and many of my possessions and had no idea what the future would hold.

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The last photos of our trip … Goodbye Chile & Hello Bolivia

Just another quick update.  We put most of our photos from the north of Chile, The Norte Chico (Valparaiso, Pisco Elqui …) and the Norte Grande (San Pedro de Atacama, Putre, Parque Nacional Lauca, …). And the first pictures of Bolivia (our 3 weeks in the beautiful Sucre).  You can find all the best photos from Laurent on his Flickr gallery (Already available Uruguay, Argentina, Antarctica and now all Chile). You can also go and like his Facebook page L.L.P..  So if you are tired of reading, you can just look at the pictures!  Click on the ‘photos’ tab and you can search by place.  Enjoy!!!

The last photos of our trip … welcome to Chile

Just another quick update.  We put most of our photos from the north of  Chilean Patagonia (South of the Carretera Austral from Villa O’higgins to La Junta) the Sur Chico and Isla Chiloe (North of the Carretera Autral including Villa Vanguardia & Chaiten, The Island of Chiloe, Puerto Montt, The Amazing Cochamo, Valdivia and Pucon). And you can find all the best photos from Laurent on his Flickr gallery (Already available Uruguay, Argentina & Antarctica). You can also go and like his Facebook page L.L.P..  So if you are tired of reading, you can just look at the pictures!  Click on the ‘photos’ tab and you can search by place.  Enjoy!!!

Check out our trip through photos

Just another quick update. Laurent put most of our photos from the Northwest of Argentina and Mendoza. So if you are tired of reading my crappy writing, you can just look at the pictures! Click on the 'photos' tab and you can search by place.

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Top tips for visiting the northwest of Argentina

Visiting the northwest of Argentina was one of the highlights of our trip in South America so far. However, I found it a bit daunting when planning our time in this region. There is so much to see and do, where do you start? We knew we wanted to rent a car for sure to give us freedom and flexibility but for how long? Where would we rent the car? I scoured the internet and guide books for answers.

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Top 5 unmissable drives in northwest Argentina

1. Ruta 40 from Cachi to Cafayate

This easily takes the #1 spot. What Route 66 is to the USA, Route 40 is to Argentina. Stunning scenery, cool hippy history, biker dudes heading out into the open road. What more could you ask for out of a route?

Cachi is another unmissable spot in the Andean northwest of Argentina. Cachi is located in Salta province and is southwest of Salta city. Below is the church located in the plaza of Cachi:

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The wine capital of the northwest, Cafayate. Getting to know Torrontés

Ah, wine. I love wine. Who doesn't love a great wine? If you love wine like me and are interested in learning more about a grape you probably haven't heard of, well listen up!

When most people think of wines from Argentina, immediately they think of the lovely Malbec. But Argentina has more to offer than just this red grape. The north of Argentina is home to one of the most beautiful wine regions in the country, Cafayate and it's shining star, the Torrontés grape. What the malbec grape has done for Mendoza, the torrontés grape does for Cafayate.

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5 Places not to be missed in the northwest of Argentina

When planning a trip to visit Salta and the northwest of Argentina you have many choices as to which routes to take and what cities to stop in. I asked a lot of people for advice and what they thought and also did some research on my own. But still, it was a difficult decision.

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