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South America

Chile’s Atacama Desert: Road Trip Across the Driest Place on Earth

Chile, Atacama Desert

At the end of our whirlwind Workaway adventure, we treated ourselves to an epic trip up North in the Atacama Desert. We had decided against Patagonia since we didn’t have sufficient time to do proper hiking and had already spent ample time on the Argentina side.  As fate would have …

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City Guide: Wander in the Artsy Hills of Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

A Workaway experience that turned awry unexpectedly took us to Valparaiso for three weeks, where we worked on a different Workaway project. This hilly seaside town surprised and delighted me in the best way. Our three-week stay here allowed us so much time to expand beyond the usual tourist bubble, …

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Explore Montevideo and Coastal Uruguay

Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

Journey from Buenos Aires to Montevideo via Colonia Express After three whirlwind weeks in Amazing Argentina, we headed to Uruguay. Xav’s brother has lived near Montevideo for over a decade and visiting his family for Christmas shaped our winter plans in South America.  I had booked tickets only a few …

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Argentina Patagonia Part III: 5-Day Road Trip from Trelew to Puerto Madryn

Day 1: Rental Pick-up & Overnight in Trelew From El Calafate, where we sighted the impressive glacier and the infamous Patagonia mountain range, we headed East to Trelew, where we begin another road trip to see penguins and other beautiful wildlife.  Learn Manual Shift Driving Before Arrival We picked up …

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Argentina Patagonia Part II: 4-Days Around El Calafate

El Chalten Mount Fitz Roy

Day 1: Traveling from Ushuaia to El Calafate  For part II of our Argentina Patagonia adventure, we took a short 70-minute flight from Ushuaia to El Calafate. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize the flight was delayed until we arrived at the airport. The short journey, unfortunately, took us 6-hours door-to-door. I’ve heard …

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Argentina Patagonia Part I: 4-Days in Ushuaia

Beagle Channel Boat Tour in Ushuaia, Patagonia Argentina

Day 1: Travel from Salta to Ushuaia We concluded our whirlwind road trip in Northern Argentina and headed South to explore Patagonia. The first stop was to Ushuaia, a city located at the furthest southern point of the world, and thus claims its “End of the World” title. Argentina is …

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Northern Argentina Road Trip from Salta

Northern Argentina Road Trip

After a few days of settling into Argentina in Buenos Aires, we flew up north to Salta to begin a whirlwind of a four-day Northern Argentina road trip. If we had more time, I would have doubled the length of this itinerary and spend two nights in each destination. Whenever …

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4 Days in Colorful​ Buenos Aires

La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina

On our full-time travel, we picked destinations based on our global set of friends and families. Xav’s brother lives in Uruguay, so we decided to escape winter and migrate down to the Southern hemisphere. We kicked off our three-month South America tour with a 4-day stay in Buenos Aires, visiting …

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