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South America: Argentina

We have been back from our South America adventure to Chile and Argentina for almost two weeks now and I’m excited to finally be sharing about our trip! Because we took over 1,300 photos and covered so many places, I’m just going to share about Argentina today. I’ll be sharing more details than probably most want to know, but I hope this post can help someone else at some point who might be planning a trip to this region. We found it very overwhelming to plan so hopefully some tips and pointers can prevent others from feeling the same way.

Our time in Argentina was spent in Buenos Aires and two towns in Patagonia called El Calafate and a smaller town called El Chalten.

Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chalten Argentina

Day 1 – 2 – We flew straight from DFW to Buenos Aires. We had less than 24 hours in Buenos Aires and that seemed like more than enough since we don’t love big cities. After taking a taxi from the airport to our hostel, we spent our time eating lunch, walking around town looking for an ATM (this took way too much time), and going to their local park, Bosques de Palermo. By 7 pm, we were exhausted and ready to rest for the early morning we had ahead (3 am wake up call after overnight flight the night before)!

Buenos Aires! 008-Colby Iphone SA (11)

Day 3 – Our second stop of the trip was down south in Argentina in a town called El Calafate. We took a flight from Buenos Aires and landed that morning at 8:30 am. After checking into our hostel and walking around town for a few hours trying to figure out how to get to the Perito Moreno Glacier, we finally discovered a company that had a 1 pm bus so we signed up for that and headed out to the glacier. The first part of the trip consisted of a Catamaran taking us in front of the glacier and the second part we were able to walk along the side of the glacier.

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina Perito Moreno Glacier, ArgentinaPerito Moreno Glacier, ArgentinaPerito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Day 4: The next morning, we made a day trip and took a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten. As you can see in the pictures below, we were greeted with extremely freezing temperatures. We decided to do the Laguna Torre Hike based on what we had read/heard. The hike was 6 hours round trip and when we got to the end, we were greeted by the view below. Because it was snowing during our hike and very overcast the view wasn’t quite what we expected, but we had heard going into that it’s a necessity to have a clear day so we weren’t too surprised. After 17 miles of hiking/walking that day we were exhausted!

El Chalten, ArgentinaLaguna Torre Hike, El Chalten, ArgentinaLaguna Torre Hike, El Chalten, Argentina - Foggy and Snowy

Our time in Argentina was short, but we really enjoyed it. Some tips to share with others who plan on traveling to Argentina:

  • Buenos Aires:
    • We had a hard time finding ATM’s that worked in the city, so get cash in the airport.
    • We used Taxi Ezeiza for transportation from EZE airport to Palmero where we stayed. We found they were not friendly at all and even charged us more than what they had told us it would be (and I had proof to show them the price in an email). Choose a different option, if you can.
  • El Calafate
    • We enjoyed the place we stayed, Hospedaje Lautaro, and the owner spoke English.
    • Don’t miss the glacier! It was the highlight of our stay in Chile. It took us all morning to find out how to get there, until we got on wifi and found there was a 1 pm bus (our hostel owner failed to mention that). Make sure to do both the walkways and the catamaran at the glacier. You will have more than plenty of time to do both.
  • El Chalten
    • We used Bus Caltur for our transportation to/from El Chalten
    • We took a day trip here for the hike mentioned above. It was a very long hike and if the weather isn’t good like what we experienced, be prepared that the view won’t be that great.
    • Bring all sorts of clothes for the hike. I went from dressing as an eskimo, to shorts, back to dressing up as an eskimo!
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34 Comments
  • Allison
    Posted at 08:35h, 05 December Reply

    Beautiful pictures! It looks like you have a wonderful time. We would like to travel there someday, so I am putting these tips in the back of my mind. Do you like staying at hostels? We’ve never done, but are very interested in doing so.

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 08:43h, 05 December Reply

    I always love reading about traveling. Those glaciers photos are amazing and I can only imagine what it was like in person. I”m looking forward to reading more about the trip.

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 09:21h, 05 December Reply

    i wondered how it was possible that you took 1300 photos until i scrolled down and saw how GORGEOUS the ones you shared here are – i would be mesmerized by all of this! so so so pretty! and yes, definitely makes me want to go to argentina – maybe in a few years? it’s funny thinking about the baby coming and how that changes plans. i’ve always hatched a travel plan and made a reservation, but no more… well.. for a while 🙂

  • Mia @ MakeMeUpMia
    Posted at 10:17h, 05 December Reply

    Wow wow wow! This looks and sounds like the trip of a lifetime! Those glaciers!

  • Elena
    Posted at 10:17h, 05 December Reply

    What beautiful photos!! Looks and sounds like you guys had a lot of fun! Definitely on my bucket list of places to travel!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 10:32h, 05 December Reply

    I’m not a traveler so I love living through others adventures.
    That snow & ICE!! Mercy! I just got a chill looking at it.
    Those purple trees… heavenly!

  • Krystal
    Posted at 11:37h, 05 December Reply

    I love this post! I am huge on traveling, but I’ve never been to South America (yet). I love the pictures – they are amazing!!! I’m so jealous. It looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing!

  • becky
    Posted at 11:48h, 05 December Reply

    Soooooooo beautiful!! I love glaciers so much, they’re pretty incredible!

  • Tania // Run To Radiance
    Posted at 12:33h, 05 December Reply

    Wow Caroline, those are gorgeous photos! i had no idea there were glaciers in South America?!! I’m glad you wrote this because S.A. is definitely on my travel list!!

  • Kara
    Posted at 14:17h, 05 December Reply

    Crazy how you are in shorts in one pic and freezing in another!! That glacier was amazing 🙂

  • Elisha
    Posted at 16:13h, 05 December Reply

    I am just in awe of you on soooo many levels! One…you are a world traveler and I envy you 🙂 Two…You should really plan vacations for others because you are so good at it! Three…you are gorgeous!

    Love you my friend! xo

  • Stacia
    Posted at 17:04h, 05 December Reply

    What beautiful photos! Your trip looks like it was amazing!

  • Sara
    Posted at 17:11h, 05 December Reply

    Amazing photos. Hope you are going to post about the rest of your trip as well! Looks so awesome!

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 18:43h, 05 December Reply

    Oh I LOVE traveling vicariously through you! Those glacier pictures look incredible and breathtaking. I’m so glad you’re sharing so much of your adventures and pictures with us! Love it!

  • Lauren
    Posted at 22:30h, 05 December Reply

    Amazing views. I wish I could spend days in both of those places. Sounds incredible! Thanks for sharing some.

  • Dawn
    Posted at 15:26h, 06 December Reply

    Beautiful Pics!!! I definitely wasn’t expecting to see you dressed up like it’s winter in WI knowing your were in South America, lol.

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 17:23h, 06 December Reply

    Oh wow! What a cool update from your trip!

    I love the pictures!

    Those trees with the purple flowers are gorgeous… and the glacier… wow! You must have been just in awe with God’s creation. Amazing.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

  • Emily @ EatLoveProcreate
    Posted at 10:23h, 07 December Reply

    AMAZEBALLS!!! You know I am in love with this trip and your pics already though! hehe

  • Jojo
    Posted at 14:45h, 07 December Reply

    Extraordinary pictures. They are absolutely beautiful. Sorry you had to deal with over pricing I’ve noticed that myself when we travel. Glad you had an amazing time.

  • Angela
    Posted at 13:47h, 08 December Reply

    What amazing pictures!! And this is just the first part of your trip! Can’t wait to see more!

  • Tiffany (A Touch of Grace)
    Posted at 21:02h, 08 December Reply

    Love the photos! That glacier is amazing! What a wonderful experience Caroline!

  • Mary-Keith
    Posted at 12:51h, 09 December Reply

    you are so cute ALL the time! I wouldn’t look that good on that trip at all! haha but it looks completely gorgeous there!!!!! what an awesome trip!

  • Jessah
    Posted at 13:43h, 09 December Reply

    Wow! Your photos are breathtaking. What an amazing trip!

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 14:38h, 10 December Reply

    Oh my gosh, Caroline…such awesome photos!! I want to go to Argentina so badly. Love the glacier and holy cow, long hike! You two are just the two I would know can do it! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to see the rest!

  • Kelly @ Southern Komfort Blog
    Posted at 14:01h, 11 December Reply

    I loved following your adventures on Insta! These pictures are absolutely stunning!!

  • Sarah J
    Posted at 21:52h, 11 December Reply

    Those pictures were all absolutely stunning! Not gonna lie, I didn’t expect Argentina to have glaciers… not sure what I thought it would have haha :p so fun to read about your trip!

  • Charlee Anne
    Posted at 15:48h, 12 December Reply

    My husband is from Argentina (Cordoba), but I have never been there. I can’t wait for the day that we can actually go! Thank you for sharing your experience and the beautiful pictures. Those glaciers look amazing!

  • Amber
    Posted at 14:58h, 15 December Reply

    That looks beautiful! I’ve hiked the Torres del Paine route in Tierra del Fuego but never been to any of the places that you visited. Thanks for sharing through the SHINE blog hop!
    Cheers, Amber at OurCharmedLife.net

  • Amanda
    Posted at 11:30h, 16 December Reply

    These pictures are AMAZING! Oh my goodness. I love the glacier ones. What a trip!

  • Laura @ Making Baby Provence
    Posted at 14:31h, 23 December Reply

    Oh, this looks like so much fun!! Except the having to dress like an eskimo part. Looks like you were well-prepared, though. Your pictures are beautiful!

  • Marcella ~ WhatAWonderfulWorld
    Posted at 09:21h, 26 January Reply

    Great shots! I went to the same two places in Patagonia too, they are some of the most beautiful places I’ve seen!! Stunning 🙂 I’m excited to see what you did in Chile, as I live there 😀

  • Christy Swagerty (whatupswags)
    Posted at 11:01h, 26 January Reply

    Amazing! I can’t wait to experience South America someday. Love the photos and cool to find you on #TravelTuesday!

  • Ruth
    Posted at 19:58h, 26 January Reply

    Your photos of the Perito Moreno glacier are breathtaking. What a place!

  • Sara @ Sara Sees
    Posted at 09:08h, 27 January Reply

    Crazy that all of these pictures were taken in the same country; first green, then glaciers! How cool to get so much variety in one trip!

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