Trekking in Patagonia
Torres del Paine, Chile
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

February 2006

Paris, El Calafate, Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine NP - Los Glaciares NP - Buenos Aires

Organized by TrekTrek, Slovenia

Duration: 19 days
Group size: 11
Tour guide: Luka Poznič

Canon PowerShot S2 IS Photographs presented were taken with Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera, originally taken in 2592 x 1944 (5 MPixel) resolution and downsampled for the web site to 1280 x 960. Original photos are also available on a DVD version. Most images were digitally adjusted for optimal color and contrast to compensate for exposure errors. There are a total of 561 photos in this gallery, additional 35 were not included.

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Map of Patagonia
Map of Patagonia
South-western Patagonia
Close up map


For the journey we gathered at the Ljubljana Brnik airport, prepared for the first leg of travel to Buenos Aires via Paris, and we run into trouble right from the beginning. The Air France plane arriving from Paris was diverted to Zagreb due to thick fog at Ljubljana airport, and our Paris flight got cancelled. The airline arranged transfer to Paris via Muenchen, scheduled for a few hours later, but still allowing us to catch our connecting flight. Bad luck still hasn't run out yet though, the Muenchen - Paris flight was almost an hour late (yes, it was an Air France flight), and we got to Paris just minutes before the plane for Buenos Aires left. Despite sending a telex from Muenchen saying that we are coming, Air France staff on Charles de Gaulle airport took the route of least resistance. Instead of holding the plane, they stuck us in a hotel overnight and put on the next plane for Buenos Aires 24 hours later, creating some interesting logistical combinations for catching the last flight from Buenos Aires to Patagonia, sold out for some six months in advance. We couldn't have praised Air France enough...

Air France is going to Zagreb,
and our flight is cancelled
Muenchen - Paris flight is running late,
and we miss the Buenos Aires flight

Since we had a day to kill in freezing Paris instead of exploring Buenos Aires as originally planned, we tried to make the most of it and went sightseeing.

On the Paris metro The Seine river Notre Dame Cathedral

Inside Notre Dame Cathedral

On our way alongside Seine riverbanks The Pompidou Centre

Catching the feel of Paris in winter.
Probably catching a cold as well...
Hôtel de Ville Entering the Louvre

Louvre Pyramid

Promenade to the Place de la Concorde The National Assembly Place de la Concorde

Musée d'Orsay Traffic on the Seine river The Eiffel Tower I'm not smiling here, I'm
just freezing my ass off

In the afternoon we hastily retreated to the warmth of our hotel, and in the evening were back at the Charles de Gaulle airport, to finally get ourselves to Buenos Aires.

A terminal at Charles
de Gaulle airport
Air France Airbus A330 getting
prepped for passengers

Buenos Aires - El Calafate - Puerto Natales

After 14 hours of night flight on a Boeing 777, we franticly disembarked at the Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport. After all the commotion with Air France, we were left with less than an hour of time to get our luggage, clear the customs, transfer to a smaller airport some 40 km away, and check-in on our last flight to El Calafate. There are no photos of the first Buenos Aires impressions, it was raining, and we were busy running.

Finally at the Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, waiting
for the final flight to El Calafate

At least the El Calafate flight turned out to be considerably late as well. We made it with time to spare, and were back on schedule.

Landing in El Calafate, the first impressions
of Patagonia's landscape while driving to the city
The hostel in El Calafate
we kept returning to
in the next few weeks
Taking on the
El Calafate streets

El Calafate is a small and friendly town, serving as the main gateway for travelers visiting the nearby
Glaciers National Park, or proceeding south to the Chilean gem, Torres del Paine National Park.

We spent the night in the hostel, and the next day we are going by bus to Puerto Natales, Chile, the main hub for visiting Torres del Paine national park.

Just outside of El Calafate is the Laguna Nimez bird reserve. Since we have a few hours of time left before taking
a bus to the Chilean town of Puerto Natales, we pay it a visit.

Kelp geese Teros Black-faced ibis Flamingos

Caracara El Calafate is located at the banks of Lago Argentino, the largest lake in Argentina

In the afternoon, we are
on the bus and traveling
200 km south to Chile
During 4 hours drive, we made a short stop on a small, lonely gas station. Most major roads in
Patagonia are typically wide but gravel, and journey is slow and bumpy. Seeing some tarmac is
luxury. Crossing the border to Chile was a tedious routine, apple-smugglers went undetected.

By the evening, we had arrived to Puerto Natales, sampled the local cousine at the dinner in one of the restaurants, and spent the night in one of the city hostels. The next morning we had a few hours left before catching the bus, and we went to see the town.

Puerto Natales, Chile is a small coastal town of colorful tin and wooden houses,
and is regarded to be the basecamp town for visiting Torres del Paine.

Strolling around Puerto Natales If you have received a
postcard from me, it came
from this post office

Chile Torres del Paine National Park

Day 1
Refugio Laguna Amarga - Campamento Chileno

Daily map
Trekking time:
Trekking distance:
4 hours
12 km
    Full backpacks Fully loaded backpacks

We carefully packed our backpacks for 7 days in the wild, leaving behind some nonessential items like travel and reserve cloths to minimize weight, and purchased supplies. We were planning on completing the "W" track in Torres del Paine, the shorter and more popular version of the complete circle. A bus will take us from Puerto Natales back up north to the entrance of Torres del Paine, and until evening we had to walk the distance to the first camp site, Campamento Chileno.

All packed up and
ready to go
The first view of Torres
from a bus
Trekking finally begins! Starting in the afternoon, we walk for 4 hours from the
entry point at Refugio Laguna Amarga to the first camp site, Campamento Chileno.

We are passing Hosteria
las Torres, and proceeding
into the valley ahead,
Valle Ascencio
At last, the roof of
Campamento Chileno
visible by the river
Tents go up for the first
time in our first camp.

Day 2
Campamento Chileno - Campamento Torres - Torres mirador - Campamento Japones - Valle del Silencio - Campamento Chileno

Daily map
Trekking time:
Trekking distance:
9 hours
19 km
    Small backpacks Light backpacks

The second day in Torres del Paine was planned to be the most difficult one. The weather was exceptionally good, as we were after the most notorious viewpoint in the park, the view on the Torres themselves. Taking advantage of good conditions, we started early in the morning, postponing breakfast until we reach Torres.

For the first hour, the trail is fairly easy, going
through the woods alongside river at the bottom
of the valley, crossing occasional streams
Reaching Campamento Torres, trail markings turn
left and uphill, through the scree and rubble
to the lookout point
Looking back to the
valley, gaining height

The path is rather steep and difficult, climbing through rocks
and boulders, markings often barely distinguishable...
... but the view is getting
better with every step
After an hour of climbing
rocks, the goal is in sight

And this is the reward! The famous Torres del Paine, raising above a
small mountain lake, in a fantastic weather. It may be hard to tell,
but the highest peak is a bit over 2000 meters above the lake
Having breakfast with
a view
Returning down the same way
to the river, we are to proceed
left an up the valley towards
Campamento Japanese

Looking back up on
Torres while descending
More streams and screes to cross Going upstream Río Ascencio,
with valley turning left to Valle
del Silencio visible ahead
Taking a break before
Campamento Japanese

Looking up the slopes encircling Valle
Ascencio, waterfalls are a common sight
Following Campamento Japones is another steep climb, first through
a forest and slippery wet rock, followed by yet another rocky scree

Climbing on the last edge,
facing Cerro Escudo
A view from the top of
Valle de Silencio back
down to the valley
Dark, shady walls
rising above us

From the top of Valle de Silencio we had started returning home to the Campamento Chileno, but we were quite a distance away. Tired already from long walking and some steep climbing, we spent one hour for the descent on slippery wet rocks to the bottom of the valley, and another two hours of fast paced trek along Valle Ascencio to our camp, awaiting hot dinner, and sleeping bags.

Exhausted after a long day, a welcome sight
of the cabin and camp at Campamento Chileno

Day 3
Campamento Chileno - Refugio los Cuernos

Daily map
Trekking time:
Trekking distance:
6 hours
14 km
    Full backpacks Fully loaded backpacks

On the third day, we left Campamento Chileno and moved on to the next camp site, Refugio los Cuernos. While not the shortest in distance, and we were carrying full equipment, this section mostly runs flat and has probably the most beautiful nature experience in the park. Trail is going by many mountain streams and small lakes, in a nice, hot summer weather; we took our time for this one.

Leaving Valle Ascencio, the trail goes up
the right side of the hill
Looking back
up the valley
Trail splitting up, we came
from the left the first day,
now going right to Cuernos
Hill climbing on our
right side...

... and a beautiful view on the country below us Path is taking us towards invitingly
looking lakes
Horses are used through
the park to carry supplies
to camps and refugios

A view behind
the flower
Wild Patagonian scenery, with the
trail running through
Reaching the first marvelous lake

One more stream
to cross...
... and we are on
the beach
Almirante Nieto
raising above
the lake
Trekking between
the two lakes

A panoramic view of Lago Nordenskjöld A crystal-clear stream
with drinkable water

Reflective surface of Lago Nordenskjöld Crossing a small river

The trail runs up in the banks, in parallel with the shore of Lago Nordenskjöld

Looking back
on the trail
More streams making
their way through
hard rock
The trail starts
descending again to
to our destination
Approaching Refugio los Cuernos, the Cuernos and
Glaciar del Francés already visible ahead

One more breathtaking view
on Lago Nordenskjöld...
...and Refugio los Cuernos'
roof shows up behind
the corner
Yet another larger stream to cross... ...and we set up our
tents at camp

A bird came posing
just a few meters
Berries at the
camp site
Dropping a few steps down to the lake shore

Soaking our feet in the cold mountain lake after day's walk, enjoying perfect weather in late afternoon

Camp site at
Refugio los Cuernos
Cooking pasta for dinner,
a few cooks and plenty
of supervisors
Avalanches are rumbling
down from Glaciar del
Francés in the distance

Day 4
Camping los Cuernos - Campamento Italiano* - Camping los Cuernos

Daily map
Trekking time:
Trekking distance:
2 hours
11 km
    Small backpacks Light backpacks, water only

Waking up on the fourth day in Torres, our luck with weather finally run out. It was raining in the morning, and it continued raining into the afternoon. We had a day prepared in reserve for cases like that, so we stayed in our tents, or gathered in the nearby cabin to wait out the weather.

It's dull and raining at Camping los Cuernos, low clouds extending almost to the ground Stream carries more
water than yesterday...

Horses are wet, too In the afternoon, the
sun finally managed
to get through
The rest of the day turned out to be magnificent, and three of us,
stiff from lying in tents all day, went for a quick, fast-paced
trek to the Campamento Italiano and back, 11 km altogether.

Waves are high on the lake,
as it is quite windy
A view on the western part of Lago
Nordenskjöld, in the afternoon, just after rain
Heavy clouds are still hanging
around mountain peaks...

... but clearing up
The sun starts casting long shadows...

...and shines last rays
on the Cuernos... we return from the
trek in under two hours

Day 5
Camping los Cuernos - Campamento Italiano - Campamento Britanico - Los Cuernos mirador - Campamento Italiano

Daily map
Trekking time:
Trekking distance:
6 hours
18 km
    Full backpacks Small backpacks Fully loaded backpacks up to Campamento Italiano

After the rainy day, we were able to go on to the Valle del Francés. The trek was composed of two parts, the first goal being getting to the Campamento Italiano and set up our camp there, then proceed up the valley to Campamento Britanico, another hour of steep climbing up to the viewpoint, and return to Campamento Italiano by the evening.

Today we are going into
the valley to the right
Down by the lake again The path to Campamento
Italiano goes through
a bushy slope
Last views on the lake...

...before turning into
a thick foliage
Glaciar del Francés
is getting closer
Campamento Italiano is
just next to the
Rio del Francés
We set up our tents
in the foresty camp...
...and prepare ourselves
for the second leg

A hanging bridge
by the camp
Yet another avalanche
on Glaciar del Francés
Glaciar del Francés is feeding a small lake Rio del Francés flows down
in the other direction

Panoramic views of the glacier... ...and black-topped
Cuernos on the other side
Behind us are the
marvelous lakes

Rio del Francés is
a fast-paced one
Distinctive Cuernos
peaks are following us
on the right
Rocky walls are no less spectacular
on the other side

The trail takes us through open bushy
fields, and into thick forest
A welcome

After reaching Campamento Britanico, there is the last steep 30 min climb up to the viewpoint on the Francés valley.
The view is well worth it, interesting clouds over Cuernos asking to be photographed

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Returning down to Campamento Italiano, we stop once again at the Glaciar del Francés viewpoint

Day 6
Campamento Italiano - Camping Lago Pehoé - Refugio Grey

Daily map
Trekking time:
Trekking distance:
7 hours
19 km
    Full backpacks Fully loaded backpacks

The sixth day was the last day of trekking in Torres del Paine, but it had made it up with the distance, weather, and the fact that we were walking with full gear. The plan was simple, pack up the camp in the morning, and move to Refugio Grey, our last camping site, passing Refugio and Camping Lago Pehoé on the way.

This time we are
crossing that bridge
Saying goodbye to
the Francés glacier
Trekking towards Lago Skottsberg

It is an extremely windy day, wind gusts are
throwing fine sand from the trail in our faces
Lago Pehoé shows up
in the distance
Lago Pehoé has a distinctive greenish
blue color

Shortly after, our first destination, Refugio and
Camping Lago Pehoé comes in sight
Two hours after leaving Campamento
Italiano, we take off our backpacks
to take a short rest
Weather doesn't look so good,
heavy clouds right where
we are going

At this point, my camera went back in the safety of my backpack, and we all brought out our rain gear. Heavy wind was already bringing down first drops of rain, and we were sure we are going to get wet this time. We no longer had any spare time to wait out the rain under Pehoé's roof, we had to make it to Refugio Grey that day to stay on schedule.
Astonishingly, nothing happened. Clouds were dark and threatening, a few drops did sprinkle down on us in the next two hours, but that was all there was to it. Eventually, I brought the camera back out just as Lago Grey came into the view for the first time.

Spotting the first blocks of ice floating on
Lago Grey, suitably named for its grey color
And this is the source. Glaciar Grey.
It looks massive even from the distance.
Ice blocks right
beneath the trail

Refugio Grey is right
ahead, on the beach
near the peninsula end
A chance for refreshment The trail starts to drag on.
Taking the last break.
Some beautiful flowers by the trail

One more close up
photo of floating
...and we arrive with heavy feet to our final
trekking destination in Torres del Paine,
Refugio Grey
As we are catching our breath, a group is boarding
Grey II, taking a tour to the glacier Grey itself.
We will do that tomorrow

We put up our tents A few impressions from the beach by the Grey camping site

Icebergs are such grateful subjects Clouds are still there,
but no longer threatening
A flowing mass of ice awaits
us just behind the corner

Day 7
Refugio Grey - Hosteria Lago Grey (boat trip)

Daily map
Trekking time:
Trekking distance:
    Full backpacks Fully loaded backpacks

For the last day in Torres del Paine National Park, we went on a boat ride up close to the Glaciar Grey before returning by bus to the park's entry point at Refugio Laguna Amarga, and eventually by the evening back to our small hotel in Puerto Natales, where the rest of the luggage awaits us.

It's morning at Refugio Grey,
and we are going boat riding
A smaller boat picks up us and our backpacks at the beach,
and delivers us to the Grey II

The boat slowly takes us to the glacier's edge, first to the eastern part Everybody get their cameras ready

Big blocks of ice shine with a deep blue glow that appears out of this world

Eastern part of
Glacier Grey
We get our own
little icebergs
Going around the island splitting Glacier Grey
to the western side

Larger, western side of glacier Grey

They went glacier trekking.
Only here shows the real
size of the ice blocks
Slowly making our way along Lago Grey to the port on the other side Clouds open up just
enough for this iceberg
to shine in deep blue

Just before disembarking,
we spot a condor nest
up in the cliffs
Driving back by road to
Refugio Laguna Armanga, to
catch a bus to Puerto Natales
Guanacos, South America's llama,
photographed from passing bus

Puerto Natales - El Calafate

We completed our Torres adventure with a dinner in Puerto Natales' local pub, where we were reunited with the rest of our luggage, and spent the last night in Chile in cute little Hotel Residencial Centro. In the morning, we are catching a bus back to Argentina, another 4 hours of driving on gravel roads back to El Calafate.

A local driver will
help us take our luggage
to the bus station
One last photo of Puerto
Natales, 8:20 AM is way
too early for locals
Five hours later, El
Calafate, and our familiar
hostel once again

Argentina Los Glaciares National Park

Day 1
El Chalten - Cerro Torres (Laguna Torre) - El Chalten

Daily map
Trekking time:
Trekking distance:
6 hours
18 km
    Light backpacks Light backpacks

After spending a night in El Calafate, we moved on to the second part of our trekking trip, the Los Glaciares National Park with the famous Mt. Fitzroy as the main attraction. Los Glaciares NP is located about 200 km north of El Calafate, and we went on yet another long and bumpy bus trip to the El Chalten, a small town that will host our group for the next four days.
El Chalten is a village settled inside National Park Los Glaciares, and is the base for exploring the park. All trails start in El Chalten, and are readily available for daily excursions in different directions. While there are some native residents in El Chalten, during the season it consists almost entirely of backpackers, hikers, and mountain climbers, occupying hostels, while locals provide supporting services and small businesses.

On the way to El Chalten, bus makes a 10 min
stop for refreshments at the roads crossing
Arriving to the
El Chalten
We are welcomed by
park rangers, given maps
and basic instructions
On arrival, Fitzroy is
shy in the clouds

We got settled in a backpacker's hostel, six persons per large room, and shortly after midday we had been trekking already to the first destination, Laguna Torre with a view on Cerro Torres mountain range and a glacier beneath.

Leaving El Chalten and going uphill A typical scenery at Los
Glaciares national park
The valley with Cerro Torres and
the glacier at the end

Instead of trekking,
you can go horse
The trail drops down to the bottom of the valley, going upstream near the river

Almost there... The goal for today, at
the top of this dike
This is what we came for, Laguna Torre with a glacier.
Cerro Torres peaks are engulfed in clouds though.

Hard, jagged rocks
on peaks around us
Time to return the same
way, turning to El Chalten
at the opening on the left
El Chalten town welcomes
us back in late afternoon

Day 2
El Chalten - Fitzroy Mirador - El Chalten

Daily map
Trekking time:
Trekking distance:
3 hours
10 km
    Light backpacks Light backpacks

The second day in El Chalten it was raining. It started at night, and it drizzled down on us until noon. We waited it out, taking a rest from the day before. In the afternoon, we decided to make a short trip to the Fitzroy viewpoint, not too far away from El Chalten, and on the same trail we would be taking the next day on the main trek to the Fitzroy basecamp.

Just outside El Chalten,
we meet a rabbit
A short break, some are swinging around, others
evaluating a training climbing wall
A river valley that stretches up
north of El Chalten

Heavy clouds still
indicate recent rain
Terrain here is covered with small, bushy trees Goal for the day, Fitzroy
viewpoint at Laguna Capri.
Fitzroy is hiding in clouds.
We see these ones
around a lot

On return to El Chalten
clouds show signs of
In the evening, I go exploring El Chalten a bit, trying to get to know the city better.

There is a school, wide gravel roads, and lots of small hotels, hostels, shops, restaurants,...

In the evening, Fitzroy
did clear up a bit, promising
a better view tomorrow

The day was concluded with a home cooked dinner at the hostel's open kitchen; a vegetable soup, pasta, and lots of pancakes.

Day 3
El Chalten - Fitzroy basecamp - El Chalten

Daily map
Trekking time:
Trekking distance:
7 hours
24 km
    Light backpacks Light backpacks

The main event in Los Glaciares came up; we are going to Fitzroy base camp, no matter what the weather is, as we are running out of time. It's the last full day in El Chalten, and we're hoping for a clear view on the famous peak from up close. The trek to the basecamp and back is a long one, and it took us the whole day.

Boldly on the way to
the north side of El
Chalten in the morning
Mt. Fitzroy is kind of
cooperating, just a puff
of cloud around the peak
Following the same trail
as yesterday, we reach
camping site Capri
Moving past Laguna Capri

Heavy winds start blowing, spraying some raindrops from clouds around the peaks, and I'm
having increasingly more problems keeping my camera lenses clean

Strong wind envelopes
Fitzroy with clouds
Getting across
mountain river
Camping site Poincenot
is in the woods
Crossing a river behind
Poincenot, you don't
want to slip here

A spring at camp Rio
Blanco, before the
final assault uphill
For the last hour, the trail gets
very steep, gaining in height
about 400m in short distance
Almost at the top. Wind
throughout the ascent
is furious, gusts stopping
you in track
At the top, the wind
gets outright dangerous,
throwing people off
their feet

There on the top, that was the kind of wind that has to be experienced. As many as three members of our group have lost their glasses, as they were literally blown away off their faces. There was an Italian guy asking around about binoculars, last seen flying, and a group of elderly German tourists on all four, struggling not to go flying themselves. Finding some sort of a shelter behind any larger rock was a necessity.

Reaching destination Several shots of the glacier and a small lake under Mt. Fitzroy while snuggled behind a large boulder

If loosing balance due to the wind,
landing would have been down there
Some peaks were
...but Fitzroy itself was hiding

On the western side
high winds have
cleared the sky
Defying wind,
having a snack
Rain drops carried by
the wind created
a rainbow
A view towards El Chalten, the town hiding
just behind the shadowy ridge

Time to go back The trail marked with yellow sticks goes
steeply down, right to the river
Back at the bottom,
a well maintained trail
by the Poincenot camp
This valley is directly
downwind from Fitzroy,
perhaps worth a visit...

Crossing the river again,
carefully over the narrow bridge
Dusty trail passes through some wild, seemingly
abandoned scenery

The last view on
the northern valley
A lone house buried
in a small forest...
...and a lone tree
by the trail...
... while crossing
open space
Just making photos
for the sake of it

El Chalten welcomes us
back through the trees
from down below
One final descent... ...and we are back
in the town

Day 4
El Chalten - A picnic trek - El Chalten

Daily map
Trekking time:
Trekking distance:
2 hours
4 km
    Light backpacks Light backpacks

The last day in El Chalten, we were taking a bus back to El Calafate in the afternoon. After packing up and preparing our luggage for the trip, we decided to go out for a couple of hours on the last trek in Patagonia.

Before breakfast, I went outside the city past the park rangers' Gendarneria in order to shoot some photographs
of Mt. Fitzroy in the morning light, weather conditions were rather favorable

Getting ready for
the last trek
Fitzroy was clear, but
clouds were gathering
The park is full
of small streams
We are going just an hour or so out of
the city, on the southern trail

Now that's one interesting rock... El Chalten and the
northern valley, viewed
from the southern hills
We stopped at a small
forest on the top
before turning back
Tying knots 101

The weather turned bad and it looked like it would start raining any second, so we had picked up the pace and returned to the town.

El Chalten - El Calafate - Buenos Aires

Later that day we left El Chalten by a regular bus line, endured another four hours of gravel joyride, and returned once again to El Calafate.

Wide gravel roads going
through south Patagonia
Looks familiar?
It did to us, too

After spending the third and last night in the well familiar hostel, some free time was available for last shopping and sightseeing in El Calafate. In the afternoon, we are driving to the airport and boarding a plane to Buenos Aires.

Having completed shopping, I walked down to the other side of El Calafate and took some photos off the beach road

El Calafate airport is
on an idilic location
MD-80 landing and being guided to the parking
spot. We've arrived in one of these old crates
Our much fancier Boeing
737 is being refueled
Don't you loose
our luggage

El Calafate tower and
terminal while taxiing
for takeoff
I was very lucky to get a window seat this time, and the weather was phenomenal for flying.
I grabbed the opportunity and put my camera to a good use. Window has had a few smudges though

Above is a collection of some of the better photos taken during the three hours of flight over Argentina's landscape

Reaching Buenos Aires, the airport is on the other side of the city, so we are flying over it

Descending and turning to final approach, time to turn off the camera

Buenos Aires

The first group arrived in Buenos Aires in late afternoon, the rest followed with separate flights a few hours later in the evening. As I was in the first group, after settling in the hostel for the last night in Argentina, we had time to go out into the city.

First real impressions of Buenos Aires city are from a minibus,
taking us to our selected hostel

In the evening, we went out to a well known shopping street, Calle Florida, to feel the beat of the city,
South American temperament, and enjoy street performances

Busy Buenos Aires
streets in the
Crossing Av.9 de Julio, the widest city street in the world (10 lanes
each way). The obelisk is one of the Buenos Aires' landmarks
Av. de Mayo was closed
down for carnival

We spent the last night in South America, and will be leaving for Europe in the afternoon. Since we didn't get to see much of Buenos Aires on arrival due to the commotion with Air France, we used up the remaining few hours to go sightseeing around the city. It's a hot, sunny summer day in Buenos Aires, the thermometer stopped at 34°C. It's hard to imagine there will be snow and winter again in 24 hours.

St. Nicholas
Youth Hostel
Buenos Aires cabs, falling
apart yet driving like mad
Our first stop is in La Boca, perhaps the most colorful area in
Buenos Aires. The main street is Caminito, a home to many
artisans and painters, and open air tango shows.

Many artists display their
paintings on the street
The famous Caminito
tango school
Lots of Italian
style cantinas
Get a photo with a
tango professional
for a few pesos
This graffiti is a kind
of a landmark, too

Visiting one of many artists shops
on the Caminito street
A view from
It's Sunday, little kids
are playing, cheering,
stealing cameras...
Truck under repairs

Just a street away,
it's a normal, lazy
Sunday morning
The next stop on the city tour is the Sunday Flea Market
in San Telmo, with plenty of antique shops and tango bars
Street performers
hoping for a peso

On Sundays, professional tango dancers take to the streets A signer promoting her CD
live. She's rather good, too

Flea Market itself is crowded,
mostly with tourists
The last stop is
on Calle Florida
I stroll around to make a few
more city shots

Obelisk in
the distance
Time is up, we need to
get going to the airport

Buenos Aires - Paris - Ljubljana

The rest of the trip was fairly routine and uneventful. Checking on flights, waiting in lines, clearing controls; a long, almost 14 hours overnight flight on B-777 to Paris, a couple of hours on the Charles de Gaulle, and a quick two hours flight from Paris to Ljubljana. No major delays this time, and the adventure ends smoothly back at home.

Waiting for our plane in Paris, after nearly three weeks of
traveling, our minds are already half at home

Photographs contributed by other group members