Hi all! Its a good while since I wrote and have lots to tell you about. I hope you have some time to read it all! I am still in Argentina. By the look of things I´ll be leaving in the coming days, heading up to Bolivia. I´ve been here just over 2 months, the longest I have been in a country I wasn`t living in. Hard to believe so much time has passed to be honest.
I have spent ages trying to insert photos onto this log but have failed on a couple of occasions. So if you want to see my shots, I´ll send the link to my photos. I know a poor workman blames his tools but this really isn`t a good website!
Mum and Dad were with me for 2 weeks, which was lovely. We were in Bariloche, which has a very Swiss appearance and Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina. The highpoint of our Bariloche stay was teh Cruce de los Lagos, basically day trip with 3 boats and 3 buses over the border to Chile. The scenery was so beautiful and each lake was a different colour. Mendoza was also a great place to spend some time, particularly in the gorgeous hostel we were in. Mum & Dad were a bit of a hit at the hostel - "your parents are really cool to still stay in a hostel and travel so much" etc etc.
I saw one of the most amazing things I have ever seen last week near Mendoza. I was doing a day hike with a guide and 2 others. We reached the summit of the mountain we were climbing (3400m, with thinning air) and found a very skinny horse on the top . Next thing, 4 condors started circling really close overhead. They were checking out the horse as they only eat dead meat. They have a wingspan of 2 - 4m and are truly impressive. The ones I saw were young and only were about 2m (only 2m!!! enormous!). They are beautiful in flight as they don´t flap their wings at all, they just glide. It was an extremely moving and soothing to see nature in such a way.
I met have a couple of really nice travel companions here which is great. I met an American girl Chris and spent a couple of weeks with her, on and off. She left the other day, which was a shame as we got on so well. I did the 2 day tour with a Belgian girl, Kris. I am now travelling with a lovely English girl Steph and will travel into Bolivia with her. We are in Humahuaca at the moment and are going to Iruya tomorrow, which is a World Heritage Site. Everyone describes it as one of the most spectacular places they have seen. I have purposely not seen any photos so it will all be a surprise.
That´s all for the moment. Next report will be from Bolivia!