Chile / Argentina / Brazil 2008 Travelogue

Trip Summary:

Destination: Chile, Argentina, Brazil

Travel Company: Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT)

When: 03 October – 22 October 2008

Duration: 17 Days of sightseeing

Photos taken: Kathy took 2820, Bob took 3650 (total 6470).


If you read my Ecuador travelogue, you may recall the story where I was standing in line waiting to buy train tickets for the Devil's Nose train ride in Ecuador and I asked a fellow tourist where was the most beautiful place he had ever seen in his life. I prefaced it by saying that Machu Picchu was, without a doubt, the most beautiful place I had seen. And I've seen a few.

I'm not much for bragging, because I feel that spirituality is more important than anything purchased, seen or done on this Earth. But I have seen a lot of beautiful places in this world: the stunningly beautiful hills of Guilin China, the Three Gorges of the Yangtze, the breathtaking overlook of Machu Picchu, the painted desert and Grand Canyon in Arizona, the untamed wilderness of Alaska, the Black Forest of Germany, the paradise of Hawaii, the rolling green hills of Ireland. I've seen a lot of this world's most beautiful places. And so far for me, the most beautiful was Machu Picchu.

The tourist said in a matter-of-fact way that Machu Picchu was nice—I almost wonder if he yawned at the thought—but nothing compares to Torres del Paine. Where's that? He said Southern Chile. Talking with that man, I knew in my heart that I had to see Chile.

Click on the photos to see comments I wrote and photos we took on each day:

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Day 1

Fri Oct 03, 2008

Minneapolis to New York to Santiago

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Day 2

Sat Oct 04, 2008

Santiago, Chile

Bob: 108,

Kathy: 62

Day 3

Sun Oct 05, 2008

Santiago, Chile

Bob: 180,

Kathy: 128

Day 4

Mon Oct 06, 2008

Valparaiso, Chile

Bob: 195,

Kathy: 87

Day 5

Tue Oct 07, 2008

Puerto Montt, Chile

Chilean Rodeo

Bob: 229,

Kathy: 149

Day 6

Wed Oct 08, 2008

Puerto Varas, Chile

Bob: 267,

Kathy: 147

Day 7

Thu Oct 09, 2008

Punta Arenas, Chile

Patagonia, Sheep farm

Bob: 148,

Kathy: 121

Day 8

Fri Oct 10, 2008

Torres del Paine, Chile

Bob: 438,

Kathy: 273

Day 9

Sat Oct 11, 2008

Torres del Paine, Chile

Bob: 129,

Kathy: 117

Day 10

Sun Oct 12, 2008

Cruise on Skorpios III


Bob: 114,

Kathy: 125

Day 11

Mon Oct 13, 2008

Cruise on Skorpios III

Pious (Pio) XI Glacier

Bob: 237,

Kathy: 348

Day 12

Tue Oct 14, 2008

Cruise on Skorpios III

Visiting Glaciers

Bob: 354,

Kathy: 363

Day 13

Wed Oct 15, 2008

Cruise on Skorpios III

Chilean Fjords

Bob: 228,

Kathy: 230

Day 14

Thu Oct 16, 2008

Puerto Natales to Santiago

Bob: 82,

Kathy: 44

Day 15

Fri Oct 17, 2008

Santiago, Chile

Bob: 144,

Kathy: 75

Day 16

Sat Oct 18, 2008

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bob: 210,

Kathy: 145

Day 17

Sun Oct 19, 2008

Iguazu, Argentina

Bob: 342,

Kathy: 213

Day 18

Mon Oct 20, 2008

Iguazu, Brazil

Bob: 245,

Kathy: 193

Day 19

Tue Oct 21, 2008

Brazil to Buenos Aires to New York City to Minneapolis

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The "Wild OATs"- Click here to see additional photos of this trip's OAT group members.

What we did right:

Like Ecuador, the hardest part was packing for the trip because of the weather. In the Patagonian ice fields, the temperatures were well below freezing. In Iguazu falls, it was well into the 90F's. So we had to plan a wide variety of clothes: shorts and long pants, both short and long sleeved shirts. And lots of layers. For that reason, it seemed like we overpacked, although we used almost everything and I'm not sure what I could have possibly left behind. OAT gave us a list of things to pack, but we found a few things missing, like Zantac.

What we did wrong:

We brought too much American cash. I used American dollars when tipping, but still I returned with more than twice as much cash as we needed. The ATM worked just fine in Santiago and I'm sure it would work in Buenos Aires too.