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Photo of the Day – Old Blue Truck – Mendoza, ArgentinaThere is something so calm and peaceful about walking along row after row of vines out back of a winery. On a beautiful afternoon two-years ago I was enjoying one of these walks in Mendoza and as I looked down one of the rows this old blue truck was sitting idle, almost as if it had been transported into the future.
Photo of the Day – The Glacial Surface – Perito Moreno – El Calafate, ArgentinaI had no idea just how massive this icy field was until I was standing right in front of its seventy meter high face. As I stood frozen in awe, blocks of ice – larger than cars, periodically made the long fall off of the glacier and came smashing down into the frigid blue water.
The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of those places you could just hang out for days, watching in amazement at the normal flow of events taking place around you. Every time ice detached from the glacier, without any conscious signal from my brain, a huge smile came across my face. The experience is nothing short of incredible.
Photo of the Day – Gondola de Salta – Salta, ArgentinaBrad and I stayed in Salta, Argentina for a couple nights in an extremely hot non-air-conditioned hostel which made our stay in Salta focused on getting outside and into the city, as it should be! Although Salta is not really a huge city, it did have a couple of bigger hills (I wouldn’t call them mountains) surrounding the city and this gondola was built on one of them. At the top, there was a small snack stand and a wonderful view of the valley and city below.
Photo of the Day – The Road to Perito Moreno – El Calafate, ArgentinaOn your way to Perito Moreno Glacier you will actually get several glimpses of it well before you get there. The glacier from afar gives off a Las Vegas like mirage that it is actually close while in fact it is still miles and miles away. What I love about the glacier is not only its size, but also the setting which engulfs the glacier in snow-capped mountains, a beautiful lake and a touch of greenery.
Photo of the Day – Lakefront in Patagonia – Bariloche, ArgentinaThe town of Bariloche is one of the most picturesque mountain resort towns I have ever been to. It is located in the northernmost region of Patagonia and is a small town that is built on mountains which lead down to a lake. What makes these places look so amazing is the perspective the water allows you to have with clean views directly to snow-capped mountains.
In short, Mountains + Lakes = Badass.
Photo of the Day – Rock Waves on Argentina Highways – Near Salta, ArgentinaJust after crossing the border from Bolivia to Argentina, we were in awe of these fascinating rocky hills. As we rushed passed them in the front seats of a double-decker bus, they kept our attention for quite some time. In an otherwise dull stretch of land, the layers of rocks within the hills truly gave meaning to rolling hills as they looked like something from a Dr. Seuss book!
Photo of the Day – Glacier Face Wall – Perito Moreno Glacier, ArgentinaWhen you visit Perito Moreno Glacier (AbsoluteVisit #32), be sure to take the boat out which gets you fairly close to the glacier. This will really help you to understand just how big this thing is … its freakin’ huge!
What I love about this photo is the crisp blue of the ice coupled with its jagged edges. Unlike a uniform fence, it is intriguing to look back and forth at the edge of the Perito Moreno wall in anticipation of a giant piece of ice plunging into the water below.
In fact, you really can’t get very close to the Glacier for safety reasons. When a 60 foot (~20m) piece of ice falls from a 100 feet (~30m) in the air, it can do some damage! Look out below . . .
Photo of the Day – Rainbow through Iguazu Falls – Iguazu Falls, BrazilI can remember the exact moment when we saw this rainbow at Iguazu falls. We were on the Brazil side of the falls (our first day) and were walking out on a long boardwalk-like walkway which takes you over the river and right in front of a big portion of the falls. We spotted the rainbow and I quickly snapped off the photo.
As you can probably also see, there was a ton of mist from the falls which meant that everyone was getting soaked. It was the type of mist that makes you think it’s not that bad and then 30 seconds later you realize you’re completely drenched. But, with temperatures around 100 F, the water was refreshing and quite welcome!
Photo of the Day – Meat on Fire – Argentine Parilla – Mendoza, ArgentinaBoth Will and I agree that the best meal in the world is found at an Argentine Parilla. A Parilla is a restaurant specializing in grilled food and Argentina is home to the best steakhouses on the planet (my personal favorite is La Cabrera in Buenos Aires).
Not only is the meat delicious, but it is also stupidly cheap by American standards. A typical Parilla charges less than $30 for two people to enjoy appetizers, steaks and a bottle of Malbec. Back in 2009 Will and I spent a few weeks traveling around Argentina and I think we found ourselves seated at a Parilla eating steak almost every other night.
I took this photo inside the kitchen at a casual Parilla on the main drag in Mendoza, Argentina. These guys are serious about their meat!
Photo of the Day – Sunset over the Andes – Somewhere Between Argentina and ChileThere are not too many photos that come out well through the double pained glass of an airplane, but I got lucky with this one as we flew from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago Chile. I am not sure exactly where we were, but this was taken somewhere between Argentina and Chile high above the Andes mountains.
The mountains were not only snow-capped, but also had a deep brownish-red to them. Adding to the picture is not only the remnants of a sunset, but also the tip of our airplane’s wing.
Anyone else had luck with taking photos from an airplane?