We were very excited to arrive in Buenos Aires. Our friends Jon and Stef have been living there for almost a year so we were excited to see them, and we were going to stay in one place for five whole days! We could feel the buzz of the city as soon as we arrived. Jon and Stef were amazing tour guides and we really enjoyed wandering around the city for a few days. Here are what we believe are the highlights of the city.
We backtracked to El Calafate in Argentina to catch our flight out of Patagonia. The cost of a flight goes up a lot if you fly between countries, so we kept our flights domestic within Argentina. We had decided to visit Iguazu Falls directly after Patagonia to minimize the separate travel legs. Most people do a round trip out of Buenos Aires. We had a quick layover in Buenos Aires but arrived in Iguazú late in the evening after a full day of flying.
After hiking the W trek we headed to the southernmost destination of our trip to find some penguins. Penguins are my favorite animal and during the worst parts of the hike I actually thought to myself, "Get through this and in a few days we will be surrounded by Penguins!" It was great motivation for me. After arriving into Punta Arenas, we went to the ferry agency to book our tickets for Magdalena Island the next morning and then explored the city. Punta Arenas was a surprisingly large town that is the capital of the southernmost region of Chile. It sits on the Magellan Strait so there is a deep history with exploration of the Antartic region and trading routes. There's a lot of Croatian, Spanish and Italian influence that can be seen on the older buildings, especially the ones surrounding the Plaza De Armas. We walked to the lookout overlooking the colorful city and the strait. On the way we passed a distance sign pole that listed how far we were from different places. We were surprised to see a GA Tech plank!
Chris & Taylor
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