Multi-generational vacation where we hiked, visited wineries, and ate amazing food. Our 3 week Patagonia itinerary included both Chile and Argentina.
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South America20 days / January 2018
Highs & Lows
Alparaíso was a delightful discovery, great street art, amazing seafood and festive atmosphere.
Renting an all-electric car in Chile, but only 3 chargers in the country!
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Enjoyed the upscale hotels selected by our friends but would have preferred more mid-range options and more time for wandering and getting lost.
What tips would you give a friend?
Argentina is economically stressed: 50% inflation last year. Translates to a more stressed culture: people working multiple jobs and still loosing economic ground. More caution needed for tourists to watch bags, pickpockets, fake money. Chile is markedly more relaxed with a very healthy economy; feeling on the streets reflects their good fortune.
We rented an all-electric car in Chile, but only 3 chargers in the country!!
In Patagonia, be prepared for any kind of weather as it continues to shift dramatically all day. Layer, layer, layer. Rain pants and jacket a must, hiking poles advised. Winds can be fierce. We packed hiking boots which took up a lot of space but only used them in Patagonia. Outdoor gear can be purchased in country.
How was the food?
Meat in Argentina is as touted: excellent. Portions are huge. We are not huge meat-eaters, however, so usually ordered one main dish for the two of us. Preferred seafood on Chilean coast. Go to markets and load up on local spices. Merken is a traditional Chilean seasoning created by the indigenous Mapuche people. Learn to make Chimichurri, an uncooked sauce used for grilled meat; it comes in a green version (chimichurri verde) and a red version (chimichurri rojo).
This was a custom itinerary planned by our friends. Normally we would travel a bit “lighter” and be a bit less structured. That said, it was terrific. Vaya Adventures Gabrielle Venturi firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 269-4292 South America Travel Specialists Berkeley, CA 94704