Chocolate, lakes and cottages: enjoying the Swiss – I mean, Argentinian! – Alps in Bariloche

I'd forgotten how much I love the mountains.I used to go skiing every year since I was 6 and, as a teenager, I spent several summers in a row hiking in the French Alps.But I'd had to pass on skiing these last few years and, aside from a couple of short trips to North Wales' Snowdonia, it had been nearly three years since I'd last had a chance to spend some proper time in the mountains.So it ...

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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

(No) Whales & Wales: My Patagonian Safari in the Chubut Province of Argentina

It feels good to stay put for a day, after spending the last 48 hours road tripping through the barren plains and fossilized rock formations of the Chubut province in Northern Patagonia.The region's two principal draws are its rich wildlife - including several marine species which you can get unusually close to - and more incongruously, the Welsh influences of an area that was first colonised by 153 Welsh settlers in 1865!So, ...

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When Camille met Roberto: my unexpected Buenos Aires encounter

Hello from my new abode in Palermo! I am no longer a resident of the America del Sur hostel in San Telmo, but have moved to the other side of town and am now renting a sofa-bed in a small flat in Palermo Soho - sharing with the owner, a 39-year-old Argentinian lady, and her cat Ramon.It's not that the hostel wasn't good. In fact, with its many facilities and activities it was pretty great (it's been ...

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Hanging out with the illustrious dead in Buenos Aires’ Cementerio de la Recoleta

There's a reason Buenos Aires is often called 'the Paris of South America': like the French capital, it boasts wide boulevards, hausmannian architecture, bright buildings and green spaces, and... one of its key attractions is a cemetery.The Cementerio de la Recoleta was my first destination when I started visiting BA last Saturday. I wanted to take advantage of the market that takes place outside the cemetery at the weekend, but frustratingly, I realized as soon as ...

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Buenos dias in Buenos Aires: my first days in the Argentinian capital

It had been my long-standing dream to make it down to South America, but when I first set foot on the continent last Friday, it was late, it was dark, and I was exhausted after a delayed, 13-hour flight with Iberia (which, by the way, is not the most modern of airlines - they still have collective TV screens...). So, after a long wait to get through customs and an expensive taxi ride, I was a bit underwhelmed and headed straight to ...

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