Must Dos: South America

NB: The emphasis is on Argentina and Chile only because those are the countries we spent most of our time in South America.

Lamb anyone?

Tantalise those tastebuds and experience the mouthwatering culinary delights of a traditional asado with Patagonian imagescordero (lamb) and bifi (beef) and other carne (red meat), Argentina.

Drink Mate with newfound or old Argentinian friends. Also known as yerba mate, chimarrão or cimarrón is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, particularly in Argentina where it is defined by law as the “national infusion”, Uruguay, Paraguay and Southern Brazil, and to a lesser degree in southern Chile, the Bolivian Chaco, Syria and Lebanon. It is prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water.

Experience the German cultural influences in Puerto Varas, a city and commune located in the southern Chilean province of Llanquihue in the Los Lagos Region. Nearby is King of the SouthLos Lagos region of Chile. A 2,652 metre tall 10390096_1504784736416813_6677258199534718967_nstratovolcano between Osorno and Llanquihue provinces. A volcano textbook conical in shape and looms imposingly over the emerald green waters of Lake Todos Los Santos and Lake Llanguihue.

Unknown-3Go to Puerto Madryn, a city in the province of Chubut in Argentine Patagonia. June to mid-December is when the southern right whales migrate to give birth here!

Not our average digs on the road admittedly! Struck gold when we became friends with Posada Olivar                                                 (Chacras de Coria near Mendoza, Argentina)

Take yourself off on a wine tour to sample the world’s finest Malbec in Mendoza. Mendoza is the capital city of Mendoza Province, in Argentina. It is located in the northern-central part of the province, in a region of foothills and high plains, on the eastern side of the Andes. The award-winning nectar can be found in our favourite family vineyard Hacienda del Plata.  We stayed at Posada Olivar, which was as secluded as it was special, breakfast was a fresh feast each morning, the bed was a super-king and the power shower a memorably massaging experience.  It was such a welcomed break from our two wheeled nomadic life, it was a wrench to leave.

Learn enough Latin American Spanish to meet some locals, engage in the local culture and see where it takes you.10494650_1517990381762915_2922120372712751215_n

Go and get drenched in Iguazú National Park’s waterfalls Argentina, located in the Iguazú Department, in the north of the province of Misiones, Argentine Mesopotamia. It has an area of 550 km².

A hot spring dip

Bob on the surface of a salt dense waterhole in Chile’s Atacama desert, you’ll float like polystyrene!

Go and marvel at Licancabur volcano near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile – it won’t disappoint at around 6,000 metres tall.10355764_1527123857516234_5576316848399069798_n

Immerse yourself for a day in Santiago’s culture: National Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago Metropolitan Park, Santa Lucia Hill, San Cristobal Hill

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