Antarctica may have been in the rearview mirror for us on this trip, but that meant it was time to fully engage with South America. We spent a couple of days hanging out in Ushuaia with some of our friends from the Antarctic cruise before we caught a flight to El Calafate, Argentina.
From El Calafate, we jumped up to Bariloche, Argentina, and rented a car to take a deeper dive into Patagonia. We drove south to Lago Puelo, Argentina, and then west through the Andes Mountains to Puerto Varas, Chile, where we found ourselves surrounded by majestic lakes and smoking volcanoes.
Next, we flew into Mendoza, Argentina, for a couple of days before taking a short but incredible flight over the Andes to Santiago, Chile. Then it was on to Lima, Peru, for several days of walking about the city and sampling the incredible cuisine.
Angela and I then caught a short flight to the northernmost corner of Peru where we discovered the country’s beautiful beaches at the sleepy seaside town of Tumbes. We jumped on a bus to cross the border into Ecuador and disembarked for a couple of days in Guayaquil before flying on to the capital in Quito, Ecuador.
In Quito, we found a charming mountainside bed and breakfast to use as our home base for exploring the surrounding country, including the many hot springs.
Then it was off to Cali, Colombia, where we fell in love with the welcoming country, the artful city, and an incredible restaurant that is worth the trip in its own right.
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