Kau Tapen Lodge
Travel Blogs from Rio Grande
... Strait. We got completely drenched, from the waves but see dolphins and penguins swimming next to the boat.
Finally, after travelling through Rio Grande, on the Atlantic coast, we travel across a countryside, very much like outback Australia. We have left the Andes behind, for now, and so the countryside is very flat. Tonight we will spend the night on a sheep station, Estancia Las Hijas. We are all bunked down in the shearers ...
... be right all the time.
We were now getting close to the border with Chile, and of course you will know that Tierra Del Fuego is actually half Chilean and half Argentinian. So the journey from Rio Gallegos to Rio Grande involves 4 border posts, and a ferry crossing. This has to be meticulously planned to do it in a day so we spent the night at Lago Azul, some 15k from the first border so we could get a swift start. We camped at the top of ...
... in Río Grande.
The city's population has grown rapidly since 1980, as many people
have relocated from the northern parts of Argentina and from other
countries, such as Bolivia, to work in factories that offer higher wages
... we were all back on the bus and ready to go again, travelling only around 2 miles before we reached the Argentinean entrance border.
It was here that we had to surrender our passport to the bus conductor, which we hate to do, and wait for him to come back. We hate to do this for 2 reasons, firstly we had to do this a lot in Central America and it was often quickly followed by a ridiculous charge to gain entry, secondly we hate to do this at the moment ...
... There was also a big vegetable garden, at least half of which was devoted to carrots.
We explored some of the land on bicycles, always accompanied by Sam, a delightful golden retriever with boundless energy. We might have seen some sheep, cows, guanacos and birds, but Sam kindly scared them all away before they could inconvenience us.
The estancia was one of the best places we've been, one of the few places that we really wished we had at ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Adjoining Rooms
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet