Mar del Plata - Spanish for frigging freezing

Trip Start Sep 06, 2006
Trip End Dec 14, 2006

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Mar del Plata - what a nice idea it will be to have a break from the city and head down to the beach for a few days of sun before heading up into Bolivia. This was the thought we had whilst planning the trip. It sounds very sensible and smart. We did not plan on it being frigging freezing though!!

Actually, tell a lie, the first day we got there we were fooled into thinking how nice and pleasant the weather was. We even managed to get a few hours on the beach. Our now returning to white bodies savouring the suns rays once again. Oh bliss! Bang, following day, FREEZING. Gloves, scarfs, hats needed! Not right!!

Never mind, we made the most of it as usual. We visited the Port to see a colony of sea lions that have made their home among the graveyard of old, decaying oil tanks. We got very close to them, amazing really, until they snotted on James. LOL. We took a wide berth of them, and then got a whiff of them. They truly stink!! Maybe it was the rotting carcass of one we spotted that stank so much. Very romantic! Not sure how I feel about swimming with them in the Galapagos, they are bloody massive!!

We ate some very nice seafood in a very nice seafood restaurant built to look like a boat to make up for the smelly sea lion snot experience. Very nice too!!

The following day we took a wonder around the city. I found the trees that looked like giant pineapples fascinating. James humoured me and took photos!

As there was not one drop of sunshine in Mar Del Sunshine, we decided to head out into the country side around the area to get a taste a rural life. We rented a cabana for one night, a kinda cottage, and headed into Groucho land. We had a brilliant two days. We hiked upto the top of the ridge that the cabana sat on and got an amazing view over the surrounding area. It looked alot like England surprisingly enough!! That night James, the Grill Master, cooked us up some INCREDIBLE steaks that we bought and took with us. He could teach those Argentinians a thing or two when it comes to BBQs. They were the best steaks we have eaten yet!! We then settled in front of our log fire for the evening. Enough said!

The next day we were pretty excited about going horse riding for the first time in Argentina. Technically, we have both been on a horse before, but that was about 10 years ago and the only horses we have come close to since are the ones in the field behind my Mum`s cottage - over the fence!! So we turn up for a day of horse riding to see just two horses saddled up. Oh dear, no guide, no instructions, just get on and go. I presume, quite sensibly they thought we could ride. Nope. They were wrong. We managed to heave ourselves onto the horses and that was the extent of what we did right. The horses could obviously tell we were complete amateurs and decided to just go exactly where they the other side of the field to eat some long grass, for half and hour...and then wander back. Exciting or what. Too scared to dig our heals in to them, we sat like complete plums on the top of these horses, going exactly nowhere, for 30 minutes! I bet the horses were cracking up!! Amatuers!!
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Allard Keeley on

The ridge you climbed was likely Sierra de los Padres - a lovely little village on an escarpment with rolling agricultural land surrounding it and less than 20 km from Mar del Plata proper.

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