ultramarinus – beyond the sea


Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia and Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together, along with images of the extreme: eerie salt flats of Uyuni, diverse wildlife in the Pantanal, marvelous cities of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janerio, the enchanted mountains and glaciers of Patagonia have long cast a South American spell on us.  To make an extensive backpacking trip in South America has become our dream in recent years.

We will begin our journey in Buenos Aires, the bustling Argentinean capital.  From BA we will fly to the Iguazu Falls and continue our journey into Brazil.  After weeks of lush wetlands, hill towns, modernist architecture, and magnificent cities in Brazil, we will move on to the cloud forests, colonial towns and Andean highlands of Bolivia.  From the Bolivian highlands, we will gradually descend to the northwest of Argentina, and then to the Chilean desert of Atacama.  Heading south, we will detour at the Chilean Lake District and Chiloe Islands before reaching the magical Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.  At the southernmost land in the world other than Antarctica, we will indulge ourselves with mountain and ice trekking, topped with a feast of southern seafood.  Our journey will end with New Year countdown in Valparaiso of Chile.

In the next 80+ days, follow our journey on this blog!


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Read other posts on our first destination, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1. South America 2013
2. Journey Begins

Day 1.1 – San Telmo Loft, Buenos Aires
Day 1.2 – First Walk in Buenos Aires
Day 2.1 – Morning Stroll in San Telmo, Buenos Aires
Day 2.2 – Cementer de la Recoleta, Buenos Aires
Day 2.3 – Architectural Bennale, Buenos Aires
Day 2.4 – El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires
Day 3.1 – Don Julio Parrillas, Buenos Aires
Day 3.2 – Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires
Day 3.3 – Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires
Day 4.1 – Malba, Buenos Aires
Day 4.2 – Chan Chan Peruvian Restaurnant, Buenos Aires
Day 4.3 – Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires
Day 5.1 – Pasaje Defensa, Buenos Aires
Day 5.2 – Buseo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires
Day 5.3 – Cafe San Juan, Buenos Aires
Day 5.4 – Cementerio de la Recoleta (2nd Visit), Buenos Aires
Day 5.5 – Dylan Ice-cream Parlour, Buenos Aires

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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought

3 responses

  1. Wow! Calvin and Angela, I am so excited for you guys! Looking at your photos is bringing back such good memories of South America. You will have an awesome time, I’m sure. Looking forward to reading about where you head next and seeing your beautiful pictures. 🙂

    October 15, 2013 at 12:09 am

  2. Michael Lundholm

    Calvin and Angela I am following your blog with great enjoyment. Excellent photos and commentary. Hope you are enjoying this very rich experience. Michael

    November 5, 2013 at 11:09 am

  3. Hi Angela, Got your blog from Alain – reading about your journey brought back memories, Thanks!

    Love this map of your route, May I ask what you used to create it? I’d like to do something similar! Cheers! Karen

    November 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

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