Argentina

Germans in Bariloche: The Conquest of the Desert

In the late 19th century, the Argentine government adopted a policy of what would today be called ethnic cleansing or genocide. The Mapuche, natives of Patagonia, dominated the southern half of the continent and for centuries fought off the advances of the Spanish Empire. However this would not last forever, by the late 1800s their existence… Continue reading Germans in Bariloche: The Conquest of the Desert

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Glaciers on the Edge of the World: Perito Moreno

Far to the south of Argentina lies the town of El Calafate, known because of its close proximity to Argentina's Patagonian glaciers. From Puerto Madryn its about another 16 hour ride further south almost to the edge of the world, beyond that lie the Strait of Magellan and Antarctica. The road down is a whole… Continue reading Glaciers on the Edge of the World: Perito Moreno

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Welcome to Patagonia: Puerto Madryn’s Whales

Last time I briefly mentioned the 29th of May strike that paralyzed the entire country. Well I was lucky enough to take a night bus that took about 18 hours to reach Puerto Madryn in Chubut province, the beginning of Patagonia. As it turns out though, the bus terminal was closed therefore buses weren’t running aside… Continue reading Welcome to Patagonia: Puerto Madryn’s Whales

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Argentina’s Independence Day: 25 de Mayo in Buenos Aires

I'll admit that I'm not always the best at planning things out as meticulously as I should but usually things end up working out anyway. Take for example the day that I arrived in Argentina, as it so happens it was also the country's biggest national holiday: 25 de Mayo or Argentina's Independence Day. From… Continue reading Argentina’s Independence Day: 25 de Mayo in Buenos Aires