Argentina felt like a second home to us. The culture of wine, asado (bbq), socialising and outdoor living really drew us in. Add in some of the most amazing scenery and vibrant cities and we're already longing to go back.
The pics are just a small group to give an impression, it would take for ever to tell the whole story.
Flamingos on a lake somewhere south on the route 40. Excuse the lens spots, it was snowing.
The Cerro Torre, amazing sight at the end of an equally amazing hike out of El Chalten.
I got a little too close to the lake and paid the price with one very wet boot. Idiot.
Cordero Patagonico, mmmm... our favorite argentine tradition. Light a fire and roast a whole lamb all day. The taste is unbelievable.
This is the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the last stable glaciers on the planet. The face is 50m high above the lake and another 120m below, the open section is 2km wide. It's massive and originates way up in the Southern Patagonian ice field.
Hiking on the Glacier was a surreal experience. The whole world is blue and the serenity is constantly shattered by the sound of huge chunks of the glacier cracking into the lake.
Back on the road, heading north for the first time all year.
Whales playing near Puerto Madryn. They really are that close to the shore.
Magellan penguins saying hi to Laura on Peninsula Valdez.
And into the lakes district. El Bolson was a beautiful little town. This pic sortof captures the feel. What you cant see are the glacial mountains behind, or the incredible food on offer in the market.
A popular day trip is the 7 lakes route. We spent 4 days doing it, surely you can see why.
We loved Mendoza. This Belgian couple were camping next to us. We hired some bikes and spent a day wine tasting. It was splendid.
Buenos Aires. It looks rough in this pic and apparently its easy to get robbed. We found the city charming, full of good people, food and arty, quirky things to do and see. We managed to go out for two great evenings with our friends Matias and Victoria (see Mexico entry). I never knew how good a home-made pastrami sandwich can be.
Market day is a lot of fun.
Token Uruguay pic. We spent a couple of days in Montevideo and then a few more up the coast. We largely forgot to take photos...
Two toucans. Wildlife rehab centre in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina.
Last stop in Argentina, the Iguazu falls.
So much water, soo many falls, photos cannot capture this place.
We then motored through Paraguay for two days before flying out to Oahu, HI.
We camped our way around Oahu and had an awesome time. I'm now convinced that in most climates camping is the best way to travel. We woke up right on the most amazing beaches every morning and were able to see and experience the less developed parts of the island.
This was sunrise at our first campsite in Waimanalo.
Cool rock formation on a hike we did nearby.
This guy came to visit our next campsite in the North-shore. Also, this spot turned out to be a great secret surf spot. Yep they still exist in Hawaii.
We hiked up to this crazy mountain ridge. We stopped at the first peak but saw people climbing the one on the right of the shot. The landscape is wild, just jutting vertically out of the sea.
Laura on top of the Mountain.
And I surfed Pipeline!
That's it, now we're coming home.