I think it is safe to say that most members of the crew are becoming a little stir crazy as we wait to get back on the road. Most of us have been here for two weeks or longer and starting to not believe anyone when they say “any day now”, but as it stands, tomorrow really might be the day! Probably Tuesday though. Wednesday at the latest?
In the meantime, however, we are all keeping quite busy to arrange and map out the events and course of the foreseeable future. No leaf in South America will go unturned, I tells ya! No cheek will go un-kisssed! It’s not really like that but it is certain that we are gonna take this continent by storm and by style checking out all there is to offer! But seriously, everyone is working really hard for everything to come together just right in order to make this segment of TWBR the best yet. So in between Tango lessons and eating delicious 33 cent choripán at a Boca Juniors game we are researching the sights and sounds of upcoming destinations.
First item on the agenda: Bouey’s dad’s colleague’s organic farm outside of Bahia Blanca, Argentina. It is quite the convoluted relationship, I know, but we are all anticipating a very unique and rewarding experience! We have already been told that we will definitely be welcomed with a true Gaucho style BBQ. If that isn’t enough, the farm also boasts a composting and fertilizing plant for our learning pleasure.
The plan after that is to keep heading south! Hopefully most (if not all of you) realize that Patagonia is not only the maker of fine fleece wear, but a region shared by Argentina and Chile at the southernmost point of the continent. It is the closest land mass to Antarctica and as such, we will be greeted with colder temperatures and shorter days. No matter the time of year, it is rich in stunning landscape and without a shortage in outdoor activities and adventure sports. Lucky for us, though this time of year is perfect for whale watching off the Valdes Peninsula!
It is yet to be determined whether or not we will continue to the island region of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina in our trucks or whether or not we will board the trucks and ourselves on a ship that will ferry us through the Straight of Magellan and through the fjords off the Chilean Patagonian coast. If the latter is the case we will adjust our driving route accordingly as to not miss stopping in places like Ushuaia (the worlds southernmost city), El Calafate and El Chaltén (the two towns nearest to Los Glaciares National Park) and Bariloche (a popular ski town nestled among several mountain lakes in the foothills of the Andes).
And all of this is barely just scratching the surface of what is truly to come, so stay tuned!