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Any Of You Types Been To Patagonia?  
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week ago) and read 1886 times:

I've posted on this before, but not quite in this manner.

Anyways, question's pretty self-explanatory. I want to go soooooo badly, mostly to see the Walking Whales in action.

How'd you enjoy it? How'd you travel around?
Anything you'd like to contribute would be appreciated.

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User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

Went there in college, had a great time and would go back in a heart beat. Of course, Continental had DC10's then, so it was a while ago. Mostly I got around via bus, since it was cheap and widely avialable. There is a glacier, whose name escapes me at the moment(begins with a U), but is worth the trip. On the Chilean side, the Torres del Paine are also amazing. Try to go in the fall or early winter. Not as crowded then. Enjoy.


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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

Quoting Lowrider (Reply 1):
There is a glacier, whose name escapes me at the moment(begins with a U),

...perhaps you're thinking of Ushuaia?


User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

I just came back from a trip to Bariloche and sourroundings.There are no words to explain the beauty of what I saw.



Mike.



They don't call us Continental for nothing.
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

....any of you seen the Walking Whales in person?!

User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1853 times:

What is a walking whale?



mike.



They don't call us Continental for nothing.
User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3086 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1846 times:

Last winter I did a month long trip to Chile to take a paddle on the Futaleufu river. Amazing experience. btw it is a white water paddle and not that sissy sea kayak stuff..

GS



Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8976 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1833 times:

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 2):
...perhaps you're thinking of Ushuaia?

Ushuaia is a town, not a glacier.

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 4):
....any of you seen the Walking Whales in person?!

No idea what that is. I did a google search and came across a weird whale with legs that lived in Pakistan in pre-historic times.... I figured that's not what you were asking for.

Haven't been there myself (yet) but my parents have and they loved it. They too took buses around Chile-Argentina and did not complain about it either.

Hope you go and have a nice trip!

Cheers,

PPVRA

[Edited 2005-03-23 04:58:01]


"If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat
User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 2):
...perhaps you're thinking of Ushuaia?

Thats it. I know its a town, but it is the closest to the glacier. I had a vague memory of the name, but I didn't want to mangle it too badly. Definately was one of the highlights of my trip.



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User currently offlineYu138086 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

Patagonia is the beautiful heartland of Argentina. There are many sights within Patagonia to see. From Buenos Aires just take a plane or bus to where you want to go. The Perito Moreno glaciar is a sight to behold and its beauty does not come cheap but its simply breathtaking. The seven river (siete lagos) route through the Andes mountains is also stunningly beautuful. Very serene and picturesque. If you want to get away from the madness of industrialisation, this is the place to come. If you're a fisherman, you'll catch some of the best trout in the Patagonia lakes. Hunting is also good game. Here is a link to help you...
http://www.travelsur.net/

Cheers  Smile


User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

Just read Bruce Chatwin's novel. But hey, would be a great chance to try out AR's A342, isn't it?  ghost 


Regards
Udo


User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 7):
Ushuaia is a town, not a glacier.

I'm aware, however 1) it's a common launch-point for tourists to the Glaciers, 2) it's about the only significant thing down there I could think of that started with a "U"  Smile

Quoting AR1300 (Reply 5):
What is a walking whale?

(see below)

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 7):
No idea what that is. I did a google search and came across a weird whale with legs that lived in Pakistan in pre-historic times.... I figured that's not what you were asking for.

Well, if anyone wants to know the true POWER of the Killer Whale... research the "Walking Whales" of Patagonia:
these b!tches are so intense that they will actually inchworm their way out of the water, sometimes completely onto a beach; to grab seals or whatever prey they may be after. They've developed such overall body-strength that they can compress their internal organs to move around on land, in ways that would strand any other whale/dolphin; even other Orcas who lack the breeding/experience for the maneuver.

I've thusfar only seen this on TV, but it's something I hope to observe in person very soon!


User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

Well, now that I know what it is, Yes, you could see this in Peninsula Valdes, Right next to Puerto Madryn.But you gotta be lucky, is not a common sight.

Quoting Lowrider (Reply 8):
but it is the closest to the glacier. I had a vague memory of the name

Perito Moreno.But that is close to El Calafate, not Ushuaia.O maybe you meant Glaciar Martial....but that one is not so famous.

Quoting Udo (Reply 10):
AR's A342, isn't it?

Nope.You will get A MD, A732 or if you are lucky enough,a A310.
Or Maybe if you go to Rio Gallegos you'll fly the 747 that makes a stop over on it's way to Auckland.


Mike



They don't call us Continental for nothing.
User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4318 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

There is a glacier in the Province of Santa Cruz called Uppsala, which sounds like a Swedish name or something, maybe after an explorer or pioneer in the area...


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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1773 times:

Went to Chile 2 years ago, but was only in Santiago. Great city though! VERY nice people. It kind of reminds you of a European type town.

UAL


User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1768 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 14):
Went to Chile 2 years ago, but was only in Santiago. Great city though! VERY nice people. It kind of reminds you of a European type town.

...what does any of that have to do with this thread?


User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 15):
...what does any of that have to do with this thread?

Maybe because Patagonia is shared by Chile and Argentina.

Anyway, Patagonia is a great place. But you should get a guide before planning to come down here, as "Patagonia" is not a very defined region, at least in Chile. Foreign guides say that the chilean Patagonia begins in the city of Temuco, but for us, it begins south of Puerto Montt (you should see a map). The chilean side is completely green, filled with forests, fiords and glaciers (probably like British Columbia, Alaska and Norway). From what I know (I might be mistaken), the argentinian Patagonia that is right beside the Andes, is like the chilean side, but if you go closer to the Atlantic ocean, it gets dryer and also with much less trees, with a "african savannah" look.

Also, the argentinian side is more populated, with bigger cities.The chilean side has almost no population, as it is very difficult to connect cities by road (glaciers in the middle).

If you want to see the "walking whales", you should go to Argentinian Patagonia. But I reccomend you to visit both sides...and visit Torres del Paine National Park, near Puerto Natales, in Chile, because it is amazing.


User currently offlineMarambio From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2004, 1162 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

Quoting Derico (Reply 13):
There is a glacier in the Province of Santa Cruz called Uppsala, which sounds like a Swedish name or something, maybe after an explorer or pioneer in the area...

The Upsala glaciar is named after the Swedish city of Uppsala. Scientist from the University of Uppsala were the ones who basically discovered the glaciar about a century ago. The city's name was adapted onto a somewhat more Spanish-looking spelling, thus the missing p!  Smile

The walking wales:

As far as I know there are no walking wales in Patagonia, at least on the Argentine side. This said, thousands of people congregate every year in the Valdez Peninsula to see the Southern Frank Whale (Ballena Franca Austral), a unique specimen that lives near Antarctica and during the winter months goes up to warmer places to reproduce.

The best place to see the Southern Frank Whales is the town of Puerto Madryn, in Chubut province. Puerto Madryn is a touristic hot-spot, so you will find lots of different kinds of accomodations, restaurants and everything you'll need. The city itself has an airport (PMY), served by American Falcon (WK) and LADE (5U) from Buenos Aires. You may also look for flights to nearby airport of Trelew (REL), which gets daily service from Buenos Aires by Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR), LADE and Southern Winds (A4), although due to its current situation I wouldn't book my flights on the latter. Getting from REL to Puerto Madryn takes no time and it usually is cheap.

Anything else you may want to know, I'll be glad to answer your questions.

Saludos,
Marambio



Aerolíneas Argentinas - La Argentina que levanta vuelo
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1737 times:

Quoting Marambio (Reply 17):
As far as I know there are no walking wales in Patagonia, at least on the Argentine side.

Actually, that's the only side upon which they do it.


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