Most wine tours booked out of Mendoza, Argentina explore wineries in Maipú, 16 kilometers from downtown Mendoza. A wine museum is a wonderful point of interest in Maipú. The museum contains giant old barrels, traditional wine making tools and actual wine making on the premises.
Archive | July, 2010
The Wari Empire was a pre-Inca civilization that constructed extensive roadwork across Peru. Believed to have been conquered by the Incas, Wari peoples no longer exist. Pikillacta lies 30 kilometers outside of the city of Cusco and covers 2 square miles. It appears very large, but much is still to be excavated and restored.
Valle de la Muerte, also known as Death Valley, is easily accessed from the desert of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. The large sand dunes are ideal for sand boarding, hiking and experiencing sand blasts in the strong desert winds. Be sure to protect your cameras, or you will end up with sand in […]
During our exploration of Northern Argentina we visited Salinas Grandes. These are the largest Salt Flats in Argentina covering an area of 3,200 mi² (8,290 km²). This main highway runs right through the Salt Flats providing excellent panoramic views.
We took a 3-day trek with Condortrekkers, a non-profit tour organization based out of Sucre, Bolivia. Our trek consisted of walking along an Inca Trail, exploring Maragua Crater and touching Dinosaur Footprints. These footprints 64 million year old fossils were left in the bottom of a lake bed and preserved with sediment.
On the bus ride from Calafate, Argentina to the Perito Moreno Glacier, our driver pulled over just outside Calafate so we could take some pictures of the beautiful pink flamingos in a lake. Flamingos can be be found throughout much of South America and it’s best to have a telephoto lens when trying to capture […]
This young boy and his Donkey passed by while we were taking a snack and water break during our hike at Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca. The boy took interest in us and stopped just beside us to see what we were up to. I engaged him in conversation and offered him Pringles in […]
During our Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, mules carried most of the loads. Mules are used throughout the Andes Mountains in South America due to their strength, stamina, long life and they are sure-footed. Horses can be found too, but typically only carrying people short distances.