Archive for July, 2010

Photo of the Day: Making Wine In Mendoza

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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.

Maipu Wine Museum

Grapes Being Separated From the Stems for Crushing

Photo of the Day: Pikillacta Ruins Cusco Peru

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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.

Archeological Site

Pre-Inca Pikillacta Ruins Near Cusco, Peru

Photo of the Day: Valle de la Muerte in the Atacama Desert

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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 your lenses like we did.

Discover San Pedro de Atacama

Landscape at Valle de la Muerte Near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Photo of the Day: Valle de Frances Patagonia

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During our Full Circuit Trek at Torres del Paine Patagonia we hiked to the top of Valle de Frances. Valle de Frances is the middle leg of what forms the “W.” If you can endure it, there is a hidden trail that continues to lead up the mountain past the spot where most hikers have lunch. The hike is a bit dangerous especially when the surface of the rocks freezes but the views are just stunning.

Jason Having Lunch At Valle de Frances Patagonia

Photo of the Day: Road Through Salinas Grandes Argentina

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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.

Road Through Salinas Grande In Northern Argentina

Photo of the Day: Dinosaur Footprints In Bolivia

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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.

Dinosaur Footprints Near Sucre, Bolivia

Photo of the Day: Pink Flamingos in Patagonia Argentina

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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 them up close.

Pink Flamingos On A Lake In Patagonia, Argentina

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