Rio, Iguassu, Buenos Aires, mountains & Antarctica
Trip Start Dec 07, 2010
66Trip End Jan 14, 2011
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Last year in June I stood at Scarborough Beach in Perth and looked west across the Indian Ocean to Africa. A few weeks later was swimming off Zanzibar Island and looked east back to Australia. Then crossed the African continent and at Swakopmund, Namibia put my foot into the cold Atlantic Ocean and looked west towards South America. On this trip I will take a swim in Brazil and look east back to Africa and hopefully later in my trip dip my toes in the Pacific Ocean and from Chile look west across the Pacific back to New Zealand.
Join me as I explore another 2 new continents and can then really say that I have finally slept on all 7 continents. Yes, that means sleeping down on Antarctica tera firma itself as I am joining up to 20 others who have opted to camp overnight and sleep on the ice or will it be rock ... instead of the comfort and warmth of the GAP's ship MS Expedition with the other 120 or so passengers.
I have also chosen the sea kayaking option with up to 10 others hopefully paddling amongst the ice bergs and be able to see the wild life from water level.
This trip is not to sit behind a computer if I can be out exploring the area that I am in but from time to time I do need to sit down and take stock, reflect plus rest up for the next day!
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Tues 7 Dec Leave Auckland 4.40 pm Lan-Chile LA 756.
Wed 8 Dec Arrive Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 12.15 am Martinque Copa Hotel, Copacabana.
Thurs 9 Dec Rio De Janeiro Martinque Copa Hotel.
Fri 10 Dec Rio De Janeiro Martinque Copa Hotel.
Sat 11 Dec 10.22 am Fly TAM flight J 3153 to Iguassu Falls, Brazil .
Arrive 12.35 pm.
Macuco safari tour - boat trip under the falls. Das Cataratas Hotel, Brazil.
Sun 12 Dec Day trip and cross to Argentina and see falls from that side. Das Cataratas Hotel, Brazil.
Mon 13 Dec Cross back to Argentina side and 5.30 pm fly LA 4031 to Buenos Aires.
Arrive 7.25 pm.
Tues 14 Dec Morning Buenos Aires city sightseeing tour (orientation). Wilton Hotel.
Wed 15 Dec Buenos Aires Wilton Hotel.
Thurs 16 Dec Day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Wilton Hotel.
Fri 17 Dec Day trip Fiesta Gaucho - trip out to the country and a ranch. Wilton Hotel.
GAP Adventures: End of the Earth SAPE
Sat 18 Dec Day 1 GAP End of the Earth tour officially starts. Arrive Buenos Aires. Transfer to Carson Hotel.
Sun 19 Dec Day 2 Fly to El Calafate, Chile.
Mon 20 Dec Day 3 Full day hike within Glacier National Park northern end.
Tues 21 Dec Day 4 Return to El Chalten / Perito Moreno Glacier.
Wed 22 Dec Day 5 Perito Moreno Glacier.
Thurs 23 Dec Day 6 Puerto Natales.
Fri 24 Dec Day 7 Paine National Park camp overnight.
Sat Dec 25 Day 8 camp overnight.
Sun Dec 26 Day 9 Puerto Natales.
Mon Dec 27 Day 10 Punta Arenas.
Tues Dec 28 Day 11 Ushuaia.
Wed Dec 29 Day 12 Ushuaia.
Thurs Dec 30 Day 13 Ushuaia.
Fri Dec 31 Day 14 Flight to BA for the others on this tour.
I end my End of the Earth tour and swap over to the GAP Adventures: Antarctica Classic XVCASX. 11 days from the bottom tip of South America to the Antarctica Peninsula return crossing the dreaded Drake Passage twice. This crossing could either be a lake or a %$$#@!@.
Fri Dec 31 2010 Day 1 Ushuaia.
Sat Jan 1 2011 Day 2 Depart MS Expedition. Embarkation time 4 pm.
Sun Jan 2 Day 3 Crossing the Drake Passage.
Mon Jan 3 Day 4 Crossing the Drake Passage.
Tues Jan 4 Day 5 South Shetland Islands.
Wed Jan 5 Day 6 South Shetland Islands.
Thurs Jan 6 Day 7 Antarctic Peninsula.
Fri Jan 7 Day 8 Antarctic Peninsula.
Sat Jan 8 Day 9 Crossing the Drake Passage.
Sun Jan 9 Day 10 Crossing the Drake Passage.
Mon Jan 10 Day 11 Depart Ushuaia for Buenos Aires.
End of GAP's tour.
Tues Jan 11 Day 12 Buenos Aires. Wilton Hotel.
Wed Jan 12 Day 13 leave Buenos Aires LA 532 @ 6.50 pm. Arrive Santiago 9.10 pm.
Leave LA 801 @ 11.10 pm for home.
Thurs Jan 13 Flying - cross international date line.
Fri Jan 14 Day 15 Arrive Auckland New Zealand at 4.20 am ish!!! and journey over.