Ursula & Klaus | january 2023
Worldcup in Argentina!
We spent the change of the year 2022 quite differently than usual - instead of mulled wine, snow and firecworks, we had mountains, lakes and sun.
Full of expectation and excitement about a continent that was completely unknown to us until then, we decided to escape the Christmas rush from home and stepped onto South American soil for the first time shortly before Christmas Eve. First impressions of Buenos Aires: 32 degrees, good vibes and people celebrating everywhere in the city. What was going on? Argentina was about to win the World Cup and we were there- perfect timing! Marina & Christian from Aventura Austral had prepared us in advance for everything via video call, gave us all their personal recommendations for restaurants, bars and activities and saved it all in Google Maps for us.
With that, we were ready for our big adventure and started to explore right away. In Buenos Aires, we moved around every day with Uber, metro or city buses and got a very lively impression of the different neighborhoods and the colorful mix of cultures. The World Cup parties during the games of the Argentine team were a real highlight and we could experience the South American spirit. The joy of the people was so genuine that you could feel it in the air.
After a week of big-city life, we headed soth to see some nature: Marina and Christian had recommended the lake district around San Carlos de Bariloche in northern Patagonia and scored a perfect hit. From the rental car pickup at the airport to the check-in, everything was wonderfully organized and the two were virtually present from the distance through daily contact via WhatsApp. We could explore the region in our own pace with the freedom of our own car: with the hiking boots alway in the trunk, we climbed o the viewpoints and admired the andes range. We got to know and love some of the mountain refugios and enjoyed many afternoons at the large and small lakes around Bariloche - a true natural paradise!
Without any knowledge of Spanish, communication was not always easy, but with a little English, with hands and signs, we got through in every situation. We got to try many local delicacies thanks to the recommendations Marina and Christian gave us and they helped us getting a table in advance. We also did some organized excursions such as a boat trip and a stand-up paddle course, we enjoyed both very much.