About 4 months ago, Neil said he would like to drive to Patagonia and I laughed.
And now here we are, 1 day prior to our 2-month long road trip through Argentina to (you guessed it) Patagonia. In my defense, at the time I thought of Patagonia as the end of the world, the very tip of South America that extends a hand down to Antarctica. In my mind, it was wild and rugged and isolated. And I still think that, but I also now know that anyone with excessive patience and a decent chunk of time on their hands can drive down; there are paved (and gravel) roads, they are just long.
There have been 1001 things to do but slowly the ends are tying themselves up, our packing is accumulating by the front door and my mind is transitioning from ‘work’ to ‘play’. Our route is not fixed in stone but this is our approximate itinerary, in case you would like to follow along.
Starting in Paraguay – Asuncion – Encarnation
Cross into Argentina – Buenos Aires – Rosario – Mendoza
Into Patagonia, Argentina we go – Carlos San Bariloche – El Bolson – El Calafate
Cross into Chile – Puerto Natalas – Peurto Montt – Puccon
Back into Argentina – Mendoza – Cordoba
Ending in Asuncion, Paraguay
For a visual, check out our google travel map.
If you know anything about the geography of Chile & Argentina, you can see that this is a very, very, vague vacation plan. There will be many smaller stops along the way but we’re embracing the flexibility of having a vehicle and going ‘big picture’ instead of ‘small details’. We will see how that goes! I am a neurotic packer but not a neurotic planner so hopefully these two will balance themselves.
Speaking of neurotic packing…this is the first time in my life I will be doing long-term and long distance travel with a CAR. My obsessive need for a light and small bag is not 100% warranted and so this marks a transition as a traveler. How to pack what we need without going overboard and getting overly excited by SPACE?
In case you’re wondering what’s on the list for a guesstimated 8,000km road trip through Argentina and Chile I’ve detailed it for you below: [Note: unless your planning your own SA road trip I don’t expect these details will interest you. I’m sorry for the mundane details…like I said before, neurotic packer…can’t be helped…]
– spare tire
– fire extinguisher
– tow bar
– first aid kit
– white sheet (a rather morbid contribution courtesy of Paraguayn law…it’s purpose? To cover your body if your killed in a motor accident…)
– PAPERWORK! SO MUCH PAPERWORK!
– jumper cables
– duct tape
– 3-man tent
– 2 sleeping bags
– 2 pillows
– 1 mini 1 burner stove and pot
– 2 plates/2 bowels/2 forks/2 knives/2 spoons
– cutting board and small knife
– corkscrew and bottle opener
– 2 yoga mats (exercise and sleeping mats)
– 1 foam seat
– garbage bags/tinfoil/paper towel/toilet paper
– hiking boots
– camel packs
– apples & fruit
– trail mix
– chia seeds
– cans of tuna
– jar of peanut butter
Clothing & such:
– 5 t-shirts
– 2 tank tops
– 2 long sleeved shirts
– 2 shorts
– 2 pants (1 jeans, 1 light weight hiking)
– 2 dresses
– running shoes
– flip flops
– 1 hoodie
– 1 rain jacket
– 1 down jacket
– socks (5 pairs)
– underwear (9)
– 1 sports bra, 1 strapless, 1 normal
– 1 workout gear (pants and shirt)
– PASSPORT! My most prized possession and highly valued item.
– More paperwork: reciprocity fees, vaccination documents, photocopies of passports, birth certificates, letter from the school
– crib board and cards
– travel books, maps and for-fun reading
– camera & extra lens
– Computer & chargers/plug adaptors/car chargers
– sunglasses/sunscreen/bug spray
O.k. camping and road trip experts, did I forget anything? If so, too late…we’re off!