Bonjour all, as you' s can see the spanish lessons are coming on a treat.
So aflter a few days ski ing in Chille we headed to Mendoza in Argentina, the wine capital of South America. Mendoza is the perfect place to relax for a week and consume as much red wine and cow as possible. The steak in Argentina is voted the best in the world, and is a quarter of the price what you would pay back home. James can not get enough, it has been steak and a lovely bottle of red wine every night for 3 weeks solid, never costing more than a tenner for both of us.
In Mendoza we stayed in a lovely place owned by and English guy and a Argentinian girl, it was called hotel Laos, we could not recommend this place enough. One of the nights at the hotel we had a Authentic Argentinian barberque. Rather than using coal or gas they use special wood chippings which add a flavour to the meat and it was amazing, even though we had to wait for over seven hours for the meat to cook, it was well worth it in the end. This is the thing about Argentinian barbies, the meat is ready when it's ready and it cannot be rushed.
After Mendoza we took a bus to Penninsula Valdez which took around 20 hours. The buses in Argentina are exellent, they come with flat screen T.V's and are very comfortable so you get a half a decent sleep.
Penninsula Valdez is a National geographic heaven, it is where the two currents meet, one from the Ant Arctic and one from Brazil. These two different water temperatures attract a lot of fish and alot of fish means a lot of things to eat for killer whales, penguins and seals etc. At different times of the year you can come here and see Killer Whales, Southern Right Whales, Elephant seals, Fur Seals, Sealions, Penguins and much, much more.
It is here that the killer whales come right out of the water and onto the beach to snatch the baby seals, you might have seen this on the wildlife documentaries. Thankfully we did not witness any of this cannibalism, but we did see lots of Southern Right wales.
The day after arriving at Peninsular Valdes we booked a day tour which took us all around the Peninsula looking for different animals. We first done a 2 hour boat ride where we got to see the Southern Right Whales up close, they were coming right up to the boat, breaching, flicking their tails and jumping right out of the water, it was amazing. Then after the boat ride we wen't around to the other side of the Penninsula to see the Elephant Seals, we did not get any enrtertainment from these, but was still worth the trip.
Next stop the capital Buenos Aires