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Road tripping Siete Lagos, Argentina

The Borduin family is traveling through Siete Lagos area, Argentina on route 40, the most famous route in Argentina. We are staying on the Argentina side down route 40, going north to south from Junin de Los Andes and San Martin de Los Andes, heading to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. Mike, Vivian Niles and I are traveling in two vehicles with pop-up in pickups. We will be traveling for a year 8/2022 to 8/2023.

This is close to our 5th month of travel. But it is only the first month of travel in the pickups in South America. We have done all of our camper travel in Argentina thus far after shipping vehicles to Buenos Aires (we recommend shipping to Montevideo).

The Siete Lagos area is glacially formed lakes surrounded by mountains which have evidence of volcanic activity. The volcanoes created the mountains first and then the glacier shaped the valleys and cut through and deposited rocks throughout the valleys. It’s simply gorgeous to take this drive. There are many ways to do this as evidenced by the people traveling.

There are people staying in hotels, cabanas, hostels, established and wild camping. There are people traveling by motorcycle, camper van private vehicle, rented vehicles, taxis, hiking, biking, bus. Last night we stayed in a parking lot close to one of the ports that ferries people around the lakes. The parking area had six camper vans overnight; we were the only pop up pick up setups. I spoke with one family from Argentina. They planned to cross the border to Chile this morning early and this is why they camped close to the ferry.

The government infrastructure for tourism is developed in this area with new public restrooms popping up, trail systems, online information and advertisements of road construction and improvements by the Neuquen Provincia government.

We are in a pattern of nightly stops and traveling days as we make our way South, utimatly to Ushuaia, Argentina. While writing this post, we are stopped to cook an egg breakfast. On these days we try to overnight for free in parking areas or wild campspots and use the money we save for a restaurant stop.

After Ushuaia, we will come up the Atlantic Coast towards Puerto Madryn with the goal of seeing Orcas on their feeding grounds there. Currently, our Northern route is undecided because there is political unrest in Peru and Venezula. We are researching a way around that situation that can land us in Cartegena, Colombia preferably around June. Or, we will need to ship our vehicles from Santiago, Chile or Montevideo, Uruguay to Panama if Peru and/or Venezuela continue to be too dangerous for land travel.

Montevideo to Colonia Valdense to Meet our Workaway Family

Sweet Maria and Ricardo, Superhosts of Airbnb in Montevideo

Today we leave Montevideo and our sweet Airbnb hosts who opened their rooftop Casita to us and their hearts. Maria and Ricardo alerted us that there would be a pop-up fruit and vegetable market the morning we were leaving. And sure enough, at 5:30 there were stands being erected just below the terrace.

Trucks full of fruits, vegetables and the vendor stands all showed up for the Tuesday pop-up market.
The terrace where we hung out and had meals the last 3 days.

Maria, Ricardo, Niles, Vivian, Gypsy and I packed the bags and kennel to the main street to flag a taxi. We had reserved an Uber but found that I had marked for “pm” rather than “am” on the app. Lord, planning is sometimes overrated. We flagged a super helpful taxi driver and got to the bus terminal with plenty of time. Gypsy has to ride in her kennel at all times in taxis and the long haul buses. Final hugs for Maria and Ricardo and we were off.

At the Tres Cruses estaciĆ³n waiting on our 2 hour bus trip.
Our destination is Colonia Valdense, Uruguay to be picked up by our host family through Workaway. We were accepted to stay with them to help around their farm and kitchen as well as do language exchange.
Niles and Gypsy on the terrace in Montevideo.
Our Casita in Montevideo.
The beach! Montevideo has several sandy beaches that are public. The sign says no dogs but, there were many….including Gypsy.
Walking tour of Montevideo. The better way to travel Montevideo is by bike or public bus but those were not an option with Gypsy.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Montevideo, Uruguay by Colonial Ferry and Bus

Saying “Goodbye” to Buneos Aires
Waiting outside the check in at the port. Paid: $151.19 for three, no cost for dog but is on the reservation.

Because port customs (vehicles arrived 13/10/2022, today is 10/28/2022) has been a very long process with the vehicles in Buenos Aires, we are splitting up today. Three to Uruguay to start the Workaway with Victoria and Mike to stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina to jump customs hoops. Our plan to get the vehicles to Uruguay will evolve after the vehicles are released to Mike.

The Port of linea Colonial Ferry: https://www.directferries.com/buenos_aires_colonia_del_sacramento_ferry.htm?&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=Cj0KCQjw–2aBhD5ARIsALiRlwCjr5es54VFc9YL9VhCEPQHMqzte93OG0qdqzJaYttESKdkqfpe8FIaAhH5EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
We are EARLY! Our bags went through X-ray, we presented our tickets and passports to Argentinan customs then Uruguayan customs. Customs didn’t ask for papers or charge for our dog. There must be more checks on the other side? Spoiler, yes, there is.
Colonial schedule for today, 28/10/2022.
Waiting room at 7:52 for the ferry after customs for 8:30 am ferry.
Lots of space for the dog kennel and all the bags near free for all seating on ferry.
On deck with Gypsy
Walking towards customs on the Uruguay side
Customs officer swiped to check Gypsy’s chip, took our original Colombian Certificado de Salidad (we took photos of the QR code and papers). No fees, Gypsy entered Uruguay
Now, the bus ride, glad we brought the kennel! 2 hours to Montevideo by bus. She is not allowed in the passenger area. Not a happy dog as we walked away.
Lots of farmland, forests, family compounds along the road. From the bus, Uruguay looks like a tropical Montana. Wheat, sheep, cattle, family restaurants, churches, land and houses for sale, BIG open spaces. It’s good weather today, sunny, spring temperatures. Uruguay looks to be thriving at least from the view of this well kept coastal road.
View from the bus, every once in a while you can see the bay.

Next, posts from Montevideo!