Author Archives: Günter und Sissi

Las Leñas and Valle Hermoso

February 2016 Driving through the irrigated vineyards of Mendoza we marveled at the fancy wineries, it felt like we were in California’s Napa Valley. You can tour the different plush wineries, taste the Malbec and buy a case. After an overnight stop in … Continue reading

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Northern Argentina , south along the Andes

End of January 2016 The eastern slope of the Argentinian Andes is drier than we had expected. However, sophisticated watering systems, some dating back to the indigenous people, allow for irrigating and agriculture. Slowly we worked our way south. We … Continue reading

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Books we liked: Nicaragua

“The Jaguar Smile”  by Salman Rushdie “The country under my skin”  by Gioconda Belli “Blood of brothers”  by Stephen Kinzer

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Books we liked: Ecuador

“Measuring the World” by Daniel Kehlmann (German: “Die Vermessung der Welt”) “The Queen of Water” Laura Resau “The Mapmakers Wife” by Robert Whitaker (German: “Die Frau des Kartographen”) Galapagos: “My Fathers Island” by Johanna Angermeyer “Floreana” Margret Wittmer (German: “Postlagernd … Continue reading

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Books we liked: Colombia

“The sound of things falling”  (Juan Gabriel Vasquez) tags: Cocaine, Peace Corps, Love “La otra raya del tigre” ,  Pedro Gómez Valderrama,  tags: Geo von Lengerke (Spanish only) and of course the books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Books we liked: Peru

“Death in the Andes”  by Mario Vargas Llosa “Turn right at Machu Picchu” by Mark Adams “The Last Days of the Incas” by Kim Macquarrie  

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Books we liked: Bolivia

“Marching powder” by Rusty Young, Thomas McFadden True story about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro prison. “Valley of the Spirits: A Journey Into the Lost Realm of the Aymara” by … Continue reading

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Northern Argentina

In San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)  we said good-bye to our friends and took off for Argentinian border. A new country again, how different they have all been, and how interesting. The border was the usual “gong show” and again, … Continue reading

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The Lagunas of Southwestern Bolivia

The ” Lagunas Road” as some people call it, is (actually called “Reserva Eduardi Avaroa”) is on many peoples list, a series of salt lakes in the high desert of western Bolivia, connected by several roads or tracks, the altitude … Continue reading

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Salar de Uyuni

New Years 2016 The new year was just around the corner, we – the trio of two Toyota Land Cruisers and one XP Camper – planned to celebrate the coming of the new year on the biggest salt flat in … Continue reading

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