Day 10

Whose bright idea was it to take a 3am flight? We dropped our bags at the hotel at about 6:30am and headed out to see Buenos Aires for one more day before flying back to the states. Some members of the group caught quick cat naps in the airport.

We arrived in Buenos Aires at about 6:30am. We changed clothes, ate breakfast, and then headed out for what would be a 13+ mile walk around town. We visited the Botanical Gardens, the Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes, and some local markets. We also stumbled across a St. Patrick’s Day festival. After a full day of sight seeing the group ate lunch, indulged in some ice cream, and boarded a bus for the airport. The students will fly through the night and arrive in Atlanta just before 6am. It has been a fantastic trip and we are all sad that it must come to an end.

 

IMG_7636

Alex engages some locals in conversation.

IMG_7640

The group at the Botanical Gardens.

IMG_7654

The group takes a break to enjoy the park and discuss their favorite moments of the trip.

IMG_7655

Lacey and Katie admire Rodin’s “The Kiss.”

IMG_7661

Carolyne, Annie, and Carson admire an impressionist piece.

IMG_7666

Max is excited for his pork sandwich lunch.

IMG_7668

Katie, Lacey, and Max enjoy a relaxing lunch in the park.

 

Day 9

We spent today at a sheep ranch located just outside of El Calafate called El Galpon. The ranch property is bordered by beautiful Lago de Argentina. We went for a two and a half hour horse ride followed by a walking tour of the premises. We were then treated to a sheep shearing demonstration and a traditional lamb barbeque dinner. The Patagonia region’s economy was dominated by these gauchos a century ago and the day gave us a good idea of what life was like back then. We then had a spirited bus ride to the airport for our 3am flight, as seen in the final picture.

 

IMG_1082 IMG_1047 IMG_1041 IMG_1037 IMG_1034 IMG_1020 IMG_0997 IMG_0987 IMG_0948 IMG_0943 IMG_0929 IMG_0917 IMG_0903 IMG_0898 IMG_0868 IMG_1090

IMG_1103

Day 7

We did not have ideal conditions for our hike today. It was a 12 mile round trip hike in strong winds and cold rain on the ascent. Luckily the descent was a little better. Conditions were bad and there weren’t great views, but the group had a great attitude and it ended up being a fun day despite the weather!

IMG_0810

 

IMG_7532 IMG_7538 IMG_0788 IMG_0789 IMG_0792 IMG_0800

Day 6

Today we visited the Viedma glacier, the largest in Argentina. We got views of the glacier from our boat ride and then we donned crampons to hike across a section of the glacier.IMG_7502 IMG_7508 IMG_7519 IMG_7524 DSC_0436 DSC_0439DSC_0505 DSC_0443 DSC_0451 DSC_0454 DSC_0466_2 DSC_0477 DSC_0484 DSC_0491 DSC_0499  DSC_0541