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Antarctica & South America
in 2004

These last few years, I visited some very touristy places, the Caribbean islands, the Pacific islands and the Greek islands. There were so many tourists in some of these places that I often felt that the local people were seeing me, not as an individual human being, but as an object to be processed as rapidly as possible on a busy assembly line. I did not like that feeling at all so this year I chose to visit Antarctica and some of the less known cities of the "Southern Cone" where I hoped there would be fewer tourists.

I had visited South America before in 1994 but this time, I had the huge advantage of having developed several internet acquaintances who knew me from my website. I found that it made a world of difference as people who knew why I was there opened up and shared their reality with me. It gave me a better understanding of what was going on than what I would have been able to grasp from chance meetings.


This year's adventure took me from Montreal to Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, to Antarctica, 1, 2, 3, & 4, to Calafate and Chaiten, through the Chilean fjords and Chiloe Island, to Bariloche & Neuquén, to Bahia Blanca, to Victorica in the Pampas, across beautiful Pehuenche Pass, to Santiago, over the Andes again to Mendoza and Cordoba, to La Rioja and Catamarca, to Tucuman and Salta, to San Antonio de las Cobres, across Jama Pass , to San Pedro de Atacama, to Bolivia's Altiplano, to the Salar Uyuni, to Potosi, to Sucre and Santa Cruz, to Paraguay, to Argentina's Puerto Iguazu, to Florianopolis and Puerto Alegre in Brazil, to Chui, La Paloma,Montevideo and Colonia in Uruguay,and finally back to Buenos Aires for a few weeks before boarding my return flight to Montreal.

More than half of this four month trip was spent in Argentina so I had time to look into the financial problems of this very interesting country .

As usual, I am providing some information on costs and hotels  that might be useful to you if you are considering a trip in that part of the world.



I continue developing this site for the pleasure of sharing the joys of discovery with you. Meeting wonderful people of all skin colours, ethnic origins and beliefs has inspired me to set up the Humanist Foundation of Quebec to promote critical thinking and intercultural tolerance.

You may download and use the globetrotter's photos provided you mention "Photo by Bernard Cloutier" with a link to this site below each photo. High resolution versions can be acquired from our agent



If you feel like it, you may exchange comments and impressions with other readers in the questbook or express them to me privately by the e-mail link. Putting a link on your web site, if you have one, would invite your viewers to enjoy free virtual travel as I hope you did.




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