Leg #2 - Ushuaia and Argentina - panamericanrider

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Landscape Diversity - The Second Leg
 Leaving Ushuaia, we head north up the eastern coast of the continent.  A dry, desert like landscape with intense winds, we hope to see penguins on the beach.   Much of this leg of the trip will be camping somewhere along the Argentinian coastline.  We will stop in Puerto PirĂ¡mides, a town known for Southern Wright Whales, and also the area famous for the Orcas hunting right off the beach.  After a few more days of barren landscape, we arrive at Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city in Argentina.  Buenos Aires has a rich history and is one of the oldest cities in the new world, dating back to 1536.   From Buenos Aires we will visit Iguazu Falls, a massive and picturesque waterfalls surrounded by trails, wildlife & a train through the jungle. We will experience the culture of Uruguay and Paraguay before heading up over the Andes once again and back into northern Chile.  Unlike the previous mountain crossings, in the north the altitude is quite dramatic.  At over 15,000 feet high, it is usually a good idea to spend a day or so at 10,000 feet to reduce the risk of altitude sickness.  We will be re-entering Chile in the middle of the Atacama desert, the driest place on earth.

Planned date - December 16, 2016 - January 3, 2017
Leg Approximates  - 7500kms in 21 days  (357km per day average)
TOTAL SO FAR 12,000 kms
The route shown above is an extremely general guidline.  As with all travel, but especially by motorcycle, things change a fair bit on the fly.  When we hear about something we really want to see and it is off the route, we will re-route accordingly.
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