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The Travel Journal of Jacqui and Lars


Argentina - 29 January, 2002



Location Latitude Longitude Elevation

Travel Distance

Start Majestic Hotel, Buenos Aires S3437.076' W05822.245' 18 m
Finish Campsite, Parque Nacional El Palmer S3151.993' W05812.431' 13 m 500 km

Leg 2 Total:

9,170 km

Leg 1 Total:

9,010 km


771 km

Grand Total:

18,841 km


Weather: Cloudy, occasional rain and hot in the morning.  Mid-morning it cleared and became sunny and very hot.  Warm overnight.



We are sorry to leave Buenos Aires, but it is time to go.  We continue on our way north and head towards Parque Nacional El Palmer.  The park has been set up to preserve some of the last remaining palm trees that exist in the area - the rest were all cleared for farming.  We arrive at the park at around 2PM.  We set up camp and then have lunch.


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For the rest of the afternoon, we have the option to go on some walks or bike rides, but most of us decide to be lazy and just hang out.  The camp site is just on the huge Rio Uruguay, so go spend a few hours laying on the beach and swimming in the river.  The sun has come out and it is a nice way to relax and to cool off in the water.


In the late afternoon we spend some time working on our journal until the day light fades and makes it too difficult.  We hang out and have some lunch as we wait for dinner to be prepared.  After dinner, we just continue to take it easy - what a lazy day!!!


At one point Lars heads off into the bush to take a pee and to his surprise sees some small bright green lights moving around.  We have seen fire flies, but they would fly around and the light would come on and off.  He went over to investigate and discovered this bug with two bright green lights on its back (or maybe front - it was not clear).  The bug was wandering around and the light was so bright that we could see the objects around it in a green glow.  Every once in a while the light would slowly dim, but then come back on at full strength shortly thereafter.  Maybe he was re-charging his batteries?  It was amazing.


Later that evening, we walked down to the river to take a look at the full moon as it rose up over the river.  It was a wonderful sight and Lars tried to take some time exposures.  This reminded us of the many times on our Trans-Africa that we would watch wide open country (and rivers or oceans) around us in the light of the full moon.


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