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Mate Vending Machine, Bariloche (Pic du Jour)

Technically, this isn't a vending machine in the sense that it will spit out a nice hot stream of Argentina's national beverage. Rather, it's a machine that provides hot water for mate, the pick-me-up that’s as much a national obsession as it is sign of friendship and comeraderie in Argentina and elsewhere in the region. Mate (pronounced ma-tay) is…
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Buenos Aires Metro – Pic du Jour

Or as the locals call it, the subte. The city’s underground opened in 1914, marking Buenos Aires as the 12th city in the world to open underground train service.  It’s efficient and currently at 4.50 ARS a ride, about fifty cents US, inexpensive. Today's Pic du Jour was snapped in January 2013
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Patagonia’s Laguna Torre Trail – El Chalten Day Hike 2

Laguna Torre Trail Trailhead: El Chalten, Argentina Duration: Approximately three-and-a-half hours to Laguna Torre, one way; distance about 10km (6.2mi), one way Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation gain: about 250m (820ft) Like the Mt. Fitz Roy Trail I posted about a few days ago, this one too is an easy day trip from El Chalten, Argentina’s…
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