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    Re: Honeymoon - Leaning Toward Argentina or NZ (Early February)

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    Sandflies are never a problem with the simple expedient of DEET. Been there, done that. Eleven times.
    But it is a bit disconcerting to look out one's tent and not be able to see the scenery because of the cloud of sand flies waiting just for you! While bike-touring with the 4x5, I put repellent on my legs only, and would put on my rain jacket when I stopped (don't like putting that stuff on me.). But most of the time the flies were not a problem -- plenty of worse places in the USA for biting bugs!
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    Re: Honeymoon - Leaning Toward Argentina or NZ (Early February)

    I've been to both NZ and Buenos Aires. Either would be great for a honeymoon. NZ for scenery and outdoor activities, Argentina for cultural music, dance, and theater.

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    Re: Honeymoon - Leaning Toward Argentina or NZ (Early February)

    How about Coalinga, California?

    Why not try the California North Coast? Some very nice places, beautiful scenery and it costs a lot less than foreign travel.
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    Re: Honeymoon - Leaning Toward Argentina or NZ (Early February)

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    But it is a bit disconcerting to look out one's tent and not be able to see the scenery because of the cloud of sand flies waiting just for you! While bike-touring with the 4x5, I put repellent on my legs only, and would put on my rain jacket when I stopped (don't like putting that stuff on me.). But most of the time the flies were not a problem -- plenty of worse places in the USA for biting bugs!
    I never encountered the little bastards except right around water (Lots of that in NZ.) So at least I knew where to expect them, which meant every time I shot a waterfall (Lots of those in NZ).
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    Re: Honeymoon - Leaning Toward Argentina or NZ (Early February)

    The vivid memory of the sandflies in front of the tent was while tramping on Stewart Island -- west coast of the South Island was another hot spot.
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    Re: Honeymoon - Leaning Toward Argentina or NZ (Early February)

    Far worse than the sand-fly is the Patagonian Horse Fly: https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2009/01...rom-patagonia/ Hiking along a trail you'll suddenly feel something dripping down your wrist which upon inspection turns out to be your blood. I've been told that they secrete an anesthetic when they bite so you don't feel the bite but only the blood oozing from the wound after they have gathered the harvest.

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    Re: Honeymoon - Leaning Toward Argentina or NZ (Early February)

    I have been to El Calafate, El Chalten and Ushuaya last january.
    El Calafate is ok but too many car trips to see stuff.
    Ushuaya is a tourist trap, sites are not so nice, restaurants are expensive, to see the penguins is ok.

    There is nothing to do in El Chalten that involves riding a vehicle. It is either hiking or climbing.
    Its size is around 5 by 10 blocks. The town runs at a different speed and so do people.
    There is the hot chocolate place, there is the pizza place. There is the iceacream place.
    All good, all reasonable.
    You can see Cerro Torre and Fitzroy from anywhere in town, it is amazing.

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