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Old friends in Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA | Monday, 22 Dec 2008 | Views [1769] | Comments [2]

t was always going to be a challenge to meet Marcos. I had taken the precaution of trying to text him suggesting we meet at the train terminal but without a phone it wasn't going to be easy. We spoke briefly and arranged to meet outside McDonalds but ... Read more >

Tags: delta, old friends, package, parrilla, party


At home in Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA | Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | Views [729]

It was a bit disorientating in the taxi at first. The street names didn't seem familiar and I had lost my sense of direction. Gradually Buenos Aires started to reveal itself as we approached our rented apartment ... Read more >

Tags: apartment, old friends, protests, theft


Sorting it all out in Punta del Este and Colonia

URUGUAY | Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | Views [3346] | Comments [1]

After a light brekkie we donned the rucksacks and walked the 500m up to the bus station to catch our ride to San Carlos. There we made a very hassle free connection   to Manantiales, meaning Springs which is a small village about 12km outside Punta ... Read more >

Tags: beach, colonial, ferry, ipod


Disconnected in Cabo Polonio

URUGUAY | Saturday, 6 Dec 2008 | Views [2325]

Happily Karina & Monaim decided to come to Cabo Polonio with us and we left Punta del Diablo, overcast as it had been our entire stay, with our surprisingly heavy and awkward watermelon as a new addition to our luggage. The bloody melon became a ... Read more >

Tags: artesania, beach, cabin, jeep, lighthouse


Punta del Diablo

URUGUAY | Wednesday, 3 Dec 2008 | Views [959]

The bus was scheduled to arrive in Chui on the border with Uruguay at about 8am. A lot of people got off and there seemed to be a lot of toing and froing just after 7. We were supposed to get off the bus to get our ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cabin, ipod, mate, rain


Gallery: Uruguay

BRAZIL | Wednesday, 3 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

Punta del Diablo
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Gallery: Brazil - Porto Alegre

BRAZIL | Wednesday, 3 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

Lots of cheesy gauchos
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Porto Alegre, Brazil

BRAZIL | Friday, 28 Nov 2008 | Views [3481] | Comments [1]

We arrived in Rio's Novo Rio bus station at about 3 in the afternoon, over 2 hours after leaving Copacobana. The reason for the delay was a torrential rainstorm. We had had a lot of rain in Rio but things had certainly stepped up a notch. Our destination ... Read more >

Tags: buffet, gaucho, ipod, modern art, natural disaster


Tudo bem en Rio de Janeiro (Part 3)

BRAZIL | Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | Views [1408]

On the tour we also met a few more people, Justin, another professional traveller, this one a Kiwi, on his third round the world (RTW), Sylvia, a Slovakian kids clothes designer and Olivier a French civil engineer who had just started their RTW in ... Read more >

Tags: cbd, football, hippies, live music, modern art, urinal


Gallery: Brazil - Rio

BRAZIL | Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

Tudo Bem en Rio
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Tudo bem en Rio de Janeiro (Part 2)

BRAZIL | Saturday, 22 Nov 2008 | Views [1806]

Installed in new room and now with the prospect of decent sleep it was time to get out there and see a bit of the town. Normally we would be the last to go on one of these “city tours” that are organised by the hostel but because we didn't know our ... Read more >

Tags: attempted robbery, cable car, cathedral, jesus, missionary, stadium, sugar loaf


Tudo bem en Rio de Janeiro (Part 1)

BRAZIL | Thursday, 20 Nov 2008 | Views [1839]

Goncalo Coehlo, the Portuguese navigator, arrived at what is now Rio de Janeiro on new years day 1502. Thinking that the Bay of Guanabara was the mouth of a large river he named the place “January River”. We arrived, slightly bleary eyed after a long ... Read more >

Tags: bbq, beach, cooking, football, party, portuguese, rio


Gallery: Argentina & Brazil - Iguazu & Itaipu

ARGENTINA | Monday, 17 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

Waterfallls and Hydroelectric Plant
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Iguazu Falls

ARGENTINA | Monday, 17 Nov 2008 | Views [2689] | Comments [2] | Video

It was only a five hour bus ride from San Ignacio to Iguazu but it was jammers when it came along so we were wedged between the toilet and the stairs for a good part of it. My solution (as I already mentioned in the Paraguay entry) was to write the blog ... Read more >

Tags: brazil, dam, hyderoelectric, power station, waterfalls


Gallery: Argentina - Old Cars

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 16 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

Old cars we found in Argentina
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Jesuit Missions in San Ignacio Mini

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 15 Nov 2008 | Views [2005]

In the 1600s the Jesuits created a large number of missions in the lowlands of contemporary Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay with a view to evangelising the local Guarani Indian population. Most of the missions were destroyed in the wars between those ... Read more >

Tags: hi, jesuit mission, pool, ruins


Gallery: Argentina - Misiones & Paraguay

ARGENTINA | Friday, 14 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

Posadas, Encarnacion & San Ignacio Mini
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10 hours in Paraguay

PARAGUAY | Thursday, 13 Nov 2008 | Views [1154]

A good few people had told us that Paraguay was a pretty hairy place and to watch out so we decided to bring nothing except for our passports, some cash, an emergency credit card and a camera with us. We hopped on an international (but curiously ... Read more >

Tags: impulse buy, laptop, paraguay, shopping, thermos


Cafayate and Posadas

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 12 Nov 2008 | Views [915]

We got up early for a quick brekkie in the bus terminal and a minibus to Cafayate, one of the centre of wine making in the Salta region. Our mission was to be wine based for the day and shrug off the damage that Bolivian Rum had left in its wake. The ... Read more >

Tags: mate, meat, old cars, thermos, vineyards, wine


Gallery: Argentina - Salta & Cafayate

ARGENTINA | Monday, 10 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

Trucks, town and wine (and Tucuman too!)
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Gallery: Bolivia - Oruro and Uyuni

BOLIVIA | Monday, 10 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

Salt Flats and crazy landscapes
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Chile - Atacama and back to Argentina after 10 years!!

CHILE | Sunday, 9 Nov 2008 | Views [1092] | Comments [1]

The border between Bolivia and Chile isnt really anything apart from 2 flags and a place where the road begins, the 4x4s turn back to the desert and the minibuses pick you up to take you to the oasis of Atacama. Not a passport check in sight - that all ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, bribe, chancer, chile, mate, meat, oasis, truck


Salar de Uyuni - Salt Flat tour to Atacama, Chile

BOLIVIA | Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | Views [3693] | Video

So up we got the following morning for what has to be admitted as a rushed breakfast with the goal of not being late for the tour of the salt flats and Bolivian Altiplano. We had chosen a 2 night 3 day tour ending in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile as other ... Read more >

Tags: 4x4, desert, geyser, hot spring, rum, salt flats, volcano


Bolivia - La Paz to Uyuni

BOLIVIA | Tuesday, 4 Nov 2008 | Views [5155]

As we were in the taxi to the bus terminal in La Paz I noticed something funny about the "hippy" bag I had bought. It had a quite large hole in the side, and not the type of hole you get from overuse. It was a very precise cut designed to allow ... Read more >

Tags: attempted robbery, bolivian army, dogs, marching band, train


Bolivia - Lake Titicaca & La Paz

BOLIVIA | Sunday, 2 Nov 2008 | Views [2240] | Comments [1]

It was nice to be able to get the second of I don't know how many country stamps in our passports as we walked across the Bolivian border. We had heard rumours of dodgy border police taking your cash saying its fake so we had money in socks and concealed ... Read more >

Tags: balaclava, la paz, lake, zebra


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