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South America » Uruguay » District of Montevideo » Montevideo February 15th 2009

Our first port came on day two of the cruise in Montevideo, Uruguay. It was a tight squeeze for our large ship at the small pier. It was a beautiful warm sunny day. Montevideo is the largest city, the capital and chief port of Uruguay with a population around 1.3 million. The epicenter of Montevideo's cultural “life” is located in the so-called Old City, a place where the past and the present coexist among historical buildings, bookstores and the busy city life. The City of Montevideo is a city with tree covered avenues, quiet neighborhood streets and several squares and parks. I took a morning tour of the city. We stopped at Plaza Independencia, the Legislative Palace, the Stagecoach Monument, the soccer stadium and Plaza de la Armada (a memorial to the Navy) where we got ... read more
Plaza Independencia
Plaza Independencia
Plaza Independencia

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 14th 2009

Saturday morning we said goodbye to our two outstanding tour directors, Zeca and Marcia. We then had a tour of Buenos Aires before boarding our ship around noon. It was lackluster tour with only two stops. Our first stop was at La Recoleta Cemetery. This is a beautiful and historical cemetery. The Cemetery includes graves of some of the most influential and important Argentinians, including several presidents, scientists, and wealthy characters. Internationally, Eva Perón is the best-known person buried in this cemetery. Our only other stop was in La Boca. La Boca is a popular destination for tourists visiting Argentina, with its colourful houses and pedestrian street, the Caminito, where tango artists perform and tango-related memorabilia is sold. This might have been an interesting stop if you didn't have to beat the peddlers off with a ... read more
La Recoleta Cemetery
La Recoleta Cemetery
Eva Peron's Grave

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 13th 2009

Friday morning we had to cross the border from Brazil into Argentina yet again. As usual the Argentina custom agents went at their usual snail pace. We got to the small airport in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina around noon and had to wait a couple hours for our flight to Buenos Aires. We landed at the airport near downtown very late in the afternoon. By the time we got checked in at the hotel there was only about an hour left of daylight. Our hotel, the Panamericano, was in the center of the city just across the street from the Obelisk. I took a walk around the area until it got dark. Later that evening we went out for an Argentine beef dinner followed by a tango show.... read more
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
Tango Show


Thursday morning we drove across the border to view the falls from the Argentina side. The Argentina custom officials go at their own speed and needlessly delay this process. Our local guide, Wilson, was nearly arrested when he had the nerve to complain about the rediculous delay. When we finally got to Argentina side of the falls we had to take a couple trains to the Devil's Throat Overlook. We missed the first one so we walked to catch the second one. It was a nice fifteen minute walk on level ground. After about a 30 minute wait we boarded the second train. After we got off the train it was over a mile walk along catwalks to the overlook. By the time we finally got to the Devil's Throat overlook we had about five minutes ... read more
Devil's Throat Argentina Side
Devil's Throat Argentina Side
Iguassu Falls from Hotel


Wednesday morning it was off to the airport for our TAM Airlines flight to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. As we landed at the small Foz do Iguaçu Airport it was pouring rain. There were no jetways, so we got wet. We were greeted at the airport by Wilson, our local guide. It was a 30 minute drive to our hotel inside the national park. By the time we had gotten to the park the rain had subsided to just a light mist. We took a nice walk along the falls as they readied our rooms at the hotel. The Hotel Das Cataratas Iguassu Falls is the only hotel inside the Iguassu National Park and only a two minute walk from the viewing area from where you have a spectacular view of the falls. That evening we ... read more
Iguassu Falls
Me at Devil's Throat
Devil's Throat

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro February 10th 2009

On Tuesday morning we started an eight hour tour of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with our tour director, Zeca. Zeca was from Rio and would be with us all five days and did an outstanding job. Our first stop was at Corcovado where we rode the train to the top of the mountain. Atop the mountain stands the inspiring Christ the Redeemer statue. Unfortunately visability on top of the mountain was very poor and we did not get to see much of the famous view. It was nice a sunny on top but there were clouds below us and we didn't get to see a whole lot except for the beautiful statue itself. Next we drove into downtown Rio where we stopped at the cone-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral. The Cathedral was our only stop ... read more
Christ the Redeemer statue
Christ the Redeemer statue
Christ the Redeemer statue

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro February 9th 2009

After my nine hour flight from Atlanta I landed at Galeão International Airport a little before 10:00 A.M. It was a warm and humid day in Rio. The middle of summer here in the southern hemisphere. The tour guide from Princess Cruises was there to greet me right on time after I had cleared customs. I was taking a 5 day pre-cruise land tour starting here in Rio de Janeiro. There were several of us coming in on this flight, but our group would have 90 people in total. It wasn't exactly a scenic drive to the hotel from the airport as the highway passed slum after slum. We stayed at the Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort which is the city's only beach front resort and is located between trendy Barra da Tijuca and famed Ipanema ... read more
View from Sheraton Rio Balcony

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta February 8th 2009

I began my South America vacation by flying to Atlanta. I had a ten hour layover between flights so I rented a car and drove into downtown. In was a beautiful sunny winter day, nice and warm compared to what I had left back in Indianapolis. Once in downtown I went to the top of the Westin Peachtree Hotel for a nice view of the city. It is the second-tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere at 73 stories tall. Next I had lunch and then headed out to Stone Mountain just east of the city. I rode the tramway to the top of the mountain. I walked all around the top of the mountain. I didn't realize how far I had walked down until it was time to climb back up. But it was a ... read more
Atlanta from Westin Peachtree
Stone Mountain Tramway
View on top of Stone Mountain




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