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South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú July 28th 2011

Reb and I took a long haul to get to Iguazu from BA. We didnt get our tickets in advance (we never had to in Peru and Bolivia), so all tickets were sold out. Frustrated, one company finally jumped in to finally say "Oh, you could go to Posada, then take a bus from there to Iguazu... Youd arrive a few hours later than everyone else" (Thank you Reb for being the awesome spanish translator you were that day - and every other day..). The buses were definetly not as terrible as I thought considering they were so much cheaper, but we survived. We successfully got ourselves a hostel meeting up with Rebs friends Steve and Josh, and got up the following morning to get a bus to the National Park holding the Iguazu falls. Iguazu ... read more

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú July 25th 2011

The anticipation to see family had been building up for weeks, so when I finally saw my sister, it was definitely one of the happiest moments of my trip. It was also nice to get to see her on her 30th Birthday! I was a little afraid she was not going to make it as she has missed her first flight, but she was able to get on another flight, and arrived only 3 hours later than expected. The second best part of staying with my sister is that she is not really a hostel person...so we got a hotel room which was really nice. They had clean bathrooms (with no cracks in the wall), breakfast delivered to our room, a television, heating....now this is what I call living the life! Although we only arrived into ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú July 24th 2011

Wow, seems like a lot has happened in the past few days! So, in Sao Paulo, we had a wander to the Havaianas shop, Liz designed her own while Holly picked up a pair for her and Alan. Then, Solange´s friend Nelson picked us up, and took us to the park, then for lunch at his ex wife´s restaurant - amazing food, and he also treated us to some chocolates from there too. Very spoilt indeed! We had a lazy afternoon back at Solange´s, trying to sort out flights for later in the trip, skyping home, and uploading some pictures to facebook. Solange then took us out for a salad in the evening, and we had a nice relax watching TV before an earlyish night. On Friday, we got up and had a wander down Avenida ... read more

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú July 16th 2011

Saturday and Sunday We'd booked a flight to Puerto Iguazu in Argentina with Aerolineas Argentinas - avoid flying with them. Our flight was delayed 3 hours and we missed our connection in Buenos Aires. Another nasty surprise was the $100 entrance tax to Argentina (only for us Aussies). We were sent to a hotel in downtown BA after being yelled at by the airline agent because we couldn't understand her English directions. We were joined in the taxi by a mime artist from Rio going to perform in Lima and a Bolivian engineer. They'd also had delayed flights. Every thing was paid for, including phone calls, and for dinner, now really late, we had the most tender grilled veal I have ever eaten - the menu was in Spanish and the waiter didn't have enough English ... read more
truck through the jungle
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down river, Brazil on the other side

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú June 14th 2011

The news is that flights in and out of BA are still disrupted by the volcanic ash from Chile. Both LAN flights from here to BA were cancelled today, so we weren't optimistic about our booking for tomorrow. We've decided to go by bus instead. We walked up to the terminal this morning and bought two "super cama" class tickets for 1510 today. That will get us in to BA at about 0800 tomorrow, so we'll be on schedule. The only drawback is that we won't get to do the moonlit walk to the Devil's Throat tonight, but that might be cancelled anyway if it's cloudy. There are bound to be a lot of people booking buses today and we didn't want to be stranded in Puerto Iguazu.... read more

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South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú June 5th 2011

A 1 hour 50 minute flight from Buenos Aires with LAN Argentina Airlines got us safely to Puerto Iguacu in the late morning. We had no trouble catching the bus, direct to our Hotel Garden Stone. The owners of the Hotel were very friendly and immediately went through suggestions on how to approach the day on the Argentine side of the Falls. We were also given a map of the Falls and the town. The Hotel had a pool (cold water so no swimming for me!), outdoor kitchen, many hammocks and areas to sit in the garden. We had a private garden setting outside our room, which we used on several occasions. We found some lunch and then walked around the town as well as finding the junction of the boundaries of the 3 countries, ... read more
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Hotel Garden Stone - our room
Hotel Garden Stone in Puerto Iguazu Argentina - cobble stone road

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú May 25th 2011

We caught the bus from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu at 18.15 and the bus ride wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t the best we’ve had either. The food was scant, the legroom was minimal and the sound quality on the movies was subpar. I took a Xanax and passed out promptly after dinner but the sleep was restless and my dreams were scattered. Normally on the bus there are men in uniforms that serve the food and attend to your needs however these guys were basically just dudes in jeans and t-shirts that gave us food and didn’t offer blankets or pillows, pretty dodgy if you ask me. We made it here to Iguazu and it’s a small town, the weather is hot and the ground is covered with red clay, everywhere even on the pavement. ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú May 18th 2011

After an overnight bus (where we were offered whisky and champagne - the Argentineans know how to travel in style) we arrived in Puerto Iguazu, home of the famous waterfalls. We stumbled across a place owned by a quirky man but it was a camping ground (i.e. tents in his backyard). When we explained that we had no tent, he led us to a gorgeous little wooden cabin that he hand built. It wasn’t completely finished but he moved his tools and let us stay there for the night. He immediately liked us because we are from the land of kangaroos (he said this while imitating a kangaroo hop). The cabin was surrounded by plants and you could hear the nearby river - a beautiful spot. The owner had two rules: silencio after 10pm; and you ... read more
Cheeky little coati
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Mono (monkey)

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú May 17th 2011

I am sitting at the bus terminal in Puerto Iguazu. It is 7:30pm on Tuesday, May 17th. I have thirty seven more days in South America. I am starting to run low. Low on energy. Low on plans. Low on cash. My bus to Tucumán leaves in an hour and a half. I barely even know where that is on a map. The guy at the counter had to point it out on a map for me. Up until this point I have had a loose plan. Start in southern Chile, cross the border, and work my way up north. I have hit all my intended destinations in Argentina. I am know as far north as I can go in this country. Now what? I thought I might head to Bolivia to meet Julia and Loren. ... read more

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú May 14th 2011

The end of Argentina has definitely been better than the start. We went to Iguazu to visit some of the biggest waterfalls in the world, but first had to pop in to Paraguay to buy a camera, as you do. We got on the local bus, but that meant we didn’t stop when we reached the border, so we had no stamp to enter the country. This was slightly worrying, but when we tried to leave there was a crush of motortaxis, minivans, huge coaches and people to cross in to Brazil and nobody was stopped there either. The waterfalls are as incredible as everybody says with rainbows everywhere. We got a mini train across the park and started walking around the 200 waterfalls – they have paths leading right up to where the water crashes ... read more




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