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12 April 2014 – Saturday – Montevideo, Uruguay We saw little of the scenery on our overnight bus journey from Rosario to Montevideo, Uruguay. Even when crossing the border at 4am was more like a highway toll stop than a border crossing. The bus attendant woke us up enough to collect our passports and then returned them to us a few minutes later. It rained throughout the night and we slept much of the journey. When we arrived at the Three Cruces bus station we were met by the bright and bubbly Veronica, whose apartment we were staying in for the four nights. She helped us with the ATM and escorted us to the local bus which deposited us a couple blocks from her apartment. She had been living here with her boyfriend of ten years, ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta April 16th 2014

Due to the original plan being changed regarding the route I was going to take, it meant I had to go back on myself a little bit, which was fine as I don't think you can ever see everything in just a few days. This was certainly true of Copacabana as there was almost half of the town I didn't see previously including a beautiful church and a religious monument on the top of a hill. Shaun, Lanners and I ventured to the top for sunset over Lake Titicaca which would have been lovely had there not been clouds which blocked the final part of the sunset! We also decided to take in some water sports action in the shape of a Donald Duck pedlo which looked ridiculous with 4 adults, some shoddy life jackets and ... read more
La Paz
Lanners overlooking Copacabana
Isla Del Sol beach day

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta April 16th 2014

We were all ready and packed and mentally prepared to leave our safe haven in Buenos Aires until it transpired that there wasa national transport strike and nothing was running the day we were due to leave. We booked in to a hostel near where we were staying and just had to suck it up for another night. after an extremely lazy/food filled day and sleep we were on our first bus of the final leg, heading north/inland to the second city of Argentina, Cordoba. 12 hours later we arrived without event, pretty done in from the journey. I wont go on too much about Cordoba because I dont really have much to say about it! A pleasant enough place but I didnt feel so excited by it.. nice churches, plazas and full of universities it ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta April 16th 2014

I liked Salta from the off. It helped that after the frustration of the Argentinean transport strike I was finally on my way again and that after plenty of practice I´d started to get the hang of bus travel Argentina-style. This time it didn´t matter that films were repeated from my journey up to Mendoza a few days previously or that they remained playing long after the coach had decided to call it a night, I just got my head down and slept. As I mentioned in my previous blog Salta would represent a (temporary) change of approach. I´d booked ahead, letting a travel agency in Argentina know my budget and itinerary, so rather than staying in hostels I was now in a pretty nice boutique hotel. The room was spacious and en suite, with mod-cons ... read more
Salta at Dusk - Regional Parliament
Seven Coloured Hill - Purmamarka Gorge
Pucara Del Tilcara

South America April 16th 2014

Day 58 Another 5.30 am alarm to get to the local bus station for a 7 hr trip to La Paz including 1 hr to clear border formalities at Desaguadero On the Peru /Bolivian border. With a full bus most of our group got upgraded to first class & brightened the mood considering the early start. The ride itself was great as it was a very scenic leg of the trip although the bus itself was having a few problems & the air conditioning was not working properly. Leaving Puno we followed Lake Titicaca shimmering in the bright early sun before briefly loosing sight as the road moved away from the coast before reappearing and remaining in view all the way to & over the Bolivian border. Without seeing it it's hard to describe how enormous ... read more
Dressed for dinner
Our home stay host
Stone archway on Taquile Island

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South America » Chile » Atacama April 15th 2014

After our lovely, but slightly longer than planned stay in Puerto Williams due to adverse weather, we were very happy to wake up to a calm, snow free morning on the day we planned to fly back to Punta Arenas to make our way north. On leaving our hostel for the airport we were given a big hug from Patty the hostel owner, who was sad to see us go as we were her last guests of the season (she was either going to hibernate or migrate to warmer climes for the winter). There had been much talk about the various sizes of aeroplanes that flew from Puerto Williams from other hostel guests, but we had no idea which plane we would be boarding. Our plane turned out to be one of the smallest, seating only ... read more
Ross enjoys an Argentinian birthday meat feast
View over Santiago
Valley of the moon

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago April 15th 2014

Tuesday 1st We finish packing and the taxi arrives at 11am to collect us. We suddenly realise we’ve got the time of the flight wrong and it’s not until 4.30 so we’re going to be very early at the airport. Check in goes smoothly and we settle down for the flight to be called and then see we are delayed for another 2 hours. We have 4 hours to wait. Finally we get under way and all goes well on the flight. We arrive at about 2pm earlier than our take off time due to flying west and the International Dateline. We get some useful info at arrivals and pick up the local bus to the city centre for £1.50 each. We now have to find our apartment and it proves difficult as none of the ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires April 15th 2014

This morning I left Buenos Aires. I was, and still am, really glum because I’ve had such a wonderful time here. Even without knowing a local (like I did with Andreia in Brazil) Buenos Aires has been great place to stay and I can honestly say without hesitation that this is a city I could live in. If I had to compare BA with somewhere in Australia, I’d say its most like Melbourne - its cool (except in Summer when its ridiculously hot), is covered in funky street art and has a huge café culture and gastronomic scene (with awesome food, but generally terrible service). While I was here, I spent a lot of my spare time going to school, which meant getting up early in the morning (well, early for me on holidays), battling the ... read more
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My favourite piece at the MALBA
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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca April 15th 2014

Days 56 -57 we had a fun start to the day when our group left our hotel in a convoy of 2 man peddle powered cyclos for a quick trip down to the port for our tour of Lake Titicaca. We were joined by our guide, John, who is an expert in the history & culture for these regional communities. We started out by slow motor boat in dead calm & warm conditions although the water temperature is a constant cold 9-10 deg. After a short cruise our first stop off was to visit the Uros floating islands. The Uros natives originally moved north to Puno thousands of years ago & were happily settled there until the Spanish arrived & who needed a constant supply of slave labour to mine the rich lodes of silver that ... read more
Reed Island - Uros
Floating island structure demonstration
Boat load of new reeds

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas April 13th 2014

I'd come to one of those mythical places that conjures up images of adventure and a palpable sense of history! Punto Arenas, the capital of the Magellanes and Chilean Antarctica Region, is the southern-most point on continental South America, and sits on the Straits of Magellan with a view across to Tierra del Fuego. What a thrill! Upon arrival, I immediately headed to the waterfront to see these wonders. Not only was it amazing to sense all of this, but also the endless storms of Puerto Natales had given way to magnificent clouds, a fiery sunset, and Patagonia's famed four seasons in a day--I felt free, renewed and ready for exploration! And the city was full of treasures to discover. The city was big, 130,000 people--bigger than my hometown and the largest I'd been in for ... read more
Straits of Magellan
victory marking peace treaty between old enemies Chile & Argentina
cemetery hedges into infinity--loved the wayward ones




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