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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi July 20th 2006

Going back to Bolivia was quite exciting and after a couple of months of relatively easy travel it was going to be quite a shock! We crossed the border and instantly everything was different - but in a good way. This is South America and Bolivia is unique. We spent the day waiting for our overnight bus to Potosi. Only a couple of hundred kilometres but it was going to take us about 8 hours. The roads were exactly as they had been 8 years ago - terrible. The bus journey wasn't the worst but certainly not comfortable. We arrived in the dead of night to a deserted Potosi. It was absolutely freezing and we really struggled to find anywhere to stay. We eventually settled on a hotel but were given the most awful room you ... read more
Silver Mountain
One of many churches
Short Fuse

South America » Argentina » Salta » Cachi July 15th 2006

We arrived in Salta after a 16 hour bus journey from Mendoza so we were pretty knackered. Our first day was spent exploring the city which seemed to have a very South American feel to it compared to the more European feel that the rest of Argentina emulated. There was a lot of hustle and bustle in the main shopping street and the square was lined with an ornate cathedral, beautiful buildings and orange trees. The city came alive in the evening as alot of the buildings and churches were lit up with different coloured lights. On our first night we ventured to the outskirts of town in search of a parilla which we did not find but we did dine in a little restaurant owned by 2 doctors who ran it in the evening. We ... read more
Can I help you?
The Mountain of 7 Colours
Salta Hotel

South America » Argentina » Mendoza July 10th 2006

After an awful overnight bus journey from Malargue we arived in Mendoza feeling a little tired - and hungover. A crazy hostel tout bundled us into a taxi and sent us to his "amazing" hostel. It was pretty good apart from the fact they played loud music all night and early in the morning (and that was the staff). Not the place for us oldies to stay! We moved the next day to a great place called hostel Lao. Run by an English guy and his Argentinian girlfriend it was just what we were looking for. Graham and Lynny came along too and we had our own little room with ensuite out in the garden - perfect. It even had a swimming pool if the weather turned out finer. Mendoza is a pretty city with tree ... read more
Bikes and Wines
One of Many
Our Hostel

After an excellent time in Pucon we headed back to Argentina over the Andes - our first stop Bariloche. The journey was pretty spectacular despite it raining for most of the way. We found a nice hostel and stayed there with Graham and Lynny. The main reason to go to Bariloche is for skiing and hiking. We heard that the snow was not so great so left the skiing for another resort but managed to do a really good hike one day. The best evening we had was ten pin bowling. Six of us went along having heard the pin replacement machines were something special. Only after a couple of goes did we realise that the pins were being put back up by hand! There was a whole team of guys at the end of the ... read more
Bowling Gang
Manual Pin Replacement
Hiking Around the Lakes

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón June 30th 2006

The Moreno Glacier was going to be hard to beat but nevertheless we went on in search of natural wonders and new cultures, Chile did not disappoint. The drive from El Calafate to Puerto Natales was pretty hairy, over mountains on a snow covered road, at night and in a very small bus. In true South American fashion nothing fazed the driver and we arrived safe and sound to a very cold and quiet Natales. Searching for a hostel was not so easy - most were closed as this was the low season. Eventually we came across Magallania - run by a very laid back guy. It comprised a few bunks, lounge, kitchen and dirty shower. We only stayed one night but the guy was so nice we felt a little bit bad so made up ... read more
400 metres from the summit
Captain Birdseye
Ships Cargo

It all started with our first big bus journey to Puerto Madryn from Buenos Aires, a total of about 16 hours. We were pretty impressed with the buses, much better than National Express, we went 1st class which meant huge leather seats, a 3 course dinner (served by the onboard host) and brekkie - not bad! Puerto Madryn is a favorite seaside haunt for the Argentinans but as it was winter the promenade was not that busy. We took a stroll along the seafront and watched the fisherman trying to catch their tea on the pier. The main reason for going to Puerto Madryn was to visit the National Park based along the Peninsula Valdes and for the pinnacle of the trip: a southern right whale-watching trip. We didn't think we were going to be able ... read more
Whale Tail
Getting a bit close to the Boat
Perito Moreno Glacier

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires June 10th 2006

Buenos Aires is such a vast city that we decided to do it twice! (it was nothing to do with the cheap flights back to the UK), its an amazing city and I am sure in our time there we only touched the surface.... Buenos Aires - Take 1 We arrived at The Chill House hostel in Palermo at 7am in the morning, there were a lot of people up already and we thought 'Wow what a bunch of early risers' - it turned out that they had not gone to bed yet! We took breakfast in a sweet oldy worldy cafe nearby to watch England beat whoever their were playing in one of their first World Cup matches - yippee! Our first day was spent walking from Palermo, a stunning area very similar to Soho ... read more
San Telmo Street Band
Eve Peron
Puerto Madero

South America » Argentina » Corrientes » Mercedes June 6th 2006

Well you could not do one side of Iguassu Falls and not the other so we hopped on a bus and headed into Argentina. This side of the falls, we think, were more impressive as you can walk across a bridge that ends at a viewing platform where you are sooo close to the thunderous falls - all in all, pretty impressive! The Argentinian side of the national park seemed to have a much better layout with lots of different walks you can do where you see various different falls, there is also a little train that you can take, plus no stupid anteaters that attack you! We also saw some cool wildlilfe - a toucan and a very lazy crocodile who was bathing itself in the sun. Unfortunately we did not get to go on ... read more
More Falls
Devils Throat
Above the mouth of the Falls

South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este June 4th 2006

As the title suggests we just popped into Paragury to collect a border stamp and add to our list of countries visited. We jumped on the bus in Brazil, Foz D'Iguassu and got off in Paraguay. We had to ask the border official for a stamp who seemed quite surprised! We then spent no more than half an hour walking up the street from the border and back. No impression can be made of a country where we spent minutes but there were certainly enough market stalls selling anything and everything to have kept us busy all day. Nevertheless we headed straight back to Brazil in order to move on to Argentina. Three countries in one day - not bad! ... read more

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