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South America » Argentina March 21st 2016

Geo: -54.79, -68.31Today we arrived at the most southern city on the planet. Ushuaia is found at the bottom of an island, south of the tip of the South American continent. Its part of Argentina. The small city offers a most spectacular backdrop; Colossal, towering mountains, the end of the Andes. Its where a lot of expeditions to Antarctica set off. Alas, that would have to wait for another time. Time and cost meant we'd have to wait to get to our final unvisited continent. Not withstanding, we were still in for memorable day sailing through the beagle channel, animal spotting and exploring the Tierra del Feugo National Park and forest.We were up before the sun this morning. Disembarking one ship and boarding another (much smaller) one to sail through the Beagle Channel. Just four days ... read more
Ushuaia
Ushuaia
Ushuaia

South America » Chile » Magallanes March 20th 2016

Geo: -55.9833, -67.2667Today we sailed around the horn of South America. What a memorable experience it was. The kind of thing that you've just got to do. Photos don't do it any justice. The feeling of being there, in an untouched place, so remote, you've just got to be there. Aside from that, we've spent the last two days at sea.Yesterday, we treated ourselves to a paid specialty restaurant called Chops Grill "the best steaks on the high seas". It cost us $50USD for both of us but it was worth it. A quiet, cosy little restaurant with private little tables facing the ocean. Our booking at 7pm was perfect to watch the sunset. The food was excellent from starters to desert and it was a quality steak. For me, perhaps still not as great as ... read more
Sailing Around the Horn
Cold Kris
Sailing Around the Horn

South America » Argentina March 18th 2016

Geo: -42.77, -65.04They say male elephant seals can reach 6000 pounds. Theyre huge animals and hardly able to move once theyre on the beach. They often try to establish their dominance by waving their heads in the air. I was excited at the prospect of seeing these creatures today for our tour of Valdes Penninsula in Northern Patagonia, Argentina. We saw a few, but mostly juveniles, yet to grow their notable floppy elephant like snouts. In lieu, the cruise passenger behind us on the bus for todays shore excursion was likely heavier, less mobile, ruder, louder (snored most of the trip) and a reminder of the downside and restrictions of travelling off a cruise ship. Theres more pros than cons but there ARE cons. Our tour today picked us up at Peurto Madryn. The itinerary would ... read more
Guanacos
Patagonia
Patagonia

South America » Uruguay » East » Punta del Este March 16th 2016

Geo: -34.9751, -54.943We dressed in shorts and shoes expecting to walk around a small town. We should have dressed for a day at the beach. We were tendered ashore today into Punta del Este around 9.30am. What a beautiful little town. Long sandy beaches stretch out along both sides of this penninsula. On one side, a calm protected bay where our ship lay docked, and the other an exposed surf beach heading out to the South Atlantic. We wandered around the bay beach, alongside yachts, giant gulls and flying fish leaping out of the water. Even a giant sea wolf had arrived on shore as a welcoming party. Basically a large seal, with a huge impressive mane. It wasnt long before Id abandoned my shirt, and shoes for thongs and we were knee deep in the ... read more
Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf
Punta del Este


Geo: -34.8939, -56.1568The views from the ship this morning werent particularly thrilling. Just another port, similar in appearance to Beunos Aries. From here, the city looked like a rustic, concrete jungle. How wrong we were to be. We hadnt booked any tours or activities for Uruguay, as both ports were within shuttle or walking distance to the cities and tours going beyond the cities didnt sound exciting enough to justify the costs. We enjoyed breakfast on the ship around 8.30, and an hour later we were disembarking. Nothing whatsoever in the way of customs. We walked straight out the port into the street. The currency here is the Uruguayan Peso. 1AUD = around 25 URU. From the port wed planned to do a walking tour. We noticed a hop on hop off bus here however and ... read more
Views of Montevideo
Views of Montevideo
Views of Montevideo

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires March 14th 2016

Geo: -34.6118, -58.4173The last couple days has been transition from Beunos Aries to our honeymoon cruise ship; Rhapsody of the Seas. Its actually our 3rd cruise with Royal Carribbean, and 7th cruise together overall. We werent expecting a lot from this one, selected for its itinerary rather than grandeur and luxury. Its actually one of the smallest RC ships. So far though, weve been pleasantly surprised and pretty impressed. Getting from hotel Moreno to the cruise port was pretty easy. 80ARS cab fare had us there in 15 minutes, just after midday. Checking in was slow going, but a relatively painless experience. Our cabin, 2627 is an interior windowless cabin, but comfy, cosy, quiet and away from crowds. The ship is 11 decks, has indoor and ... read more
Sunset cruise
Cruise Snaps
Cruise Snaps

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires March 12th 2016

Geo: -34.6118, -58.4173If you enjoy the sensation of being unpredictably pierced in the ear drum by 1000 decibals of excessive, misplaced, arbitary, elevator music midway through a low-key informative narrative then the Beunos Aries yellow bus might be for you! Okay, so the audio tour on todays sightseeing bus wasnt the greatest, but opting to use our full day here in Buenos Aries to get around by open top bus allowed us to see a huge amount of the city. It cost under $60AUD for both of us, and we managed to get completely around both the yellow and blue bus circuits, as well as jump off at a few places. I cant imagine we could have seen as much any other way.The buses ran 9am-8pm around about 30 stops on both routes every 20 minutes. ... read more
Sights of Buenos Aries
Sights of Buenos Aries
Sights of Buenos Aries

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires March 11th 2016

Geo: -34.6118, -58.4173Today we bid goodbye to Brazil. We woke for breakfast in Iguazu, checked out and met Bruno from G Adventures for a transfer to the airport. We'd cross the border into Argentina and board a domestic flight from Argentina Iguazu Airport to Jorge Newberry Airport in Buenos Aries. If only all economy seats were so comfortable and roomy as this particular LAN jet. Yeah, we had emergengy exit seats which afforded us extra leg room, but even still. The seat width, comfort, was great.Two hours later we touched down in Buenos Aries, capital of Argentina. Being a domestic flight, there were no hassles here. We gathered our bags and some cash before proceeding to international arrivals to order a "radio" taxi (prepaid).The currency here in Argentina is the Argentine Peso (ARS). 1AUD$ = approx ... read more
Snaps of BA
Iguazu Airport
BA from the air

South America » Paraguay March 10th 2016

Geo: -25.4994, -54.641Now that we'd had such a great day in two countries, why not make it three? The bridge into Paraguay is just 7km from our hotel afterall.. Our guide didnt seem too interested in the prospect even after me indicating Id go myself. The main reason apart from it being unsafe and the main source of smuggled illegal drugs and weapons from over the river was Nats lack of Visa. Australian passport holders are MEANT to get a preapproved $200US Visa prior to arrival.. or may pay a $50bribe if noted basically.. Security and checks over the bridge into Paraguay is lax at best, pretty much non existant. Dutch passport holders are visa free everwhere in South America. Well we made it through no issues, got a couple snaps of the bridge into Paraguay, ... read more
Bridge into Ciudad del Este Paraguay
Ciudad del Este Paraguay
Entering Ciudad del Este Paraguay

South America » Argentina March 10th 2016

Geo: -25.6861, -54.3219Todays Iguazu experience was much more enjoyable than yesterdays experience. For a start, we woke at 6.30 in silence. No rain, no lightning, no storms. If anything, it was a fraction on the cool side, around 20c. With our boots still soaked through from yesterdays downpour, thongs and an extensive coating of deet was our attire for the day. With passports packed, we met our guide Sidnei and headed for the Argentina border. We'd spend the day viewing the falls from the Argentina side. Theres much debate about which side offers the better views, mostly tainted by some substantial bias. However, weather aside, theres no doubt that the Argentina side offers the better all around views and experience in general.Once inside the park, we boarded the first train to the devils throat walking bidge. ... read more
Nat Park Entry
Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls




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