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South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú October 14th 2007

Back in Argentina Just as we were leaving Uruguay a big storm hit the Rio Uruguay area so we abandoned our original plan of going to Concordia and Colon; instead we travelled further inland to Parana, on Argentina´s longest river, Rio Parana. The bus from Concordia to Parana was great - we travelled in Cama class which, despite reclining seats, movies, food and drink, is apparently only the third best class of bus in Argentina. I can´t wait to try the others! Argentina seems to have gone rugby mad since we left. The soccer authorities even changed the start time of the football match between River-Plate and Boca Juniors, the biggest club game in the football calendar, as it clashed with one of the Argentina's games. I guess, seeing as we're here now and Ireland are ... read more
Garganta del Diablo
Roger the Reptile
Lizzy the Lizard

South America » Uruguay October 2nd 2007

Before we arrived in Uruguay we had planned to visit the country for only a few days, or a week at most. But here we are two weeks later, still in Uruguay and finding it more and more difficult to leave. It´s hard to explain as there isn´t a huge amount to do here in comparison to other countries in South America. However, every time we plan to leave we find an excuse to stay a bit longer! We knew very little about Uruguay before visiting (apart from the fact they've twice won the World Cup of course) as finding information beforehand proved to be difficult. None of the major guidebooks cover Uruguay and all we had with us was a small chapter in an old edition of Lonely Planet´s "South America on a Shoestring". I´ve ... read more
Plaza Independiente
Uruguayan flag on Plaza Independiente
Piriapolis Beach

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento September 22nd 2007

After two very busy weeks in Buenos Aires, it felt like we needed a holiday, so we went across the Rio de la Plata to Colonia del Sacremento, a relaxed town in south-west Uruguay. We had had a great time in BA but I think it was time for a change. Many people we had spoken to were planning to visit Colonia on day-trips or overnight trips from BA but we decided to really take it easy and stayed here for 3 nights. We took the slowest (also the cheapest) ferry from BA, which meant we had to wake at 6.30 am to arrive in time. I think the previous night´s party was just finishing up at the Downtown Mate hostel at this time but we did manage to get a little bit of sleep before ... read more
Goodbye to Buenos Aires
Ciudad Vieja
Portuguese Style Street Signs

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires September 21st 2007

After years of waiting and months of planning, we finally began our Latin America trip in Buenos Aires. And it couldn´t have started any worse! Not long after we'd reached the city, after an arduous 15 hour flight from London, my wallet was stolen on the subway. As we were boarding a train from a very busy platform at Diagonal Norte station, a man stopped to let us pass in front of him, which we though was very polite, particularly as we had a rucksack and backpack each. Before the doors closed he and two others quickly left the train. I remember thinking this was a bit strange and a couple of seconds later after the doors had closed I realised my wallet was gone. It had been in a zipped up pocket in my trousers ... read more
Madres de Plaza Mayo
Tango in San Telmo
Typical Recoleta Tomb

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