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South America » Argentina » Misiones » Iguazú National Park October 25th 2018

Up at 06:15 to check out as Reggie and Luis the driver were picking us up at 07:30 and taking our bags along as they will take us straight to the airport after today’s excursions. Took almost an hour to cross the border back into Argentina to see the Falls from the other side. First we had to check-out of Brazil at the Federal Police office then drive over the bridge to check-in to Argentina. Half of the inside walls of the bridge are painted in gold and green for Brazil, then changed to the sky blue and white of Argentina. The Argentinian Parque Nacional Iguazu is well set-out with large paths and nicely maintained jungle (if you maintain jungle that is) and the walkways over the river are made of metal grates similar to the ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls October 24th 2018

Up early today at 05:15 to finish packing, have breakfast and be ready for 06:25 pick-up for Rio Airport. We ended up with a lot of time to kill as we got through the check-in very quickly but as we were waiting we heard very familiar accents sitting behind us, so I started up a conversation with Graham and Karen from Perth(ex-Sydney residents) who still have family in Sydney. They also do a lot of traveling and put us onto a company they use called expatexplore.com. We exchanged travel stories and it certainly made the time go quickly. The plane left on time and we arrived as scheduled. We were met by our guide Reggie and his driver and we went straight to Iguazu Falls. These are definitely the most magnificent falls we have ever seen ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro October 23rd 2018

Left the hotel today at 11:00 on the first uber we have ordered ourselves using the hotels wifi. The driver couldn’t speak English at all but it didn’t matter. Our first destination today was Brazil’s version of The National Museum of Fine Arts. Mainly Brazilian artists but we enjoyed our visit and we both got Seniors 50% discounts this time for just being over 60, so cost was only 4 Real each ($AUS 1.52). Once again, a marvelous grand old building. It was 13:05 by the time we left for the short walk to the Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro and it’s quite a spectacular modern building. We spent a short time walking through and taking photos before walking to the Lapa area where we had dinner last night with Pierre. Just around the corner from ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro October 22nd 2018

We are getting use to South American time. Went down to breakfast at 9.30am and back to write blog before meeting with Pierre at 10 45am. We hopped into an uber to go to one of the areas that was redeveloped for the Olympics. Unfortunately most of the museums are closed Mondays (as usual) so we just had a walk around the new Museum of Tomorrow which is next to the Brazilian Naval base. The uber driver was a wealth of local knowledge and told Pierre to take us to the Church and Monastery of Sao Bento (St. Benedict) so we found our way there via an entry through a modern building and up a lift. The church is one of the oldest churches in Rio and looks fairly plain on the outside but what a ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro October 21st 2018

Earliest start yet, waking up at 4:15am to be ready for our booked airport taxi at 5am. Got down to the door at 5:55am and the driver was at the door as we opened it. The driver had no English but he already know where to take us and just needed to know which terminal. It was quite busy given the early hour but we had plenty of time and only waited a short time before we started boarding. The plane actually took off earlier than the stated time and we got to Rio much earlier as well. Breakfast was a pretty ordinary ham and cheese roll but we were so hungry it was sufficient. Our pick-up was waiting as usual and the guide spoke excellent English having lived in the US for a while. He ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires October 20th 2018

Another late start, we’re getting use to South American time I think. We have an English speaking tour of Casa Rosada booked at 12:30 but left early as opposite the Casa Rosada on Plaza de Mayo is the Cabildo de Beunos Aires where meetings were held to plan revolutions. As it would have been a 50 minute walk we decided to catch a taxi and it took us a bit longer this time but finally got one to stop and then another taxi honked his horn and stopped next to ours and they had a bit of a disagreement, so to speak. As we got closer the driver then showed us google maps which indicated that many streets were closed for a festival today, so he had to take a more indirect route. I watched on ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires October 20th 2018

Very late start today. Didn't get out until 11 am. Walked up to the Recoleta Cemetery and started our search for Evita. She is actually entombed in her family's crypt which is Duarte. Whilst looking we enjoyed checking out the other fancy tombstones and crypts. The Duarte crypt is nothing special, just like many of the other family crypts. We ended up finding it because we noticed a queue. Afterwards I noticed that the Maps.me app which are maps you can use off-line actually had Evita's tomb marked out. We spent about 90 minutes walking around the cemetery and also visited the Basilica de Nuestra which is next door to the cemetery and its small museum. It was then a short walk to the Buenos Aires Fine Arts Museum (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes). First gallery ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires October 18th 2018

We ate our museli and fruit (our supermarket purchased brekky) this morning and went out the door at 9:15am. We walked up to a different bus stop which was just a little further then yesterday’s but it meant we didn’t have to go all around the eastern part of the city. We changed at the Green line which covers the Eastern part of the city around the green area of the city, that is, parks, sports facilities etc. It was 10:30 am by the time we boarded the green bus. One interesting item we passed that we’d never heard about was an amusement park dedicated to Jesus which is how the commentary described it. It has a sound and light show on the creation of life, but I don’t think it is Darwin’s version. The road ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires October 17th 2018

Late start today to plan our next four days in Buenos Aires. On recommendations from others we decided to do a hop-on hop-off bus and I decided to book the official Buenos Aires Bus service. There are 3 routes which are all connected at certain stops. We had a late breakfast at a chain café called Havanas which we later learnt sell very popular chocolates so I guess they are a bit like Max Brenner. Coffee was also pretty bad like at Max Brenner as well. Then just another 2 minute walk down the road to the local laundromat and left our clothes to be washed and dried, only cost about $4.50AUS. We then walked about 20 minutes to the Recoletta stop which was the closest to us. We’d bought our tickets online because it’s cheaper ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Calafate October 16th 2018

Today was a bit of a rest day with just one activity planned. We woke up in time to have breakfast and finish packing our bags before checking out at 10am. We left our bags at the hotel for the day as we were informed last night that a driver would pick us up at 6:15pm for the airport transfer. The activity today was to visit the Glaciarium which is a museum dedicated to glaciers as suggested by its name. There is a complimentary mini-bus transfer that leaves on the hour. As we got there early we looked around a free open air museum dedicated to explorers of the Patagonian region with figures sculptured by an artist. It was also like a small botanical garden with typical plants and trees of the region. It was a ... read more
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