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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 » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú October 10th 2007

Yesterday (09/10/07)we had a lazy day. We went to the bank and sorted out photos, blogs etc. But the rest of the day we chilled out by the pool and then played volleyball before swimming and other fun pool stuff. We met some Aussie guys, Chris, Rich, Jason and Dan. Dan has promised to do Sydney bridge with us when we get there as he will be home by then. Its a deal. We had also been to a supermarket and so cooked up some pasta slop (first meal weve cooked since we left ha ha) which was really surprisingly nice. Today (10/10/07) we have been back to the Iguazu falls on the Argentinian side this time. We have been all over the park exploring and seen all manner of wildlife, more infact than we ever ... read more
Me under the Falls
Devils Throat

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú October 8th 2007

Argentina is so yaaaay!!! We love it!... read more
Three Frontiers

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú October 2nd 2007

Buenos Aires, Uruguay and Iguazú - 15 September to 30 September 2007 After a night on the plane and a short stopover in Santiago, Chile, we arrived in Buenos Aires ready for anything. We were bemused by the blasé attitude of Argetine customs who waved us through as if they were surprised and even mildly irritated to see us, even though they'd made us fill out all the forms! We then avoided all the calls of 'taxi? taxi!' and ran for the bus to our hostel in the San Telmo area, so our long trip down to South America started with a plane, then a bus, then a van, leaving us to walk the last few blocks with our packs on our backs. Buenos Aires is basically a big city with lots of people, cars, tall ... read more
Street leading up to the Obelisco in Buenos Aires
Cobblestone street in Colonia

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú September 29th 2007

Many years ago, my friend Judith introduced me to the concept of "The Ultimate (insert destination name here) Experience." It's that moment, usually serendipitous, that defines the essence of a trip. Last night, I had my ultimate Argentina experience. I was walking home from dinner around 11pm in this "frontier town" of Puerto Iguazu, which, since the currency crisis a few years ago, has been built entirely upon tourism to the incredible waterfalls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. While many of the tourists are American and European, many more are from Argentina or other Latin American countries. I had enjoyed a meal of local fish at a tourist restaurant and, on the way back to the Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast, heard music: a singer, guitar and bandoleon, the accordion used in folklorico music. ... read more
Garganta del Diablo
Self-Portrait, Iguazu Falls
The Valley

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú September 23rd 2007

So, the 20 hour journey was fairly miserable! It was our first overnighter, which wasn´t so bad in itself, but on this route, we didn´t have the option of the fancier busses that are available, and we weren´t even supplied with a pillow or blanket, never mind the glass of champagne on boarding or dinner with red wine that we´ve heard other people talk about. The last 5 hours or so were fascinating, however, as we travelled through the sub-tropical region of Misiones, with increasingly jungle-like landscape, like nothing else we´ve seen in S America so far. The rain we had in Uruguay was nothing compared to the thunderstorms that arrived that morning, but the people in the little villages we passed through were still in shorts, so we could only imagine how hot and humid ... read more
Neil getting wet
Amanda getting really wet
Iguazu Wildlife

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

Had a very short drive this morning over the Brazil-Argentina border and luckily my fears about the rubber glove treatment were unfounded and we passed through without incident. Straight from crossing the border, we went to the Argentinian side of Iguaçu Falls, but not before being royally ripped off by the National Park who insisted we had to go round with a guide, even though no one else in the park seemed to have to. The falls themselves were even more spectacular than from the Brazilian side since it was possible to walk along the very top of the falls rather than along the bottom from where you could see just how many gallons of water were pouring over the edge each second (a lot). After, we headed to the snack bar were I bought probably ... read more
Argie Falls 2
Argie Falls 3
Argie Falls 3

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú September 7th 2007

Nous voilà de retour en Argentine après un bref séjour en Uruguay. Après avoir parcouru un 12 heures en autobus de nuit, nous sommes arrivés en matinée à Puerto Iguazu, petite ville touristique située à quelques kilomètres du parc et de ses chutes. Cette ville est au nord-est de l'Argentine, à la frontière du Brésil et du Paraguay. Nous entrons également dans un climat sub-tropical puisque nous sommes à l'entrée de la jungle, ce qui signifie enfin de la chaleur!! et beaucoup d'humidité. Après avoir un peu tergiversé sur la suite de notre itinéraire le matin même, nous décidons d'aller voir les chutes durant la journée et reprendre le bus le soir. Nous prenons un bus pour se rendre au parc vers 10h30, il fait déjà super chaud. Au parc, on nous remet une carte super ... read more
Ben, les Argentines, et leur fameux thé!
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L'un des ponts vers la gorge du diable

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú July 12th 2007

We spent our final 2 weeks in Argentina puddling around doing very little - for the most part. On the advice of fellow travellers, we opted for a quick detour up to Iguazu Falls. This was no small journey at 3000km return. However, on the overnight buses it was not too taxing. The falls were pretty amazing. However, the day we were there, a huge thunderstorm was raging overhead and we had to make mad dashes across the metal walkways while lightning flashed (all the while holding an umbrella with a metal pole). Strangely, the lightning didn´t seem to bother anyone else. The rain was torrential and we got absolutely soaked. The storm continued into the night and were flashes of lightning every 2 seconds. Some strikes came down right in town. Scary stuff! We had ... read more
The falls
Ben on the Dam
Other side of the dam

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú June 17th 2007

16 hours on the bus (from Buenos Aires) and the weather was so much different here:-) We saw Iguazu falls from Argentinian and Brazilian sides. They are very different but both incredibly beautiful. After a great week of travelling together, Karolina and I had to say Goodbye to our great travelling companion Nowina. She's heading to Bolivia..... (Nowinka - wypijemy kilka caipirinhias za Twoja podroz! mam nadzieje ze sie niedlugo spotkamy) ... read more
Iguazu falls
Garganta del Diablo
Iguazu Falls

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