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South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca February 12th 2016

My last morning in Arequipa was a lazy one, before I boarded my bus to my next location: Nazca. I booked online with Cruz del Sur because I had heard good things about it and I was not disappointed. The service at the station seemed a bit disjointed, but I was starting to get used to that. However, I had booked the VIP seat for an extra $12 and it was perfect. The seats were much bigger and more comfortable than on Tranzelo which I had taken from Puno to Arequipa, so I was starting to get excited for my next bus ride. First things first - Nazca. Leaving at 1:30pm, I got to see a lot of the scenery for the next few hours, but most of it quickly became isolated either on the mountainous ... read more
Flying over Nazca
Flight path over Nazca
Trapezoids everywhere

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires February 12th 2016

Buenos Aires (BA) is beautiful city of wide avenues and lovely architecture. We are here for two days. This afternoon we visited an artisan centre with outdoor museums , lots of tango dancing and music to be heard and full size statues made from papier-mache. Weird but interesting. Very hot 40 degrees today. Also visited a newly refurbished port area with lots of restaurants...very pleasant. Had afternoon coffee and sweet croissant in Tortonio restaurant built in 1858. ( see photo). A lovely old building. Tomorrow we have a trip to see the 'highlights of BA... read more

South America » Chile February 11th 2016

Bueno bueno bueno... Primer mes de viaje! Después de haber descubierto Buenos Aires, Uruguay, parte de la Patagonia Argentina y parte de la Chilena, Chiloé y Pucon (de estos dos últimos Tanguy contara mas detalles en el siguiente post), me gustaría compartir los sentimientos que empiezan a nacer. Voy a empezar describiendo todo lo que normalmente se tiene en la vida diaria, casi sin apreciarlo, y que como todo en esta vida, te das cuenta de lo valioso que es cuando te falta: - Una cama... tan simple como una cama. Dormir sobre un colchón inflable en tienda de campaña puede ser divertido, diferente, relajante y reconfortante cuando estas en medio de la naturaleza. Pero no, no se duerme como en una cama. Y tus huesos te lo recuerdan después de unos días, y tu vejiga ... read more
Sweet dreams
Coucou!
Amuletos

South America » Uruguay » District of Montevideo February 11th 2016

We arrived to glorious blue sky sailing up the River Plate this morning. Very classy city centre. The language is Spanish now. Big cafe culture, nice shops. Lovely river beaches stretching for miles. Lots of culture..music and theatre as. Only has population of 3 million. Half live in the city. We survived pancake races on board for Shrove Tuesday and have had a lot of fun. We both looked at each other on day and agreed despite having colds and drinking only water, life could not get better than this. Love to all... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro February 11th 2016

Vacationers are rethinking their excursions over anxiety about the Zika virus, and the travel trade is starting to take notice. The disease, possibly connected to microcephaly, has led CDC to warn expecting women against going to stricken areas. Tourist destinations affected include the ever popular Caribbean region, Virgin Islands and Barbados. Latin American nations like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Panama are also feeling the repercussions. Airlines that just retooled their passenger itineraries following the Northeast’s heavy storm are finding they need to do the same for summer destinations. United Airlines said recently that flyers holding tickets to virus-affected areas can either postpone their trips to receive total refunds. American Airlines are giving refu... read more

South America » Colombia February 11th 2016

We arrived on a Sunday in Bogota and were immediately impressed by the number of people cycling. Apparently, in Bogota many streets and bus lanes are closed to cars and buses on Sundays and people take the opportunity to bike, stroll, skate in empty streets. They take great pride in the fact that Bogota has the most extensive and comprehensive network of bike paths in Latin America. It is also one of the most extensive in the world (after Amsterdam of course!). We stayed in a really nice area, which is known for both the number and quality of restaurants and boutique stores. The downside being that it was a 45-minute taxi ride to the historic center, where most touristic sites are located. We gladly made that trip most days though, especially since there was a ... read more
Botero
Bogota
Bogota street art

South America » Peru » Arequipa February 10th 2016

After getting out of Puno, taking an overnight bus, and landing in Arequipa at the wonderful hour of 4:30 in the morning, I managed to get a cab to my hotel. I woke up the receptionist at the hotel but he was cool. The room I had booked was not ready, but if I wanted an upgraded room for $20 more a night, it was available. Yep! And it was totally worth the splurge. I took a nice long shower, took a nap, and just enjoyed my smart move. The I took the next few days to take it fairly easy, but I still did a lot and so have separated them as below. Plaza de Armas My hotel is located very close to the main plaza and cathedral, amongst other places. To get to the ... read more
Santa Catalina Monastery
Santa Catalina Monastery
Santa Catalina Monastery

South America » Brazil » Paraná » Foz do Iguaçu February 8th 2016

We left our cool Airbnb place in Buenos Aires and headed to the local airport for our flight up to Puerto Iguazu on the Argentine side of the falls. For once the travelling went without a hitch and we managed a sneak peak of the falls whilst we were landing. Once we arrived we were hit with the jungle humidity! It was in the mid 30s and all of our clothes automatically felt damp with the moisture in the air. After spending the night in a room that had no air conditioning (just a really squeaky ceiling fan that looked like it was about to fall on us at any moment) we were a little tired but headed to the National Park on the Argentine side of the falls. We were told there are more trails ... read more
Lots of water!
Butterfly that hitched a ride on my bag for a good 20mins
Another cool coloured butterfly that landed on me

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires February 8th 2016

So much for that last trip. For now. Right now it's all about Patagonia. We will be gone almost three weeks and it is an adventure we are both very excited about. This is also a tour, beginning in Buenos Aires and ending in Santiago, with a cruise of Tierra del Fuego and stops in a few national parks in Chile inbetween. This will be our second time in Argentina, the first time being the year before last when we visited Buenos Aires and Iguaçu Falls on our own. I (and a cast of thousands!) loved Iguaçu Falls, but Buenos Aires stole my heart. The city proper, particularly the Recoleta and Palermo Barrios were wonderfully walkable, with people everywhere all day and late into the night. On the streets we visited, we never once had that ... read more
Crowd at Iguacu Falls
Street in Buenos Aires
Street art in Buenos Aires

South America February 8th 2016

Hello from Rio, Carnival time. Fabulous atmosphere. Very hot, busy and great fun. Every imaginable outfit on display. It's a vibrant city of Samba with music on every corner. There is a darker side to the city but about 340 passengers visited the Carnival and we have heard no reports of any security or safety issues.we are told not to wear any visible jewellery and carry money in close body pouches. We hear a lot about the flavela which certainly sprawl around the edge of the new modern buildings but we did see a protest sculpture to save a flavela I think the gist of the Portuguese notes were that if they lost their homes they wouldn't be sure to get new ones. They are gearing up for Olympics but still have a lot to do ... read more




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