May - June 2017
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  • Day4

    BA Markets

    May 15, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Got to explore a market that stretched for almost 2kms today. Lots to see - managed to resist buying nearly everything I wanted haha.
    Also happened to come across some sort of festival. Not sure what it was about but got to see some (presumably) local dancing.
    We are both finding the eating habits very strange. They tend to eat late here both lunch and dinner (10 or 11pm) so we can't find much open when we want to eat. The food is lots and lots of bread, pizza and pasta. They give you a big bread basket at every meal. We still havnt found a supermarket so we are craving something to eat that is not white!
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  • Day4

    Cementerio de la Recoleta, Buenos Aires

    May 15, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Attended a free Spanish lesson this morning where we learnt the difference between Argentina's Spanish and everyone else's Spanish. But like a typical Gringo we forgot as soon we left.
    Spent the rest of the day on a tour of Recoleta Cementary which was amazing! One of the Mausoleums can hold up to 90 family members.
    Then out for dinner where (After yet another basket of bread) we had the best steak of our lives!!! We are seriously considering eating there for the rest of the week!
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  • Day5

    La Boca, Buenos Aires

    May 16, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Explored La Boca today, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. We only saw the tourist area as its too unsafe to go any further into the area. Most of the houses were built out of the old ships that arrived and most are still members of the original families who bulit them. They have no running water and the houses are so dangerous to live in that the firemen of the area are practically worshiped. Yet none of the families will take up offers of other housing elsewhere. We finished the day off with a tango show.Read more

  • Day7

    Montevideo, Uruguay

    May 18, 2017 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Early start on the ferry this morning to make it to Uruguay. Then on the bus to Montevideo. Nothing like New Zealand bus trips thank goodness, so no sickness. Nothing but straight roads and reclining seats (with foot rests), very nice.
    Had a wander around Montevideo and explored an old palace and a museum dedicated to the Andes plane crash in the 70s.
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  • Day8

    Punta Del Este

    May 19, 2017 in Uruguay ⋅ 🌫 16 °C

    Today was a miserable weather day so thankfully it was spend in a warm bus to tour Punta Del Esta, a tourist town on Uruguay's coast.
    We were the only ones on the bus who spoke English but had a very impressive tour guide who said everything in 3 languages (Spanish, Portuguese & English) for the whole day.Read more

  • Day11

    Foz Do Iguaçu, Brazil

    May 22, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    This morning we we got our first taste of the Iguazu falls when we explored the Brazil side of the park. Pictures did not prepare us for the sheer size of it all. This place was incredible!
    We did have a rocky start here though..... Right before I got off the bus I read the brochure that said "don't feed the Coati as they could have rabies". Turns out they don't actually wait for you to feed them or yourself. Within 5 minutes of getting off the bus (right after I took a photo of it) I had one jump on me and break into my backpack to steal my sandwich! Thankfully Allan pulled it off before it scratched or bit me!
    Unfortunately after screaming and running around panicking in the crowd of people I looked like the typical foreigner who disobeyed the rules!
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  • Day11

    Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

    May 22, 2017 in Paraguay ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    This afternoon we explored Itiapu Dam which is the biggest producer of electricity in the world. It also happens to be shared between Brazil and Paraguay so it was an interesting surprise to find ourselves in yet another country on the otherside. The Dam was quite impressive and we were quite lucky to see it with the overflow gates open as they we last open in November.
    Once we returned to our hostel in Argentina we visited the "3 Frontiers" where the 3 countries meet, where we were treated to a light and water show.
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  • Day12

    Iguazu Falls, Argentina

    May 23, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Today we were to visit one of the places which inspired our trip to South America, we were not disappointed. Word and photos do not do this place justice. We thought viewing the falls from the Brazil side was amazing but today we got to explore the national park of Iguazu and take the trails which lead you to some amazing and breathtaking views. We were also able to take a boat ride which takes you into one of the waterfalls. This was a slightly terrifying experience as you can't see a thing and feel like you almost drown in a boat!
    This really is a must see place!
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