July - August 2017
  • Day21

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    August 15, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Our last full day in BA which we start with a trip to the Cocur boulangerie for
    pasteries and coffee before the challenge of a taxi ride to la Boca for a walking tour. Heavy traffic leads to a sterling driving performance by the cabbie, and almost an hour tear across the city. We decided to join another two hour walking tour.
    La Boca is the original heart of Buenos Aires, but now is the rough part of the city. Except for three blocks which are theheaviest tourist area in BA. Our guide was specific in defining the areas we should not venture unless we were a doctor or priest and accompanied by a local. La Boca is also the ho e of the la Boca Juniors futbal team which has provided Argentina with some of its most success, as well as Maradonna, and other current world stars.
    As the original river port and start of the city, la Boca is also the foundation of most of BA culture. Immigration played a big part in BA, and the suburb is dominated by slums dating back to the early 1900s. Many immigrant workers were housed in shanty hostels where rent only covered a bed for eight hours. Women were separately housed, but were outnumbered 9 to 1 by male workers, so prostitution became rife. Men spent hours playi g musical instruments from other parts of the world, and a musical style developed lamenting the poor life and loves of the tenants. The tango was born!
    LaBoca is considered the home of the tango so it is no surprise that the tourism part of the suburb heavi,y promotes the tango. Cafes have tango dancers
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  • Day17

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    August 11, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Up at a civilised time for breakfast and check-out prior to short trip to Iguazu Airport. The airport terminal is straight out of the sixties with only two gates, and one runway. The flight was delayed an hour, but that didn'tworry us as we had all day for the short flight to Buenos Aires.

  • Day14

    Iguazu, Argentina

    August 8, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Up before 5 for what was meant to be a 7:30 flight. That flight was cancelled and the 8:40 flight was delayed 40 minutes. Finally arrived at Lima for connecting 12:30 flight to Iguazu in Brazil.
    Lucky we had arranged our Brazil visa as an Australian couple at the airport thought theywere flying direct to Iguazu Argentina, so did not get a Brazilian visa.Read more

  • Day13

    Machu Picchu, Peru

    August 7, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    The day we had planned the trip for. Up early so as to be in the queue for the bus by just after 6am. The queue was longer than Will had ever seen, and took us an hour and forty minutes toget to the bus. The bus took about thirty minutes to wind up to the Machu Picchu entry gate. Busses came every three to five minutes from 6 so the number of people on the site was extraordinary.Read more