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Saturday 20th February 2010

Argentina

After a slight detour to Santiago, Chille due to bad weather, our flight eventually made it to Buenos Aires. It was a long 20 hour journey. We made our way to the hostel only to discover that it was full of weirdos and had the atmosphere of a wet blanket. We were absolutely exhausted but managed to drag ourselves out for a delicious Argentinian steak and a couple of cervezas! Spent the next couple of days exploring the city and eating more delicious tender mouth watering steaks. Initially the weather wasn't the best and it wasn't until the sun came out that we realised what a great place Buenos Aires really is. It feels extremely European and had a very modern mall although is still quite the mix of rich and poor.

A quick look at a map and a calendar revealed that we had a quite a large distance to cover and not a lot of time to make it to Rio de Janerio in time for Carnival. As a result, we cut our time in Buenos Aires a bit short (we fly out of there at the end of our trip so we will have more time to explore later) and jumped on an overnight bus to Iguazu Falls. The bus took about 20 hours but was pure luxury with wide seats that folded almost flat to form beds and multiple hot meals were served including vino!

Iguazu Falls were absolutely spectacular and make Niagra Falls look like Bar Beach storm water drain in comparison! The falls are on the border of Argentina and Brazil and we viewed them from both sides which are equally picturesque and amazing. The Brazilian side allows you to get up and close to the base of the falls while the Argentinian side allows you to walk over the top of the falls on a suspended platform. Desmond the Kangaroo came out to play and received a warm reception from the crowd. Whilst in Iguazu we stayed at this crazy hostel that was an old converted casino complete with pool and multiple bars. We got amongst the atmosphere and met some cool people, ensuring we took note of their travel recommendations for our upcoming journey.

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