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Vespucci`s voyage‏

semi-overcast 23 °C

MONTH

Aug 2009

COUNTRIES

Chile, Argentina, Brasil


SITES

Santiago; Place de Armes, Mercardo Central, Museo Chileno de Artes, Precolumbia, Belles Artes, Contemporary, Natural Historic. Mendosa; Malbec Vineyards. Buenos Aires; Evita grave, Malba, BA Design, Harrods Buenos Aires (Tango lessons), Plaza de Mayo. Iguazu Falls. Coritiba; Museo Oscar Niemeyer, Museu Paranaense, Trindad, Parati Cachaça festival, Rio de Janerio; Copacabana Beach, Novo Catherdral, Christ the Redeemer, Museu de Arte Contemporânea.

Wildlife: Condor, toucan, parrots, woodpecker, white heron, vulture, hummingbird, croatamundi, kayman, mangrove crab and katydid grass hopper

TOP MOMENTS

1. La Bomba de Tiempo - jumping up and down to the tango rhythm of a 17 piece percussion band with 100´s of mental slam dancing Argies. Check it out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrKm5xUQtNo

2. The Iguazu Falls - finalist for one of the 7 new natural wonders of the world and we can see why, they are stunning. With around 275 individual cascades and the highest drop of over 80m, the chocolate coloured water thunders down creating an impressive sight.

3. Christ Redeemer - Named as one of the new 7 wonders of the world, this view over Rio DJ from here is breathtaking. The granite peak the 30 metre / 635 ton statue stands on - Corcovado - towers over the beach side urban sprawl at 710-metres, allowing views over Copacanna beach, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Maracana football stadium (the world's biggest) and the mass of favellas (slums).

LOWEST MOMENTS

1. Lost and drunk - following several samples of Argentina´s best red wine - Malbec - at an out of town area where you can cycle around the vineyards, we somehow missed our bus stop and ended up in an unknown area, in the dark and drunk. Not to smart and not much fun. Thanks to the random local girl who helped us to get a taxi home.

SCARIEST MOMENTS

1. Boarder Patrol - Showing up positive on an incorrected banned substances swab on the New Zealand customs spot check. Lil was scared especially when they requested the sniffer dogs. Chris found it funny as they we had nothing to hide. Cleared on the second test.

2. Vertigo - Looking over the high cliff edges from the tram car going up the Corcovado mountain. (Chris)


UNUSUAL FOOD

Empenades - pasty type thing
Pastelde Chocolo - shepards pie Chile style
Soipilas - fried bread snack
Offal BBQ
Pisco sour
Mate Tea
Fruta do conde
Açai (amazonia berry) and Guarana smoothie

MOSTLY MISSING

Fishing (Chris)
Perfume (Lil)

MOSTLY HAD FILL OFF

Not being able to communicate fully in the basic Spanish and none existent Porguguese we have, it can be very frustrating.

QUOTES

´In Columbia we hug not kiss´
Columbia guy at a party in Buenos Aires. In Argentina all the guys great each other with a kiss on each check.

`Antique Chic`
Mati describing the building in Buenos Aires

`He is like a spy`

Mati describing about our anti mugging devises. Our guide book has a different book cover, the money is in a cigar tin and the camera is clipped to a belt loop.

`You like to put food on your face?`
Luiz describing Liannahs messy eating habits.

FACTS

Approximatley 90% of the wealth in Brasil is owned by only 2% of the population.

FISH CAUGHT = 0
No fishing

BITES

Lil = 1 x wasp / 3 x mosi

Chris = 1 x wasp / 7 x mosi


TAN

Starting again - on route to the beach today.

NEXT ON AGENDA

Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador

Posted by Spearsy 15:50 Archived in Argentina Comments (1)

South America Argentina

Iguazu Falls

semi-overcast 16 °C

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Posted by Spearsy 19:25 Archived in Argentina Comments (0)

South America Argentina

Iguazu Falls

semi-overcast 15 °C

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Posted by Spearsy 19:15 Archived in Argentina Comments (0)

South America Argentina

Buenos Aires

semi-overcast 18 °C

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Posted by Spearsy 19:00 Archived in Argentina Comments (0)

South America Argentina

Buenos Aires

semi-overcast 15 °C

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Posted by Spearsy 18:55 Archived in Argentina Comments (0)

South America Argentina

Mendoza

sunny 18 °C

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Posted by Spearsy 18:50 Archived in Argentina Comments (0)

South America Argentina

Mendoza

sunny 20 °C

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2009-08-16

Posted by Spearsy 18:40 Archived in Argentina Comments (0)

South America Chile

Santiago

semi-overcast 15 °C

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Posted by Spearsy 18:30 Archived in Chile Comments (0)

South America Chile

Santiago

sunny 20 °C

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Posted by Spearsy 18:20 Archived in Chile Comments (0)

South America Chile

Santiago

sunny 20 °C

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Posted by Spearsy 17:15 Archived in Chile Comments (0)

South America Chile

Santiago

sunny 20 °C

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Posted by Spearsy 17:05 Archived in Chile Comments (0)

New Zealand and South America Chile

sunny 15 °C

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Posted by Spearsy 16:55 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

New Zealand

semi-overcast 15 °C

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Posted by Spearsy 16:45 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

New Zealand

semi-overcast 15 °C

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Posted by Spearsy 16:35 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

New Zealand

semi-overcast 15 °C

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Posted by Spearsy 16:25 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

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