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Oct 26, 2010 - Trinidad

Countryside totally agricultural, mostly huge farms, lots of wealthy landowners it appears to me. Seems to be some German influence (saw an election banner promoting 'Valter Mensch'!). The bus is a semi local long distance one - we left an hour after it was scheduled to leave (10:10) and it took over an hour of very sloooow to creeping driving to get out of C. del Este, picking up passengers along the way. Once we got to wide open farm land tho, the driver's foot became leaden and the bus was suddenly jet propelled, ha! Beautiful, sunny...

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South America Plus

Mar 14, 2009 - FR : Chutes d'Iguaçu / Missions jesuites du Paraguay

On quitte Rio le sourire aux levres direction les chutes d`Iguacu. Apres un bus de 22 heures, on arrive a Foz do Iguacu les cervicales en vrac. On ira admirer les chutes du cote bresilien. Le lendemain on passe la frontiere direction Puerto Iguazu pour admirer les chutes du cote argentin. Le spectacle reste splendide mais les infrastructures et la quantite de touristes me donnent parfois l`impression de faire partie d`une excursion a Disney land. Ceci dit, j´insiste elles sont splendides et plus belles que les chutes du Niagara ! Direction...

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Nov 27, 2008 - Encarnación & Trinidad, Paraguay

Ravi -- Like nearly everywhere we´ve been in Paraguay, Encarnación is along a river and is a border town (with Argentina). While hosting a pretty city center plaza, the main draw to Encarnación is its nearby Jesuit settlement ruins from the 1700s. I visited one (the largest), Trinidad, Thursday morning before we headed to Argentina. Founded in the early 1700s by Jesuit misionaries, the settlement of Trinidad lasted for over 60 years and, at its peak, was home to over 4000 indigenous natives in additional to the Jesuits from Europe...

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Oct 15, 2008 - le Paraguay

Un petit tour au Paraguay. Il ne se passe pas grand chose dans ce pays. Nous avons tout de meme traversé la frontière le 15 avec tout un group de backpackeurs européens rencontrés a l'hostel à Foz do Iguaçu. C'est la 4ème fois que nous changeons de pays en un peu plus d'un mois: nouvelle monnaie, nouvelle manière de vivre, de penser, de manger...La bonne chose c'est qu'on peu a nouveau parler espagnol, ce qui facilite beaucoup la comunication. La ville frontière, Ciudad del Este, est juste une ville frontière: a part la contrebande il n'y a...

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Aug 2, 2008 - Paraguay

Day 21 Crossing the border into Paraguay was... interesting. It wasn´t hard to tell we had entered a country where backpackers are supposedly rarer than jaguars - if Brazil was civil and organised, Paraguay was impoverished and anarchy. Fortunately we didn´t stick around in Ciudad del Este, getting the first available bus towards Encarnacion and the Jesuit ruins we had come to see. Britt bribed (Paraguayan past time) the drivers assistant to let us put our bags inside the bus (the luggage store was half under oil) and Johan (Norwegian...

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Jul 24, 2007 - Cross-country road trip!

I got the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to accompany some of the children from Aldea SOS to each corner of the country. Two of the girls from Aldea will be turning eighteen soon and therefore will have to live on their own. So the purpose of the trip was to help them relocate any extended family they might have and get them set up with jobs. The girls are both in my Monday night youth group and asked the director a while back if I could go with them. Twelve of us went: the two girls, some of their younger siblings, staff from Aldea SOS,...

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Life in Paraguay

Jul 23, 2007 - Paraguay - Encarnacion

Setting off on our bus at 5:30am for our 5 hour journey to Encarnacion, we stopped at every corner in town to cram as many people on to the bus, finally reaching Encarnacion 7 hours later. We both liked Encarnacion, it felt safe and pleasant and the town itself acts as the gateway to the nearby Jesuit ruins at Trinidad and Jesus. After checking into the Germano hostel right by the bus station, where the owner spoke nice and slowly to us in spanish, we understood every word, we headed to a nearby noodle bar recommended by one of the guide...

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Jan 9, 2007 - San Ignacio Mini, Argentina

Since we were this far north, we decided to visit the ruins of the Jesuit Missions at San Ignacio Miní which has some of the best preserved Jesuit ruins in South America. The ruins here and in three nearby towns have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We based ourselves in Posades, the capital of the Argentine province of Misiones and took a local bus early the next morning to the village of San Ignacio Mini. The bus dropped us off at a lonely dusty crossroads in the middle of the town and after getting a few conflicting directions...

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Aug 19, 2006 - Wanda Mines, San Ignacio Mini, and the bus to Buenos Aires

We had a long journey from Puerto de Iguazu to Buenos Aires so it was great to be able to break it up and see something interesting at the same time. Our driver Lito picked us up at 8am in the bus station in Puerto Iguazu. He was a lovely man who had a great love for his Mate. Mate is a nacional drink in Argentina. Its a tea like leaf that is served in a wooden cup. The cup is filled with mate leaves and then warm water put on top. The drink is sipped through a metal straw with fresh water applied regularly. Our driver Lito carried his...

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Linda and Donal 2006

Jul 15, 2006 - Posadas

Well, we made it to Posadas. We stayed in a really nice place miles out of town on a dirt track off the main road, which was kind of like a holiday park, but a bit classier (we didn't have any dinner because there was a wedding going on in the restaurant and we weren't allowed to be served), in a hut. I think this was our first taste of how the next week or so will be on the insect side of things, until we get in to the mountains - the mosquitos have definitely increased in size. We haven't really seen the town itself because we are so far...

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Geraint's World Trip

May 12, 2006 - The Dam!!!

mwahahaha... so here we are taking an entire day out of our failry compacted schedual. we wanted nothing more then to see the worlds LARGEST dam! Well resevior at least. So we plan this big side trip that is more or less a full day detour only to realize when we arrive for our free tour that we are actually at the wrong dam... Not that it was a total loss. The dam itself was very interesting. It had a chamber thingy for moving large cargo ships, a fish elevator for spawning, and all sorts of neato damn gagetry that would likely interest...

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Apr 21, 2006 - San Ignacio Mini - Jesuits' Missiones

21/4 Boy did it rain in the night. It woke us up at 6 with lightning. We where going to leave early for San Ignacio Mini, but as its still raining we wait it out. At 10am it's still raining but we decide to go anyway. Dig out the waterproofs and go to buy 2 silly umbrelas and head out of town on the bus abort. 1hr to the ruins. When we get there its empty. Still raining. Walk the couple of blocks to the ruins. Pay our 12 pesos find out no English guide is available, but the tickets are valid for 15 days. Yey. We show ourselves round a...

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