Category Archives: South America

Trapped on a bus inspired creativity

The airline informed us that our flights to and from Mendoza, Argentina would be diverted to San Juan’s airport – over 2 hours drive away. We couldn’t believe it, but a quick search confirmed that the Mendoza airport would be … Continue reading

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Food & Wine

Mendoza’s appeal as a travel destination hinges on its wine and food. We searched for good foods at Mercado Central to take home and make our own meals. The fish market carried excellent (frozen) shrimp; asparagus was newly picked and … Continue reading

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See, Smell, Sip

Where to go in Argentina? That was the question. Ahh! Mendoza! Of course, we should spend a few weeks in Mendoza, one of the nine great wine capitals of the world. Tasting wine followed three steps, “see, smell, sip”: visual: looking … Continue reading

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Hanging out: in Puerto Iguazu

As seasoned travelers we knew how to schedule part of our time in Puerto Iguazu: a few days to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. We had spent three days seeing Iguazu Falls and watching birds. Now we were ready for a few … Continue reading

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Hold on tight!

Here’s the thing. There are hazards at Iguazu Falls National Park in Argentina. Those cute monkeys may look endearing, but keep a tight grip on your lunch bag and your cell phone. If not, you may well lose it to … Continue reading

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275 waterfalls

When we planned where we wanted to go during our 9-week stay to Argentina, Iguazu Falls wasn’t on our list. We reasoned that we’d seen Niagra Falls and that was good enough for us. As the planning evolved, we found ourselves searching … Continue reading

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It couldn’t have been easier

Cities satisfy our needs to visit interesting museums; choose between great restaurants we can actually afford; and window shop along tree-lined avenues. But that’s not quite enough for us. We require parks, water, and birds as well – which doesn’t … Continue reading

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MATE and MALBA

What were we looking for? Art that inspired or educated or was just so beautiful we’d not easily forget it. We expected we might find what we were looking for at MATE Museo Mario Testino in Barranco (Lima), Peru. What … Continue reading

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An outing with strangers that turned to gold

Our first day back in Lima, started out with a lazy morning. It was a Saturday, the sky was leaden, and we were tired, having traveled the day before from Arequipa. Why not have a relaxed breakfast? We sat down … Continue reading

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Earthquake in Peru: our 2nd miss

The day started like any other. Who could possibly have guessed that so much would change here on this very day? We saw other damage from earlier earthquakes – damaged buildings, roads destroyed, and alternative roads built. Our guide told … Continue reading

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