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San Pedro de Atacama – Chile

Rocks! Lots of them. The pass from Argentina to Chile is high and the border crossing is an odd one. The bus leaves early in the morning from Salta, and crosses the border after about 7 hours or so. You stamp out of Argentina and do another couple of hours in no mans land before […]

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Salta – Argentina

So we decided to hit the road and smash up Salta for awhile. We were told some bad weather was coming in, and the border to Chile was already under snow, so we thought it would be a sweet time to depart Salta – that, and there is only one bus option from Mendoza to […]

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Mendoza – Argentina

We caught a 13 hour, 8.30pm bus with Andesmar from Buenos Aires to Mendoza. We arrived to beautiful sunny weather, different from the rain and cold we experienced this time in BA. We were approached at the bus station by some kid promoting his father’s hostel. We’d had a look for hostels on the inter […]

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Salvador – Brazil

So I jumped on a plane from Belo to Salvador for AUD$112 and booked into Che Lagato in Barra (R$25 per night), near the beach in Salvador. I took the bus from the Airport to the hostel, “Priaia de Se” – a R$3 bus that is awesome. It takes you straight past all the beaches […]

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Belo Horizonte – Brazil

After Ouro Preto I took the bus to Belo Horizonte to meet with Arturo. Belo Horizonte is the capital of Minis Gerais. I hung with Arturo at Marco’s country house, where we did not much at all. Marco has a small army of staff working for him. We had food cooked and served for us, […]

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Ouro Preto – Brazil

This is a quaint little colonial town, set in the hills in the state of Minas Gerais, which during the gold boom was home to 110,000 people in the days when New York was only 50,000 and Rio de Janeiro was only a baby at 20,000. This town has contained it’s charm by having virtually […]

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Impossible to get head in Brazil!

seriously! So I’ve been drinking various lack-luster beers for 4 months now. Argentina – Quilmes, Uruguay – Pilsen & Chile – Crystal but Brazil you have to take the cake. Skol 360 – tasteless and bland. Perfect! The high pour   the Result… nothing   Skol 360 – designed to not give head. On a […]

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Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

Recommended: Climb sugarloaf and catch the free cable car home after 6pm. Drink on the street and on the beaches, pubs and clubs are expensive. Do: Eat on the street, It’s cheap and safe enough. Hotdogs, Tapioca, Agua de Coco etc. It’s all good. Rio Rio Rio!! The most famous South American city? Know for […]

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Florianopolis – Brazil

Recommend:
 Barra beach club (R$40 / night – dorm) – Wicked views, excellent bar, awesome staff! Do: 
P12 – pool party! (and Beach activities of course!) I departed Foz do Iguaçu by bus, which the hostel organised for me. It was a Brazilian version of the Semi-carma buses I had been catching in Argentina, however the […]

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Foz do Iguaçu – Brazil – ITAIPU hydroelectric dam

Recommended: Bambu hostel – sweet digs Do: The dam So.. first day in Brazil with my shiny new Visa. I checked into the Bambu hostel… and it is sweet. Totally recommend staying here R$35 (AUD$18.50) abet a bit pricey.. but I have no idea what things should cost here. The hostel has a sweet common […]

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Puerto Iguazu Argentina and Igauzu falls

Recommended: nothing in particular. I hear the Hostel inn is awesome, you can catch the bus there – same one as the falls. Do: The Falls of course! Igauzu falls are amazing – believe the hype. I took the 18hr bus from Retiro – Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu with Via Baraloche for AR$567 for […]

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Buenos Aires again

Back in Buenos Aires after the South! We flew in from Rio Gallegos, from the South back to BA to chill out for a couple of days. Here are some new discoveries: Peters was sold to Nestle and they canned the West Australian Twinpole. Outrage you may say! You can see the twin pole here […]

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Puerto Williams – Chile

Recommend:
 Fernandez Campbell from Ushuaia (US$125 pp) Do: 
The trek and camp – it’s free, remote and beautiful. You can camp close to town and avoid paying for a hostel too. Ask about the weather and snow conditions though. Go to the pub, speak to everyone – see if you can scam a ride on […]

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Ushuaia – Argentina

Recommend:
 nothing in particular Do: 
Do the free day hike to Largo de los Tempanos – it’s the best value thing to do in town. Ushuaia is the expensive Argentinian city at the end of the world. It’s set in between beautiful snow capped mountains and the Beagle channel. It’s beautiful and it knows it. […]

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Punta Arenas – Chile

Recommend: 
Hostel Independencia – only because it’s comparatively cheap – you can camp or stay in the hostel for CHP$6000pp including an awesome breakky. Do:
 Stock up on expensive items in duty free Zona Franca – but it’s not that cheap, especially for electronics! Punta Arenas is a nice town in Chile. It is clean […]

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Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine – Chile

Puerto Natales – access to Torres del Paine. We booked into The Singing Lamb hostel for two days to give us time to prepare for the trek. We attended a talk at Erratic Rock to get all the information we needed. This talk is every day at 3pm and was helpful. We needed to acquire […]

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El Chaltén – El Calafaté – Argentina

El Chaltén is a small town in Argentina famous for rock climbing. It’s next to the Fitz Roy and Torre mountains and was built in 1985 in order to settle a border dispute with Chile. Mountain-climbers come to this town and have to battle the insane weather to find a good day for climbing. This […]

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Caraterra Austral – Chile

From the awesome rafting in Futaléufu we wanted to start the Caraterra Austral to head south. There was one bus per week from Futa leaving Sunday at 9am so we bought tickets at CHP$24,000ea (AUD$47ea). The bus was “comun” which means there is no toilet and the seats recline about 5 centimetres. The bus ride […]

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