So the title is a lie. I was actually in Iguazu for 2 days. The first day I spent recovering from my nightmare of a plane ride that sent me to Buenos Aires after not being able to land in Puerto Iguazu. You can listen to my podcast about Iguazu Falls to hear more about that. But since I spent a day recovering, that left me with only 1 full day to explore the falls. I only toured the Argentine side because I didn't get a visa for Brasil. I don't feel like I missed anything by not going to the Brasil side…Read more
I had never even heard of Cordoba before arriving in Argentina. As it turns out, Cordoba is the 2nd largest city in Argentina after Buenos Aires. Shows you what I know about cities in Argentina haha. To be honest, Cordoba was not on my list of places to see in Argentina at all. The only reason I went was that my friend who I am traveling with has a coworker who lives there and promised me that we would get an authentic Argentinean experience. And boy did she deliver on that promise! Here are some of my…Read more
I have a separate post about visiting the wineries here. This post is about hanging out in Mendoza proper.
Mendoza is a city of almost 2 million people, but even in it's busiest parts it feels like a small town. There is one central tourist area that the locals will warn you to stay within, but some of the best things in the city are outside of those areas. For example, Mendoza has a large park that the locals are very proud of and that park is outside of the main tourist section. As with all travel in…Read more
If you are visiting Mendoza and not planning to drink any wine, you are doing yourself a disservice. Mendoza has a long and complicated history with wine making, but is currently on top of it's game. You can do some wineries on your own, but to get there you either have to rent a car or hire a driver. You could also take a taxi outside of the city and rent a bike to drive to the wineries. It was at least 90 degrees Fahrenheit every day I was in Mendoza in mid-January, so riding a bike and drinking and…Read more
This post may feel a little lack-luster because I don't really have any dynamite thoughts on Santiago. It's a big city with things like shopping and parks as a to-do list. I'll tell you what I did/saw but I want you to be prepared to be underwhelmed.
1. Walking tour: If you have been reading my blog as all then you will know that I always suggest starting with a walking tour. This particular tour starts at the art museum and makes you ride the subway. I was vaguely aware that Santiago had a subway and…Read more
This post details my experience with PeruHop's 1 day tour from Lima to the Ballestas and Huacachina. I couldn't find the exact tour I took online, but this one is pretty close (and more expensive). I purchased my tour from the tourist information kiosk near Kennedy Park in Lima. It was $119 USD for the entire day.
Here's the important shit: Both the Ballestas and Huacachina are more than 4 hrs drive from Lima. The bus will pick you up from your hotel around 5am, along with all the other passengers from…Read more
Valparasio is on the coast of Chile about 1.5 hours from Santiago. It is a small city with a big history of being the most important port in Chile, until it wasn't. Now the town survives mostly on tourism due to it's street art and location. I'm not going to go into the history of the town, even though it is an interesting one, but here are some things I wish I had known before visiting:
1. The buses that go to and from Valpo (the city's official nickname) are very nice and modern with USB outlets for…Read more
If you have been following along, days 7-8 were travel days not worth blogging about. Unless you want to hear my thoughts on shitty airports in the middle of nowhere lol.
Lima is a really nice change of pace from smaller cities of Cusco and Puno. It is proper big city with all of the amenities including American staples such as Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Chili's, etc. My friend Allison and I were discussing how strange it is that exports from America are crappy chain restaurants that we try to avoid when we are…Read more
1. Taquile Island is about an hour and a half boat ride from Puno. Because the weather was nice and the island is on Titicaca Lake, the boat ride was pretty smooth. I was told that when the weather gets bad (which it did later in the afternoon) the lake can get choppy and there have been boats that had to stay the night on the…Read more
I visited Uros as part of a day-long tour that included Taquile Island. I would say that after Machu Picchu, my visit to Uros was the most interesting and a must do in Peru. Uros is a collection of man-made floating islands in Lake Titicaca inhabited by native people called Uru. You can read more about their history here.
I have a degree in Anthropology and even with all my studies of different cultures, I was not prepared for the uniqueness of Uros. These people construct islands made of reeds and live…Read more