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Paraty

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After another early start we arrived in Paraty. Very picturesque, but a little overcast with a slight drizzle which took the edge off. Our accommodation this time was a cute complex (Laguna Blue) mainly to ourselves and these 2 nights I was the lucky one having my own room. We settled in and I had a much needed rest before a wet walk into town for dinner. The restaurant, Paraty33 was fairly nice, and the live music was pleasant. Yesterday the sun came back out and 3 of us girls took a local bus to Trinidad (a pretty beach), and I had my first dip in the sea. We then returned to have a look around the local town and for a dip in the pool at the complex. A quick purchase of a pair of shoes from Brazil (prompted by a fellow traveller using my feet as a measure and me loving the shoes I was modelling!) and one last meal here at Thai Brazil, with a passion fruit caipirinha and a stir fry prawn dish, perfect! Bed time now ready for another early start tomorrow. Onto Rio in the morning...

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Iguassu Falls

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So, after a ridiculously early start (3.30am pickup), we arrived to see the Brazilian side of the falls. Despite all my group deciding to forego the chance of a helicopter ride above the falls, I chose to go ahead and did so whilst the rest of the group had breakfast. It was pretty cool. We had good views of the falls, with some stunning sights of the rainbows formed within, and some fun dropping in towards the spray. I was very lucky to sit at the front right, with the best views/ photo opportunities! Slightly disappointed at the muddy water but still a great experience. Following this we walked round the falls, getting somewhat wet at the Devils throat walkway. Overall, a fun time before heading to the hotel (Del Rey hotel - least favourite yet) then along the road for lunch at the Gaucho restaurant. I had my first Bohemia lager (very nice - had been on Quilmes in Argentina), and enjoyed cuts of meat including the normal beef, etc as well as pheasant (much lighter than in the UK) and chickens heart. Returning after to the hotel pool where we then settled for the evening. Today we have been back to the Iguassu Falls, this time on the Argentinean side. A reasonably early start in order to catch the first train to the higher level and one back to the middle before the crowds started, then an open air jeep down towards the river in order to meet the falls head onby boat! Soaked is an understatement! Great fun had by all... We finished the day off in a local restaurant, trying the tour guides chocolate and banana pizza for desert, and are due an early night ready for the 4.30am for pickup tomorrow - who categorised this a comfort tour?!!

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Buenos Aires

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Prior to leaving our last hotel at Bariloche, the others in our group advised us of the fantastic swimming pool we had missed (with an infinity pool overlooking the lake, and the moon shining over us. The pool was due to shut shortly but we persuaded reception staff to leave it open a little late in order to enjoy it. The following morning we left for Buenos Aires. A good half day of travel meant we arrived mid afternoon to check into the Design Suites at Buenos Aires then for a brief lunch and look around before heading to a Tango show. The tango lesson was good fun, and the meal and show were fun too. The following days we had a self guided tour and an organised tour around Buenos Aires, covering many places including Plaza de Mayo, Florida Avenue, the cemetery where Evita was buried, Laboca (lovely little place with multicoloured buildings, Jardin Japones and Malba - a modern art exhibition. We had some gorgeous meals and to anyone who visits I particularly recommend Crizia in Palermo. Four of us 'youngsters' headed there for a night out and stumbled upon this amazing restaurant! Tried Cerviche here (seafood) and loved it. We then headed out early this morning to Foz in order to see the Iguazzu Falls

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Bariloche, Argentina

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Despite being a 13 hour transfer yesterday, including stops, the day was largely enjoyable with stunning views. En route we visited the Petrohue waterfalls (which I believe would have looked more impressive with the sunshine on them but it was too early in the day), and had an enjoyable transfer by boat, passing the volcanic mountains including Osorno we had trekked on the previous day. We arrived at our next hotel (Design Studios in Bariloche) at 9pm, and relaxed with a glass or two of Malbec, and discovered I like Teriyaki sauce. The weather yesterday was gorgeous sunshine, but this morning we experienced Argentinian thunder storms. I'm not sure I have ever heard Thunder so loud, and it lasted for hours!! Despite the weather, we headed into the town of Bariloche and sampled the local chocolate - yummy! It was an experience in itself going through the process of buying the chocolate! Worthwhile though! ? The weather has cheered up a little and we have had spells of sunshine in between downpours (which fortunately arrived during lunch). Much against my instincts I tried the Chorizo and cheese starter (which admittedly I wasn't keen on) and I have now experienced Argentinian steak in Argentina itself and agree it is absolutely amazing!! The group on my tour have been great company and are now feeling really relaxed in each other's company which makes the whole experience even more enjoyable... Time now for a rest (finally!) before heading to Buenos Aires tomorrow.

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Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas

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So, my last night in Santiago we went to an amazing restaurant called Aqui esta coco - serves mainly fish, and I had a gorgeous trout dish. Totally recommended if anyone visits the area! The next morning we flew to Puerto Montt. We stopped by in a local fish market and shopped in the local markets. Next stop was lunch in the house of a local family. I was a little apprehensive about this, but this was a great experience from location to food & drink and company. I tried my first pisco sour - a very strong local drink. We followed on to Puerto Varas. On arrival we went on a walk of the local town. Beautiful place, especially with the sun shining and the clear blue sky. Tried the local ice cream, and visited the local market. In the evening, a couple of us, Amanda and I, headed to a local concert. It was interesting - good to experience, and a unique experience for celebrating my last day working for Anglo American! Today 4 of us went on a trip, trekking Osorno Volcano and rafting in the Petrohue river. It wasn't the most thrilling experience of rafting, but great fun though! Tried the local beer after - the Chester beer, and then went to dinner with a number of the group and even tried Barnacles!! Early start tomorrow as we move hotel again...

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