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Itaipu Ecological Reserves, Paraguay | Free birdwatching safaris!

Itaipu Ecological Reserves protect the last remnants of the Upper Parana Atlantic Forest in Paraguay. Little visited and under utilised, these fantastic spots provided us with a free bird watching safari. This is how you can enjoy this wildlife bonanza too. A free birdwatching safari in Itaipu Ecological Reserves, Paraguay It started so peacefully. We …

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Northeast Argentina road trip | Nature, culture and waterfalls

Planning a trip to Misiones and Corientes in Argentina? Then start here with our northeast Argentina road trip itinerary, with suggestions on where to stay, things to see and amazing waterfalls you can’t miss along the way. We entered Argentina from northern Uruguay near the town of Concordia at the end of June, winter in …

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Waterfalls in Argentina | Iguazu Falls & Beyond

The watery world of Misiones province in northeast Argentina is home to one of the planet’s most famous waterfalls – Iguazu Falls. An amazing place, without doubt but it also leaves in its shadow many other waterfalls that without Iguazu just up the road, would be tourist hot spots too. On our journey through the …

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Utopia lost? Guaraní Jesuit missions of Argentina 

The Guaraní Jesuit missions of Argentina are located in the northeastern province they gave name to Misiones. UNESCO declared the remains of the missions a World Heritage Cultural Site in 1984. So we set out on a mission of our own, to discover what they’re all about. The Atlantic Forest in Argentina Flanked on 3 …

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Swamped in Argentina: exploring Ibera wetlands

The world’s 2nd largest wetlands seeps across 13000 square kilometres of northeastern Argentina. Not so much on the tourist trail and not too easy to get to, Esteros del Ibera wetlands is a mecca for wildlife enthusiasts. We couldn’t resist a visit on our northbound journey. Swamped in Argentina’s Ibera wetlands There’s a rustle in …

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The South American obsession with Yerba Mate

A Uruguayan family arrive to watch the sunsetting over the river in Montevideo, the father clutching a flask under his arm. In one hand he holds a bag of something we don’t recognise; in the other, an odd shaped cup. As his wife and teenage children arrange deck chairs on the grassy, beachside knoll, he …

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Driving in Uruguay: a gentle introduction to South American roads

Driving in Uruguay is easy. Simple as that. Drivers are calm, patient and so well mannered. I don’t think we ever heard a car horn and certainly no road rage of any description. Driving in Uruguay is a relaxed and orderly affair so there should be nothing to put you off a road trip here. …

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Off the beaten track in Uruguay’s interior

So you want to explore the countryside? Getting off the beaten track in Uruguay is easy! And we can’t recommend it highly enough. Most visitors to Uruguay stick to the gringo trail along the Atlantic coastline. We did that too and it’s not difficult to see why most people travel the coast road. But searching …

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Uruguay travel itinerary – beaches & the gringo trail

East of Montevideo, the Atlantic coast plays host to lagoons, sandy beaches, marshes and lakes. The people are gentle and warm, the beef melts in the mouth and the waves are wild. In summer, tourists flock to the beaches to bask in glorious sunshine, surf in the ocean and dine at giant, sizzling barbecues. This …

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How To Ship A Vehicle From Europe To South America

The planet has more water than land so even overlanders need to find alternative means of travelling between continents. If Graham and I were to reach the distant shores of South America from Europe with our camper van, Baloo had to sail. But where do we start arranging it? It’s not like Expedia offer comparative …

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