A South American Escape Part 5 – Lima

This past Spring, Joline and I embarked on what we considered a trip of a lifetime. Our jaunt took us from the Beaches of Rio, through the Jungles of Iguassu Falls, to the “Paris of South America (Buenos Aires), all the way over to Peru and the Land of the Incas. Below are some of the highlights in photos. Enjoy!

Missed a previous post?

A South American Escape Part 1 – Miami
A South American Escape Part 2 – Rio de Janeiro
A South American Escape Part 3 – Iguassu Falls/Foz Do Iguacu
A South American Escape Part 4 – Buenos Aires
A South American Escape Part 5 – Lima
A South American Escape Part 6 – Sacred Valley of the Incas
A South American Escape Part 7 – Machu Picchu
A South American Escape Part 8 – Cusco
A South American Escape Part 9 – Lima Redux…and home.

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A red-eye flight later…Helloooo Peru!  The flight felt longer than 5 hours…zzzz….

The West Coast of South America.

 

Missing Man Formation.

 

We ate at a really good Seafood restaurant, La Rosa Nautica.  We took the picture below after dinner.

 

The Coast Line.

 

 

The Coast Seemed so underdeveolped and polluted.

 

 

 

Mateo Salado in Lima's Pueblo Libre district.

 

 

Airplane House in Miraflores.

 

 

Chifa. A Chinese food + Peruvian Fusion which is one of the Major Cuisines.

 

 

Plaza de Armas.

 

 

Local.

 

 

Plaza de Armas and neighboring hillside flag.

 

The street vendors were very persistent!  But sweethearts!

 

Vendor.

 

For some reason, everyone gathered in by the church below, everyday.

Convento de San Francisco.

 

Bones of the faithful in the Grottos at the church above. Very freaky.

 

 

A little Disconcerting.

 

 

Another grotto under the Convento.

 

 

Quipus.

 

 

An Explanation of the Amazing Quipus.

 

Next…on to the Valley.  Let’s see what these Inca are all about!

(A South American Escape Part 6 – Sacred Valley of the Incas)

A South American Escape Part 4 – Buenos Aires

This past Spring, Joline and I embarked on what we considered a trip of a lifetime. Our jaunt took us from the Beaches of Rio, through the Jungles of Iguassu Falls, to the “Paris of South America (Buenos Aires), all the way over to Peru and the Land of the Incas. Below are some of the highlights in photos. Enjoy!

Missed a previous post?

A South American Escape Part 1 – Miami
A South American Escape Part 2 – Rio de Janeiro
A South American Escape Part 3 – Iguassu Falls/Foz Do Iguacu
A South American Escape Part 4 – Buenos Aires
A South American Escape Part 5 – Lima
A South American Escape Part 6 – Sacred Valley of the Incas
A South American Escape Part 7 – Machu Picchu
A South American Escape Part 8 – Cusco
A South American Escape Part 9 – Lima Redux…and home.

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Goodbye Reais, hello Pesos!

After a short flight from Foz Do Iguacu we arrived in Buenos Aires. It is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Sao Paulo.  It is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Rio de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of the continent.

Again we traveled off the beaten path as much as possible in this very fashionable metropolitan city. We saw unique neighborhoods, a beautiful tango show, enjoyed great steak and wine and had a great time!

 

Shopping District in San Nicolas.

 

The whole world is represented along its streets – in renowned international designer boutiques, fine dining venues, museums, cultural centers, and modern theaters and cinemas.

 

Little Man, Big Music.

 

 

Tango

 

 

Argentinian Rasta.

 

 

Flea Market Ware

 

 

Recoleta Neighborhood

 

 

Morning News.

 

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Huge Tree.

 

Next…across this great continent.  Destination: The Land of the Inca.

(A South American Escape Part 5 – Lima)

A South American Escape Part 3 – Iguassu Falls/Foz Do Iguacu

This past Spring, Joline and I embarked on what we considered a trip of a lifetime. Our jaunt took us from the Beaches of Rio, through the Jungles of Iguassu Falls, to the “Paris of South America (Buenos Aires), all the way over to Peru and the Land of the Incas. Below are some of the highlights in photos. Enjoy!

Missed a previous post?

A South American Escape Part 1 – Miami
A South American Escape Part 2 – Rio de Janeiro
A South American Escape Part 3 – Iguassu Falls/Foz Do Iguacu
A South American Escape Part 4 – Buenos Aires
A South American Escape Part 5 – Lima
A South American Escape Part 6 – Sacred Valley of the Incas
A South American Escape Part 7 – Machu Picchu
A South American Escape Part 8 – Cusco
A South American Escape Part 9 – Lima Redux…and home.

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Iguazu Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls straddles the Brazilian/Argentina border.  Upon seeing Iguazu, the United States’ First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” Iguazu is also often compared with Southern Africa’s Victoria Falls which separates Zambia and Zimbabwe. Iguazu is wider, but because it is split into about 270 discrete falls and large islands in 3 miles, Victoria is the largest curtain of water in the world.

 

Rafters brave a closer view of the 'Cateratas'.

 

 

Brazilian Side looking towards Argentina.Amazing.

 

 

Joline

 

 

275 or so Individual Falls.

 

 

Devil's Throat. The power of the Falls here was unbelievable.

 

 

Barely able to stand.

 

 

Feeling Nature.

 

 

Devil's Throat

 

However, Iguazu affords better views and walkways and its shape allows for spectacular vistas. At one point a person can stand and be surrounded by 260 degrees of waterfalls.

 

This bridge has been washed away so many times. Not this time...we hope.

 

 

Devil's Throat.

 

The Devil’s Throat, on the Brazilian side has water pouring into it from three sides.

 

Devil's Throat.

 

 

Power.

 

 

The Shelf.

 

We were now in Argentina.  So much for all the Portuguese phrases we learned/crammed.  Now it was all Spanish for the rest of the trip.  We didn’t learn  many Spanish phrases!  Doh!

 

 

Hiking to the Argentian Side.

 

 

First views from the Argentian Side.

 

 

Garbage bag Couture.

 

 

Fashion Statement? 🙂

 

 

Nature's Fury.

 

 

Nature's Fury.

 

 

Racoon-like rodents all over the Argentinian side's National Park.

 

Coatis, were Racoon like rodents who were rather resourceful.  One of them climbed the tree and shook it until the fruit fell to the others waiting at its base.

The sun really did come out after some time!  But we are convinced there is always a rain cloud over this place.

 

Can we take these ponchos off yet?!

 

We will be forever be amazed by the sheer force of Nature’s Fury!

Next stop, Buenos Aires.  The “Paris of South America”.

(A South American Escape Part 4 – Buenos Aires)

A South American Escape Part 2 – Rio de Janeiro

This past Spring, Joline and I embarked on what we considered a trip of a lifetime. Our jaunt took us from the Beaches of Rio, through the Jungles of Iguassu Falls, to the “Paris of South America (Buenos Aires), all the way over to Peru and the Land of the Incas. Below are some of the highlights in photos. Enjoy!

Missed a previous post?

A South American Escape Part 1 – Miami
A South American Escape Part 2 – Rio de Janeiro
A South American Escape Part 3 – Iguassu Falls/Foz Do Iguacu
A South American Escape Part 4 – Buenos Aires
A South American Escape Part 5 – Lima
A South American Escape Part 6 – Sacred Valley of the Incas
A South American Escape Part 7 – Machu Picchu
A South American Escape Part 8 – Cusco
A South American Escape Part 9 – Lima Redux…and home.

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Copa Cabana Beach from the Windsor Excelsior.

 

 

 

Our Hotel was next to the Historic Copa Cabana Palace.

 

 

Rio from Urca Hill.

 

 

Sugar Loaf.

 

 

On top of Sugar Loaf.

 

We had high expectations heading to Rio and the city definitely lived up to our expectations. While we did visit the typical tourist-must-sees,like Sugar Loaf mountain, Leblon, Ipanema Beach etc, we spent most of our time off the beaten path exploring the ‘real Rio’.

 

Signature boardwalk at Ipanema Beach.

 

 

Fun at the Beach!

 

 

Sunset volleyball & soccer at Leblon Beach.

 

 

Sunset at Ipanema Beach. Meditating.

 

 

Copacabana Beach.

 

 

Aqueduct in the Centro district.

 

 

Metropolitan Cathedral.

 

At some points in the trip we found ourselves a little too far off the beaten path (to the point were I got scared) but it was definitely enhanced our experience (after we were safe).

 

The Tram to Santa Teresa.

 

 

Umm...where are we?

 

 

Scary Street Art in the Bohemian Enclave of Santa Teresa.

 

 

Cafe entrance in Santa Teresa.

 

 

Sign warning us of the danger...of riding the Tram we just did!

 

 

Exploring and a little freaked out near Santa Teresa (ok a lot freaked out)

 

 

Another Leblon Sunset.

 

 

Leblon sunset

 

 

Walking around downtown Rio and taking in the architecture.

 

 

Metropolitan Cathedral.

 

 

Walking around the Ipanema Neighborhood.

 

 

Street Art/Graffitti all over the city.

The homelessness issue is one that blew me away. So many on the streets.

 

 

Homeless.

 

 

Sunset over Copa Cabana

 

 

Ipanema Sunset

 

Brazilians in general seem to enjoy and embrace life and could be seen playing beach volleyball, soccer, jogging, and biking along the beach at all hours of the day.
We walked all day everyday (in fact I managed to get so many blisters the first day I made Phil stop to buy band-aids) but there was just so many neighborhoods to explore! They ranged from quaint, to whimsical, to fast-paced and fashionable. We even ventured into a Favela with some back-packers.

 

Rio Rooftop Party

 

 

And he played a Wet Note.

 

 

Joline and one of the Caipirinha vendors on the Copa Cabana boardwalk.

 

The food was absolutely amazing as well. It was flavorful and the portions were very generous. My favorite were the food stands scattered along Copacabana, Leblon, and Ipanema beaches. Everyday we had at least one coconut milk and sat watching the ocean — ahhh yes it was hard to leave! Of course we couldn’t forget to enjoy our share of Caipirinhas. We even managed to fit in some relaxing beach time and enjoyed the local scenery. Every evening we walked along the Copacabana boardwalk to a large outcropping of rocks where locals and tourists alike would gather to watch the amazing sunsets every night. The people watching was something.

 

The Food!

 

 

Pop a straw in it....Coconut milk is the best!

 

We loved Rio so much that it was hard to leave…hopefully this was an introductory visit.

Next stop, the jungle.  Ok, not really but the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls were spectacular!

(A South American Escape Part 2 – Iguassu Falls/Foz Do Iguacu)

A South American Escape Part 1 – Miami

This past Spring, Joline and I embarked on what we considered a trip of a lifetime. Our jaunt took us from the Beaches of Rio, through the Jungles of Iguassu Falls, to the “Paris of South America (Buenos Aires), all the way over to Peru and the Land of the Incas. Below are some of the highlights in photos. Enjoy!

Of course, most trips to the Continent to our South begin with a layover in Miami. Fortunately, we had 11 hours so we decided to venture out to South Beach.
Miami was unseasonably cool but we happened upon a Gay Pride Parade on Ocean Drive so there was even more people watching on this strip than usual. 🙂

 

Cast of Jersey Shore on Ocean Drive. April 2010

 

 

Carioca on South Beach.

 

 

Ocean Drive people.

 

 

Pageantry of the parade.

 

Time to head back to the airport.  Next stop, Rio de Janeiro…!

(A South American Escape Part 1 – Miami)