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SOUTH AMERICA 12/09

Buenos Aires | Iguaza |  Mendosa | To Bariloche | Bariloche Day 1 | Bariloche Day 2 | To Ushuaia | Ushuaia
Voyage on the Beagle Day 1 | Voyage on the Beagle Day 2 | Santiago de Chile Day 1 | Santiago de Chile Day 2
Santiago to Quito | Galapagos Day 1 | Galapagos Day 2 | Galapagos Day 3
Return to Quito Day 1 | Return to Quito Day 2
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Iguaza

If there is such a thing as reincarnation I want to come back as a travel god - they seem to have the most fun.

When we checked in at Dulles in DC, they informed us that our checked bags were overweight. Carol was concerned that because of this overweight situation we would not be able to travel to some of the more remote places we are scheduled to visit. Therefore, I went and purchased another carry-on bag to lighten the load in the checked baggage, meaning that we would each have two carry-on bags which we are allowed in first class. Good plan.

Except the airline we were traveling on in Argentina (Aerolineas Argentinas) cancelled all classes of travel but steerage. This meant that we would have to schlep our two bags each and find a place for them in coach class. We were late at check-in and the airlines did not post a gate until the last minute (after posting an incorrect one earlier). We were the last people on the plane. There was no storage for the bags in the overhead! It worked out alright but the airlines are making travel worse as the years go by.

The Sheraton at Iguazu Falls (which is the only hotel on the Argentinian side with a view of t he Falls) was packed with tourists. It reminded me of the Lodge at Yosemite. The buffet was good though (Carol loves a good buffet as it gives her a chance to taste all sorts of exotica).

The Falls were worth the trip. They have constructed walkways right over the falls themselves so the views were spectacular - and wet. The walkways they have built allow you to literally stand at the very edge of the Falls at various places. Quite spectacular, including the rainbows the mist creates.

In addition to the Falls, we are in the Tropics and the wildlife is all around us. I, as usual, was interested in the birdlife. And the birds were interested in us.

It was hot and humid. Both of us were exhausted by the end of the day and looking forward to a bath and a glass or two of wine (maybe not in that order). Once again, we remind ourselves that the trip will be remembered fondly - after a few months passes and the "pain" (in the case of Iguazu, the intense humidity) subsides.

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Buenos Aires | Iguaza |  Mendosa | To Bariloche | Bariloche Day 1 | Bariloche Day 2 | To Ushuaia | Ushuaia
Voyage on the Beagle Day 1 | Voyage on the Beagle Day 2 | Santiago de Chile Day 1 | Santiago de Chile Day 2
Santiago to Quito | Galapagos Day 1 | Galapagos Day 2 | Galapagos Day 3
Return to Quito Day 1 | Return to Quito Day 2


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