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One Week in Rio de Janeiro

So we've had a great week staying with my Aunt and Uncle in Rio. We've been to lots of beaches, up Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf and gained about 2 stone thanks to my Aunts great cooking. It was a really nice break from hostels and our own cooking which is really not of a great standard. We went up Christ the Redeemer on Tuesday and luckily we had gotten up early and got the train up at 9am by 10am it was so busy you could barely move! The views were amazing though and the statue was huuuuuuuuge. We then headed over to Sugar Loaf Mountain and got the cable cart to the top. There was way more space here so it wasn't nearly as crammed as Christ. The views were even more spectacular and we sat and enjoyed a couple of Caipirinha's which are the local cocktails of Brazil. Very nice! To finish off our busy day we headed to the Scottish Country Dancing club that my aunt and uncle are members of. I couldn't persuade Will to join in but he did find some squash courts and a couple of guys to have a hit about with so he was alright. After a couple of Gay Gordons and Dashing White Sergents it was time to head back home and we were knackered!

View of Sugarloaf from Christ

View of Sugarloaf from Christ

view of christ from sugarloaf

view of christ from sugarloaf

enjoying caipirinhas

enjoying caipirinhas

Christ and us!

Christ and us!

Towards the end of the week the weather turned and there was no more going to the beach. That was fine though as we'd had enough of lying in the sun. Instead we went out for lunch a couple of times, went on a couple of walks enjoying the beautifull scenery of Rio, did a spot of shopping (Will bought a Brazil football shirt which is nice!) And generally we just chilled out and enjoyed our time in Rio so a big thank you to my Aunt and Uncle!

By the looks of things the World Cup and Olympics are going to be incredible there!

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The Incredible Iguazzu Falls

We have spent the last two days visiting the Iguazzu Falls and it has been spectacular! First we did the Argentinian side at Puerto Iguazzu. We had an early start after a not very good night sleep due to some very loud snoring from an Argentinian man. Not ideal but we soon forgot about it due to our excitement! We arrived at the park at 9am and hopped onto a train that took us straight to the devils throat of the falls. We walked along footpaths above the water for about 800m until we saw it. Incredible amounts of water it was insane. You get so close as well it was a good job we had our rain coats!

the devils throat

the devils throat

will at devils throat

will at devils throat

So that was already spectacular enough but the scenery was just completely amazing everywhere. We saw so many birds, loads of really pretty blue onesand a tucan! I didn't get my camera out quick enough for it though unfortunetly. Loads of really pretty butterflies and these weird things called coaties I think that looked abit like ant eaters and were constantly searching for food.

hungry coatie

hungry coatie

one of the many pretty butterflies

one of the many pretty butterflies

The park was so big we walked around it for about 6 hours. There were waterfalls everywhere and we got a boat that took us to the island in the middle called san martin and we saw more waterfalls. I'm not going to lie, I thin we both took enough photos of waterfalls for the rest of our lives but it was incredible!

waterfalls

waterfalls

We got the bus back to our hostel to pick up our luggage and then headed over to Foz du Iguazzu which is in Brazil. The bus sort of dropped us off in the middle of no where and once again Will and I hadn't done an awful lot of research so werent very sure where to head. Luckily though a guy who saw us looking a little lost told us that he could show us his hostel and the supermarket etc so we headed off with him. The hostel was half an hour away but in prime position 2 minutes walk to the falls and 5 min bus from the airport! Perfect for oir flight to Rio. After a quick bite to eat it was time for an early night as we were shatttttttered!

Another early start and we headed out for day 2 of the falls! This side was completely different. A lot smaller to begin with but with beautiful panoramic views of the falls. You could stand there forever taking photos and admiring the views. This side only took a couple of hours so afterwards we headed to a duty free shop on the border of argentina and brazil and for an hour or two I forgot I was travelling and bought some expensive make up, chocolates and really nice sun cream. Perfect way to end a perfect couple of days!

panoramic view

panoramic view

lota of waterfalls

lota of waterfalls

dvils throat from a different view

dvils throat from a different view

Rio tomorrow! Very excited! And 2 weeks tomorrow we will be off to New Zealand! Where's the time gone?!

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Salta, Argentina

Well believe it or not we finally left Bolivia for good! It was a very long busy journey with lots of getting on and off and on and off as we crossed the border but at least we weren't waiting there for 8 hours like the last time!! We arrived in Salta at 4.30am which is a pretty awkward time to get in. The annoying thing as well was that we hadn't done our research and had no idea what the conversion rate was and we didn't have any argentinian money. Nightmare! The bank machine at the bus station didn't take our bank cards either just to make things a little worse so we had to walk to the hostel we wanted which was 17 blocks with our huge big bags. Not ideal! We did finally arrive though and collapsed into our beds.

Argentina definitley seems a lot more developed than Bolivia. We really like it here and its not as expensive as we thought it would be. There's a really nice park about 10 minutes away which has finally encouraged me to start my tough mudder training. We have been making the most of the good meat here cooking our own steak and having steak sandwiches so tonight we're having a break and making some spag bol.

Bit of a nightmare at the moment as all the busses are on strike and we have a flight on saturday from Iguazzu so we need to be there for that. What we think we're going to have to do now is get a flight for tomorrow to Iguazzu so we have time to do both sides and not miss our flight to Rio. Its pretty expensive but has to be done! So we've definitley spent enough time in Salta and reckon we would have gone somewhere else had it not been for the strikes but oh well!

salta, argentina

salta, argentina

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Tarija, Bolivia

You´ll all be happy to hear that after a day or two my Quazzy Modo look went down. Unfortunetly I got a load more mosquito bites though. I ended up having 46 on my face and neck and 12 on my hands, Will counted them for me, and said I looked like a hamster with acne. Thank God they have all just about gone now though and to celebrate it I got a tattoo! Its just some flowers on my foot and it really hurt but I´m very happy with it!

We´re in Tarija at the moment and it is so crazy how different it is to the rest of Bolivia. We had read in the lonely planet book that it was more like Spain but we didn´t actually expect it. It´s lovely and has loads of nice squares and hundreds of markets that we have been round looking for a watch for Will, still looking though. Some really nice parks and Ice Cream parlours which is the best!

My refund finally sounds like it´s coming together but I always get my hopes up and then it never happens but I really think this time I´ll get it! I´m crossing my fingers!

I think tomorrow we are going to head down to Argentina for a couple of days and then it´s the Iguazzu Falls which everyone says is amazing so looking forward to that!

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Horse Riding in Tupiza

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We had an absolute blast yesterday here in Tupiza. Its only a tiny town but very popular for horse riding so the 4 of us headed out to the mountains at 2pm. Our group had 2 other people in, both English and none of us had much experience which was great.   We arrived at the ranch and the horses looked pretty scary. A couple of them kicked off when the guides were bringing them over! That made us all very nervous. We got designated our horses and I got one of the ones that kicked off.. Fab! It ended up being a lovely little horse though. The guide was holding a white horse asking for someone who had experience. We all bowed our heads and shuffled our feet hoping he wouldn't pick us and eventually, to Wills dismay, he pointed at him. He must have looked the most experienced! It didn't matter in the end as they were all really well behaved and nice except the English guys one who kept charging through our horse line and no one could control. We were all happy we didn't have that one haha! We rode to a canyon and the scenery was so beautiful. Loads of red rock, jaggered mountains. We got half an hour to climb around the canyon and then headed back to the ranch. Will and Bamba didn't want to go at first (I think they thought they were too manly for it) but in the end Chris and I persuaded them and they ended up having loads of fun which was good.
will, bamba and chris ready for some horse riding!

will, bamba and chris ready for some horse riding!

will and I

will and I

chilling in the canyon

chilling in the canyon


  Us and the Danish have gone our seperate ways now which was a bit sad. They're off to Uyuni and we are staying in Tupiza for one more night and then heading to Taraja tomorrow.   This morning I woke up with an about 12 mosquito bites on my face, yes that's right 12. No one and I repeat NO ONE else has any bites. Its unreal. I can't look out my left eye and I look like quazzy modo. I would post a photo on here but I think it would scare you all to death. I also have roughly 20 other bites scattered around my body. I'm feeling pretty sorry for myself and am wondering how on earth I got them. The mosquitoes are so sneeky! I can't see them, can't hear them, there is no evidence of them at all yet I have soooo many bites. Fingers crossed the quazzy modo look has gone down by tomorrow.

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