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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Our journey from Montevideo wasn’t the shortest route as we had to first fly across the Rio de Plata to Buenos Aires and from there we flew up to Rio. We arrived late in Rio at around 10pm so we jumped straight in a cab to our hotel. As this was the last stop on our...
Montevideo

Montevideo

Once we’d dropped off the Beast at the port we were free to enjoy Montevideo and we had a couple of nights booked in a central city hotel from which to explore the city. Our hotel was just round the corner from the central Independence square and this was where we...
Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento

Oldest Street in Colonia Colonia is a beautiful city in the South West of Uruguay. It is one of the oldest cities in the country and was established in 1680 as a walled town.  The city itself changed hands between the Spanish and the Portuguese before finally coming...
Southern Uruguay

Southern Uruguay

After a few relaxing days in Santa Teresa we continued our journey South knowing that we had to be in Montevideo in a couple of weeks as we had organised shipping for the Beast back to Europe. Driving down the coastal road was a joy with a good road surface and almost...
Santa Teresa National Park

Santa Teresa National Park

Our first stop off in Uruguay was just over the border at the small seaside town of Barra del Chuy. We found a massive campsite with over 500 pitches which was completely deserted. This was to become a theme in coastal Uruguay during our visit. It seems that Uruguay...
Porto Alegre and a Gaucho Feast

Porto Alegre and a Gaucho Feast

The South of Brasil is the home of Gaucho culture and with it the world’s best grilling of meat. Everywhere you go are Churrascaria restaurants where skewers of meat are carved off onto your plate at the table. The meat keeps coming until you are defeated by the sheer...
Mountains in Brasil

Mountains in Brasil

Despite the mixed weather we decided to head into the mountains (well really hills compared to much of South America) of Rio Grande du Sul. The mountains in Rio Grande are the one place in Brasil where it occasionally snows. Our first stop was the town of Praia Grande...
Porto Belo and Florianopolis

Porto Belo and Florianopolis

We came back down to the coast after exploring the Valle Europa and decided that it was time to find a nice beach to rest up on for a couple of days. We drove into a peninsula called Porto Belo in search of our perfect beach. The first town is Porto Belo itself where...
Ihla de Sao Francisco

Ihla de Sao Francisco

After leaving Igaucu we wanted to drive to the coast to spend some time checking out Brasil’s famous beaches.  The only problem was that the coast is A 500 Mile cross country slog away. We managed to drive this in two days stopping off at one of Brasil’s amazing truck...
Iguacu: Brasil

Iguacu: Brasil

Once in Brasil we headed straight to Camping International which to our surprise had a number of large American style RV’s in residence. This was a much better place to stay than anything we had found in Argentina and even had a swimming pool. In the morning we headed...
Iguazu: Argentina

Iguazu: Argentina

On the border of Argentina and Brasil sitting across the Rio Iguazu, lies perhaps the most impressive set of waterfalls in the world, Iguazu Falls. The falls can be viewed from both the Argentinian side and the Brazilian side, each with a different perspective but...
The Jesuit Missions

The Jesuit Missions

In the Argentine province of Missiones, in Paraguay and the bordering areas of Brasil there are a number of ruined Missions established by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in the 1600’s. In fact 30 were built in the area however most were completely destroyed and...
Esteros del Ibera

Esteros del Ibera

An easy 100km drive (well 60km were a bit rough and unpaved) from Mercedes is the small settlement of Colonia Carlos Pelligrini. This is the main access point for the wetlands of the Rerva Provincial Esteros Del Ibera. The Esteros del Ibera is a wetlands reserve of...
Gaucho Gil

Gaucho Gil

Throughout Argentina there are small shrines at the roadside decorated with red flags and often with a small colourful statue of a little gaucho man. These are shrines to a Robin Hood-esque character called Antonio Gil also known as Gaucho Gil. We just happened to be...
Parque Nacional El Palmar

Parque Nacional El Palmar

Moonrise in El Palmar At the end of a day’s drive from Buenos Aires we reached Parque National El Palmar. This park consists of the original flora of the area before man’s clearance for agricultural purposes. On the road into the park we saw our first Capybara, the...

Police Stop !!

After driving more than 5000 miles around Argentina we hadn’t been stopped by a single police checkpoint or had any problems with the police but we’d heard rumours that North of Buenos Aires we would likely encounter some problems with the police and unfortunately...