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When to visit Argentina

When to visit Argentina

Spanning 30 degrees of latitude and encompassing everything from the balmy lowlands of Iguazu to the towering heights of Aconcagua, Argentina is a year-round destination if ever there was one.
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Iguazu gallery: The world's most beautiful waterfall in pictures

Iguazu gallery: The world's most beautiful waterfall in pictures

If a regular picture tells a thousand words, then a picture of Iguazu must tell many more. Sit back and enjoy our gallery of the world's most beautiful place. When Eleanor Roosevelt visited the Iguazu Falls she exclaimed, "Poor Niagara," and anyone who's visited this natural wonder on the border of Brazil and Argentina will understand why. Iguazu combines raw power and delicate detail in an intoxicating package that is at once humbling and elevating. And that's just the falls themselves... The surrounding national parks on both sides of the border incorporate pristine forests that are teeming with tropical birds, butterflies and flowers, not to mention the omnipresent coatis - the cheeky little rodents which practically own the place. What's more, there are loads of trails in the forests, many of which are blessedly free of tourists. Lots of travelers debate whether the Falls are better enjoyed from the Argentinean or the Brazilian side, but for us the question is a no-brainer. To …
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The 5 best views in South America

The 5 best views in South America

South America is a beautiful, varied and rugged continent which tugs at emotions and heartstrings like no other. Its landmass encompasses beaches, jungles, pampas and glaciers and its people live in everything from skyscrapers to adobe huts. There’s a Kodak moment around every corner in South America, so picking the 5 best views on the continent is sure to polarise opinion and elicit debate. We’re serious about South America and we know you are too, so here goes! Comments welcome… Pao de Acucar, Brazil Picture: Mark Goble We always knew at least one Rio de Janeiro view would make it onto this list, and we had a tricky time choosing between Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) and Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf). The Sugarloaf is one of several granite monoliths which sprouts from the coastline of this iconic city, but it is definitely the most instantly recognisable. Its name was coined in the 16th century due to the mountain’s resemblance to the conical moulds sugar was pressed into …
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Visit Iguazu Falls Like a Pro

Visit Iguazu Falls Like a Pro

Visiting Iguazu Falls takes commitment. Though it sprawls across the boundaries of three countries (Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay), it still manages to elude many travelers. It’s a 24-hour bus ride or 90-minute flight from Buenos Aires and even further from Rio de Janeiro. And once visitors get in, they quickly discover that—other than the falls—there is a relative dearth of local attractions. But, don’t let that scare you off. There’s a reason Iguazu Falls sits on the shared throne of the 7 Wonders of Nature. It’s spectacular. Iguazu is 1.7 miles of rushing water, white rapids, and dancing rainbows surrounded by a verdant background of subtropical rainforest. Bent into a meander, the 275 individual waterfalls pour in a picture-perfect panorama. When confronted by such a stunning site during a visit to the falls, Eleanor Roosevelt is commonly quoted as exclaiming: “Poor Niagara!” In reality, comparison to North America’s famous falls is futile. Niagara Falls is a series of three …
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Wednesday Wanderlust: Iguazu Falls

Wednesday Wanderlust: Iguazu Falls

Can you picture yourself here? Iguazu Falls consists of 275 individual waterfalls spread across two national parks on either side of the Brazil-Argentina border. Make this Wednesday Wanderlust a reality by taking advantage of our last minute travel discount for our Facebook fans. Access our $400 travel coupon here http://bit.ly/OGGd48
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Chasing Waterfalls at Iguazu Falls

Chasing Waterfalls at Iguazu Falls

I’m not sure what it is about famous waterfalls and international borders, but they seem to be attracted to each other. Last year I spent my January holidays shivering but struck by Niagara Falls, which flows and freezes along the US-Canadian border. This year I migrated south to the steamy jungles of southern Brazil and eastern Argentina, where instead of January icicles and snow piles I encountered the Garden of Eden-esque landscape that encompasses Iguazu Falls, recently named one of the “New 7 Wonders of the Nature.” With white water rushing like liquid diamonds over emerald cliffs, ringed by rainbows shimmering in the spray, it was impossible not to be impressed. The difference between the two famous falls is vast. As a Midwesterner who grew up with Niagara Falls only a few hours away, I thought I was prepared for Iguazu—but instead I was stunned by its natural grandeur. Surrounded only by deep jungle and a few unimposing walkways, here the organic landscape dominates and …
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