• America,  Argentina,  Around the world,  Budget,  During the World Tour,  TDM,  Tips

    Xoom service from Paypal: send money anywhere in the world at low cost (Review + Promo Code)

    EDIT JANUARY 2020 : We’ve had several feedback suggesting that the Xoom service is unreliable and customer service is unresponsive. Feel free to comment on your experiences. While waiting for a possible improvement of the service, we advise you to use the Azimo competitor service instead. If you wish to register on Xoom, click on this referral link, you will receive 25 € after your first money transfer. Better than a coupon code! In July 2019, Paypal launched the Xoom service in Europe. This service makes it possible to send money anywhere in the world (in 130 different countries) at a lower cost. For travelers, this service can be very…

  • America,  Argentina,  Brazil,  Country Guides,  TDM,  Tips

    Iguazú Falls (Brazil & Argentina): Practical Travel Guide (Rates 2020)

    Note October 2019: thanks to the internet users who just visited the falls (thanks Anne-Laure and Alexandra), I was able to update most of the prices. Please note that the high inflation in Argentina makes the exercise difficult. When I wrote the article for the first time, the rate was 1€ = 16.38$AR. Now, the rate has increased to 1€ = 64$AR (October 2019). Remember to take a lot of dollars or euros to exchange on the spot because the distributors are often empty and take a lot of money or go through Azimo when you are in La Plata (near Buenos Aires). A. Which side to visit? The French…

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    Argentina / Chile: How to Withdraw Money and Avoid Bank Fees?

    This article proposes you to use the Azimo solution to withdraw money in Argentina / Chile with reduced fees. If you wish to test this service at no cost and get 10 € free, it’s here. If you are planning to travel to Argentina or Chile, you will soon realize that Argentina or Chile isn’t exactly a cheap country. The cost of living is very expensive compared to other Latin American countries, especially with the high inflation there. It is also important to know that in Argentina it is very important to have cash, as there are very few places where you can pay by credit card. And that’s where…

  • America,  Argentina,  Bolivia,  Brazil,  Chile,  Cuba,  Our Itinerary,  Paraguay,  Peru,  TDM,  Tips,  Uruguay

    5 months in South America & Cuba: Itinerary & Transportation (Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Cuba)

    Update May 2017: Here is the latest version of our itinerary in South America, Cuba & the Caribbean. All that lasted 5 months… I found transportation a bit complicated to understand in South America, some border crossings are recently impossible (especially Los Antiguos – Chile Chico), I had to tear out a lot of hair to establish this itinerary. There are many land border crossings, especially between Chile and Argentina, make sure you have enough blank pages in your passport. Click on the button at the top left of the map below to access the list of destinations. CHILE Easter Island(round-the-world ticket) Santiago (round-the-world ticket) Punta Arenas (plane 160€/person) ARGENTINA…

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    1 week in Argentina (Iguazú & Buenos Aires): Itinerary, assessment, budget, guide, advice (2/2)

    To read the first part of the guide about Patagonia, click here Ahhh Argentina! This country so vast and whose must-see are so far away from each other that we had to visit it in 3 times. After 15 days in Patagonia, we visited Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, before spending a few days in Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil, and crossing the land border to Puerto Iguazú in Argentina Itinerary Puerto Iguazú (3 days): after visiting the Brazilian Falls, we cross the border by local bus to Puerto Iguazú (Argentina) for 20$AR/person. See our guide on Iguazú Falls here. The visit of the Argentinian falls takes us a full day…

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    15 days in Argentina (Patagonia & lake region): Itinerary, assessment, budget, guide, advice (1/2)

    I was very hesitant to write this report only for Argentina, especially since this first trip to Argentina has many border crossings with Chile. But then again, the budgets are really not the same as in Chile so Argentina deserves to have its own article. These 15 days in Argentina cover only the Lakes Region and Patagonia, we will come back here in a few months to explore Buenos Aires & Iguazu and will put online the 2nd part of the article. Itinerary Ushuaia (2 days including 1 day of bus): 16h of bus from Punta Arenas (Chile). We had only 1 day of visit to go around the city…

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    Buenos Aires (Argentina): an air of France in South America

    After several months of junk food (especially in Paraguay & Uruguay), homesickness is beginning to be felt. Fortunately, we have planned a week in Buenos Aires, a version of Paris (for the better) Travel Notebook Reminder: In the previous episode, we were in Uruguay, in Colonia del Sacramento exactly. After a very hard night because of many bites (of unidentified insects), we get up at 8 am to take the boat to Buenos Aires at 10:30 am (it is necessary to be at the terminal at 9:30 am to pass the immigration controls). I notice that the bites are swollen. Neither one nor two, we go directly to the hospital…

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    Watch a game of San Lorenzo and River Plate in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    Every day, we come across Argentines tattooed in the colors of their favorite team Every morning at the youth hostel, we have breakfast under the portrait of the living god Diego Maradona (next to Che Guevara) 24 hours a day, several TV channels broadcast Argentinean or Spanish soccer In the province of Buenos Aires, there are no less than 19 professional teams and the Superclásico between River Plate and Boca Juniors is reputed to be the hottest derby on the planet In Argentina, soccer is a religion, impossible to miss As a soccer fan, the desire is great to discover the atmosphere of the Argentinean stadiums. The timing is perfect:…

  • America,  Argentina,  TDM,  Travel Journal,  Uruguay

    Moody ticket: Uruguay, bed fleas, hostels

    If I’m not posting as often as I used to, it’s because I’m not inspired and because I frankly don’t feel very good here.. Because of the very high cost of living in Uruguay (in summer anyway), we have to opt for dormitories in youth hostels (15€/person). Usually, youth hostels in South America attract frequent travelers, traveling through South America in 4-6 months. They are independent, intelligent, funny and know how to behave as a community Here in Uruguay, we find ourselves with young Argentinian/Brazilians who come to spend a few days in “fiesta vacation” mode. It isn’t the same atmosphere nor the same level of education. It’s not uncommon…

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    The Iguaçu / Iguazú Falls (Brazil & Argentina): a wonder of nature

    The Iguazú Falls are one of the most extraordinary experiences we had during our world tour. We will easily classify them in the top 10 of our trip Part 1 : The Iguaçu falls on the Brazilian side How to get there How we come from Paraguay, we choose to spend a night in the city of Foz do Iguaçu, at the IguassuCentral Bed & Breakfast hotel,which I highly recommend since it is next to all the buses and good restaurants. From the city bus terminal near our hotel, we take the famous bus 120 towards Iguaçu National Park, for 3,75 reals/person. This bus is very busy, both by locals,…