• 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…

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

    Paraguay-Brazil border and visit the Iguazu Falls from Ciudad del Este

    Part 1: How to cross the Paraguay-Brazil border? Ciudad del Este – Foz do Iguaçu Ciudad del Este is a shopping paradise for Brazilians and Argentines, and everything has been done to make their shopping experience the best possible (themed shopping malls, several currencies accepted, bilingual staff…). The Paraguay-Brazil border crossing is super easy for Paraguayans, Argentines and Brazilians For other countries, you will need, in addition, two stamps Note: if you do not plan to spend a night in Brazil, you aren’t obliged to ask for exit/entry stamps. The Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian side can be visited in a few hours, you can possibly stay in Ciudad del…

  • America,  Country Guides,  Paraguay,  TDM,  Tips

    Visit Paraguay in 9 days: Travel Guide, assessment, itinerary, tips, tricks

    Paraguay was added to our itinerary on a whim: the result of our research to connect Bolivia to Iguazú or Buenos Aires. We armed ourselves with Google Flights and Google Maps and both confirmed that Paraguay was the place to be. Being still very little tourist (there is no must-see like the salar of Uyuni or the falls of Iguazu), Paraguay is one of the places allowing to take advantage of the carnival way South America at small price. Balance sheet Overall, we rather enjoyed our stay in Paraguay. Apart from the heat (reaching 41°C at the end of February), it’s a country where we see ourselves living between 1…

  • America,  Paraguay,  TDM,  Travel Journal

    Ciudad del Este (Paraguay): beyond rumors

    The news about Paraguay is frankly not up to date. On blogs, Ciudad del Este is talked about as a dangerous or chaotic city. Even if it has less charm than Encarnacion, Ciudad del Este is neither dangerous nor chaotic. Part 1: Travel Diary Part2: Practical Tips Part 1: Travel Diary Day 1 : The route Encarnacion – Ciudad del Este is a total #fail. All this because we let our guard down, we simply asked for information from a salesman at the terminal who showed us another ticket salesman and we ended up at the Sao Juan company. The guy sold us tickets for a 7am departure. And then…

  • America,  Paraguay,  TDM,  Travel Journal

    Encarnacion (Paraguay): carnival & Jesuit ruins of Trinidad

    If we are in Paraguay, it is mainly to attend the famous carnival in Encarnacion, a border town with Argentina that has absolutely no border town look. Part 1: Travel Diary Part2: Practical Tips Part 1: Travel Diary Day 1 : The trip to Encarnacion is an endless series of #fail. Even if there isn’thing serious, it just shows that we are a little tired of moving all the time, under an overwhelming heat as a bonus, and are less demanding in our choices. We take the bus with NSA from Asuncion at 1:30 pm, for 6 hours. Arriving at the terminal, we take a cab to a hotel reserved…

  • America,  Paraguay,  TDM,  Travel Journal

    Asunción (Paraguay): Travel Diary

    Paraguay is a country added to the itinerary, just like that, to the piff. Geographically, this allows us to reach Iguazu in a more or less economical way. Culturally, Paraguay will allow us to attend its superb carnival in Encarnacion, less wow than Rio de Janeiro but just as fun. And then, it’s rare to have the opportunity to visit a country with so little tourism. Part 1: Travel Diary Part2: Practical Tips Part 1: Travel Diary We arrive in Asunción last midnight, after taking the plane from Santa Cruz and a 5 hour stopover in Sao Paulo. It is much too late to take a local bus. We withdraw…

  • America,  Paraguay,  TDM,  Travel Journal

    Santa Cruz, Sao Paulo and Asuncion: the clash of languages

    To go from Santa Cruz (Bolivia) to Asuncion (Paraguay), we had to make a stopover in Sao Paulo (Brazil). I know, the way isn’t the shortest but it is the cheapest (250$/person).In these 3 cities, I had a little trouble understanding what people were saying.In Santa Cruz, people often “forget” to pronounce the “s” sound and it adds a big difficulty of comprehension. This is the first time in Bolivia that I have so much trouble understanding Spanish. Luckily, my teacher in Sucre warned me that the “s” was missing, so I have to make people repeat it several times. This worries me a little bit because I was told…

  • America,  Paraguay,  TDM,  Tips

    Where to buy tickets for the Encarnacion Carnival in Paraguay?

    If you come to Paraguay for the Carnival, you should know that the Carnival takes place in Encarnacion every weekend at the end of January and at the end of February. Less grandiose than the one in Rio de Janeiro, the one in Encarnacion has the merit of being fun with its water and foam battles the day after the carnival.If you are reading this article in February 2017, you should know that there are only 2 dates left in February to enjoy the Carnavales Encarnacenos 2017 : the 18th and 25th of February. On line You can buy the tickets online here: http: //www.ticketea.com.py/evento.php?evento=507 Be careful, the prices are…