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A week in Argentina & Brazil!

27th January, 2020

Here at Flitch Travel, it would be fair to say that the whole team are travel obsessed, we love to holiday and share our experiences with you!
Our girl, Isobel, is on a mission to visit as many places as she can, as quickly as she can. At the end of last year she managed to tick two iconic destinations off her list in just one week, it was an eye opening experience for her but the first of many we feel.

Find out more about this adventurous trip, in Isobel's own words, right here ....

After having a busy couple of months, I decided to go out of 2019 with a bang… my first proper experience of solo travelling!
I booked a small group tour for 18-29 year olds, for a week in Argentina and Brazil. Although it was a short amount of time for somewhere so vast, we managed to see every highlight that the cities have to offer and more!

Arriving in Buenos Aires early, I had 2 hours before I met the group. I took this time to wander down the famous Avenida De Mayo and sit in Plaza De Mayo soaking up the sunshine. I was so excited for the day ahead.

After our orientation walk with Emilio, our guide originally from Argentina, we used the hop on hop off bus to get to La Boca. We visited the famous Boca junior’s stadium and I did my best to recall everything I know about Maradona, and then went to see the colourful buildings and the markets which were beautiful.

The night ended with a tango show and a steak dinner. The ladies in their ball dresses and men in suits dancing the night away was most definitely a highlight. The steak was delicious and perfectly paired with a glass of Malbec, this is definitely a highly recommended excursion. The next day, we headed out again and made it as far as the famous ice cream shop - Rapanui. We sat in the sunshine with a milkshake and then headed for steak sandwiches for lunch.

Next, La Recoleta was on the agenda. This is the home of where the very wealthy families bury their loved ones. These are no ordinary graves, but big towers with spires and turrets. Some are more modern than others, with the older ones containing coffins of all of their deceased family members.
After popping into a local bakery on the way back to pick up Ducle De Leche snacks, it was time to head to the bus station for our 19 hour coach journey. With business class style flatbed seats and meals, this was a great way to travel to the Iguazu Falls inexpensively and in comfort.

Visiting the Brazilian side of the falls first, we experienced just 30% of the spectacular scenery. I was bowled over by the sheer vastness of this wonder of the world. It’s quite indescribable so I will let the photos speak for themselves:

The day after we did the remaining 70% of the falls in Argentina, in the wind and rain, which was really quite refreshing! We then took a boat underneath them to get up closer and go underneath them. To see the falls from all different angles really was an experience I will never forget.

The next day we flew to Rio. With not long left of the day after lunch and a trip to Copacabana beach, it was now time to see Christ the Redeemer. My expectations weren’t too high as I thought it would just be a big statue on a mountain. Then I saw this…

It was the most overwhelming experience. It was absolutely stunning; the sun was going down and it made the whole setting even better. I have never seen anything like it in my life, and I’m so glad it exceeded all expectations.

After an evening of dancing in a traditional club, the next day was dedicated to Sugarloaf Mountain. After a steep, double cable car trip, I got up there to a wonderful view of … mist! On a clear day however, you can get a fantastic view of the city below, complete with islands and bays.

The rest of the day was all about Rio, taking in the atmosphere and the little gems of the city, such as the library, the renovated port and the art museum.

The evening was finished with the group club night in Lapa which was great fun.
I then flew home, after all of the excitement I look back on this incredible experience with a huge smile on my face.

If you are ever worried about not having a travel companion, then please do consider a tour for solo travellers. Like anyone would be, I was apprehensive about what the week had in store, if I would get along with my group and if this would be the right thing for me… now I do not think I would travel any other way!

If you have any questions on Brazil or Argentina, or for solo tours in general, please do get in touch. I would love to find something for you so you too can have an experience that you will never forget.

Isobel – Next stop, New York!


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