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Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

It was quite a change to leave the coldness of Patagonia for the warm and humid jungle of Iguazu. By just traveling in Argentina it’s possible to see nearly all kind of climates.

As you can see on the maps the waterfalls are on the border of Brazil and Argentina.

After 20 minutes in the bus from Iguazu city, we arrived in the Iguazu National Park where we can see the waterfalls. It took us one full day to fully explore the waterfalls and the park. And I use the plurals for waterfalls, because there isn’t just one big waterfall, but many ones with different levels and sizes. It was fantastic to discover new waterfalls while we were exploring the jungle.

Here are some pictures we take:

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Thoughts

 

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Perito Moreno Glacier Walking 4 Hours!

BIG ICE: 4 hours hiking tour on Glacier Perito Moreno (see the red circle in the map below)

Perito Moreno Walk

The Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in the Los glaciers National Park in the south west of Santa Cruz province, Argentina; and is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentine Patagonia. It is one of only three Patagonian glaciers with 5 kilometers wide, with an average height of 74 meters (+-20 floors building) above the surface of the water of Lake Argentino (in Argentina) and a total ice depth of 170 meters (+-55 floors). It’s a 250 km2 ice formation and one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile…” ~ information extracted from Wikipedia.

During our 4D3N trip to Patagonia, lodging at nearby town, El Calafate (about +1 hour car drive from Glacier Perito Moreno), we joined a day trip BIG ICE which requiring us walking 4 hours on the glacier. Even though the tour will provide crampons to us, I was still a little concerned due to the physical requirements and my own condition. On the contrary, Loic was ready, very excited and eager about the walk.

The red circle in the map on the right is where we walked. The gradient was about +300m above sea level and the walk was intensive for the first 1 hour uphill, then the rest were flat and down hill. The tricky part was walking with the crampons; this required a bit techniques!

(Up hill – place feet like an open V, to avoid slide down; down hill – knee slightly bend, body leans backwards and step really hard into the ice, so the crampons will grab into the ice…)

This was an experience where I’d say my Mind Power Dictates Physical Strength; few times when I faced fear, fatigue and out of breath, my body signaled it would collapse soon if I don’t take a break. My mind kept on telling myself cannot stop now, just walk a bit more, just a step more and more…. and finally I completed the walk. Not to mention the recovery process straight after returning to the hotel… lots of pain on the knees and soreness on the legs …

Worth it? YES! TOTALLY!
First time seeing glacier and walking on it; it was absolutely amazing!! (see the below pictures)

Will I do it again? PERHAPS … (heard moon light walk is nice and romantic …)

Below photos were taken during the walk:

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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Weekly

 

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Writing Your Thoughts Out (2012.W19)

Bucket Challenge: Start Sharing Your Thoughts via Writing!
(Ending Sunday 13th May 2012)

This week is the first week back after our long working and travelling 5 weeks in Argentina! We have lots to share and lots to catch up, especially our weekly challenges!! For us, our this week challenge is to (a) catch up the missing three challenges in the past weeks, W16, W17, W18 and (b) publish at least 4 posts sharing our trips in Argentina! Whhooo….

And as for your challenge this week -> share your thoughts via writing!!

If you are already a blogger, like us, set yourself a daring target which exceeds all the targets you had before, i.e. write and publish more posts than you had before within a week or set up another blog, website and share more of your thoughts or hobbies.

If you don’t have a blog, why not visit a couple of blogs with topics that you are interested and share your view about what other people said? Or send your shared thoughts as a guest post? Or even more daring, start your own blog this week!! With the help of Word Press, setting up a blog has becoming lots easier nowadays!!

The main purpose of this week challenge is about letting your voice heard!! No matter if you are an open, confident in sharing own thoughts type of person and when you start talking, everyone listens; or in the contrary, you are a shy, slower to open up type and always waiting for someone to give you the chance to speak up; it is NOW that you give yourself the opportunity to share, to speak up by writing your thoughts out TO THE WORLD!!

I am already in actions as you may see in the picture above! Come join us!

Challenge: Sharing Your Thoughts via Writing!
Share your experiences and thoughts with the world.

Extra Challenge:

You tell us…

Goals:

Let your voice heard!!
Time required: 1-hour, 1-night or 1-day
Energy level: Medium to High
Preparation: Set yourself some time aside + sharing heart!

* Encourage and support us by sharing this post with your friends or clicking “LIKE” if you like our post:)

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Weekly

 

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