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Friday, August 24, 2012

How to get to the Isle of Bute

Here some practical info to visit the Island of Bute, in Scotland.

The nearest Airports to the Island of Bute are Glasgow International Airport and Prestwick International Airport.


From Glasgow International Airport take a bus / taxi to George Square in the heart of Glasgow then follow instructions below.


(If you are travelling by plane read some practical info you might find useful travelling low cost in Europe). 

From Glasgow Queen's Street Train Station take a train to Wemyss Bay. 

The train stops just in front of the pier from where frequent ferries run to the island of Bute.

From Prestwick International Airport take a train to Wemyss Bay  The train stops just in front of the pier from where frequent ferries run to the island of Bute.
(If you are travelling to Prestwick Airport read some practical info here).

Visit with us the wonderful Island of Bute, only 2 hrs away from Glasgow.

You can also read How to get to Scotland or our page Visit Scotland where you can find more posts and info about destinations and recommended itineraries in Scotland.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

How to get to the Jesuit Mission of San Ignacio de Mini

To get to San Ignacio de Mini the easiest way is to fly to Puerto Iguazu, or alternatively to Foz do Iguaçu, on the Brasilian side if you are planning to visit also The Iguazu Falls

From Puerto Iguazu an early morning bus connects Puerto Iguazu with San Ignacio de Mini.


The bus is comfortable and the ticket cheap, the travel lasts little more than 4 hours.

You can plan the visit to San Ignacio de Mini as a day trip and take the return bus around 4 pm to Puerto Iguazu.

The ticket to the ruins of San Ignacio entitles you to access many other Jesuit ruins scattered in the area and certainly worth a visit, although not as impressive as San Ignacio. 

If you want to see also the other Jesuit Reductions of the area you should consider a night step over in San Ignacio. 

Definetely, if you are visiting San Ignacio de Mini you should also visit the fantastic Iguazu Falls.

Visit U.S.A.

The U.S.A. are a wonderful nation and a very popular destination full of interesting places to visit!

If you are going to plan your travel in the U.S.A. here you will find some useful posts with tips and photos that will help you planning your itinerary.

Our recommended destinations in U.S.A.:

A photographic gallery of New York and many useful tips for your accommodation in NYC and some free attractions to visit.





After the success of the first post, more tips for you. What's the best airport to arrive to? How to move around and much more.






A visit to the National Portait Gallery in Washington. 
It is one of the hidden secrets of the Capital. A fantastic collection of U.S. celebrities in a wonderful building. Free to visit.




Saturday, August 18, 2012

Visit Germany

Germany is a wonderful country and a very popular destination full of interesting places to visit!

If you are going to plan your travel in Germany here you will find some useful posts with tips and photos that will help you planning your itinerary.

Our recommended destinations in Germany:

A travel in Bavaria visiting the romantic castles of King Ludwig II, his amazing life and many useful tips for your travel... and a video of what you are going to see!








ETTAL / BAVARIA: "Not just Castles! A wondeful Abbey near Ludwig Castles".
Read our post about and see our photos of the wonderful Ettal Abbey.
It is an unmissable stop out of the beaten track if you are planning to visit Neuschwantsein and the other King Ludwig's Castles.
One of the best examples of Baroque in Germany and a very inspiring place.

Friday, August 17, 2012

How to visit Ludwig Castles

Ludwig Castles are situated in Bavaria, a beautiful region in the South of Germany, near the border with Austria.

As you can see in the map on this post Ludwig Castles spread in a relatively large area.

If you don't have a lot of time it is absolutely recommended to hire a car to move around.


It is also very enjoyable to drive in the area, particularly along the scenic Romantic Road that connects most of the highlights of Bavaria.

If you are not arriving in Bavaria by car, the nearest airports will be either Munich or Innsbruck, both around two hours away from the area.

Where would be better to be based to visit Ludwig Castles?

We recommend Fussen.

Fussen is a beautiful mountain village near the Austrian border at walking distance from Neuschwanstein Castle.

It is also a good base for day trips to Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee.

Consider at least a day for visiting each castle and possibly an extra day to visit the mountain town of Fussen that is certainly worth a visit. 



Thursday, August 16, 2012

What's this site for?

If you ask me: Do you  think someone need to start a new site about travels today?

I answer: Absolutely not! There are too many already, for Goodness sake!

And now you for sure would like to ask me: 
So why you made this site?

I love travelling and I always plan new travels. 

It can be just a weekend away, a day-trip or a journey that last a year or two.

Often I browse on Internet and I look for inspiration for my next travel. And I get annoyed!

Why?

Because I don't know where to look to get my inspiration!

It is very difficult to explain what I mean but I try anyway...

Do you remember when many years ago, when the computers were Atari, Commodore or PC286, you used to buy travel magazines at the newsagent?

You didn't have already an idea of where you were going to travel.

You didn't even have an idea of what destinations would be featured that month.

Ages ago, you were just buying your travel magazine just because you were looking forward to go home and read about some great destinations and possibly see great photos!

In one sentence: to be inspired!

And because the paper was limited, the editor had to make a choice and publish only the best destinations, the best photos, the best tips,etc. So what you read was really inspiring!

Do you find the same on internet? 


I don't.


The so called professional travel sites are like an encyclopedia.

They mapped the entire world.

They list so many destinations that you spend hours to understand which destinations are really worth a travel and which ones are not!

Exactly the same that would happen if instead than read a travel magazine you read an encyclopedia to be inspired for your next travel.

Why you used to buy your monthly travel magazine instead than look in your encyclopedia to be inspired for your next travel?


Because you wanted not just information but inspiration!


I mean I use these sites too, but when I have a place already in my mind and I want to read info about. In this case I have to admit they are useful.

So you can tell me: read some blogs.

Good point!

Some blogs are very good, but there are so many and most of them are full of information I don't actually need!

"We took the plan at 4 am in a cold evening, when we arrived I met Andrew... we went to drink the best Kapiroska in Europe in the bar in front of the Cathedral...at 2 in the morning we walked back at the hotel..."

AAAAhhhhhh!!

The result is usually that after having seen some great photos of a place in one of these blogs, I go to the library or a bookstore and I take a guide book about the country / place posted in the blog, I go home, I open the book, I read it and I plan my journey.

Ok so, what's this website for?

This website should work like an old, dear travel magazine!

Some of you have already pushed the close button and left my site for ever.

I continue for the ones who resisted the temptation.

The idea of this site is to present only destination that are really worth a travel, with few photos, hopefully inspiring, and short posts so that you can see:


1) what in reality there is to see travelling to the featured destinations;



2) how to visit the destination in the most enjoyable way possible.


Simple as that?

Yes simple as that.

I know travel magazines exist both on line and on paper.

I don't think my site will be better than some of them.

I only think my site will be my personal selection of places to visit.

It is possible you will like my selection, my photos and my posts or it is possible not.

That's ok really!

Now use the menu at the top of the page and browse through the different continent and countries.

In this site you will not find every possible destination on this big Earth.

In this site you will find only few destinations, but I can guarantee, they are destinations that are certainly worth the travel.

You will not even find every possible destination worth a travel on this big Earth.

For this reason if I see some great photos about a place in some blogs, I write the blogger and I ask: Can I publish some of your photos?

Or... I read you have been in Toronto, or in Lima, or... do you have some great photo I can publish on my site?

For the same reason I will love to recieve your photos, favourite destinations and opinions (email: ed.whatamidoinghere@gmail.com), but I warn you I don't publish everything I receive.

I only publish what I believe is worthwhile a travel.

I am not like the big websites that publish everything about everywhere...

Browse on the horizontal menu at the top of my site.

Look for a continent, a country, a destination...

Open the post, look at the photo, you don't like it?

Close the post and open another one.

You like it?

Read quickly the post, take a calendar, look when you can travel there, book your flights and visit that place!

Life is too short. Go and travel today, tomorrow maybe too late!


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Why travelling?

Travelling is the best way to understand the meaning of life.

I really can't stay in the same place for long.

I completely agree with Pascal: all our miseries stemmed from a single cause: our inability to remain quietly in a room.

I am one who really can't sit in the same place for long without getting restless and impatient.

I believe the main problem of people living in the so called "First World" 'is the inability to enjoy their daily lives.

Stress and uncertainty are certainly one reason, and maybe the principal reason why people become restless and unhappy.

I believe travelling allows to improve our culture and knowledge, but - most important - gives us a true meaning for our lives.

Every time I travel I feel first of all excited, then enriched for everything new I have seen, but most of all I feel more positive for the future.

I love this quotation:

"All travel has its advantages. If the traveller visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own, and if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it".
(Samuel Johnson, Scottish traveller and travel writer, 1709 - 1784)

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How to use this site

Welcome to edwhatamidoinghere,

To understand how to use this site maybe would be useful to know the philosophy of the site.

First of all you can choose your language on the menu "Select language" in the right column of the page.

This site lists a good number of great destinations and nearly every day a new destination is published.

So you can browse the horizontal menu at the top of the page. There the posts are divided by continent and by country.

In the left column of the blog are listed the newest posts under the list of the Most popular posts of the week.

At the centre of the page you find the last post published.

Every post describes a destination and it usually contains some photos and videos so that you can actually see the destination we published.

Most of the posts contains a link to a more practical post where you can find some useful tips for your visit.

On the right column of the page you find a box where you can leave your email address if you want to receive our free newsletter

After having inserted your email address you will receive an email from feedburner (that most of the times will finish in your spam folder, so check in there too!) asking you to confirm your subscription. 

Remember to confirm it or you would not be able to receive our newsletter.

At the top and on the right side of the page you find Facebook, Twitter or Google+1 icons, click on them or the links in this page and you will be able to follow us and be updated.

On the left side of the page you will find our Top Ten of the most popular post of the month and our Top Ten of the most popular post of All Time.

Read also our projects (Horizontal Top Menu) and... be inspired, pack your suitcase and travel, travel, travel! 

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Visit Spain

Spain is a wonderful country and a very popular destination full of interesting places to visit!

If you are going to plan your travel in Spain here you will find some useful posts with tips and photos that will help you planning your itinerary.

Our recommended destinations in Spain:

TENERIFE: "Are you looking for the moon? Go to Teide National Park!"
Tenerife is a very popular destination for the beautiful sea and the large beaches, but Tenerife has also a wonderful mountain side. 
The Volcano Teide is the highest mountain in Spain and offer great trekking and panoramas.

GRANADA: "The Alhambra in the eyes of Washington Irving"
Great photos, the history and some practical tips to visit one of the most amazing palaces in Europe

How to get to Granada and visit the Alhambra

If you are visiting Granada, it is likely you are touring around Andalusia.

Seville Airport and Malaga Airport offers the best low cost flights to the area from all over Europe.

From either Seville and Malaga you can easily travel by train to Granada. Or if you prefer by bus.

To visit the Alhambra we recommend you to book your tickets well an advance through internet.

If you haven't done so and you are already in Granada, your best option will be to get up very early and queue at the ticket office before opening time.
Everyday a small quantity of tickets to visit the Alhambra the same day is sold at the opening of the ticket office.

Note that the ticket is only valid for the date and the time printed on.

Consider also visiting the Alhambra at night for a magic and unique experience.

Read our post about the Alhambra in Granada and watch our video of the Alhambra.

You can read more info, posts amd itineraries on our page Visit Spain.


How to get to the Shetland Isles

The easiest and quickest way to get to the Shetland Isles is certainly by airplane.

Lerwick, the main town in the Shetland Isles, is well connected wit daily flights to Glasgow and Edinburgh and the other principal cities in Scotland.

To move around in the Shetland Isles hiring a car is recommended, but you can also consider cycling or even trekking as the roads are practically empty.

Click here to visit the Shetland Isles with us.

Read also our post How to get to Scotland and our page Visit Scotland for more useful posts to plan your trip.


Monday, August 13, 2012

How to get to Scotland

Edinburgh and Glasgow are the main destinations if you are flying from Europe or even from other continents. 

Edinburgh has one airport, well connected by bus to the city center.

The bus train between 45 minutes and an hour an half depending of the traffic an the time of the day.

Glasgow has two airports: Glasgow International and Prestwick International.
Glasgow International is the nearest to the city and it is around 20 / 30 minutes away by bus.
Glasgow Prestwick is near the town of Ayr on the West Coast and around 45 minutes by train or an hour by bus.

Edinburgh, Glasgow International and Prestwick International have many low cost flights from all over Europe.

If you are travelling to the North consider also flying to Aberdeen or to Inverness. 
The Shetland Isles and the Orkneys are very well connected by air from Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Most of the islands are connected by regular ferry service. 

Visit Scotland


Welcome to our page about Scotland.

In these page you can find the list of our posts already published about Scotland. We want to add many more posts soon and publish some youseful itineraries.

ARRAN: "The so called Scotland in Miniature Island"
photos and practical tips to discover the beautiful island of Arran, ideal for trekking or just relaxing, only 2 hrs away from Glasgow.

SHETLAND ISLES: "The wildest islands of Scotland - A photographic journey... and a very cosy bus stop!" 
A photographic journey in the Northest Islands of Scotland.






The island of Bute, 2 hours away from Glasgow, is a perfect destination if you like hiking and cycling in a scenic and relaxed enviroment. Read our post for practical info and photo to plan you trip to Bute.

How to get to Pisa

Pisa possesses a very efficient airport connecting the city of the Leaning Tower with nearly any other European Country. 

Most of the flights are run by low cost companies making affordable even a short weekend in Pisa from many destinations in Europe.

Pisa's International Airport "Galileo Galilei" is 5 minutes away by train from Pisa main train station. 

It is also well connected to the town by bus and you can walk from the train station to the airport in about 20 minutes.

Pisa is also well connected by train and by bus to the other most important cities in Tuscany and Italy including Milan, Rome and Florence.

Consider hiring a bicyle to visit the town.


Read more posts and useful info about Italy on our page Visit Italy.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

How to get to Arran

Nearest Airports to the islands of Arran are Glasgow International Airport and Prestwick International Airport.

From Glasgow International Airport take a bus / taxi to George Square in the heart of Glasgow then follow instructions below.
(If you are travelling by plane read some practical info you might find useful travelling low cost in Europe). 

From Glasgow Queen's Street Train Station take a train to Ardrossan. The train stops just in front of the pier from where frequent ferries run to the island of Arran.

From Prestwick International Airport take a train to Ardrossan. The train stops just in front of the pier from where frequent ferries run to the island of Arran.
(If you are travelling to Prestwick Airport read some practical info here).

Visit with us the wonderful Island of Arran, only 2 hrs away from Glasgow.

You can also read How to get to Scotland or our page Visit Scotland where you can find more posts and info about destinations and recommended itineraries in Scotland.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

How to get to Guernsey

Guernsey is an island situated 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of France's Normandy coast and 120 kilometres (75 mi) south of Weymouth, England and lies in the Gulf of St Malo.

You will reach Guernsey:

From England

by air: from
London Gatwick / Heatrow
Southampton
Exeter
with Flybe or Aurigny air companies

by sea: from
Weymouth
Poole
with Condor Ferries

From France

by air and by sea only seasonal - summer

by air with Blue Islands

by sea with Condor Ferries

From Jersey or Alderney

by air with Aurigny

by sea with Condor Ferries

Read more about Guersney and check out our posts already published.

VISIT GUERNSEY


Guernsey is a wonderful island situated 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of France's Normandy coast and 120 kilometres (75 mi) south of Weymouth, England and lies in the Gulf of St Malo.

Guernsey has beautiful beaches, a great coastal path, great panoramas from the cliffs.

Victor Hugo, the French writer of Les Miserables, lived in Guernsey during his exile and the House of Victor Hugo is open to visits today.

Read our introductory page: "WHAT TO SEE IN GUERNSEY" - click here to open
or open our published posts about Guernsey in the list below:

The French author of Les Miserables lived in exile in Guernsey. 
His house is an amazing display of the artistic taste and personality of Victor Hugo.




In August for a weekend the South of the Island is invaded by dozens of scarecrows along the narrow lanes, the cottages and the beautiful gardens in bloom... A wonderful festival for all the family!






Also visit the nearby island of Jersey:

The beautiful island of Jersey is only an hour away from Guernsey.
If you have ever seen the TV series "Bergerac" you will certainly recognize many of the beautiful panoramas of the island.

Rent a Scooter in Thailand

Renting a Scooter in Thailand can be a great experience and a way to be more indipendent during your travel avoiding being ripped off everytime by greedy taxi / tuk tuk drivers.

In every town you will easily find more than one scooter rental.

Usually rental fare are cheap and scooter are reasonably reliable but some precautions need to be taken:

I. Always check if breaks are working and possibly if the scooter is insured.

II. Check and signal damages already present on the scooter when the vehicle is given to you.

III. Agree the price before signing anything.

IV. Ask for an helmet and make sure it is included in the price of your rental.

V. Traffic in Thailand is caotic and unruled and accidents frequent. If you are not confident in driving a scooter look for bus or taxi / tuk tuk instead.

You may also interested to read more info for travelling in Thailand by train, bus, taxi / tuk tuk.

If you are planning to travel in Thailand visit our page about Thailand where you can find our list of posts about destinations in Thailand, our recommended itineraries and more practical info.

Thailand by taxi / tuk tuk

Taxi and tuk - tuk are two alternative ways to travel in Thailand, although tuk tuk is only useful for very short distances.

Here few tips it is worth for you to know.

I. When travelling with taxi make sure the fare counter is on.

II. If you are using taxi for medium / long distances ( not advisable, use train or bus instead)  bargain a price before to start your travel.

III. Tuk tuk can be very expensive, don't use them if it is not necessary.

IV. Always bargain a price withh tuk tuk drivers before to get on the tuk tuk

V. The "right price" is usually at least half of the price initially asked by the tuk tuk driver. 

VI. if you are going to stay in the same town / area for few days consider hiring a scooter as an alternative way of transport.

You may also interested to read more info for travelling in Thailand by train, bus, scooter.

If you are planning to travel in Thailand visit our page about Thailand where you can find our list of posts about destinations in Thailand, our recommended itineraries and more practical info.

Thailand by train

Here some tips for travelling in Thailand by train.

Trains in Thailand are inexpensive, reliable and comfortable but you should always keep in mind:

I. Trains in Thailand are easily fully booked. Book your train well an adavnace when you can.

II. Avoid to travel in 3rd class if you look for comfort, ask for air conditioned wagons.

III. Don't book with a travel agency unless it is necessary. Booking at the trains station is reasonably easy.

IV. If you are travelling to an island ask if there is any combined ticket available (train +  ferry). It is usually cheaper and the ferry companies will be reliable.

V. For long distance journeys travel during the night when possible. You will sleep in a comfortable air conditioned wagon.

VI. Sometimes trains station are well far away from the town you are planning to visit. Check on internet the location of the train station. If it's too far away prefer the bus.

VII. Bring food and plenty of water with you for your journey.

You may also interested to read more info for travelling in Thailand by bus, taxi / tuk tuk, scooter.

If you are planning to travel in Thailand visit our page about Thailand where you can find our list of posts about destinations in Thailand, our recommended itineraries and more practical info.

THAILAND BY BUS

Travelling in Thailand by bus can be a great experience or a nightmare mainly depending from your luck. Some facts will be useful for you to know:

I. There are many bus companies in Thailand and not all, unfortunately, are reliable.

II. Car accidents are very frequent in Thailand. Even if you are not directly involved, the accident will sensibly delay your travel for hours.

III. Buses are quicker than train, but not necessary cheaper.

IV. Booking your bus through your hostel / hotel is your best bet to avoid a scam.

Here some of the most likely scams to happen (so for you to know them and possibly avoid them).

SCAM 1 - You have sold a ticket for a bus that would never turn up

SCAM 2 - The bus arrives but withy various excuses stops for a long time in front of shops / bars / restaurants where you will want to buy some overpriced food and water to survive.

SCAM 3 - The bus drop of you off far away from your destination forcing to take a tuk tuk overpriced lift to finish your journey.

How to deal with these scams? 

Best suggestion is to remain calm and not desist from arguing. 
As a last resource may work to say that you will later contact the police to denounce the scam.
(Tourist Police free phone number: 1155 with every kind of phone) 

You may also interested to read more info for travelling in Thailand by train, taxi / tuk tuk, scooter.

If you are planning to travel in Thailand visit our page about Thailand where you can find our list of posts about destinations in Thailand, our recommended itineraries and more practical info.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

9 Things you should know before to visit the Iguazu Falls!

The Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian side are fantastic and they have a wonderful history, but before you go there you should read this post so that you can plan your visit.

I. Save at least two days in your itinerary to visit the Iguazu Falls on the Argentianian Side

II. The ticket to enter The Iguazu National Park and visit the falls on the Argentian side is for one day only, but you can ask to have it stamped at the end of your visit so you can buy a new ticket for the following day at a reduced price (carry with you the passport as it is requested to renew the ticket).

III. Bring with you some food and lot of water (inside the Park are quite expensive) and waterproofed clothes.

The amazing Salto San Martin on the Argentinian Side of the Iguazu Falls
IV. Wake up early and arrive as early as possible at the Park. After 11 am the park will be very busy and you will have to wait a long time to take the little elettric train that connects the different paths.

V. Head immediatly for the Isla San Martin when you arrive at the park. From the Isla you will enjoy spectacular views, but it is open only for few hours a day.


VII. If you intend to visit both sides of the falls plan to stay for the night on the Argentinian side and cross the Brasilian border just for a day trip (read more here...)

VIII. Add an extra day in your itinerary and visit the Unesco Heritage site of San Ignacio de Mini where the famous movie "The Mission" starring R. De Niro and J.Irons was set. It is a wonderful place!

IX. Book an advance a night walk at the Falls, an unforgettable experience!

Read more about the Argentinian Side of the Iguazu Falls, watch the video of the Falls, read also about the Brasilian Side.

Visit our page "Visit Argentina" for more suggestions and recommended itineraries in Argentina.

Practical tips to visit the Iguazu Falls - Brasilian Side

The Brasilian side of the Iguazu Falls are wonderful!

It is an absolute mistake to visit just the more famous Argentinian side of the falls skipping the Brasilian side.

Here some practical tips you may find useful to visit the Brasilian side of the falls:

I. The best airport to arrive to visit the Brasilian side of the falls is Foz do Iguaçu Airport. From there a cheap, local and frequent bus offers a reliable service straight from the Airport to the gates of the National Park (Brasilian side). Normally flights are also cheaper than the one directed to the nearest airport on the Argentinian side (Puerto Iguazu Airport)

II. If you are planning to visit also the Argentinian side of the falls, the best thing to do is land at Foz do Iguaçu Airport, visit the Brasilian side and in the evening move to Puerto Iguazu, spend the night there and visit the Argentinian side the day after. Which leads to the following suggestion.

III. Puerto Iguazu (Argentina) is a much nicer, safer and cheaper place to stay for the night than Foz do Iguaçu. This suggestion is not going to make me popular in Brasil but unfortunately there is no comparison, stay in Puerto Iguazu!

IV. Depending which is your country of residence to cross the border between Brasil and Argentina can be very expensive because of the so called reciprocal visa taxation (even up to a 100 US$ for just a day).

V. Travelling from Foz do Iguaçu to Puerto Iguazu is not as complicated as some taximen will tell you. Just take a bus to the border. Some buses will wait for you when you have your passport stamped, some others will give you a ticket to present to the driver of the next bus coming, as they will not wait for your visa. In any case there is a bus stop around 200 meters after the border, just walk there and take the first bus.

VI. There isn't a combined ticket to visit both sides of the falls.

VII. Bring some waterproofed clothes if you are planning to walk to the center of the falls... which is a great experience I absolutely recommend you!!!

Before to visit watch our video about the Iguazu Falls (Brasilian side) and read about the history of the falls. Read also about the Argentinian side of the falls.

Click here to go back to "Visit Brasil" Page on this site.

HOW TO GET TO THE IGUAZU FALLS - ARGENTINIAN SIDE

A wonderful rainbow across the Falls
The Argentinian side of the waterfalls is distant only 15 minutes by bus from Puerto Iguazu.

Puerto Iguazu airport is well connected to the main cities of Argentina.

The National Park is open daily and you should plan to visit it for two days, to have the time to take in the special beauty of the place.

The second day the ticket price is reduced if you have printed your ticket the day before at the end of your visit.

Try to visit the falls at night, at full moon, for an enthralling experience!

You might want to read how and what to visit at the Iguazu Falls.
Because the Falls are situated at the border between Argentina and Brasil, we published two posts: one about the Argentinian side of the falls and another one about the Brasilian side.

We highly recommend you to visit both sides of the falls!

THE IGUAZU FALLS - THE HISTORY

The Argentinian side of the Iguazu Falls
The Iguazu Falls are the second biggest falls of the world. The first being the Victoria Falls in South Africa.

The Iguazu Falls (in Spanish) or Iguaçu Falls (in Portoguese) are situated exactly at the border between Argentina and Brasil and they have a wonderful history. 

Although many advise the opposite, it is an absolute mistake to decide to visit just one side of the waterfalls. 

Both the Brasilian side and the Argentinian side are extremely interesting, they are both worth your visit and they offer completely different views. 

We published two different posts about the Brasilian Side and the Argentinian side.


The name "Iguazu" comes from the Guarani or Tupi words "water" and "big".

On November 11 of 2011, Iguazu Falls was announced as one of the seven winners of the New Seven Wonders of Nature by the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation. 

It is fascinating to think about the waterfalls throughout time. I can imagine the amazement of the first European explorer discovering Iguazu Falls. Attracted by a high column of drizzle, looking like smoke on a distance, the Spanish navigator Cabeza de Vaca took the first sight of this amazing natural wonder in the XVI century. 

The movie "The Mission," starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons, will certainly come to mind many times during the visit. It easy to imagine the Conquerors meeting here for the first time, in front of such a natural beauty, the local Guarani. You can imagine the Spanish soldiers exploring the area with terror and amazement, surrounded by venomous snakes, hundreds of different birds and the dangerous caimans hidden in the nearby swamps. These animals still are there today to be seen, including the catfish and huge turtles, and they are a great part of the visit!

The Brasilian side of the falls
The falls on the Brasilian side are part of the Iguaçu National Park, created in 1939, with a total area of 185,262.5 hectares and a length of about 420 km, 300 km of which are natural borders by bodies of water and the Brazilian and Argentinean sides together comprise around 225 thousand hectares. 

The Iguazu falls are a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Click on the links to read about some useful tips to visit the Argentinian side and some more tips to visit the Brasilian side of the falls.

You might want to read how and what to visit at the Iguazu Falls.
Because the Falls are situated at the border between Argentina and Brasil, we published two posts: one about the Argentinian side of the falls and another one about the Brasilian side.

We highly recommend you to visit both sides of the falls!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

HOW TO GO TO EL CALAFATE AND VISIT PERITO MORENO GLACIER


Patagonia Argentina is not only hardly inhabited but it's huge too, so I think you need to know what exactly you want to see there (to help you choosing we published some interesting itineraries in Argentina you can take inspiration from), unless you have months to spend and you can roam at your will, you, lucky thing!


Perito Moreno Glacier is certainly one of the most unmissable sights of Argentina!

To get to Perito Moreno Glacier you need to travel to El Calafate, the nearest and only town in the
area. If you have two options.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate. If possible fly from Newberry Airport, if you are already staying in Buenos Aires, as it is much nearer and it would make save you money in taxi and maybe even some sleep.

Alternatively you can also get to El Calafate by large, comfortable, luxury coaches but in my opinion you would waste a lot of time. And everyone I met in Patagonia couldn't put his mind at rest thinking of the travel back by bus, having already being hugely bored coming, the poor fellows couldn't make out how they were going to cope on the way back!

In summer (really the only time to go to Patagonia unless you're a bit mad) flights are fully booked very quickly, so I don't suggest you coming to Argentina thinking to book the flights to Patagonia when there.

From Buenos Aires to El Calafate flights are run by Aerolineas Argentinas, Lan and maybe some other airlines but the two are the ones much known and they are relatively reliable.

You may be entitled to some discounts on your tickets if you have travelled from abroad with Aerolineas Argentinas and you fly to El Calafate with Aerolineas again.

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For more infos and post about Argentina visit our page "Visit Argentina".

Read our post about Perito Moreno Glacier.


Where to stay in Buenos Aires

Arriving in Buenos Aires is relatively easy (Well...Relatively! Better you click here for some tips you may need...).

Where to stay in Buenos Aires is a much more difficult matter you would have to give more than one thought and better an advance.  

Hotels in Buenos Aires are expensive and a room would cost you at least the double than everywhere else in Argentina for the same standards.

Before to visit the city I thought hostels in B.A. would have been a bit dodgy and so I decided to book an advance a room in a B&B, but I think it wasn't the best decision. B&Bs are not good if you arrive from the airport at night or you are leaving early in the morning to take your flight, most B&Bs are family run and the owner can't really be bothered coping with your exotic needs and times. Top of that the breakfast is rarely so exciting, being usually not much more than bread and butter. Dulche de leche pastries are much tastier if bought fresh at the corner shop for few pesos.

Some hostels are amazingly clean, quiet and well managed and you can easily book through their websites, you will enjoy good company and a warm welcome. 

Be careful about where your accommodation is located when you choose it.
I picked a B&B just next to Plaza de Mayo and the famous Casa Rosada. It's very central and you can stroll to Puerto Madero at night for some fresh air and a good dinner or to the main (tacky) shopping avenue Avenida Florida, but at night the area is much too quiet and I was attacked by some idiots.

I suppose there isn't an area I particularly advise as idiots seems to be in nice residential areas too and seems to target tourists, maybe some streets in Palermo or La Recoleta look O.K. but everywhere is very mixed in Buenos Aires.

Best thing is to get back home at night by taxi, during the daylight you are much safer apart maybe in La Boca, away from the touristy streets and in much more peripheral areas you would be considered demented if you step in.

OK, I know you want to get the hell out of Buenos Aires and be in Patagonia in this very moment, click here and we start our travel...

If instead you want to know what I advise you to see in Buenos Aires click here.