Iguazú Falls, Argentina

The Iguazú Falls, located in the middle of the rainforest, on the border between Argentina and Brazil, very close to the junction with Paraguay, is a UNESCO World Heritage natural wonder. In Guaraní, Iguazú means ‘great waters’. They are 17km north of Port Iguazú and 1350km from Buenos Aires. There is a national park on the Argentine side and another park on the Brazilian side. It is a set of 275 waterfalls of about 3 km, the best known is ‘The Garganta del diablo’ (Devil’s Throat) which is U-shaped and 700 meters long, 150m wide and 82 m high. The set of cascades pours up to 6 million liters of water per second. The majority of the falls are on the Argentine side and there are several tours that allow us to approach up to a few meters from the falls. The circuits were built in the middle of the forest and below the branches of the river (Paranà river whose Iguazú river is a tributary). A train takes you to different points of visit. In the parks there are over 2000 floral species, 400 bird species, and a wide variety of mammals, reptiles and insects. Many filmmakers from around the world have chosen this wonderful place to shoot their films.

Tips

It is a great place to visit in a long weekend but if you can not take several days, at least dedicated 2 full days to the falls to have the opportunity to visit both sides, it’s worth it! The bigger park is in Argentina since the falls are almost all in Argentina but the vision you can have of the whole Brazilian side is simply breathtaking.

Do not miss the boat trip to get even closer to the falls. Of course you are going to get wet but it is a beautiful feeling and the sound of the falls is sometimes deafening. You will not regret for a second this experience.

If you are allergic to insects, wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants but a cool fabric because it is almost always warm and it is quite humid. It’s best to wear sport shoes to better walk the circuits and not to slide in wet places.

It is not recommended to feed the animals. One of them; the coati, who is quite accustomed to the tourist and always approaches knowing that people always tend to give them something. Try not to change their natural habitat.

Calafate, Santa Cruz, Patagonia, Argentina

Calafate or El Calafate is one of the three main cities of the province of Santa Cruz in Patagonia, Argentina, located on the southern shore of Lake Argentino, at the foot of the Andes, 80 km from the Perito Moreno Glacier. Calafate is the entrance gate to the National Park Los Glaciares where we find the Perito Moreno Glacier, Upsala Glacier and Mount Fitz Roy, among others, it is part of the Ice Field of Patagonia and of Torres del Paine National Park , in Chile. In the park, you can visit the glaciers and you can minitrekking on the Perito Moreno ; you could also navigate the Argentine lake visiting the Onelli Bay. If you are interested to know more about glaciers, visit the Glaciarium or Museum of Patagonian Ice which is a scientific and cultural center.

Tips

You can find hotels, bed & breakfats, apartments or houses to rent in the region. It is very nice to take a week of relaxing vacation in the nature. In the vicinity of Lake Argentino there are a lot of activities to do like horse riding, 4×4 excursions to visit Frias and Huyliche hills, visit the Ecological Reserve Laguna Nimez, do mountain activities throughout the year, among others.
Calafate Airport is 17 km from the city.

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Cathedral of Saint Sebastien, Presidente Prudente, São Paulo, Brazil

The Cathedral of Saint Sebastien de Presidente Prudente (municipality in the State of São Paulo, Brazil) is located in front of the square July 9th on the Avenue Coronel José Soares Marconde. The Cathedral was an old dream of the Vicar of Presidente Prudente, José Maria Martínez Sarrión. So, in 1927, he decided to create a commission to collect funds, formed by members of important families at the time: Armelin, Tenorio de Barros, Peretti, Toledo, Franco de Godoy among others.
The plan of the church was done by Francisco Oroz, the construction was realized and interpreted by Francisco Grotto and idealized by Luiz Mesquita. The curious thing is in the design that was in the form of a cross. Work began two years after the commission had been formed. Completed in 1949, the church became the referential point and pride of the city. The work was also done wishing it would become the seat of the diocese, which took place in 1961. It is 558km far away from the capital of the State of São Paulo.

Tips

The Cathedral is open everyday from 8:00 to 20:00 except Mondays (closed.
Don’t forget your camera; for the best images with natural light, make your visit between 8 h 00 and 17 h 00. The images are full of color and with the light of day, you will enjoy all this beauty of colors that will surprise you.
If you suffer with high temperatures, go early or later when the sun is going down because in the morning you have temperatures of 22-24 degrees but during the day, it can go up to 40-44 degrees.
Monsignor José María Martínez Sarrión’s relics lie in the Cathedral.

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