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Exploring Our Own Backyard

When we arrived in Vancouver in early March, we had no idea how rapidly our plans for the rest of 2020 were going to fall apart. We did of course know of Covid 19, and made a point of sterilizing hands and all around us on our flights. But we naively thought it was all going to blow over. [continue reading…]

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Spicy Rio de Janeiro

Famed for its miles of beaches, and its stunning setting, Rio de Janeiro attracts young and old, especially during Carnival season. So when we were offered a ‘sit’ just across the bay in Niterói in February 2020, we could not refuse. [continue reading…]

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Iguazu Falls From Both Sides and Above

After hearing fellow travellers rave about Iguazu Falls we decided that this was a must do this trip to South America.

From Buenos Aries it’s a long bus ride or a short easy flight  into the tiny airport. Here we lucked out and met Leonardo who became our driver into Puerto Iguazu. Taxi and Remise drivers all charge a flat fee of 700 Pesos which is rather pricey, but hey it’s a tourist town. [continue reading…]

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Mendoza’s Hop on Hop Off Wine Tours.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Argentina?

That answer probably depends on your background, your interests and your age.

For some it might be images of the Falklands conflict in 1982, for others it is the music and drama of tango in the plazas of Buenos Aires.

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Mystery of Mexico’s Monarchs

No not Monarchs as in rulers and royalty. I’m talking about the eastern population of North American Monarch butterflies who overwinter in a dozen or so mountain areas in the States of Mexico and Michoacan from October/November to late March.

Millions of them gather in oyamel fir forests in the mountain hillsides. The elevation, temperature and humidity provide an ideal microclimate for the butterflies, as it assures that they won’t dry out and allows them to conserve their body fat for energy.

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Teotihuacán – An Enigma Enshrined in Stone

Sometimes you stumble upon the coolest places when you are just looking to kill time.

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Mexico City – Manic, Mighty and Multifaceted

I had always thought of this sprawling city as somewhere I would never ever even want to visit  After all it’s a city of 8.9 million in the city itself, with a grand total of 21.7 million if you include the greater metropolitan area. Then there is its reputation of it being an epicenter of crime and pollution.

Despite all this we decided to spend 10 days in the city and surrounding area on our way to Argentina. Multiple stories from fellow travelers who had recently visited and ‘loved it’ had made us question as to whether it really was different from its reputation. Soon after we were smack bang in the heart of the Historic Center and were very pleasantly surprised.

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