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Amalia Glacier, Patagonia


Iguazú Falls: A Gift of Nature

On the bus ride from the airport (Aeropuerto International Cataratas del Iguazú), our guide reminded us how lucky we were. He said, "If you were here yesterday, you would have been soaked, it rained hard yesterday. Today is a little bit cloudy, but a perfect day to visit the park.” It was spring in Argentina and Brazil – one of the best times to see Iguazu Falls (another best time to visit is fall). Summer is intensely hot and humid, and in winter, the water level is considerably lower. Our guide gave us a little information about the National Park for which the falls are part of the ecosystem protected by both the Argentine and Brazilian government. He talked about logistics - how long it should take us to walk the upper circuit (trail) and the lower circuit, but gave no statistics about the falls. He told us about the birds (Great Dusky Swift) that fly through the mist and nest on the rocks behind the waterfalls.

Iguazú Falls (Cataratas del Iguazú in Spanish, Foz do Igu…

Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janeiro: Old St. Nick Spotted Lounging on the Beach

I spotted Old St. Nick lounging on thebeach - Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I guesseven Santa needs to relaxandgatherenergy before headingnorth (North Pole) to accomplish his task of makingtherounds of delivering mega-millions Christmas presents around theworld. And what a betterplace to scope out theview of heights: The Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountains, andperhaps to receiveinstructions from Christ the Redeemer, and making a list of those whohadbeennaughtyornice.