Revisiting an icon – when is the best time to visit Iguazu Falls?

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Iguazu Falls twice now and it’s definitely an amazing place to add to your South American trip. But the two experiences were quite different; one in February (summer) and one in July (winter), when the water reached exceptionally high levels due to floods in Parana state. You can read…

Travel resources – plan a great South American trip

As another email drops into my inbox offering a two-week trip to South America for an eye-watering £3500 (without flights), it’s little wonder so many people think it’s out of their price range. It’s true that some of these companies offer a reliable, tailored approach which takes the stress out of planning for first-time visitors….

Top five amazing meals around the world

1. Surubi (a type of catfish) at Bolsi in Asuncion, Paraguay. 2. Tea and cake at Skonis ir Kvapas in Vilnius, Lithuania. A cosy little cellar-like tearoom, it even sells beautiful painted cups that are a million miles from twee Royal Doulton china. Visit in winter and the city takes on a magical quality, the…

Palermo Soho

I loved Palermo Soho and happily wandered off a couple of times without J to explore the streets. I overheard someone comparing it to Tribeca in New York though I can’t say how accurate that is having never made it there. What I found interesting from a visual point of view is the way in…

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires wasn’t an amazing city for me, but I think we didn’t really have enough time to discover it properly, or even see all the things I wanted to.* We only had two full days and spent half a day taking the boat over to pretty Colonia in Uruguay. Which meant we missed out…

A different side to the mountains

Mendoza is a desert city but is very green thanks to the irrigation channels which run alongside the roads (I wondered if the combination of wine capital and deep gutters results in the odd UDI). It was very pleasant with wide shady streets and plazas, but unremarkable, for me at least. Another beautiful setting with…

Perfect

Yesterday was an amazing day, one of those rare days when eveything seems to come together to create an unforgettable experience. I can remember every detail, from A trying to get me to sing along to Bob Marley to the first sight of the Salinas. Snaking our way up the Cuesta del Lipan, each corner…

All around Jujuy

Catching sight of the Andes for the first time after a long journey from Resistencia was something that will stay with me for a long time. We spent nearly four days in the Jujuy region and I could easily have stayed many more. There was something really special about this area, a different character to…

50 hours on buses

All long-distance buses are not the same. Having read various things about the comfy seats which almost fully recline (in cama at least), bingo and films I was quite optimistic when we arrived in Resistencia to catch our first overnight bus all the way up to Jujuy in northwest Argentina. Here’s a tip for free…if…