Am now in Argentina and wow what an amazing country - just such a shame that I have run out of time and so cannot explore it properly. Mum and I arrived yesterday afternoon and met up with my lovely friend Reshma. After a naughty celebratory cocktail (now moving from travelling mode to holiday mode) we all headed out for some food and were so surprised to see Mumm champagne on the menu at less than $10 (no Sterling sign on the computers). We ordered an amazing steak, pasta and pizza, plus water and the champers...the total bill at the end of the night came to less than $30 - amazing - I love Argentina!
Today we went to Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian side and they totally exceeded all my expectations. The falls cover such a MASSIVE area and are really beautiful. It is set in the middle of rainforest and there are huge brightly coloured butterflies everywhere (poor mum she is terrified of them) and racoons trying to steal your lunch! We spent the day there as there is so much to see and so are all a bit knackered now after our long trek, but we know that we have lots of fun awaiting us tonight at very reasonable prices of which it would be silly not to take advantage!!
Tomorrow we head back to lovely Copacabana beach via a quick stop at the Brazilian side of the falls. Rio de Janerio is incredible - although the famous Christ the Redeemer is currently covered in scaffolding for renovation works - oh well you can´t have everything! The people are so friendly - just like being back in Colombia. I met a lovely guy on the plane who completely saved my life when at 4am I couldn´t find my next plane and noone speaks any English only Portuguese. He managed to sort out my ticket and discovered that my connecting flight from was another airport the other side of Sao Paulo - the largest city in South America - perfect! With minutes to spare, and both cards rejected at all ATM´s I boarded my plane and knew straight away that I would love Brazil. Rio is huge, beautiful scenery and horrendously expensive. The beaches are stunning with huge waves rolling in and everyday so far has been brilliant sunshine around 31-32 degrees...absolutely perfect. The other evening mum and I popped to Ipanema beach to watch the famous sunset which was amazing. There were lots of lovely surfers in the sea catching their last few waves while we watched with a saxophonist playing Gershwin tunes in the background (mum was so happy) and a scrumptious Margarita in our little paws...does life get any better? I think perhaps it does... Reshma is coming back with us and we have already planned lots of nights out in Lapa to go Salsa dancing to make the most of our last few days of happiness! :o)