Belém - Begining of the trip
After years of dreams, months of project and hours in the plane, my trip began July the 7th 2016 (Actually, I left on the 6th and I stayed one night in Lisbon). The destination has been chosen more according to the plane ticket price than for the real attraction. The planes to Belém were cheap compared to other towns in South America. I stayed one week before continuing my trip.
Belém is a small charming town with beautiful districts, and other less.
Curitiba - Ecological town
After São Paulo, I reached Curitiba. It looks like another country. The south of Brazil is richer, cleaner and safer than the rest of the country. The town is mainly known for its botanical garden an its developped public transports.
Ciudad del Este - Power of shopping
Four photos of Ciudad del Este, town of the east of Paraguay, taken in September 2016. Many Brazilians living on the other side of the land border come to find cheap prices. We can see the Itaipu dam as well.
Encarnación - Much more than shopping
Photos of Encarnación, a town in Paraguay close to the argentinian border. Many argentinians go there to buy imported products cheaper than in Argentine. But Encarnación is more than a cheap shopping center. You can, for example, visit the Jesuit Missions ruins.
Porto Alegre - POA, Big city in the south
After a few small towns and villages in Rio Grande do Sul, I arrived in Porto Alegre, the state's capital city, where I spent the second half of the month of October 2016. Porto Alegre, often written POA, has two central areas: The historical center, with most touristic places, and the Cidade Baixa (Lower town), with more bars and restaurants.
Chui, Chuy - One town in two countries
Chui (Brazilian side) or Chuy (Uruguayan side) is a small town located on the border between Brazil and Uruguay. Half of the town belongs to Brazil and half to Uruguay. The customs are on each side of the town. The month changing from October to November has been a country changing from Brazil to Uruguay.
Santa Teresa National Park - Long walk throw the park
Once in Uruguay, I left Chuy by bus to reach La Coronilla from where I walked the 20km until Punta del Diablo with all my stuff throw the Santa Teresa National Park. Actually,
I didn't walked straight ahead, so it was much more than 20km. The park have a camping. It may have been better using it and doing the way in two days.
In that park, we can find the Fortaleza de Santa Teresa, a star-shaped fortress, and a few beaches.
Punta del Diablo - Fauna and lanscapes of the ocean
After walking the whole day throw the Santa Teresa National Park, I arrived in Punta del Diablo on the night.
Punta del Diablo is a seaside village with beaches, rocks and a diversified fauna. The Laguna Negra, close to the village, is worth a visit.
Cabo Polonio and Barra de Valizas - Kilometers of empty beaches
Barra de Valizas is a seaside village with very beautiful beaches. However, the accomodations prices are very high and the village itself isn't more interesting than Punta del Diablo, located at 40 km in the north. The only real interest of Barra de Valizas is its proximity with Cabo Polonio and the 10 km of beaches between both villages.
Cabo Polonio is a hamlet with less than 100 inhabitants surrouned by hudge beaches that constitute the Cabo Polonio National Park. The inhabitants are mainly fishermen and craftsmen.
Colonia del Sacramento - Oldest town in Uruguay
After many recommandations, I decided to spend a few days in Colonia del Sacramento before taking a boat for Argentina. And it was a good idea! Colonia is a very charming town, very different from the other coastal towns full of beaches in Uruguay or the big city Montevideo.
From the top of the lighthouse, we can see the city of Buenos Aires, on the other side of the Río de la Plata river, very wide at this place.
Sierra de la Ventana - The village with the arid hills
After having spent one month in Buenos Aires, I resumed my way to the south. Following a recommendation for its amazing landscapes, I went to Sierra de la Ventana. Indeed, it is very different from the city. The village is surrounded by yellow hills due to dry grass in summer. It is much greener in winter.
Viedma, Carmen de Patagones - Entrance in Argentinian Patagonia
We are in the gate of Argentinian Patagonia. Carmen de Patagones is in the south of the province of Buenos Aires, and Viedma, in the north of the province of Río Negro, the most northern province of the east coast of Patagonia. The Río Negro river is the natural border between both towns and both provinces.
Because of the lack of cheap accommodation, people travelling on a budget can't stay too long. Fortunately, the towns are small enough and you don't need to stay longer.