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Leaving Brazil….Slowly

I’m leaving Brazil but they’re not making it easy for me. It’s three flights from Iguazu Falls to El Calafate in Argentina and I’m kinda over the whole airport experience to tell you the truth. On the brightside, complaining about flights is definitely a first world problem and it occasionally gives you the chance to see something you might not have before, like the sun coming up over the runway….or is it going down? I don’t even know anymore.

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Iguazu Falls – Photos from the End of the World

Iguazu Falls feels like something you’d find at the end of the world if you were one of those old school explorers navigating the high seas. Theories of the Earth being flat aren’t so common these days but it’s fun to use your imagination. Iguazu Falls is a tourist destination for sure but there’s still room for a little exploration and discovery if you don’t mind forking out for one of the fancy pants hotels that lets you walk around to your heart’s content after everyone else has been kicked out of the park. This is by far and away the best way to see Iguazu Falls, you’ll still enjoy yourself during normal hours but there’s something magical about standing there by yourself, marveling at the spectacle, just you and nature. If you can only visit from one side I’d personally go with Argentina because of the variety of trails and view points it offers but the view from Brazil ain’t half bad either.

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The Devil’s Throat at Iguazu Falls

Taking the extended walkway deep into the Devil’s Throat of Iguazu Falls (on the Argentinian side) was an awesome thrill and perhaps the most impressive display of mother nature’s raw power that I’ve ever seen. I must have been there close to an hour soaking up the experience (and water). The wind was fickle so getting decent shots before spray ruined things was tricky but I stuck with it and got a few shots that came out nice.

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Iguazu Falls in Argentina

After checking out Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side I got up early in the morning and made my way over the border to Argentina. There was more to see over this side, although the sheer number of people in the park made things a little stressful (especially huge tour groups, yuck!). As well as a wider range of trails, there was also the chance to take a quick boat ride over to San Martin Island which sits in the middle of everything. It’s fun exploring the island and you get some great angles of the falls, complete with epic rainbows!

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Iguazu Falls in Brazil

I was pretty excited about Iguazu Falls so I planned on seeing it from both sides, starting off in Brazil. Staying at the hotel inside the park made a huge difference, it was a little expensive but it gave me the opportunity to walk around as I pleased in the evening without having to worry about pesky commoners getting in my way. You get a nice overview of the falls from Brazil including perhaps the best angle if you were going to take just one photo.

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Looking for a Camera in Rio de Janeiro

Before I could really enjoy my stay in Rio de Janeiro, I needed to find a camera to replace the one I “misplaced” in the Atlantic Ocean. This proved to be extremely difficult. It would have been fine if I was looking for a cheap point and shoot but I wanted a decent DSLR that would work with my lenses. The staff at my hostel were nice enough to locate a store for me, only when I got there (across town) it turned out to be a copy center! Great! Thanks guys, they don’t even sell cameras!! Haha kinda funny in an incredibly dissapointing way. I ended up buying a Canon Rebel from a shopping center on the outskirts of Rio which was a relief, even if the price wasn’t. This allowed me to venture forth in my exploration of Rio, checking out all the hotspots and even doing a tour of a local favela (not a slum, but close). It’s interesting that I need a camera with me to really enjoy places these days, I’m not sure it’s a worrying trend or just a reflection of my uber-enthusiasm for photography. I don’t love the photos I took here but hopefully they’ll improve as I get used to my replacement camera.

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A View of Rio from Sugarloaf Mountain

Taking a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain is pretty much a must-do while in Rio de Janeiro. It’s a bit of a tourist trap but well, what I am going to do about it? Take my money and let’s get this over and done with already! Haha that’s a little harsh, I enjoyed it up there and even waited for it to get dark so I could see the bright lights of Rio from above.

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Random Robot Battles in Santa Teresa

This one is tough to explain. Santa Teresa is a wonderful, artistic area of Rio de Janeiro and I had a great time staying there. Occasionally I came across things like random robot battles, and I feel all the better for it.

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Fun Street Art in Rio

One of my favourite things about Rio is the fun street art (graffiti?) you find all over the place (especially good near Santa Teresa). I walked past this wall and couldn’t resist getting my camera out and taking a snap. I wish more places were this bright and colourful, I mean, you can’t have drawings of skeleton faced women everywhere but it’s nice every now and then.

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People I Don’t Know at Escadaria Selarón

Escadaria Selarón is a funky set of stairs in Rio de Janeiro near the neighbourhoods of Lapa and Santa Teresa. They’re bright, colourful and very ornate, but they’re still just stairs so don’t expect too much. I don’t actually know the woman in this photo (although I wish I did!), there was always someone getting in the way of a clean shot so in the end I just gave up and ran with this one.

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Mostly Good Times in Florianopolis

Other than bricking my camera I had a great time in Florianopolis, catching up with old friends and making a few new ones along the way. Florianopolis is a beautiful spot and it’s fun to just walk around aimlessly with a camera in hand. It was a long journey to Brazil (no thanks to Aero Mexico…) but I made the wedding on time (just) and had a blast, congrats to Haydin and Julia!

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How I Destroyed my Canon 5D Mark III

I was having a great time with friends down at the beach, relaxing in the sun and exploring some rocky outcrops when disaster struck. Being the curious cat that I am I tried to wade through swirling water to get to a great spot to take some photos, this was a bad idea. Naturally I stood on something nasty under the water and fell comically into the sea, along with my camera and whatever else was in my bag at the time. In retrospect I should have flushed the camera out with fresh water as soon as possible but it wasn’t really feasible at the time and my initial focus was in the sharp objects stuck in my foot. I recovered the photos but the camera was doomed, DOOMED! This photo was taken moments before what shall now be known as “the incident”.

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The Beaches of Florianopolis

The beaches of Florianopolis in Brazil are beautiful. It’s worth getting up a little early to watch the sun come up in the morning, although I’m pretty sure all the other people down there with me were still up from the night before, that’s cool too of course.

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