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Unique New Year in Lopez Mountain hut-Bariloche -Lake district-Argentina! FELIZ 2019 from Eureka Travel!

Unique New Year in Lopez Mountain hut-Bariloche -Lake district-Argentina! FELIZ 2019 from Eureka Travel!

After a couple of very cold, windy, rainy days in Patagonia, we could finally enjoy the sun on January 1st, 2019. Instead of staying at home eating all day long, we prepared our small backpacks, our poles, sunscreen etc, and we took the road to Circuito Chico. On Arroyo López, starts the path (sendero?) to Refugio Cerro López, one of the first huts bilt on this area, now a full day hike, but years ago, it was very common to…

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Father’s day gift? why not a trip?

Father’s day gift? why not a trip?

Since Father’s Day is approaching in majority of countries around the world ( 3rd Sunday of June) I started to think about it and my personal family celebrations. So, why not plan a small trip, a day excursion, a breakfast together, a dream trip for hiking in Patagonia or a camping trip around your area?  I personally think that spending time with him would be a much better experience than just a gift. The reason why I am suggesting this is…

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Broken girls from Lanus.

Broken girls from Lanus.

Each trip we take to South America we bring some school supplies for local kids. This trip is no different. Before leaving we bought bunch of pens, pencils, crayons, erasers and sharpeners from good old Target. Back to school sale allowed us to purchase enough supplies for a small group of kids. The problem for me was to find a contact and a school to provide for in Argentina. Once again, my relationship with Padre Javier paid off as he…

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Polish priest in Buenos Aires.

Polish priest in Buenos Aires.

You meet all kinds of people in Buenos Aires. It’s a mix, which kind of reminds me of LA. People from all walks of life with all kinds of stories to tell, if you ask them and are willing to listen. One such person, dear to Analia and me, is a Polish priest whom we met years ago when I first lived here, in 2004. Each time we visit Buenos Aires and specifically the neighborhood of Palermo we try to…

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Beatles museum opens in Buenos Aires; who knew?!

Beatles museum opens in Buenos Aires; who knew?!

This is a cool story I read today in Los Angeles Times and later on Huffington Post. An Argentine accountant Rodolfo Vazquez opened a Beatles Museum in Buenos Aires, on Avenida Corrientes. Apparently obsessed with the Fab Four, he has been collecting items for decades and finally decided to share them with the others. So next time you stroll on Corrientes while visiting Buenos Aires stop by and check it out.

In search of a perfect caipirinha, part 2

In search of a perfect caipirinha, part 2

Before we embarked on our journey to Brazil last year I wrote about the search for the perfect caipirinha, the ubiquitous Brazilian cocktail. I vouched that by the end of the trip I will learn how to mix one myself as well. It was not an easy quest, I tell you. After many towns, bars and restaurants, resorts and hotels, after many stories and people I met I had to decide when and where I had that perfect drink. There…

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In living color in Pelourinho

In living color in Pelourinho

We returned to Bahia 2 days ago and met with Ana’s parents who came here from Argentina. We rented an apartment in a 27 story shoreline condo. We have a magnificent view to the west, over the bay and the port of Salvador. This is where our trip comes to an end. But having a few days together we explored a couple of local beaches, listened to music, ate great food and enjoyed walking through the colorful Old Town of…

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The long journey to Morro de Sao Paolo

The long journey to Morro de Sao Paolo

After the relaxing Amazon cruise we took a late night flight from Manaus, 2 am, to Salvador de Bahia to continue our journey. Our next destination was a boutique hotel on a remote beach of the Ilha Tinhare, south of Bahia. Typically the trip can take 2-2.5 hrs by a catamaran or a boat. But what we found out is that when the sea gets a bit rough the trip gets diverted partially by land which adds another 2 hrs….

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The blond, the brunette and the Amazon cruise

The blond, the brunette and the Amazon cruise

After visiting one of the “eco-resorts” called Tiwa Lodge, just a 20 min boat ride across the water from Manaus we embarked on the much anticipated river cruise on the Amazon. The name of the company is Amazon Clipper and they offer few options. We chose a 2 night/3day cruise just to get an idea of the area. After embarking on our vessel we were briefed by our guide Sardes as to the itinerary. The vessel itself was a three…

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Cooking with Rosangela in Manaus

Cooking with Rosangela in Manaus

Last night we had a great local experience. We booked this in advance when still in LA, not knowing exactly what to expect. We went to visit a local family to prepare a traditional Brazilian dinner from this region of the Amazonas. Our guide and supplier, Jean Claude, picked us up from the hotel and took us deep into the center of Manaus, a rather poor neighborhood bordering with favela. Favela is a general word for a shanty town/slum but…

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