Oasis, desert and sandboarding. Those 3 words summarize the experience in Huacachina! This spot is a tourist hot spot in the middle of the desert. The little town has an oasis and is surrounded by dunes as high as one hundred metres!
Day 37: After waking up late in our comfy bed, we went for a look out to brunch before a beach day.
We found this buffet where you pay per 100 gram, they had a lot of locals eating there and local dishes, so we gave it a shot. Was good!
After that we went to the beach in front of our hotel, we have an hotel at Copacabana beach for a reason.
We rented two chairs and an umbrella (all 10 real per piece for the day) and drank a few Caipirinhas for 10 per piece. They sell everything on the beach, fresh shrimp, drinks, towels, massages, heck even barbecue in front of you or make you a fresh cocktail!
After a few hours we headed back because the sun was gone, to the 15th floor of our hotel. Roof top pool with amazing view over the beach! After shower we went to another local food place to have a meal for 14 reals, which was tasty. We headed back to the boulevard. Sam braided her hair, and we found a beach bar with an amazing live act. Guy with a guitar singing all the classics. After that the music went similar to our latin playlist with three dancers getting everyone to move. Great vibe! Got the love the vibrant boulevard of Copacabana!
Day 38: Last day of our trip sadly. But flight is at 10 pm so a whole day of relaxing is still on the tab. After a few hours of beach and swimming pool we took our flight back to Amsterdam :-(.
Waking up at the X-rated motel with our clothes getting dried everywhere in the room from the wash of yesterday, we quickly packed up got an Uber (legal in Brazil, different than the other latin countries we visited) and caught our flight to Rio de Janeiro at 8;35 AM in the morning.
During the flight we got the amazing view crossing the city of Rio, Christ the redeemer is standing tall over the city and all the landscapes looked from the sky!
Today, we planned a long day of travel and activities. Starting the day with waking up around 7:30 AM to get our stuff packed, quick breakfast at the hostel before our host Gustavo dropped us to the Argentinian border again around 8:45 AM to see the Argentinan side of Iguazu.
Gustavo brought us again, and around 10 am we arrived. We got lucky and straight away got boat ride ticket to go close to the falls. After purchasing the entrance tickets (850 pesos per person) we went to the jeep pick up, for an half hour ride towards the boat through the jungle of Iguazu. Above us a lot of big spiders while driving. If you do not like bugs, be prepare to endure them :-).
Around 12:00 AM we arrived at our Hotel, Gran Hotel Argentina, located next to the Plaza de Mayo. We got a room all the way up on the 8th floor, great view over the widest avenue in the world and the obelisk of Buenos Aires!
After leaving the hostel at 10, we got a Completo breakfast (the Chilean version of a hotdog, which is amazing) at Ravera, food court next to the plaza, before heading to the palace to see the change of guards.
At the palace, they do it big. There are around 40/50 soldiers playing in a fanfare, around 90 foot soldiers with rifles and 10 on horse with large spears. Whole show took like 25 minutes.