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Rio can be a dangerous city if you are in the wrong area away from the beaten path. But, it has some nice sights too. IMG_0001.JPG IMG_0002.JPG IMG_0003.JPG

The above is Copacabana Beach. I will add to this post later by editing.

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Rio is best seen from a distance. One of the best places to is a view point on top of Corcovado Mountain. On the top is a huge spread eagle statue of a religious figure which I did not bother to photograph. The top is reached by cog powered tram, and the view is terrific. An equally good view is Sugar Loaf Mountain, which is reached by a cable gondola which goes from ground to an intermediate mountain, then to Sugar Loaf in a 2 step trip. Don't ask me what I photographed below , because I did not have a guide. Just enjoy the views. Img_0021 is Copacabana Beach.

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awesome set of pic's :)
I notice there's one fav pic missing tho .... the statue of the Christ ;)
 

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As I said in my previous post, I did not bother to photograph it. That monster statue is only someone's fantasy depiction of J. C. and completely turns me off. There is no valid painting or description of what he actually looked like or dressed. The same is true of Christopher Columbus, by the way. All depictions of those two men in particular and many others of that era are imaginary. The same goes for their family and friends.

I will post some more pics before long;

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iguazu_Falls

After Rio, we flew to to Iguazu Falls on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The Falls are not just in one place, but spaced along a stretch of the Iguazu River. The biggest and largest are concentrated in the "Devil's Throat Area", where the water falls into a deep chasm with a deep roar and causes a lot of mist. The size of the falls depends on the water flow of the river which fluctuates during the year. Tourists get wet in that area. Pics numbered 1 through 12 are in the the DT area. I especially like the pic of a birdie cooling its hot feet in a side stream.

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After Rio, we flew to to Iguazu Falls on the border between Brazil and Argentina

Am enjoying all these pic's :)

merged your 2 threads

just keep adding to this thread since it's all on the same topic :)
 

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Afer Iguazu Falls, we flew to Buenas Aires to board our cruise ship. While the ship waited for the remaining passengers, the cruise line gave the first arrivals a spin tour of the city. The following pics were taken from the window of the tour bus. Pic #2 is the University of BA building, and pic #3 and $4 is a sculpture on the the campus. The rest are random shots of traffic circles and whatever I thought look interesting. Ratch

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Next comes Montevideo (Video Mountain), Uruguay, located next to the River Plate (Silver River in Spanish) . This was where the Nazi Bastard pocket battleship (super cruiser) Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled by the Nasties after a battle with two British cruisers in the Plate Estuary. The Spee was running low on whamo ammo and supplies, and received false information that aircraft carriers were closing in. Rather than lose all his crew, the kaptain decided to destroy his ship on his own terms. There is a museum in the town for those interested in that sort of thing.

The pics show various images around the busy harbor and town. Image #15 is a partial image of our ship and image #16 is an image of a different ship moored across from us.
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Next we made a quick stop at a little port called Gaiman. It was settled by folk from Wales, England who immigrated to SA a while back to start a new life. In a tavern, my wife and most of the party were serenaded by a group of Welsh singers hired by the cruise line while I strolled outside and took pics of the local flora. Ratch

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It was settled by folk from Wales, England who immigrated to SA a while back to start a new life.

Do NOT let a Welshman hear you say that. Wales is adjacent to England, but it isn't part of England; not any more than Scotland is.
 

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Ah, the Falkand Islands. I saw signs on the Argentine mainland saying "Las Islas Malvinas son Argentinas", meaning the Falklands belong to Argentina. The ownership of the Falklands is still a sore point and there is a British garrison on one of the islands to make sure it stays that way. We walked along one of the cliff trails and could see the the penguins and nesting seabirds below. We were told not to go down to the beach because it was mined by the Argentina during the war to repel the British invasion. It has been thoroughly swept clean of explosives, but the waves sometime wash a plastic mine ashore. They did not have to warn me twice. Better to let some cute little Magellanic penguin find the unexploded ordinance than some wandering beachcomber, right? Sometimes a penguin will climb the 100 foot cliff and nest on top as the las pic shows. The town is Port Stanly, by the way.
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Now we come around to Cape Horn Island, the farthest point south the ship will sail. Weather is gloomy and not much to see as the three pics show.

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Then we sailed north to port Ushusia, Argentina. Fairly large town close to a large national park, which I will feature in the next presentation. Notice the sign pertaining to the Malvinas in the fourth pic.

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gosh you must have timed it just right to finish the trip and get home before all the border closures and 2 week quarantine times
 

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That's right. We got home Feb 28, 2020, just as single reports of Corona were reported in Rio and Santiago. So we avoided all the fun and games at the airport and only had to endure a cursory examination and questioning at customs since we were not returning from Asia.

It was visually different at the tip of SA at latitude 55°S. The sun was in the northern part of the sky, the North Pole Star was gone, the Southern Cross was visible at 45° at night, and the Orion Constellation was upside down. Ratch
 
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The sun was in the northern part of the sky, the North Pole Star was gone, the Southern Cross was visible at 45° at night, and the Orion Constellation was upside down. Ratch


Welcome to my part of the world (hemisphere)
 

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Forget to mention. Not too long before our cruise ship arrived, a bunch of show offs rowed across the Drake passage in a modified long boat without the assistance of any mechanical motivation. It was a harrowing experience.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?...3E1AE55D03BB2E8377F03E1&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

Now, the Drake Passage is where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet together along with the Antarctic Circumpolar Current which constantly rotates around the Antarctic Continent. Those three entities don't mix very well. This makes for a rough and tumble sea for 600 miles between the tip of SA and the Antarctic Peninsula. So they risked their lives amid 40 foot waves doing a stunt that did not benefit anyone. The same could be said of those that free climb El Capitan in Yosemite, swim the English Channel, climb Mt. Everest, speed X++ miles/hr around Daytona and Le Mans, or a hundred plus other dangerous activities anyone could name. They don't have to risk their lives like that, so why do it? Most folks don't ask if those dare dodos should have their heads examined. I am one of the least folks that do. Ratch
 
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