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Sept 2, 2011:

Where Else To Stop By?

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As the start nears, we are constantly looking at our potential route from Ushuaia up north. As far as details, like what highways and so on, we'll figure that out when we're down there.

But for sights along the way, we have found some amazing places. The massive granite towers of Torres del Paine, Cerro Torre, and Fitz Roy stand out because of our interest in climbing. The thought has crossed our minds to bring our climbing gear with us, but that would mean hauling an extra 50-60 libs. Oh well, we'll just have to scope the towers out, enjoy their beauty, share photos of them with you all, and ...move on. They'll still be there for a later date.

As you can see below on the map, we have a dotted line that veers way to the east. Iguazu Falls must be seen!! It's the Niagara Falls of South America, and everyone raves about it. From the photos we have seen, we can understand why. The extra miles should be well worth it!

And people have told us about Machu Picchu, the pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. It'll be along the way!

Where else? If you've been in South America and can recommend places to stop by, please let us know! Send us a message.

Wikipedia: Torres del Paine, Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy, Iguazu Falls, and Machu Picchu.



Image is of a cartoon map of South America with photos of Iguazu Falls, Torres del Paine, Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy, and Machu Picchu pointing to where they are located in South America.  The map also shows our planned route, which was going to be straight up from the southern tip; however, with Iguazu Falls far to the east, there is now a dotted line over to it, which means we'll be zig-zagging across the continent.  Iguazu Falls is like the Niagara Falls of South America.  It is on the borders of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay and it is much closer to the eastern coast than the western coast, which was our planned route.  This means we'll have to go way east to see it, then go way west back to our planned route.  Torres del Paine is a set of peaks that jut up from the ground with 5,000 foot granite walls.  It is down in Tierra del Fuego, so it'll be on our route.  Similarly, Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy are also along our upward route and they are also spiky mountain peaks.  Machu Picchu is the old Inca ruin in Peru and it'll be along the way.
As noted, the dotted line veers way to the east to Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil; but this diversion will be well worth it!






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