Trip Start Sep 29, 2004
21Trip End Dec 11, 2004
Posadas proved to be an eye opener. The travel agency had not organized our 1.5 hr transfer to Ituzaingo and the poor guy was meet at 7.30am by two sleepy backpackers who hadn't got a word of Spanish. Not surprising he hadn't a word of English and we learned the value of sign language! We eventually got the correct bus, but upon arrival discovered that the travel agency (yes he to be blamed again) never organized our pick up. Again no one spoke English, and we spent 20 pesos making some taxi drivers day
We spent one night in Estancia San Gara and could have stayed there for the duration of our trip. It is a 30,000 hectare ranch owned by a very wealthy Argentinian polo family. We got a great insight into their way of life which included four meals a day being served to you by Maria, their maid who could give Jamie Oliver a run for his money. The afternoon was spent horse riding with a genuine Gaucho. The area is known as Ibera Wetlands and is home to wonderful wildlife and animals including caymans, snakes and lizards. Liam survived his first time on his horse, 2.5 hours of treking about proved a bit much for his backside!
In the evening the family drove us down to see the sun set over the Rio Parana, which borders Argentina and Paraguey, fantastic! After a pigeon English/pigeon Spanish discussion about religion, Michelle talked us into a trip to mass with all the family. Nearly 2 hours later we left the very ornate and crowded church. The priest could have told us anything in his sermon which we couldn't understand and the sign of peace involved being kissed by everyone (man, woman and child) that was around us!
The following day we got the 'Diesel' bus to see what Argentinas answer to Powerscourt waterfall had in store for us.....