Hotel Nacional Village Inn
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So we got to Tabatinga, not as dangerous as everyone makes it out to be. I mean, yea it was dodgy and we almost got run over a few times, but all in all it was OK. The hotel was nice, I should have hoped so for the price we paid for it (We felt like going quality for one night as we knew we`d be spending a lot of time there and not venuring out too much. Turns out we ventured out to the airport far too early the next day, getting the time zones mixed up due to our phones being ...
... and the the first half of the Austral Highway in Chile. We had been enjoying moving along and maybe had gotten a little too confident. Anyway we chose to do a day trip from Puerto Tranquillo back South to Tortel. This took us a fair way South of Cockrane. On the return some 3 km before Puerto Tranquiilo the rear tyre started going flat. Robin just made it to the hotel but Di had to hitch a ride.
On inspection there was no evidence of a ...
... on Wednesday morning. Sunday night we arrived to rain and waited outside our arranged apartment for more than an hour. Latin time keeping!!!!! Monday morning we decided to take a chance on the weather and do the bus city tour. Unfortunately the Christo on the peak (800 meters altitude) was in cloud. Later in the day it was much clearer as we viewed from some distance away on Sugar Loaf hill (400 meters alt.). Otherwise we took in a ...
... but due to the dark took a few wrong turns and ended up arriving at Mauricio's about 8.45pm. We spent about 20 minutes circling the block looking for street names in the dark, settled on one street, Mauricio heard the bikes, came outside and we were there! In true South American style, going out for a meal at 10pm was no bother at all.
Now its time for a day or twos rest - more for me as Don, Colin and Robin plan to fly to Rio Janerio, while I spend time with ...
Today I visited Ribeirao Preto, a city about 1 hour north of Araraquara, with an other IAESTE student. Its nickname is the 'Brazilian California', because of its wealth and technical industries.
It is also the city that the french team stayed in during the world cup, so french flags were everywhere!
I only explored downtown but from the bus saw some of the rest of the city. The outskirts are a lot more like California than the center is; the was a huge Carefour and lots ...