Punta Arenas, Chile

This picturesque city is the most important urban center in southern Chile, Punta Arenas is the access gate to the Antarctica , and known as “the end of the world”.

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Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world, on the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mounts. It is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mix together a beautiful European-like city with interesting people, gourmet cuisine at reasonable prices, awesome shopping, tangoing in the streets, and you get Buenos Aires, a city with both slick neighborhoods and equally downtrodden areas – but that’s part of the appeal.  Then throw in everything Eva Peron and that is Buenos Aires.

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Parintins, Brazil

Parintins is famous for its Boi Bumba celebration in June. It is the largest celebration in Brazil after the Carnival in Rio. The Boi Bumba is a samba competition between several teams representing either the blue or the red groups.   We seen an hour show with highlights.

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Manaus, Brazil

Manaus is the largest city on the Amazon and is at the confluence of the Rio Negra and the Amazon, again giving a meeting of the waters.   Manaus has boat access to some of the backwaters of the area, and gave us a direct look at  how people live in the villages along the Amazon.

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Boca Da Valaria, Brazil

Boca da Valeria is a remote village at the confluence of the Rio da Valeria and the Amazon. Approximately 75 people live in this minute village, surrounded by the great rain forest of the Amazon Basin. Life here is a startling contrast to life in Brazil’s modern Amazonian cities of Santarem and Manaus.

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Santarem, Brazil

Santarem is a city of about 200,000 people and is the second largest Brazilian city on the Amazon River.  Santarem is bordered by the Amazon and the Tapajos rivers. Both run along many miles in the front of the city, side by side, without mixing. The Amazon’s milky colored water carries sediment from the Andes in the East, while the Tapajos water is somewhat warmer and has a deep-blue tone. This phenomenon is called “The meeting of the waters” and is extremely interesting.

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