Seven Unmissable Experiences in Argentina

Argentina is a destination that’s growing in popularity, not only for tourists but increasingly for students on gap years.  It’s the second largest country (by area) in South America, and it features a wide range of landscapes, from beautiful waterfalls and cosmopolitan cities through to unspoilt forests and laid back beaches.

If you want to backpack through Argentina as part of your gap year, here are seven of Argentina’s “must see” sights:

  1. Iguazu Falls:

A stunning natural feat that many feel is more beautiful and spectacular than the better known Niagara Falls. Yet whatever you think, there’s no doubt that these waterfalls are an impressive site, and if you visit the Argentine side of the Iguazu falls you can walk all the way up to the “Devil’s Throat” at the heart of the falls.  If you’re a nature lover, this is a must see sight.

  1. Mendoza Wine Tours:

Mendoza is located in the Napa Valley of Argentina.  There are a lot of things to see and do in the area.  If you’re the adventurous type you could go white water rafting or paragliding.  History lovers could pay a visit to the Inca Bridge.  Everyone should take a wine tour, though – even if you don’t like wine; it’s a great chance to see a bit of the region, try some new tastes, and learn a little about the place you’re visiting.

  1. Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires was once known as the “Paris of the South”.  While it might not be so glamorous today, it’s a great stopping off point for student backpackers that no trip to Argentina would be complete without.  The city is a true melting pot of cultures, and features some great night life, amazing restaurants, and a friendly culture.  If you’re not a fan of traditional night clubs, you may still enjoy paying a visit to one of the many tango clubs in the city.

  1. The Andes Mountains

Not only are the Andes Mountains a breath-taking site, but they’re great fun for anyone who enjoys climbing or hiking.  There are lots of guided tours on offer, with routes to suit all fitness levels.  Take a camera; the views of the mountains and the glaciers are amazing.

  1. Patagonia

Head to the coast and you’ll get to walk amongst the penguins and play with the sea lions.  Large parts of the coast are relatively untouched, so if you’re going for a long walk be sure to bring plenty to drink – getting dehydrated miles from the nearest store is not a pleasant experience!

  1. Recoleta Cemetary

For a spooky (and free) experience, head to the Recoleta Cemetary, where each corpse is housed in an elaborate neo-classical mausoleum.  There are several famous citizens to look at, including cultural icon Eva Peron.

  1. Eat Like a Gaucho

Pay a visit to La Cholita in Buenos Aires and enjoy a true gaucho style meal which includes steak, ribs, chicken, sausage, and more.  If you’re a vegetarian, you can find meat free Empanadas at La Gauchita.  Eating out is surprisingly inexpensive in Argentina.

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Jon Platy works for Principal Homebuyers who offers services including assistance in the selling of your home if you decide to relocate or move abroad. 

Visa-Free Travel for Filipinos to Taiwan to Begin this Year

UPDATED: The visa-free entry for Filipinos to Taiwan will be in effect 1 November 2017 – 31 July 2018. This was previously set in June and then in September.

The heat is on here in Asia, particularly in the Philippines. While there are occasional surprises of rain showers, there’s more heat than rain.

Summer time, of course, makes Filipinos think about taking a vacation to different  parts of the country or abroad. And so here’s one good news for the Filipino traveler 🙂

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Starting November this year, Filipinos will enjoy a visa-free entry to Taiwan. This new policy (albeit a temporary one for now) allows Filipinos to enter and stay for 14 days in Taiwan without needing a visa.

This move comes with Taiwan’s desire to encourage more tourists from the South and Southeast Asia to come to its land. It is also aimed to foster closer trade and economic ties.

Taiwan had begun offering free visa entry to Filipinos last September but this was limited to those who have never worked in Taiwan as a blue collar worker as well as for Filipinos who have either a residence/permanent residence card, valid visa, or an expired residence card or visa less than 10 years old, issued by certain countries including: Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States,

Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) waits for you and me. So get ready for a trip to that part of Asia 🙂

By the way, if you are curious to see what other countries are visa-free for Filipinos to enter, you can check it here.

Summertime in Phuket 2

Finally, here’s the follow up post on our special summer in Phuket, Thailand which I first wrote about here.

For this post, I would just like to share some more photos of Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club in Mai Khao, Thalang – our home away from home while in Phuket.  There will be one more post about our island hopping in Phuket, so you can watch out for that 🙂

Below are some more shots of the resort:

Ah, I loved the orchids in the lobby 🙂
Objects are carved on the wall in the lobby. So creative!

There is a large pool or body of water which can be seen while walking along the lobby. This is not for swimming though but definitely refreshing to the eyes 🙂

Notice the pool to our right in the photo.
A beautiful play of light and darkness on the pool.
I enjoyed this view every time we are in the main hotel lobby 🙂

And yes, there is more to explore whether by night or by day in the resort 🙂 You can check out the shops and restaurants within the hotel as well as other “picture perfect areas” there.

There are restaurants to choose from right within the resort.
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We passed this whenever we head for the swimming area.
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Part of the resort which can be seen from the beachfront.
Hubby enjoying nature and the sea breeze at the beachfront 🙂

If you are wondering how the resort swimming pools or our rooms look like, check out my first post here. Stay tuned for my post on our island hopping adventure in Phuket. Coming soon!