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Sign Of The Times

My visit to Paraguay was much more of the brief pass through variety than a nice extended look at the country and its people. It just so happens that if you're around Iguazu Falls, it's pretty easy to make a side trip over to the border city of Ciudad del Este, although don't expect there to be a ton of stuff to see or do there.

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Traveling Back In Time

There are many interesting, aging buildings throughout the historic barrio in Colonia del Sacramento. This older-style lamp along with the cobblestone road instantly transport you back a good hundred years or so. And that's the feeling you have as you walk the streets. Not that you're in modern times, but that you're back in time a bit.

As fun as it can be to imagine how your vacation or travel destination might end up being, it's far better actually being there. While it's hard to live up to imagination, sometimes they will surprise you in unexpected ways. Sometimes they'll be far better than you could have imagined. Other times you will be disappointed. In the end though, when you reflect back on your travel, you will almost certainly have positive memories of how great it was.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/9/20/traveling-back-in-time

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Remnants In The Barrio Histórico

When planning my travel, if there are any UNESCO World Heritage Sites I can visit, that usually influences my itinerary. Not all sites are created equal. I'm always a bit suspicious when I see an entire city or district inscribed on the list.

The historic district of Colonia del Sacramento is a charming place to spend a few hours to relax and walk around. It's not going to impress on the same level as an Angkor Wat or a Grand Canyon, but it's clearly a bit more than just a couple historic buildings.

You can find a couple of antique cars like this one if you walk around. I had the impression that there were a number of these cars spread throughout the area, but that was wrong. There's a couple, but not many. Explore the area and see what you find!
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Taking A Trip Back In Time

One of the cool things about Colonia del Sacramento is that in addition to the architecture and cobblestone streets, there's also some classic and antique cars littering the streets. From what I saw online in advance of my visit, I would have thought there would be tons of cars everywhere, like I imagine the case to be in Cuba, but the reality is that there were only a few classic cars around.

I managed to hunt some classic cars down, including this one. Really perfect setting for it. I don't know how often these cars get moved around. This one at least looks like it is still operable, whereas some others looked like they weren't going to be moving anytime soon.
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Playa urbana Real de San Carlos

I'm generally not too fond of visiting cities and spending a lot of time in the city, although there are some exceptions occasionally. To me, Buenos Aires was not that appealing, but what is nice about it is that you can relatively easily take a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, in Uruguay. A quick 1hr ferry ride across the Río de la Plata is all that it takes.

Depending on your belief, the Rio de la Plata is either the widest river in the world or a small gulf. Either way, at up to 140mi across, you won't see the other side. This beach seemed pretty nice and inviting - hardly anyone around and it was totally beach weather!

Travel Tip: When it comes to booking a ferry to Colonia del Sacramento, you have a few choices. There's Buque Bus, Sea Cat Colonia and Colonia Express. Generally Buque Bus is the most expensive, so try the other two. There are both slow (3hrs) and fast (1hr) ferry rides. Often times from what I heard, the Sea Cat ferry is exactly the same as the Buque Bus one, but for a lower price. The rate is also cheaper if book further in advance. I ended up using Sea Cat which was actually a Buque Bus ferry in the end.
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Iguazu Falls From Brazil

Some of the roughly 275 waterfalls that make up Iguazu Falls. Only about 20% of the falls are on the Brazilian side. You'd never know that though unless you visited as even on the Brazilian side, the scale and enormity of the falls is immense.

Actual access to the falls is pretty straightforward. There was a bit of a line to go through at the park entrance, and then a short shuttle bus ride that brings you close to the falls, but the real trouble is getting into the country.

As an American, you need to get a Brazilian visa to enter. While the visa is valid for 10 years, it's still a hassle to get, especially in SF where the consulate is booked out several weeks in advance. Plan accordingly.
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Iguazu River

The Iguazu Falls are split across Brazil and Argentina. I was visiting from the Argentinian side, but wanted to see the Brazilian side as well. It's quite a hassle to do as just a day trip, but I guess that's my style.

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That Colonial Feeling

The Barrio Histórico, or historic quarter of Colonia del Sacramento is a lovely place to walk the streets and slow the pace of life down a bit. Various cafes and restaurants to relax and spend some time at before discovering an antique car or walking up to the top of a light house as you discover this charming South American city.

Read the rest of this entry at: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2015/4/22/that-colonial-feeling

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Remnants Of Ciudad del Este

This largely commercial city, and second largest in Paraguay is easily accessible from Foz de Iguacu in Brazil. Many Brazilians come into the city to buy electronics and other goods as the costs are far cheaper here, presumably due to lesser taxes. There's a good story in the NYT from 1998 that goes into a bit more detail about the economics of this town: http://nyti.ms/1DhItKb

Read the rest of this entry at: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2015/3/30/remnants-of-ciudad-del-este

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