From the lush forests of Iguazu Falls to the Jesuit Ruins in the Missiones Region and the colourful capital, Buenos Aires... From El Calafate and its famous glacier Perito Moreno, to the Peninsula Valdes via some of the most beautiful hikes in South America : El Chalten and Bariloche... In this video we take you onto a month of travel through Argentina.

RIO ! First stop of our long wishing list in South America. Only three days, but filled up with lots of visits, stories and discovery. 

We enjoyed meeting the young capoeira dancers of the biggest favela in the world and were delighted to walk on the clear blue waters of the famous Copacabana and Ipenama beaches. We survived the hike to the Corcovado mountain and its Christ the Redeemer. Finally we experienced brazilian football at the Olympic Stadium. 

During our visit to San Ignacio in late January 2017, as we were waiting on the opening of the Ruins ticket office, we heard a lot of noise coming from down the street. Curious, we headed towards the noise where we found groups of teenagers… They were dancing and playing music in the presence of their parents… We asked what was the story and learnt they were training for the carnival festivities which would be held the next weekend. It was quite nice to see them training like this, knowing that we were leaving the next day to Paraguay with the aim of attending the famous Encarnacion Carnival.

Rio knows how to do Carnival the best, but the small town of Encarnacion, Paraguay,  has nothing to envy. According to the locals, the carnival of Encarnacion is much noisier and offers more skin than Rio… according to us it is also much more affordable and less touristy. (Scroll down to watch our VIDEO !!)

While in Paraguay, waiting on the Carnaval to start, we made our way to Jesuits ruins of Trinidad and Jesus. Only one hour by local bus from the city of Encarnacion, we arrived early enough to the first ruins. The site is so big and there were so few visitors that we felt like we were alone in the world !

 Montevideo is known for being the city that celebrates Carnival the longest ! In fact, during 40 days, the Uruguayan capital sparkles during street shows and samba parades. After attending the noisy and colorful sambodrome of Encarnacion in Paraguay, we travelled to Montevideo with the aim of seeing the “Llamadas” that are held in the heart of “Barrio Sur” and “Palermo”.

“Murga” is a percussion-based rhythm that is usually played live in the streets. Contrary to the Uruguayan Cadombe, the Murga is sang and the lyrics usually criticise corrupt politiciansand are used as a popular resistance. Murgas are very popular in Uruguay and Argentina. When Carnival is a show in some countries, it is viewed as a street performance in the others, which explains why we only have seen this in Argentina.

Take a sneakpeak at the beauty of the Marble Caves carved into the rock beside the tiny village of Puerto Rio Tranquilo in the Chilean Patagonia. Tales from the Lens visited the Marble Caves in April 2017 while hitch hiking south to north along the Carretera Austral

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