Showing posts from November, 2012

What If Money Was No Object?

Ask yourself. What would you do with your life if money was no object? An amazing video based on a lecture from the late Alan Watts.

Crossing Three Frontiers... Ciudad del Este... Puerto Iguazu... Foz do Iguacu

From Ciudad del Este I planned to visit the famous Iguazu Falls. One can access the falls by Puerto Iguazu in Argentina or Foz de Iguacu in Brazil. I wanted to see the falls from both vantage points, so I planned my route.
There is a bridge called the Friendship Bridge that spans the Rio Parana between Ciudad del Este, Paraguay and Foz de Iguacu, Brazil. It is a highly trafficked bridge and I had heard that it somethings takes hours to cross the border with a vehicle. This proposition did not sound apealing.
A Paraguayan friend of mine had mentioned to me that there was a ferry that crosses the Rio Parana into Puerto Iguazu, Argentina from a small town, just south of Ciudad del Este, called Presidente Franco. Supposedly the route was lightly trafficked. It sounded more like my style.
So I plotted my route to travel south from Ciudad del Este to Presidente Franco. I would take the ferry to Puerto Iguazu, Argentina and see the falls in one day. Then I would travel from Puerto Iguazu, A…

Itaipu Dam

I headed north toward Ciudad del Este and visited the Itaipu Dam.
The Itaipu Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay. The name "Itaipu" was taken from an isle that existed near the construction site. In the Guaraní language, Itaipu means "the sounding stone". The dam is the largest operating hydroelectric facility in terms of annual energy generation, generating 94.7 TWh in 2008 and 91.6 TWh in 2009, while the annual energy generation of the Three Gorges Dam was 80.8 TWh in 2008 and 79.4 TWh in 2009.  Though, the dam's 14,000 MW installed capacity is second to the Three Gorges Dam's 22,500 MW. It is a binational undertaking run by Brazil and Paraguay at the Paraná River on the border section between the two countries, 15 km (9.3 mi) north of the Friendship Bridge. The project ranges from Foz do Iguaçu, in Brazil, and Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, in the south to Guaíra and Salto del Guairá in the nort…

The Best Asian Food in South America

While in Encarnacion I received a tip about a Korean restaurant. I was not provided the name of the restaurant, but rather, I was provided directions...
Exit the bus station turn right and walk two blocks. Look for some asian characters written in red on a wall. There will be a gate. Approach the gate and clap your hands to announce yourself. A person will greet you. Walk pass the gate and through a passageway. There will be a small kitchen and dining room. Enjoy. The directions were pretty basic and a little vague. I thought that it would surely be complicated. However, I've become pretty good at finding places even with limited directions. 
So... I rode down the street. Just as indicated, I spotted the asian characters written in red on the wall. I approached the gate and clapped my hands. After a few seconds a short asian man greeted me. I asked if there was a restaurant inside. He nodded his head and waived me in. He allowed me to park my motorcycle inside the passageway. I w…

Jesuit Missions of Jesus de Tavarangue and Trinidad

I rode south to the town of Encarnacion. 
Just outside of Encarnacion are the ruins of the Jesuit Missions of Jesus de Tavarangue and Trinidad. They were religious missions that were founded by the Jesuit missionaries during the colonization of South America in the 17th century. The missions were created in 1609 and developed for 150 years. Both areas were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1993. The Jesuit Missions of Paraguay are considered some of the most impressive creations of the religious work of the Jesuits, and are testimony of the historical richness of the country. First  up... Jesus de Tavarangue.  The church of Reducción de Jesús (Jesus’ Mission) was in the process of being built when the Jesuits were expelled from the Río de la Plata Province. It would have been one of the biggest churches of that time, with a central structure of 70 by 24 metres (230 by 79 ft). The structure's design was based on the Church of Loyola, in Italy. The three doors of access, located…