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fernando’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 14 Jan 2007

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

MapBack in BA - the last couple of days in Cordoba were awesome. On Friday we went for a 3 hour bushwalk to the Tanti waterfalls which are about 1.5 hours away. We saw vultures and eagles and all sort of other birds. Bushwalking was great - nice to get some exercise although bird watching is more Kez´s cup of tea.
Yesterday was even better - went to a town called La Cumbra which is about 2.5 hours away by local bus. Another 10kms away is a place called Cuchi Corral which is apparently famous as a good place to go paragliding and hang gliding. And... you guessed it, we gave it a go. Kerryn went paragliding whilst I tried the hang gliding. Bloody scary but so much fun. Running off a 1000 metre high cliff is a bit of a leap of faith!
And the landing was incredible. Our landing strip a was a small clearing in the valley a long long way below. Little naive me thought that the landing would be nice, gentle and smooth like landing with a parachute. No - as we were descending the hang gliding pilot suddenly told me to put me feet up. I quickly did so when I realised that the ground was coming up very fast! The landing was so rough and fast but awesome.

A few words about the locals. People here are so friendly. Everyone is very patient with my fairly crappy Spanish, although they probably appreciate that I´m having a go. And they are so friendly to each other too. We´ll often see people come up and give each other a big kiss and hug even if they are just coming back from lunch.
Anyway, more later