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my wife and I age 66 and 70 in good physical shape would like to spend a month in South America to avoid the winter snows in New England. We have traveled to Europe and rented a car for our travels. I'm just starting to plan this trip. Our itinerary would include Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. Rio de Janeiro would be a short stay with Buenos Aires, and Mendoza our main emphasis. Friends have based out of Buenos Aires and traveled by plane to Iguacu Falls,then by a long bus ride to Mendoza.. Any suggestions at our early
itinerary would be helpful. I'm sure I'll be asking for help with many posts. 2015 would be the year we would like to start our adventure. Thank you for any suggestions.
Nick

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