"na juhoamerickej vlne" - "on southamerican wave"

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Short English presentation about 15 months in South America - Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador

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Na juhoamerickej vlne : 

Na juhoamerickej vlne On southamerican wave / In southamerican rhytm Michal Knitl

Title of the book : 

Title of the book An idea about title comes from Spanish phrase „muy buena onda“, which is often used in Latin America for people, who are on good wave, in good mood, or in general in good rhytm.

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15 months in South America 6 months of volunteering 3 months in Uruguay on EU Youth in Action program „European Voluntary Service“ working with youth 2 and 3 weeks helping in farms, Chile 1,5 month on Development Trainership with AIESEC in Santa Maria, Brasil (working in Human Resources) 1 month helping in Comunity Villa Alcira (almost in Amazonia rainforest), Bolivia 4 to 5 months of couchsurfing Couchsurfing.org - international network of hosts and guests (if you are going to Prague, you can search for members, send them email and if they agree, you can stay at their place) 4 to 5 months of hiking National parks of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru Highest place: Huayana Potosi, Bolivia (6088 m) Less than 1 month staying in hostels and hospedaje (family type of „hostel“)

Yo soy, lleno, lluvia : 

Yo soy, lleno, lluvia In argentina and uruguay they read „sho soy, sheno, shuvia“ not as in spanish „io soy, ieno, iuvia“

Uruguay : 

Uruguay European Voluntary Service is program for all Europeans in age between 18 to 30 years old This program covers transportation, accomodation, food, insurance and allowance depending on country (Uruguay 55€/month, Slovakia 70 € /month) I worked in youth center with youth in age 13-18, who went to center before and after the school. We had several workshops, classes and games, so they can see the life from the other perspective than to stay on the streets. Second place of my work was with small childern in age from 6 to 10 years old with similar activities.

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Youth center „Casa Joven Bien al Sur“ is located in the southern part of Montevideo where live people with african origins. Only 3% of population of Uruguay are people from black continent, the majority has European ancestors, mostly Italian. We could try to play whatever, after 10 minutes they wanted to play football! 

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Small kids in organisation Movimiento Volpe, which was founded around 50 years ago, when young student was killed, when he tried to chatch thief, after he saw him in the bus stealing from old lady. His parents established organisation which is trying to help the poorest children that this will never happen again.

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El Milongon – show about commons from the past... Commons of the people with African origin. Playing on drums – candombe, dancing and party... The carneval is not just in Brasil, but also in Uruguay and in some parts of Paraguay!

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Cabo Polonio – very special place. Favourite for many locals. Probably only national reserve in Uruguay, few houses, no electricity, no lighs, no roads, possible to arrive just by one jeep or by foot (2 or 3 hours from nearest village – Valizas), amazing atmosphere.

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Cabo Polonio – only light is from lighthouse. One afternoon we went by foot to Valizas and were returning back in the night. Stars were shining, first time I could see „Cruz del sur“, Northern Cross and Milky Way.

Argentina : 

Argentina Culture very similar to Uruguay The crises in 2001 changed a lot. Before 1 argentinian peso = 1 USD, today 6 pesos = 1 USD. Most of the country is dry, as the rainfall is on the western part of the Andes, in Chile In the south are many glaciars, most famous Perito Moreno, climbers heaven Fitz Roy and Tierra del Fuego, The land of the fire. In the northern most regions you could start to feel influence of Bolivia, biginning of altiplano – highlands and also Acongagua, which has almost 7000 metres and is the highest hill of Americas.

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La Boca – the most famous and most colorful part of Buenos Aires, the part of blue and yellow, the part of Boca Junions, the part of Diego Maradona!!! La Boca is also part of tango. Many couples are danging in front of the bars, many are trying to catch some tourists for a photo with them.

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Boardercrossing from Chile to Argentina – in the end of Chilean Carretera Austral is small village Villa O’Higgins from where, in recent years, started to operate boats to Argentina and its famous National park Los Glaciares with Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and Perito Moreno Glaciar.

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Fitz Roy –highest hill in Patagonia, dream of many climbers. On their accent they need to sleep in the middle of wall, in the places, where most of the year is wind over 100 km/hour, only few days a year it is possible to climb it. The wall has more than 800 meters, below the wall is glaciar and the temperature in late November (in December starts summer in South America) was around 5 to 15 degrees in the valley with frost in the night.

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Iguazu falls – system of 275 waterfalls from Argentinian side

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Eusebia lives in the North Argentina, in elevation around 4000 meters above the ocean.

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North Argentina – regions Salta and Jujuy – regions of colorfull hills, regions with lots of sun in the summer.

Chile : 

Chile One of the richest countries of Latin America (with Brazil) Amazing nature!! In small parts are living Mapuche, aboriginal people which lived at those places before arrival of Spanish people in 16th century After two weeks I bough a tent, mattress, cooker and spent most of the time hiking around national parks.

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Fog and fresh snow in the National park Huerquehue

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Volcan Osorno – National park Vicente Perez Rosales. Just on third day we were lucky to see the top of the volcano.

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Evergreen forest just below the Volcan Osorno!!

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Mateo – more than 50 years old guy living in the middle of one of the fjords, where I helped him with work around the house for 3 weeks. I found him on website volunteersouthamerica.net and also member of HelpExchange, similar to WWOOF (willing workers on organic farms – you can work and have food and place for sleep).

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Torres del Paine – Three hills – The symbol of the national park wich has beautiful color during sunrise. The trek around takes 7 days, there are also some shorter options.

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Glaciar Grey in Torres del Paine

Brazil : 

Brazil One of the richest countries of Latin America, but also one of the most dangerous ones. Difference between rich and poor is huge. Only country in Latin America where people speak Portuguese. Sao Paulo – center of work, Rio de Janeiro – center for party. Rice and beans + meat – everydays meal for most of the Brazilians.

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AIESECers from Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul – place where I worked for more than one month in Center for children and youth who were in conflict with law. Most of the employees were psychologists and this was their second job. I worked in organisation with another trainee from Columbia, who worked on finance.

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Normal forest near Santa Maria. Everything is green, people dont know snow and winter.

Paraguay : 

Paraguay With Bolivia only country in Latin America without ocean and only without ocean and glaciars. Summer is very hot – 45 degrees in shadow in February Many lakes are dirty and it is impossible to swim there People are very kind and friendly and can enjoy each moment and very small details of their life. Capital Asuncion – „La madre de la ciudades“, „Mother of the towns“ – first town builded in South America, country with the richest and strongest army in 18th and 19th century, so even in war against Brazil+Argentina+Uruguay they lost only 15-30% of their territory, but have never been conquered.

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Church in Aragua

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Nanduti – traditional handmade work

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Jesuit ruins in the south of Paraguay

Bolivia : 

Bolivia Poorest country in Latin America Just social securities started just two or three years ago Second term of president Evo Morales – first aboriginal president in Latin America Most of people are aborigine Distance between glacers and amazon basin is less than 400 kilometers, but takes more than 18 hours by bus Lunch menu in market costs 0,5 euro, everyone is selling the same thing on the street

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On way to the top of Volcan Tunupa (5400 m) above salt flats Salar de Uyuni (3800 m)

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Children in school in Sucre, one of the most beautiful tows in Latin America, which I visited. Small streets, colonial center with white buildings, not many people, good spirit.

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On the way from Huayana Potosi (6088 m). 420 km in front of us is Amazon basin

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Volunteering in Comunity Villa Alcira, one of the most beautiful places in the Earth. People are friendly, very very relaxed, has all the fruits which you can imagine ,living simple life.

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My first idea was to stay just one or two weeks...

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But after I stayed 1 month...

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...and visited also some places near by.

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Dinner

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After one month I came back to La Paz and went to Peru through National park Sajama and small stop in Chile. I tried to climb to Volcan Parinacota (on Bolivian-Chilean boarder, more than 6300m), but after one month in the amazon, one weeks was too short for proper aclimatization.

Peru : 

Peru Glaciars, amazon basic, ocean The most influenced and depending people on tourism History – Empire of Incas The most dangerous roads – most deaths on roads in whole continent + when I was there, drivers of all public transportation was on strike for several days because they didnt want harder rules on the roads Hiking agencies and amazon guides are several times more expensive than in Bolivia, but other prices are almost the same Cebiche – fish, octopus or whatever from the sea marinated in the lemon juice

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Ausangate trek, 4 hours by bus from Cuzco around Ausange hill (around 6300 m)

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Third day of our trek, after snowfall in the night alpacas went from the valley to high pass.

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Third day, highest pass, 5200 meters, amazing landscape

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Laguna 69 in Cordillera Blanca

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Only last 4 days I spent in Ecuador. After crossing the boarder I felt as a stone felt from me.... Athmosphere was much more friendly, I felt like at home... Guayaquil.... Madrid... Barcelona... Bratislava... Thank You very much! michal.knitl@gmail.com www.michalknitl.com

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More information you can find in travel book „Na juhoamerickej vlne“ in Slovak language. English edition might be ready during 2011 or 2012. If you are interested, please send me an email: michal.knitl@gmail.com

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Travel book „Na juhoamerickej vlne“ 15 months in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador 200 pages (160 black-and-white and 40 color) 372 photographs (296 black-and-white and 76 color) practical tips 245x215 mm size glossy 130 gramm paper almost 1 kg weight 13 euros from author, 17,5 in bookstores, 23 euros from autor sending to all Europe www.michalknitl.com – michal.knitl@gmail.com

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