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Mocona Argentina, Living on the road

Posted by on October 2, 2012

After living it up in Brazil for the few days with Rod and Adriano, it was back to the map reading and navigation. Lucky for me by taking a wrong turn, (its good sometimes not to agree with the  map,) nothing to  do with me not reading it correctly, we ended up at this lovely place for our overnight stop.  Mocona, or in true Guarani language means ‘he who swallows everything’.

Photograph of the Mocona waterfall

3km, all like this. Not an easy life for a salmon. Mocona is a long waterfall

Mocona is a 3 kilometers long canyon, with parallel waterfalls normally of 5 to 15 m high.  They are unique because they are longitudinal to the course of the water. Also here there are nice walks you can do through the rainforest which protects birds, mammals and fish.  The only sounds other than our footsteps where those of the birds and mammals, loads of multi-coloured butterflies were to be seen when we hit a sunny spot, and how abundant tree ferns, canes and old trees all live in this thick vegetation.

Lovely dry waterfall on one of our hikes

We pretty much had the place to ourselves, wonderful.

Even the trees eat other trees here.

Not really on the tourist trail just yet, but by the looks of it a Visitors Center is in the process of being built.  We eventually managed to see a Toucan, so they do exist after all, and not just for show on the Guinness Adds.

Local bikes constantly undertake us.

Merv trying to find his way across a road to the YPF fuel station. Not as easy as it sounds.

Traveling along you can just about see anything or everything in one day, from oxen pulling wagons like they had in the westerns,

Crossing the river Parana that looks more like a lake to us

entire families traveling on motor-bikes, some even try to take the mog on, huge trucks transporting cattle, cars so old you actually wonder how they are still moving, then you have the lovely new cars, what a contrast, people cycling usually with a person on the front and the back, plus the shopping, and then of course the ‘gaucho’ which is a lovely sight to see as they ride through the fields herding their cattle.  On a few occasions we have actually parked and watched them as they gather their huge herds and just as well they are on horse-back as there are no ditches, the fields seem to go for miles and miles.

Heading to town. 120km away.

Ever think you would be so happy to see a unimog.

The roads are okay but we do travel on some off-road ones also, makes it much more fun and interesting, even if it does take longer to get to our destination and it is on these ‘not so popular routes’ you see how the people really live and how they work the land, some with machinery and some by hand.

We like the smaller sleepier towns the best, folks take the time to say hello, and will spend the time to help us butcher their language while trying to be polite. We were even given a stack of sandwiches by a guy who learned we were from Ireland and driving all the way to Ushuaia! We even found a hairdresser looking to sort Merv out.

Did not know my new business was up and running in Argentina

Most people cook outdoors usually on a Asado, an open-air barbecue for grilling cuts of meat and they are an important community ritual for gauchos and country-dwellers, and most of them grill the meat with the skin still attached.  Most little parks that we stop in to have our lunch usually have asado’s which is super,and you will always see some locals their cooking up something to eat with their family and friends and just having fun, they can even buy a kite to play with too.

Kites for sale near the parks in the larger towns.

Some petrol stations/truck stops also have places to BBQ, you might not be able to buy a pint of milk, but you can cook and buy a large bottle of cool beer, happy days !

7 Responses to Mocona Argentina, Living on the road

  1. Ruth Colton

    Delighted to hear Merv found a hairdresser loved the photo’s gives a great insight in to the country and the way of living still waiting to hear the rate of exchange do you have to change money going from Brazil to Argentina do the gaucho’s heard cattle or wild horses are they employed by large ranchers or do they work for themselves. What’s with the Colton sign is it an add for a shop and you thought you were the trail blazers did you introduce yourselves hope you brought a compass on your walk through the woods or we might never find you. Chat soon Ruthie

    • sarah

      Hi Ruthie,

      To answer your questions,
      rate of exchange approx. In Argentina it is 6 pesos to the Euro.
      Yes , you have to change money going into Brazil, in Brazil they use the Real and very roughly it was 2 Real to the Euro, and also you could use the Argentine Peso in Brazil, but the rate given was very bad, they also take the US$ in Brazil and also a really poor rate!
      Gauchos herd cattle and horses.
      The Colton sign was for a ‘hairdresser’, not that Merv needed one !

  2. Lynn

    Love the falls, gorgeous! And the fact that you found the Colton Family Hairdressers – hilarious!! Great to chat online earlier Coopie – keep up the good work on the posts & blog and tell Driver Mervie that we need a snap of his new hair dooo 🙂 xL

    • sarah

      Hi Lynn,
      Mervie is gone a bit camera shy, but I’ll see what I can do !

  3. norman

    Throw in a few co- ordinates an odd time,for us anoraks! Along with the above!!
    A few details about border crossings and that sort of thing.
    Oh did you make use of his hairdressers, he looks like he could use it in one of the pictures

    • sarah

      Good idea Norman, will do border crossings and throw co-ordinates in too so.
      Oh yes, and here was me thinking it was only us girls that had ‘bad hair days’ lol !

  4. Ruth Colton

    I read somewhere that the rate of exchange is not as good in the summer so bear that in mind. Agree with Norm co ordinates would be great.

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