Where to Go
Buenos Aires is the most European capital city in South America, porteños (locals), are really friendly and have a rich and diversified cultural identity. There is a lot to see here, you could visit the classical neighborhoods as:
- La Boca; with its colored houses and restaurants;
- San Telmo, with its tango shows in Plaza Dorrego on Sundays, the Museo Histórico Nacional on Parque Lezama and the religious shops of Nuestra Señora de Bethlem, Parroquia de San Pedro Telmo and Museo Penitenciario "Antonio Ballve";
- Recoleta, where are located the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Biblioteca Nacional, and the Cementerio de la Recoleta, where the remains of Eva Perón can be found;
- The civic center where can be found the Casa Rosada, the Casa de la Cultura, the Plaza de los dos senderos; which features a wide variety of sculptures and monuments, including a signed copy of Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker"; the Avenida Corrientes, where can be found, among others, the Paseo La Plaza, the Luna Park, Teatro San Martin; at the intersection of Avenida Corrientes with Avenida 9 de julio are located the emblematic Obelisco and the Mercado de Abasto;
- Palermo, where are located the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, the bosques de Palermo, and the Planetary and Buenos Aires Zoo, and finally;
- the shopping areas in Belgrano.
La Boca is a neighborhood, located in the southern part of Buenos Aires, is home of Boca Juniors, one of the top football clubs around all the world. With its colorful buildings, La Boca has other attractions like the La Ribera theatre, many tango clubs, Italian taverns, the Boca Juniors Club Stadium, called la Bombonera (this building is famous for the football matches and its architecture, it the Slovenian architect Victor Sulcic was the person in charge of the project. He built the stadium giving it the shape of a chocolate box). And specially the main street, the Caminito, is a open air museum with sculptures, artwork, handicrafts, engravings, photographs, and tango singers and dancers who perform regularly, Exists also a handicrafts market.
The Iguazú falls (Cataratas del Iguazú) are the most beautiful waterfall in the world by many visitors, in Guarani language Iguazú comes from "y" (water) and guasu("big"), the legend says that a god planned to get married with Naipi, an beautiful aborigine, Naipi escaped with Tarobáin, her lover, in a canoe. In revenge, the God sliced the river creating the falls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. In fact, falls are the result of a volcanic eruption which left a large crack in the earth, and are located at the border of the countries of Argentina, Brazil (where is called Foz do Iguaçu), were designated a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
Near Iguazu, there are another important attractions, such as the Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis and the Itaipu hydroelectric power plant.
El Calafate, declared national capital of the glaciers, is a peaceful and picturesque village, where the Patagonian beauty can be discovered, its name comes from the calafate (Berberis buxifolia) a thorny shrub with yellow flowers and dark blue berries that extends over the whole Patagonia. Calafate is the hub to visit the famous Perito Moreno glacier (declared Natural Patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO), the Cerro Chaltén and Cerro Torre in the Glaciares National Park. It is located on the southern border of Lago Argentino, in the southwest of the Santa Cruz province, about 320 km Northwest from Río Gallegos. To summarize, Calafate is a place where steppes, mountains, lakes, woods and glaciers coexist with rich native flora and fauna.
The province of Catamarca is located in the northwest of Argentina. The capital is San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, in Quechua word means "Cata" (side) and "marca" (fortress) forming "Fortress in the side". Catamarca is chosen by tourists from all over the world due its attractive landscapes, cultural places and ecological areas where activities like mountain-bike rides, hiking, horse riding are offered. Or, also, one can admire the architecture of the houses of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, formed by barred windows, robust hall doors and wide sunny patios; the Cavern of the "Virgen del Valle"; enjoy water activities in "El Juncal" and "Las Pirquitas" dams; or visit beautiful places such as "El Rodeo", "La Cuesta del Portezuelo", "La Puerta", where tourist will make mountain circuits with impressive views of rustic beauty and wealthy trout rivers. Catamarca is a beautiful place to enjoy the nature and the people's hospitality.
SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO
Santiago del Estero founded in 1.533, is the oldest city in the country, its current Basilic Cathedral built in 1570, was the first to be built in Argentina. Is located on the banks of Rio Dulce (Dulce River) and on national route 9, at a distance of 1,042 km from Buenos Aires. Interesting points in the city are the Universidad Nacional de Santiago del Estero, founded in 1973, the Universidad Católica, founded in 1960. the Santo Domingo Convent, and the Provincial Archeology Museum. In the outskirts, One can practice fishing; Bogas, dorados, sabalos, tarariras can be captured in the reservoir Hondo River; or visit the archaeological circuits. In Santiago del Estero exists about 100,000 speaker of the local variety of Quechua, preserving one of the few indigenous languages in Argentina.
WINE TOURISM IN MENDOZA
Mendoza is in northwestern Argentina, is the place to enjoy Argentine wines, many bodegas (wineries) offer wine tasting for free. for the ‘connoisseur’ is a great opportunity to appreciate the color, perfume and taste of the famous local wines varieties, especially the red Malbec, and the white Torrentes. There are numerous vineyards, one way to visit the numerous 'Bodegas' is by bike, thus, tourist can enjoy the landscape, the beautiful vineyards and sample wines all day. Mendoza offers comfortable accommodation, impeccable restaurants and wineries with a high level of technology and production and small 'bodegas' managed by their owners.
EL VALLE DE LA LUNA
Also known as Ischigualasto, which in Quechua means "Place where the moon alights", is a National Park in San Juan province of Argentina. Is the best place for paleontological tourism because contains some of the oldest known dinosaur remains dating back some million years. Declared as an Unesco world heritage site, tourist can visit some grey-green rocks eroded into strange formations, which today are known as "Alladin´s Lamp", "The Parrot", "The Mushroom" and "La Cancha de Bochas" (which are a strange polished spheres resting in a bed of sand). Also, the valley is barely populated by pumas, guanacos, condors and the South American ostrich. Visitors must be accompanied by a park ranger and may bring their own provisions, beverages, sunblock.
Puerto Madryn is located on the eastern coast of the province of Chubut in the Argentine Patagonia. Is the gateway to the Península Valdés, a wildlife sanctuary for birds and marine species where visitors have the possibility of watch a varied and important sea fauna such as the cormorants, egrets, flamingos, whales, Magellanic penguins, oyster-catchers, petrels, rheas, sea elephants, sea lion-sand many other species of wildlife. With its more than 30 km. of beaches with transparent water, the city is a popular destination for wildlife excursions and sports such as mountain bike, windsurf, fishing tournaments, snorkeling, jet skiing, water skiing, sailing and scuba diving, therefore is considered the Argentine capital of sub-aquatic activities.
EL TREN DE LAS NUBES
Within the famous Tren de las Nubes (Train to the Clouds), the tourist will experience the third highest railway service of the world, reaching almost 4,000 meters above sea level, during 217 kilometre of itinerary, the visitor will feel as if he were hanging from the clouds, because clouds can often be seen around and under the bridges through the railway passes. The Tren de las Nubes leaves once a week from Salta (1,183 meters above sea level) and travels 434 kilometers to the La Polvorilla viaduct (4.220 meters above sea level), utilizing the General Belgrano railroad. The route has 19 bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, 2 spirals and 2 zigzags. The convoy of 10 wagons can carry 640 passengers at an average speed of 35 km/m, provides a buffet-car, a on-board medic, audio, video, folkloric events and bilingual touristic guides. It is a colossal work of art by its creator Engineer Richard Fontaine Maury.