A South American Escape Part 4 – Buenos Aires

This past Spring, Joline and I embarked on what we considered a trip of a lifetime. Our jaunt took us from the Beaches of Rio, through the Jungles of Iguassu Falls, to the “Paris of South America (Buenos Aires), all the way over to Peru and the Land of the Incas. Below are some of the highlights in photos. Enjoy!

Missed a previous post?

A South American Escape Part 1 – Miami
A South American Escape Part 2 – Rio de Janeiro
A South American Escape Part 3 – Iguassu Falls/Foz Do Iguacu
A South American Escape Part 4 – Buenos Aires
A South American Escape Part 5 – Lima
A South American Escape Part 6 – Sacred Valley of the Incas
A South American Escape Part 7 – Machu Picchu
A South American Escape Part 8 – Cusco
A South American Escape Part 9 – Lima Redux…and home.

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Goodbye Reais, hello Pesos!

After a short flight from Foz Do Iguacu we arrived in Buenos Aires. It is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Sao Paulo.  It is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Rio de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of the continent.

Again we traveled off the beaten path as much as possible in this very fashionable metropolitan city. We saw unique neighborhoods, a beautiful tango show, enjoyed great steak and wine and had a great time!

 

Shopping District in San Nicolas.

 

The whole world is represented along its streets – in renowned international designer boutiques, fine dining venues, museums, cultural centers, and modern theaters and cinemas.

 

Little Man, Big Music.

 

 

Tango

 

 

Argentinian Rasta.

 

 

Flea Market Ware

 

 

Recoleta Neighborhood

 

 

Morning News.

 

Here is a Sideshow of the some of our pictures:

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Huge Tree.

 

Next…across this great continent.  Destination: The Land of the Inca.

(A South American Escape Part 5 – Lima)

A South American Escape Part 3 – Iguassu Falls/Foz Do Iguacu

This past Spring, Joline and I embarked on what we considered a trip of a lifetime. Our jaunt took us from the Beaches of Rio, through the Jungles of Iguassu Falls, to the “Paris of South America (Buenos Aires), all the way over to Peru and the Land of the Incas. Below are some of the highlights in photos. Enjoy!

Missed a previous post?

A South American Escape Part 1 – Miami
A South American Escape Part 2 – Rio de Janeiro
A South American Escape Part 3 – Iguassu Falls/Foz Do Iguacu
A South American Escape Part 4 – Buenos Aires
A South American Escape Part 5 – Lima
A South American Escape Part 6 – Sacred Valley of the Incas
A South American Escape Part 7 – Machu Picchu
A South American Escape Part 8 – Cusco
A South American Escape Part 9 – Lima Redux…and home.

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Iguazu Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls straddles the Brazilian/Argentina border.  Upon seeing Iguazu, the United States’ First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” Iguazu is also often compared with Southern Africa’s Victoria Falls which separates Zambia and Zimbabwe. Iguazu is wider, but because it is split into about 270 discrete falls and large islands in 3 miles, Victoria is the largest curtain of water in the world.

 

Rafters brave a closer view of the 'Cateratas'.

 

 

Brazilian Side looking towards Argentina.Amazing.

 

 

Joline

 

 

275 or so Individual Falls.

 

 

Devil's Throat. The power of the Falls here was unbelievable.

 

 

Barely able to stand.

 

 

Feeling Nature.

 

 

Devil's Throat

 

However, Iguazu affords better views and walkways and its shape allows for spectacular vistas. At one point a person can stand and be surrounded by 260 degrees of waterfalls.

 

This bridge has been washed away so many times. Not this time...we hope.

 

 

Devil's Throat.

 

The Devil’s Throat, on the Brazilian side has water pouring into it from three sides.

 

Devil's Throat.

 

 

Power.

 

 

The Shelf.

 

We were now in Argentina.  So much for all the Portuguese phrases we learned/crammed.  Now it was all Spanish for the rest of the trip.  We didn’t learn  many Spanish phrases!  Doh!

 

 

Hiking to the Argentian Side.

 

 

First views from the Argentian Side.

 

 

Garbage bag Couture.

 

 

Fashion Statement? 🙂

 

 

Nature's Fury.

 

 

Nature's Fury.

 

 

Racoon-like rodents all over the Argentinian side's National Park.

 

Coatis, were Racoon like rodents who were rather resourceful.  One of them climbed the tree and shook it until the fruit fell to the others waiting at its base.

The sun really did come out after some time!  But we are convinced there is always a rain cloud over this place.

 

Can we take these ponchos off yet?!

 

We will be forever be amazed by the sheer force of Nature’s Fury!

Next stop, Buenos Aires.  The “Paris of South America”.

(A South American Escape Part 4 – Buenos Aires)