Later we strolled the colorful La Boca artists’ district, where the Argentinean tango was born. Randall and I were there fifteen years ago and were astonished how crowded the area is with tourists today. Our guide Danna reminded us this is a good thing as it brings many jobs to the people of the area. They dress in their tango finest and pose for photos, demonstrate the exotic dance and sell their products.
Our group participated in a Tango Experience where we learned about the music, the history of the dance, watched a dancing demonstration, then had a short tango lesson that introduces us to the dance whose passion and grace exemplify the spirit of Argentinean culture.
We finished our group exploration of Buenos Aires and had the afternoon free to explore the city on your own. Some toured the famous opera house, others the Jewish Museum or Florida Street shopping area. And, in evening most people went to a tango show.
Tomorrow we leave early for El Calafate, gaucho country, in Patagonia - southern Argentina.
After breakfast yesterday, we flew to the cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires. The varied cityscape of Buenos Aires is pleasing to the eye, combining European-style Gothic architecture with funky barrios that boldly display a full palate of bright hues. Although it existed under the thumb of Spanish rule for centuries, the city, far removed from and neglected by the crown, began to develop a life and culture all its own. Rather than collapsing due to the neglect, it thrived. By the 18th century, Buenos Aires was a commercial and economic success, as well as one of Spain’s primary trading partners.
On our second day in Buenos Aires we discovered the rich history of Buenos Aires—an epic tale of birth and rebirth, protests and passions, suffering and triumph set against the placid landscape of the Rio de la Plata. We started with a tour of Recoleta's extravagant cemetery - grave site of Eva Perone and many famous Argentine's.
Next stop - Plaza de Mayo—site of Argentina’s presidential residence, the Casa Rosada, and the heart of Buenos Aires’ political life.
The day continued with many more adventures, but I'll save them for the next posting!
After two amazing days in Rio we rose early to fly to Iguassu Falls. Twice as high as Niagara Falls, the falls at Iguassu are located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, and are among the 7 wonders of the natural world and a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Over 2 days we saw it from above, below and right in the heart of it.
We started on the Brazilian side, walking along a stone path through the
forest that lead to several platforms where we observed the falls from different angles. As we walked, we were delighted with the unique birds and mammals that thrive in the lush national park surrounding Iguassu. At the last platform we were right in the heart of Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), where the water plunges 230 feet into a roiling cauldron. It was a thrilling but wet place to observe the power of the falls.
That afternoon most of us boarded a motor boat for a thrilling ride up the river. We raced through the rapids of the Iguassu River Canyon to San Martin Island, and continued on to the bases of the Tres Mosqueteros and San Martin falls for striking views of the Devil’s Throat and some of the park’s largest and most impressive waterfalls. We drove right into some of the side falls and got thoroughly drenched. Our yells and screams for "More, More!" were rewarded with another dunking.
The falls are at the confluence of 2 rivers and are bordered by Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. After experiencing the Brazilian side we crossed the border to Argentina for two nights. Here we walked along catwalks above the falls, then later along the gorge walls, right next to the falls where we had up-close views of the rushing and roaring water.
Exhausted from the walking, heat and humidity we returned to our hotel for a lazy afternoon to recover from our adventures.
Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch in the home of a woman who cooks in the African tradition. The slaves combined their African religion with that of their Catholic owners to create unique traditions of dance, music and food. Each dish is created in honor of one of their gods or goddesses. The experience was interesting and delicious!
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