Argentina travel story

Country of large grasslands of the great plains, of big waterfalls, of the great mountains and of the majestic glaciers, c'is a po' everything in Argentina. This great diversity joined to a nature, often still uncontaminated and wild, fascinates tourists that want to observe nature when you better expresses.The country is very wide and it is inevitable to choose places and specific routes, in my case the greater attention has been dedicated to Patagonia with a passage in the capital Buenos Aires and the visit to the beautiful waterfalls of Iguazu. The usual photographic gallery is dedicated to the nature and beauty of Patagonia.

Buenos Aires

What to say about this city has not ruins pre-Hispanic, ne historical buildings famous, ne tropical beaches, ne large carnivals. It's a city mix of cultures of different origins with a considerable presence of Italians. Also the architecture reflects the multiethnic culture, we find areas of the city that resemble to the great Spanish centers or neighborhoods that resemble those in Paris or Milan. The city has a structure of orthogonal roads between them, they are some arteries that cut and walk from one end of the city. A peculiarity of this city is represented by an apparent architectural contrast where, with great roads with large spaces and large squares intersect narrow one-way streets lined with tall buildings in different styles. 
The Avenida 9 de Julio represents a record, eight roads (four for each direction) for a total of 24 lanes separated by green medians for a width of up to 140 meters, impossible to cross on foot in a single transit. Along this major thoroughfare there is a 67 meter high obelisk which represents the "national monument" of Argentina which was erected in 1936 to celebrate the fourth centenary of the founding of the city.
The real heart of the
Buenos Aires is represented by the Plaza de Mayo, notorious around the world for what happened in this country during the last military dictatorship (the parades of the mothers of desparecido). Today the square looks like any central square of a big city, the well-kept presidential palace, the well-kept central garden, all clean, the sign of what happened in the '70s is represented by handkerchiefs drawn on the streets of a small obelisk present in the square (the Piramide de Mayo). Among the various city districts the most characteristic, known and tourist is La Boca. In this neighborhood (barrio) many Italian immigrants settled, it has always been a world unto itself so much so that in 1882 a group of young decreed by Argentina cleavage founding la Republica de la Boca. Typical poor neighborhood where the houses were built in some of them colored sheet in bright colors. The sidewalks were really high (reached the meter) and protecting the houses from the frequent flooding of the Rio de la Plata, whose waters rise rapidly when the wind blows from the southeast, high water similar phenomenon in Venice. The most representative feature of this district is the Caminito that looks like a construction that tapers to a point. This name was given in honor of the famous tango of Coria Penaloza although originally the true name was given to a railway embankment that was passing in that area. The neighborhood is popular with tourists and this attracts tango dancers who perform in the streets, more or less improvised artists who sell their themed paintings and street vendors that offer soft drinks, juices, ice cream and more.
Interesting flea market of La Recoleta in the church of St. Elmo area. It is a very diverse market, both for the offered goods and for the colorful and quirky characters, street vendors who dress extravagantly or according styles of centuries past. No shortage of Tango performances through the narrow passages of the market, everything to increase the interest and attraction for tourists, however, the market is worth a visit.



Penisola di Valdés

In route from Buenos Aires that should lead us to Patagonia, we stop to admire the Valdés Peninsula, where are concentrated many species of marine animals. The peninsula is a tract of land that stretches into the sea connected by an isthmus to continenete with two gulfs, one in the north called Golfo San Jose and one in the south called the Golfo Nuevo. The latter is a wide stretch of sea where whales are protected (Southern Right Whale) to give birth and wean calves. In the period from May to September here we are found many of these cetaceans that have the characteristic of being covered with irregular calluses that allow you to distinguish a whale on the other. In this period we are organized trips out to sea with small ferries that take tourists in the areas most frequented admiring the evolutions that these whales do, sudden out of the water, jumps and turns that surprise given the amount of these cetaceans, a truly spectacle addictive. The organized tours use large boats which lapping part of the peninsula where there are colonies of fur seals and sea lions and elephant seals big, clumsy animals all in their development when they are down, but quick and agile in the water. In the colonies there is always agitated, screams and disagreements between sea lions to find spaces to lie in the sun (as if here lacked the space !!!) and "roars" by the sea lions from the dark coat and yellowish hair that face to protect their harems.

Just south of the Valdés Peninsula we find Punta Tombo, a reserve home to a large colony of Magellanic penguins. This penguin, compact in size (no bigger than 70cm) lives along the Atlantic coast of Patagonia and Punta Tombo is a place where it is to reproduce, this means that the population of penguins varies significantly throughout the year. Even these penguins are monogamous, when you form a pair, the link between the two is forever, the male has the task svavare a hole for hatching eggs or occupy an existing hole abandoned. The holes are on an internal hilly area away from the seashore forcing these clumsy animals (on the ground) in long transfers. The female lays eggs and the male broods never abandoning the nest until hatching. The female comes out to sea to get food for her and the male, the female often remains absent for several days and the male throws lures that look like a dirge but useful to target the female to locate the nest. To us these sounds appear all the same but they are different and allow the female to orient themselves in return. The visit to the site is regulated so as not to disturb too much the daily life of these animals, fixed and binding paths, observation points, etc.
 

Patagonia

bosco pietrificato in argentina
Leaving the Valdés Peninsulawe head towards the mythical RUTA 40 southbound so entering the most authentic Patagonia, large spaces, joke steppe from the constant wind, a few towns and roads with very little traffic. One of the first points of tourist interest is the Geological Survey of the Petrified Forest Reserve, a real field of petrified trunks of conifers remained in the same position in which, in the lower Tertiary (65 million years ago) were buried under tons and tons volcanic ash. A silicon mineralization process, present in volcanic ash, slowly penetrates into the wood up to replace the organic matter while maintaining the same molecular structure. The slow leaching of the soil brings to light these trunks. Suggestive the visit to this site, the area has a gray ground and the trunks that emerge here and there, are of a reddish yellow color. Continuing south along we find The Caves de Los Manos, a complex of caves overlooking the southern edge of the Rio Pinturas canyon on which there are the paintings that decorate the walls of these caves. These paintings are the work of a population of hunters who live in these areas after the last ice age and date back to different periods characterized by different styles. The oldest propose hunting scenes with guanacos (Patagonian the sinbolo animal) which is flanked by positively handprints obtained resting his hands dipped in the color on the wall. Other paintings focus attention on just guanacos with different scenes and are accompanied by hand imprints in the negative. The colors ranging from ocher to yellow to red to violet, impressive intense and vibrant colors. Looking away from the paintings, it affects the natural beauty of Rio Pinturas canyon with steep rocks of different colors and evocative shapes.


The tour continues heading for the lake Posadas, a lake little frequented by tourists as it is considered uninteresting, but it is not so .... In this desolate area there is the possibility to do trekking quiet or challenging depending on your taste, entering in full contact with nature, easily meeting animals, eagles and other birds, a pleasant experience that ends in the only ranch in the area that hosts small groups of tourists gladly.
Going on towards the south to El Chalten, the aim is to be able to take an excursion to see the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre two famous mountains from the form of meta rocky cliffs of mountaineering enthusiasts from around the world who faced with the technical difficulties of climbing and the harsh outdoor conditions. Unfortunately the weather conditions are very bad, low clouds and rain will not let you see anything, patience.
Now we are approaching the end of this tour focusing on El Calefate locations from which we start to see the best of the National Park Los Glaciares. In this area, divided between Chile and Argentina, there are huge glaciers which are continuously fed by the big storms that rage throughout the year on the Cordillera. The large amount of snow falling crushes the one below that turns to ice which "glides" slowly down the slope (a few meters per year). This phenomenon is shrinking in recent years as a result of climate change, glaciers are no longer growing but one of the Perito Moreno that continues to grow and expand.
The sailing tour on two arms of Lake Argentino is a truly remarkable experience, on board large and comfortable boats comes first the front of the glacier Uppsala and then the front of the Spegazzini Glacier. The fronts offer an impressive and fascinating spectacle, as well as the long tongues of the glaciers are lost in the mountains as to hide their origins. While navigating in these arms of Lake Argentino cross several icebergs, some of which are very large, others take fruit curious shapes of a dissolution in layers, others have cavities that are glimpsed the inside, others bursting create strange shapes, each one different from 'else but all to admire. The most famous Glacier Park is the Perito Moreno that stretches for five kilometers with an average height of 60 meters above the water. The visit to this wonder is guided by predetermined paths and binding with large pitches where you can admire the glacier front at a safe distance, you security because sometimes break off of ice blocks that fall into the lake raising big waves. When you approach this giant that is incredible is the noise given by the movement of the glacier, short but intense "crunches" follow one another due to the enormous pressure that the front suffers from behind ice. And 'common witness, as happened in my case, the posting of large chunks of ice as big as a house, a remarkable sight for both the dip in the water and for the noise that looks like a cannon shot.



Iguazù

It is the most northerly of Argentina at the confluence of the Rio Para and the Rio Iguazu on the border with Brazil and Paraguay. It is the ideal spot to admire what has been called "one of the seven natural wonders of the world", the great waterfalls. Famous is the phrase uttered Eleanor Roosevelt when he visited: "Poor Niagara". The falls are developed with an arc shape, a kind of big U with a total opposite of about 2.7 km and with an average height of 70 meters. The total flow of the falls varies during the year depending on the season, in the dry season (winter in Argentina) it comes down to values around 1,200 cubic meters per second to reach close to 4,000 cubic meters per second values (4 million liters per second) in the rainy season. In winter the least amount of water reduces the beauty of the falls, in the period of higher flow rate is raised too much steam that greatly reduces the visibility, the ideal is to visit the families in the intermediate seasons. The border between Argentina and Brazil bisects the falls resulting in the Argentine side and the Brazilian side. The Argentine side is wider and spectacular it is recommended before visiting the Brazilian one, maybe in the morning. To do this you need to cross the border with inevitable passport control procedures. The Brazilian side of the falls can be reached easily by car, a path of about 1.5 km to admire the opposite side (the Argentine) although at a certain distance and reach the most beautiful and scenic spot under the waterfall called Garganta del Diablo . This first contact with the waterfalls is breathtaking, the noise is very high, large amount of steam and so much but so much water coming down impetuous.


The Argentine side of the families are reached by going to the Iguazu National Park, created to preserve one of the last of Argentina's subtropical rain forest portions. Enter the park you arrive at the reception center where he began to reach the falls. You may face this journey of several kilometers on foot (on forced paths) or by using a narrow-gauge train, always full of tourists especially in the first leg with queues, sometimes for hours, so it is recommended to arrive early in the morning just It opens the park. After this pleasant walk in the lush forest, we come to an end where they begin walking paths over long walkways that allow you to go over the river and reach the various points of view in the vicinity of the jumps. This visit commits several hours and not only for the distances to be covered but for the charm that carries the show, you would want to stay for hours admiring a short distance away the power and greatness of nature. Some routes are very close to spectacular jumps, it seems to touch the water falling. And 'necessary to have waterproof, bodies heads, screens for cameras and / or electronic apparatus, for the considerable presence of splashes and large amounts of water vapor. But it's worth it, and as if it's worth, these points are so close to the jumps of the falls the sound is deafening, the steam penetrates under your clothes, you have to take off your glasses (if you wear them) if you want to see something but would not go, come kidnapped by the sight and admiration. In this Argentinian side, the face of the falls is about 2 km and is never fully visible, only in some places of the paths, allowing steam, you are able to admire some parts of 7-800 meters. After 3-4 hours of this vision it falls (on foot or by train) with the knowledge that he saw a unique show of its kind. Although expensive, there is also the possibility of a helicopter excursion to the opportunity to see from the set of waterfalls, hike that lasts a few minutes flight at a safe height to avoid the turbulence generated by the ascent of the vapors and reduce noise pollution.

Argentina 
photo albums

Series of albums with the most interesting and curious photos taken during the whole trip in Argentina.

Argentina
photos gallery

Photos slideshow collected in a single gallery to the most remarkable shots of Patagonia

Argentina
curiosities

There are many curiosities of this country as the history of the Gaucho, the Calafate legend the origins of the tango .....

Buenos Aires
climate

Buenos Aires, climate
Buenos Aires, climate graph, month by month with days of sunny rain, rainfall, etc.

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Argentina
in depth

Glacier Park

Heritage of UNESCO this large park is considered one of the most representative from the point of view of nature & landscape.

The Tehuelche

History and culture of the ancient people of Patagonia told through photos on display in the Museum of the Glacier Park El Calafate.

Valdés Peninsula

Wild and attractive peninsula heritage of Unesco is a place rich in marine animals to be admired at a short distance.

Stone forest

La Reserva Geological Bosque Petrificado José Ormaechea is a site where the petrification of the trees of the Tertiary is visible.


Trips near
Argentina

Brazil

A great nation that offers the tourist large spaces, a wild nature, beautiful beaches and life ....

Peru

viaggio in Perù
Inca territory with many archaeological sites, rich in colonial culture and with an incredible wild nature ....