Argentina – Iguazu / Buenos Aires
To be honest, I have very little knowledge on the countries in South America. It hasn’t really caught my interest untill recently. I’ve always had a stronger interest in Asia, probably since I’m Asian myself and I don’t speak Spanish or Portugese. But since I’ve got the opportunity to travel for a year I might as well check out what South America has to offer. Hence my more extensive research on the South American countries.
Iguazu Falls (Iguaçu falls)
One of the great natural wonders of the world, the entire area around is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Iguazu falls is actually a huge park with it’s main attraction being the waterfalls. The park is located on the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The city on the Brazilian side is Foz do Iguaçu, on the Argentinian side you have Puerto Iguazu and in Paraguay, Cuidad del Este. Other than the falls, I’m not completely sure what else there is to visit in and around the cities. Apparently my sister’s been there before and said that 1 day should be enough to go sightseeing.
I’ll just name up all the things I can think of when I hear Argentina / Buenos Aires: meat, tango, nightlife and Evita. So I’m really looking forward to learn more about what Argentina has to offer besides great food and sensual dancing.
FoodA quick search on Google gave me plenty of good suggestions on what to eat in South America’s carnivore capital. Better yet I’m not going to bother explaining what there is to eat, I’ll just list it and cross it when I’ve tried it!
- Asado Criolla (grilled meats)
- bife de lomo (tenderloin)
- alfajor (Argentinian kind of “cookie” with dulce de leche)
- chorizo (sausages)
- choripán (similar to chorizo but in a bread)
- panchos (hot dogs)
- mashed squash
Just like how I plan to take a samba class I’m planning to take a tango class or better yet, classes. I’m curious to check out the Argentinian nightlight as it incorporates a lot of latin dances in their more older dance clubs. But there are some things that you need to keep in mind when in a club though: [quote]Tango Eyes:If you don’t want to dance be careful of the eye contact you make. Here, you will not see men physically getting up to ask a woman to dance. He will get her attention with his eyes, nod or make a “let’s go” move with his head. If she accepts she will nod and smile, and they will both meet on the dance floor. The locals here are very friendly and if you are interested in learning tango, asking a local for instructors is the best bet.[/quote]These are pretty much the most touristic things known to me that I would go try out. However there are other activities worth taking a look at.
El Tigre has a quaint amusement park, a great crafts fair on the weekends, a multi-storied casino, and a beautiful river to walk along. A popular choice is to take a boat ride through the Paraná Delta, ideal on a sunny day. There are many tours that go to Tigre, and it’s a great place to get out of the city for a day and get some fresh air.
Spend a night seeing what it is like to be a real gaucho. Live the life of an Argentine cowboy; ride horses, eat traditional gaucho foods, drink traditional gaucho wines and dance like they used to do back in the day. A great way to get out of the city for a day and see another side of Argentine culture.
Montevideo is the pleasant capital city of Uruguay, also a country located in South America. It is situated on the east bank of the Rio de la Plata. It’s easily accessible by ferry from the port of Buenos Aires. A boat trip up should take you about 3 hours in a highspeed ferry boat thing. You can probably visit Montevideo in 1 day and return late at night with the ferry, all depends what time the last ferry leaves from Montevideo. Anyhow, in case I get bored of the sights in Buenos Aires, I might just go take a look at what Uruguay has to offer. There are just a few things I looked up as preparation but I’m sure there’s so much more to see in and around Buenos Aires!