Fun things to do in Argentina

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    Patagonia

    by tompt Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    Patagonia is an area of great natural beauty. There are several different places to visit, like the coast at Peninsula Valdez and Punta Tombo, or the glaciares at Glaciar NP. We visited all of them and liked it very much. See the travelogues for the pictures.

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    Punta Tumbo

    by tompt Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    Punta Tombo reserve is home to the world's largest colony of Magellanic penguins (close to 500,000 penguins).
    Spending much of their lives in the water, these penguins return every year to the Patagonian coast to court, breed, and raise their young.
    Many penguins that nest at Punta Tombo burrow underground.
    Penguins have lifelong mates. The female will lay one egg, and both male and female will share the two month incubation. Once the baby penguin hatches, the parents will forage for food, feeding the chick by regurgitation until it can fend for itself. After the chicks learn to swim, the family will return to the ocean and migrate north to southern Brazil.

    The first penguins arrive in September and stay here up to mid March but the best season to see them is after November, once the chicks are born.

    More pictures in our travelogue.

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    The El Ateneo Bookstore

    by sophisticate Updated Jan 13, 2005

    This is hands down the most beautiful bookstore I have ever seen. Housed in a repurposed cinema, each level of seating contains racks and racks of books/music and the stage is a cafe. As a bonus, a lot of the employees speak english.

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    The rose garden in Palermo

    by sophisticate Updated Jan 12, 2005

    Buenos Aires outdoes itself with city parks. You can't walk more than a few blocks before running into a small plaza. The ultimate park in Buenos Aires is in Palermo where you can walk around a lovely rose garden, row around the lake, visit the zoo/botanical garden/Japanese garden, or pick up a soccer game.

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    Feria de Matadores

    by sophisticate Written Jan 12, 2005

    If you have a free Sunday while you in Buenos Aires, visit the Feria de Matadores outside of the city center. This festival celebrates gaucho culture with singing, dancing, parilla (bbq), crafts and riding contests. The guidebook will tell you to take the bus, but it is quicker and affordable (10 pesos ~ 3 dollars) to catch a cab.

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    Visit Carlitos

    by sophisticate Written Jan 12, 2005

    Take the train out to the main Chacaritas cemetery in Buenos Aires (you can't miss it - it's the size of a small city) and visit the grave of famous tango singer Carlos Gardel. His fans consider him a saint and put flowers and lit cigarettes on his tomb. If you go on his birthday or death anniversary, you'll run into a pack of aging tanguistas who would love to sing and dance for you. If you're really lucky, they'll let you go down in his crypt to touch his coffin (seriously..)

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    Iguazu Falls, Amazing Wonder

    by Waxbag Written Dec 7, 2004

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    These falls are among the top sites I have ever experience. It is not that you just see the falls, but you feel it. It is a multi-sensory experience.

    There are so many neat little spots that you find out of the way of other tourist and I have a nice moment or a bit of lunch. You can just sit and relax and watch the never ending water fall over an enormous drop.

    The Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat) is so amazing to me I still don't believe it. The amount of water that falls into a sea of white that has not apparent bottom is nearly as awesome as the roar that vibrates your whole body.

    You can also take a zodiak to the base of one of the falls from the Argentine side, if you really want to get wet.

    The parks in Brazil and Argentina are increadible excessible. Both sides should be seen as the experience varies at both. Argentina has the up-close Garganta view, and is more intimate with all of the falls. You can get close the falls and enjoy more of the rainforest. There is a nice rainforest trail on the Argentine side as well. On this trail you may see monkeys. Brazil's side of the falls gives you a better panaramic view of the falls. You might have a better shot here at getting the nice rainbows of the falls, and of course there well be coatis everywhere.

    If you have time, do both. Sunny days are the best because of the brilliant and numerous rainbows.

    Accomadation in Puerto Iguazu in Argetina is numerous and cheap. I here Foz de Iguacu in Brazil is just as good if not nicer.

    Public Buses frequently leave both towns to the falls. Go early before the crowds arrive.

    $10 US for entrance from Argentina Side

    $5 US for entrance from the Brazil Side

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    Parque Nacional Los Glacaires

    by Waxbag Written Dec 7, 2004

    Los Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful off all the parks in this world. This place is just gorgeous! Within its 600,000 hectacre boundries is the third largest continental ice sheet, Argentina's largest lake, one of the most popular hiking trails in the world, and what some consider the "Eigth Wonder of the Natural World" the Perito Moreno Glacier.

    There is plenty to do here. You can take boat trip of Lago Argentina and see some of the larger glaciers and icebergs in the channel. You can visit the Perito Moreno Glacier and watch the ice calve to create new icebergs (a visual and auditory experience), and you can hike in the fantastic Fitz Roy Range. Other activities such as horseback riding are also available.

    The town of El Calafate is a good bases to do these activities. There is plenty of accomodation, stores to stock up on supplies, nice restaurants, and pubs.

    See my Parque Nacional Los Glacaires and the Fitz Roy Range for more information.

    Calving Moreno Glacier
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    Iguazu Falls

    by stevepreece Written Nov 4, 2004

    Quite simply AWESOME.
    There is a Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt "Poor Niagra", I haven´t been there but my wife has and she concurs whole heartedly with Mrs R.

    The setup is excellent with a train to drop you off for walking trails and lookouts. You can get right up close to the falls. Drenched by the huge spray clouds etc great fun.

    If you´ve been to the beautiful Victoria Falls then just think bigger, much much bigger.

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    Caminito's in La Boca!

    by phoebelosophy Written Sep 14, 2004

    You simply MUST see the colourful caminito's in La Boca. Even though it is a very touristy place, it's a must-see for the beautifully-painted buildings and cheerful locals ready to dance the tango for a few Argentine Pesos.

    There are also heaps of artists that come to La Boca to sell their paintings and artworks. Although they're not all cheap, you can grab a bargain if you can haggle the price down!!

    Great shopping too, but watch out, it can get quite exhausting and hot if you go in summer!

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    Perito Moreno Glacier

    by phoebelosophy Written Sep 14, 2004

    Wow! This is the one word that kept rolling through my mind as our boat slowly came up to the amazing Perito Moreno glacier!

    The freezing wind and biting cold didn't bother me once I was up close to the glacier.

    It was funny how everyone was waiting for chunks of the glacier to fall off. It was an awesome experience, listening to the cracking of the ice and trying to shield your eyes from the blinding white with your sunglasses!

    Perito Moreno Glacier
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    The Mausoleum of Evita

    by phoebelosophy Written Sep 14, 2004

    You can't visit Argentina without seeing the tomb where Eva Peron (or Evita, as she is better known) is buried. OK, so my sisters and I had a little difficulty locating it (we should have studied the map harder!) but the whole experience of walking through the cemetary was both chilling and incredible.

    The one thing I wondered about: why were so many cats attracted to cemetary's? Not only was Recoleta's cemetary filled with them, but other cemetary's around South America also housed lounging cats. I wonder if anyone has any clues to this strange behaviour???

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    Parana Delta

    by luiggi Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    The Parana River delta is a huge forested marshland about 20 miles northeast of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The area is a very popular tour destination. Guided boat tours can be taken into this vast labyrinth of marsh and trees. The Parana River delta is one of the world's greatest bird-watching destinations. This image highlights the striking contrast between dense forest and wetland marshes, and the deep blue ribbon of the Parana River.

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    Fiesta Gaucha

    by luiggi Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    This is a visit to a typical "estancia" of the Argentine wet pampas, one of the most fertile natural prairies of the world and famous for its meat and cereal production.
    The guest will be received with "empanadas", "asado", good Argentine wines, and will be able to enjoy folkloric songs, dances and a show of Creole skill.

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    Chacra El Monje

    by luiggi Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    The farm Chacra del Monje (El Hoyo de Epuyen), has its own production of homemade jams and natural bee honey, we can also have a ride on an old cart pulled by oxen or just enjoy a delicious barbecue and have for dessert selfcollected raspberries.

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