everything a girl could want....
Argentina Travel Blog› entry 5 of 9 › view all entries
Argentina is a great country, with so much diversity in landscape and experiences. From the uber-cool Buenos Aires, to the chocolate rich friendly Bariloche, the falls and the cattle ranches up north, some mudbrick homes, new modern homes and then the beautiful old cathedrals and plazas. Everywhere the people are so friendly and distinctly and proudly Argentinian. It is easy to travel through and reminds me a lot of home. Everything a girl could want - sexy cowboys, shopping, chocolate, dancing, beautiful landscapes, wineries and waterfalls.
In El Bolson, a little hippie town with great icecream i spend the last few days with the crew i met in Futalaefu.
I needed a little bit of time to relax alone so I packed my bag and headed off on a hike near Bariloche for 3 days. The landscape is magnificent, with jagged rocks balanced atop steep mountains, green valleys and little refugios on the edge of lakes, waterfalls and forests and rocky slopes. It is perfect and I feel rejuvenated immediately. I hike alone during the day, sliding down scree slopes and skinny dipping under a cold waterfall.
Buenos Aires. The city i could live in. Except maybe i would spend all my time and money shopping, eating steaks and ice cream, dancing til 8am and not much else. And i see family for the first time in months! My sister, Claire and her boyfriend Tom are starting their trtavels through South America.
The nightlife is a bit unique in BA. We dance in a club with clowns and dancers that culminate in semi erotic dancing on stage at 6am. Then we visit a gay club where some of the best people watching are the trannies in the girls bathroom refining their makeup. And big world name clubs and little places underground. And one of the best places in South America to mix with locals.
Well I did make it to the cemetry which is beautiful and somber, and full of cats. With Evita Peron´s mausoleumThe stark white tombs against the greying sky creates a memorable picture. And San Telmo to wander the markets and El Bocca with the multi coloured wood buildings by the port, both places where you can watch dancers tango in the street.
Claire, Tom, Katie (a friend i met in Brazil) and I go to Iguazu Falls. We saw it from every angle, including from a zodiac right underneath the waterfalls - literally - which are strangely different temperatures. We know we are going to get wet, and we get soaked, but Tom in speedo, goggles and a life jacket is still hilarious! Love the poses! We catch a little train to the Devils Throat where a torrent of water thunders down 80m, starting from and amazingly calm wide river. So much water churns through the narrow gorge, fed by many other falls in a horseshoe shape - Iguazu has 275 falls which cascade down over cliffs and through jungle. It is stunning.
Argentina is the place to gaucho it up. The Gauchos are the very proud cowboys of Argentina and great horsemen - they live on horseback.
From Salta the 3 of us rented a car and drove through some of the most diverse and magnificent country I had seen.
Salta was a great place to hang out and I met some awesome travellers whilst laying by the hostel pool. The highlight was a night out with Claire to a restaurant in an old colonial home with many different rooms. In each room there are different groups of locals singing and playing music. Really casual and you can wander from room to room listening to the music and trying your best when they drag you up to dance the Argentinian way. Chewing coca leaves and drinking cheap wine with coca cola.