Early in October I had the pleasure of visiting Argentina for a few weeks, my second time in South America. There’s a lot to love about Argentina; delicious steak, great wine, friendly locals, a chance to practice my less than stellar conversational Spanish and getting to witness firsthand one of the most diverse ecosystems I’ve ever experienced.
Plus, I met a lot of other friendly travelers on my trip to trade tips with that made my vacation that much more memorable in hindsight. For example, if not for another US traveler hopping through South America, I would have never known to check out this bizarrely entertaining show called Fuerza Bruta on my last night in Argentina. Or I would not have shared a wonderful dinner with two European scientists while in Mendoza.
Here are a few pictures I took during my enjoyable stay down there. Just a small fraction of over two thousand photos.
In front of ‘La Casa Roasda’, which is essentially the Argentine version of The White House.
La Boca neighborhood. Unfortunately it was raining so there were no tango dancers performing outside.
Downtown Buenos Aires, right next to the massive Obelisk.
A dinner and tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel. These two dancers are apparently a real-life couple, and it showed in their performance.
Outside of The Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires’s premiere opera theater.
Inside The Teatro Colón, where I got to watch the orchestra practice.
Estancia Santa Susanna, a ranch outside Buenos Aires. The gauchos (not pictures) were performing tricks with these horses.
An estate on the Tigre Delta outside Buenos Aires. There were tons of houses and buildings like this along La Rio Plata.
Outside the Glaciarium, a museum outside El Calafate dedicated to the study of glaciology and the Patagonian glaciers.
Very first shot of Perito Moreno Glacier from afar.
On El Lago Argentino getting a close-up view of Perito Moreno Glacier
Another shot of Perito Moreno Glacier.
Heading for Perito Moreno on Lago Argentino.
A FOURTH shot of Perito Moreno Glacier. Believe me when I tell you, I took hundreds of pictures from various angles.
El Cerro de Gloria (The Hill of Gloria), a stature that depicts The Army of the Andes freeing Chile and Argentina.
Another shot of El Cerro de Gloria (The Hill of Gloria).
A panoramic view of Mendoza from atop El Cerro de Gloria (The Hill of Gloria).
About to enjoy some wine tasting at Bodegas Cavas de Don Arturo.
The vineyards at Vistandes Winery.
Checking out the many types of olive oil at Pasrai Olive Boutique.
Local art work in Mendoza. There was a whole wall of these paintings outside Pasrai Olive Boutique.
IGUAZU FALLS, ARGENTINA SIDE
Just arriving at the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls!
There aren’t as many panoramic views on the Argentine side, but you really do get really close to the the falls.
A look down at the lower trails, which I explored later on.
Checking out the lower trails.
At the very edge of the Argentine falls. As you can see, it got very crowded and very wet!
Another shot from the edge of the Argentine side.
IGUAZU FALLS, BRAZILIAN SIDE
Starting off on the main Brazilian Falls trail with a taste of those renowned panoramic views. It only gets better after this.
Butterflies were everywhere!
A close-up look at how powerful the Iguazu Falls are. Its amazing!
Right up on the walkway where you get some of the best views and absolutely soaked!
A glimpse at the walkway that gives a great but soaking view of the falls on the Brazilian side.
While I did travel to Argentina’s more extreme climates, I only got to see a portion of this amazing country. While I didn’t get hit by a big new story idea, tons of smaller ideas came to me various times during my trip. This will definitely not be the last time I vacation here. My only wish is that I recorded more video footage.