11/2004 - Argentina 1st part, Buenos Aires, surroundings and Iguazu waterfalls

20-day trip to Argentina visiting Buenos Aires, the Parana Delta, Island of Martin Garcia, the Tigre Delta, Salta, Cafayate, San Salvador de Jujuy, Quebrada de Cafayate, Quebrada de Humahuaca, Purmamarca, Tilcara, Maimara, Iguazu Falls, Trelew, Puerto Madryn, Peninsula Valdes, Puerto Piramide, Caleta Valdes, Punta Delgado, Punta Tombo, Patagonia, Lake Argentino, El Calafate, Puerto Bandera, Spegazzini Glaciers, Onelli, Bolados, Agassiz, Upsala and Perito Moreno Glacier, Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia, Bahia Lapataia, Beagle Channel

We returned from our trip in Argentina not only enthusiastic about the beauty of the places visited, but also touched by the kindness of all Argentines. Two in particular: Laura, Italo-Argentine, known on Internet, which introduced us to Pablo Lomuto, also Italo-Argentine, travel agent. Pablo prepared an exceptional trip as descriptions of these pages are going to prove. I’m writing Pablo’s e-mail because I am sure that those who will contact him will make a “super” trip in Argentina. As a joke, in Spanish, I ‘ve called him the “famosisimo agent especial de viajes Pablo Lomuto” (very famous special travel agent Pablo Lomuto) whose e-mail address is: lomuto@redesdelsur.com.ar

We visited Plaza de Mayo with its famous monuments among which stands the “Casa Rosada”. On the floor of the square are still present, as a memory of a sad past, drawings of white handkerchiefs of “madres de los desaparecidos” (mothers of disappeared people), mothers who still come back every Thursday in this square.

With this gallery I wanted to show some of the most significant monuments of Buenos Aires such as the huge 9th of July Avenue, the Colon Theatre, the billboard that advertises the famous “Empanadas”, the pedestrian street Florida, the luxury department store Pacific Puerto Madero, the bridge of Calatrava, and more.

Artists’ Quarter: in its main square, Plaza Dorrego, with the homonymous old and well-known coffee, every Sunday there is the flea market.

We went to La Boca District, founded by immigrants from Genoa, along the road which is the entrance of the famous football stadium “La Bombonera” where the Boca Junior team plays. We walked the streets of the “old town” called Caminito, with numerous sheet metal houses painted with several strong colours.

We passed through Palermo District with its huge green spaces. In addition to the large public park there are also the racecourse, polo fields, not to mention the many luxurious villas. Not far, another upmarket district: the Recoleta, which is dominated by the colonial church of Our Lady of the Pilar (“Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Pilar”) and the monumental cemetery of Recoleta, where the wealthy Argentines, among them also Evita Duarte Peron, rest in monumental tombs.

We could not miss a visit to an Estancia, a large farm where we spent a really touristic day enjoying the atmosphere of gauchos’ rural life with music, dances and a lunch based on the famous Argentine beef .

Another unforgettable day was the one that Paul organized in the surroundings of Buenos Aires. As soon as we arrived at the Aereoclub of St. Ferdinand, we flew with a small Cessna over the deltas of Tigre and Paranà rivers and we landed on the island of St. Martin Garcia, which is a natural reserve and an historical site. There are several old buildings and, in the southern part of the island, there is a lagoon of stunning beauty. Back in St. Ferdinand we moved to the town of Tigre, where, with a … “crucerito”, we travelled the various channels of the delta on the banks of which there are magnificent villas accessible only by water. It was like being in the lagoon of Venice.

On the border with Brazil and Paraguay we visited the “Cataratas del Iguazu” (Iguazu Waterfalls) an impressive series of waterfalls, breathtaking for their majesty and beauty.