Argentina: The Journey Begins
Our flight path, from Miami to Buenos Aires
Argentina is a country of contrasts. And it’s BIG. Boarding five internal flights in three weeks, we sampled four different locales: city life in Buenos Aires and a visit to a pampas estancia (ranch) where gauchos rule the range; the big-sky country of Patagonia at Trelew and the Peninsula Valdes area with its southern right whales, elephant seals, dinosaur skeletons, penguin colony at Punta Tombo, and even a Welsh village with tea shops; Iguazu Falls’ rainforest majesty; and Salta’s multi-colored mountains, cactus forests, salt flats, and high desert where I stood next to a llama and hoped it wouldn’t spit on me. It was all quite amazing, and I’ll be posting more about our adventures in this incredible country
But for now, let’s start with a pictorial gallery. Click on any image below the maps to start the slideshow.
Map of Argentina showing (in red) the four areas we visited.
Although the rooms need upgrading, the front entrance of our “older” hotel in Buenos Aires maintains its elegance.
New bartender? Nope. It’s Jerry at our hotel bar/restaurant in Buenos Aires.
chocolate covered alfajores cookies
A colorful carpet or wall hanging for sale at a shop in Argentina.
Residents in the Salta desert area spend a hot weekend picnicking and playing at a nearby river before summer rains cause the water level to rise.
belts for sale in a leather shop, in the gaucho town of San Antonio de Areco—about 70 miles north of Buenos Aires.
A view of Buenos Aires from the air. Our trip included six flights in and out of the city.
A church in Salta, Argentina.
Tender lamb chops and potatoes (papas) at Sugar restaurant in the city of Trelew, Argentina.
Staircase inside Casa Rosada—the presidential palace and offices in Buenos Aires.
A giant guitar stands guard at a building entrance in the city of Salta.
chocolate brownie dessert in a Buenos Aires cafe.
Rocks and hills show off their mineral colors in Argentina’s high desert.
Intriguing statue in a Buenos Aires botanical garden.
Jerry next to an exact spot on the Tropic of Capricorn line in northern Argentina. Behind him is a giant sundial.
Yours truly in a cafe in the Palermo Soho district of Buenos Aires.
A rock formation known as the Amphitheater in the Jujuy province of Argentina. Inside, a group of 4 musicians played, and an Argentinian tour group sang what we think was the country’s national anthem.
Musicians performing at a folk festival in Buenos Aires
The afternoon moon balances on the edge of a planetarium in Trelew, Argentina.
posing for pictures in traditional dress after a folk festival in Buenos Aires
Throws, runners, shawls and sweaters, many made of llama, guanaco or sheep wool, are for sale at roadside stops.
A herd of llamas hightails it for the hills when our tourist van stops to take pictures in the high-desert region of Argentina.