A place that has been on our list from day one is Perito Moreno. An enormous glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park close to El Calafate. We have heard so many good things about it from other travelers, but nothing could prepare us for seeing it up close.
When I think of cozy I imagine myself sitting on a very comfy couch, drinking a warm cup of coffee (tea or hot chocolate if you prefer) admiring a mountain lake through the window of a welcoming wooden cabin. This is how life can be around the lake region of Argentina. Keep reading!
We arrived in Mendoza last Thursday (Feb 2nd). First things first, I need to mention that buses in Argentina (Andesmar and Flechabus in particular) are AMAZINGLY comfortable. Their buses include WiFi, meals, wine, whiskey, and some even play bingo for free bottles of wine! This is a big plus when traveling because some distances are very long, more than 20 hours.
Back to Mendoza… a fairly large city, the 4th largest city in Argentina and the largest wine producer in Latin America. There are many activities one can do here: hiking, canopy tours or zip lining, rafting, bungee jumping, skydiving, horse riding, etc. Despite all of this, being the good wine-o’s we are, the main reason why we wanted to visit the area was to visit wineries and drink!
Here we go again, on the road, this time to Cachi. The town of Cachi is less than 200 kilometers from Cafayate, but not many people go because the only way to get there is a long, bumpy, dirt road: route 40. We decided to do it. We heard from locals in Salta and read on various blogs that the scenery along the road is beautiful. Keep reading!
Day Two – Chasing waterfalls and wine tasting in Cafayate
An early start in Cafayate helped us feel energetic and motivated for our next adventure. We had heard about a hike to 3 famous waterfalls at the tourist information office the day before and it was also one of the guided excursions that they were offering in town. Since we had a car already we decided to find them by ourselves without a guide. We arrived before anyone else and there were no signs of where to start the trek. We wandered around and found a little old lady that was opening her empanada stand nearby. She told us to start at the Colorado river and just follow it up the mountain. Seemed easy, right?! Keep reading!
A long 23 hour bus ride from Iguazu brought us to one of the most popular areas of northwestern Argentina: Salta. This colonial town surrounded by the Andes is more than 450 years old. Around the main square “Plaza 9 de Julio” are the Cathedral, some museums, coffee bars and ice cream stores. Adam officially fell in love with empanadas, so we made it a habit to go every day to the plaza at sunset for a coffee and a few empanadas.
Plaza 9 de Julio, Salta
San Francisco Church in Salta
Church in Salta
The Salta Province is very big and tough to explore by bus so we decided to rent a car and road trip Keep reading!
Recently we were lucky enough to visit one of the greatest natural wonders of the world: the Iguazu Falls! Shared by Brazil and Argentina, this set of waterfalls is a natural beauty almost impossible to imagine. We spent our experience on the Argentinian side. A short 30 minute ride on a local bus brought us to the front of the national park. Once inside, you can choose from several hikes that show off different angles of the stunning falls. We did them all in approximately 5 hours.
The first waterfall we saw is called the Garganta del Diablo (in Spanish) or Devil’s Throat. To get here we took a train and then walked for another kilometer. Devil’s Throat is an incredibly loud and impressive waterfall where about half of the river falls into a narrow chasm with a drop of about 250 feet. Keep reading!
This is a neat spot where three countries all meet: Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. I’m taking the picture from Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, Paraguay is to the left and Brazil to the right. The rivers dividing them are the Iguazu and Parana.
Tonight is our last one in Buenos Aires. I took a stroll this evening around Palermo SOHO and as I walked back, looking at the people sitting outside the restaurants in the plaza, walking their dogs in the park, and a local singer playing live bossa nova in the street I was already missing it. This is our first little experience living in a big city and we loved it! Our highlights in the last ten days are: completing our Spanish and photography classes, visiting one of the nicest neighborhoods: Recoleta, , witnessing our first real tango experience, and tasting the pizza at a famous local restaurant: El Cuartito.
On Wednesday evening we attended a Milonga at an underground salon called “La Catedral”. After some searching we spotted a normal random door without any sign marking it in the middle of a busy street in the city. We climbed a set of dark stairs and found ourselves in our first tango dance hall. Keep reading!