Sealions, Tango, and Waterfalls – Argentina has it all
As we left Ushuaia it began to snow, and little did we know that in a few days time we would be wishing for the cold climate of southern Argentina as we made our way north. But before getting too far out of the cold we stopped at a King Penguin colony. The penguins have only been coming here to nest for the last 6 years, and it was incredible to be able to get so close to these fascinating and beautiful birds.
After a few days of driving and camping along the beach we reached Puerto Madryn, an old Welch whaling colony. There are a few protected sea lion colonies here and Luke and I decided to book a trip out to snorkel with them. I was a bit nervous getting into the water after seeing a few huge males swimming around, but it was such a cool experience. The young sea lions came right up to us, just like curious puppies, to play.
Our next stop was the beautiful city of Buenos Aires. It was hot and humid, but such a great place to wander the streets. We were warned that it can be dangerous here, lots of people get mugged, but we had no problems and never felt unsafe. There is beautiful graffiti decorating any unused space, and the most amazing steaks on every corner.
The night life in BA only really kicks off at around 2am, and the city parties all night every night. It’s hard to keep up for someone who likes to go to bed by 10pm! I did go to a Tango show/lesson one night. The lesson was a bit of a write off as we started on the wine beforehand, but it was fun to learn a few steps and the show was amazing. Tango originated in Buenos Aires in the 1900’s as a dance between men trying to impress the ladies.
We visited the famous cemetery in Recoleta where Eva Peron is buried. Her tomb is not overly impressive, but the cemetery itself is worth a visit, full of elaborate marble mausoleums.
The last stop on our Argentinean itinerary was Iguaçu Falls. Right on the border with Brazil and Paraguay the falls are so impressive. About half of the river flows into the narrow chasm called the Devil’s Throat, but there are hundreds of other little falls that cascade over the edge making it unlike any waterfall I have ever seen before.
We visited the falls from the Brazil side as well, and it is worth it to go to both as they give very different views. On the Argentina side you spend most of your time above the falls, but get better panoramic views from Brazil.
To sum up Argentina in a few words is impossible. We have loved the dramatic scenery of Patagonia, the beautiful beaches along the east coast, the wildlife and the vibrant cities. It is a brilliant country with friendly people, worth making it a priority on your places to visit.