Sunday, April 03, 2005

Argentina

We arrived in Buenos Aires and spent a day there before flying to Salta (in the northwest part of Argentina). We rented a 4X4 Turbo Diesel Truck (Wade fell in love with it) and drove to San Antonio. We originally wanted to take the Tren a Las Nubes (Train to the Clouds), however, it was not running the days we were there. So we tried to drive approximately the same route. The terrain was very arid and unusual.

We drove to the wine region of Cafayate and to get there went through Quebrada de Cafayate (Canyon of Colours). It was a mini version of the Grand Canyon in a multicoloured environment of bright oranges, reds, browns and greens. Many of the rock formations have been named, this one is Los Castillos (The Castles).

Here we are in Cafayate at the Etchart winery. An afternoon of sampling grapes, touring the facility and then sampling the wine. We ended up buying 6 bottles to take home on the plane with us.



Iguazu is in the Northwest corner of Argentina and can be viewed from the Argentinian or Brazilian side. The waterfalls here are amazing and make Niagara falls look small. There are so many waterfalls of varying sizes that it took us the better part of a day walking on a series of catwalks to see all of them.

Back in Buenos Aires right now at Casa Rosada. This is the Presidential Palace where Eva and Juan Peron addressed crowds of Argentinians. This is also where Madonna was filmed as Evita for the movie.



Here we are at one of the Pedestrian Malls in Buenos Aires.

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