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Iguazú Falls

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We have enjoyed three days of hiking at Iguazú Falls, located at the very northeast corner of Argentina. The falls are enormous, made up of over 300 waterfalls where the Iguazú River flows from the Brazilian jungle. This is a spectacular sight in a beautiful rainforest setting.

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Larry May who is a friend from many years ago joined us at the Buenos Aires airport and will be with us through our Patagonia travels. For another perspective, his trip can be viewed at http://web.mac.com/thanksdna

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It is much hotter and more humid here than in Buenos Aires. Hiking trails lead above, below and among the many falls and various boats navigate the river and falls. It is an absolutely amazing national park. Amy has spotted blue morpho butterflies and we finally encounter a pair of toucans in the trees on our last morning here.

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The falls are shaped in an assymetrical "U", with the longest extent along the Argentine side. The bottom of the U is the Garganta del Diablo ("Devil´s Throat") which separates Brazil from Argentina.

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Estancia La Bamba

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From Buenos Aires, we travel about 90 miles west to Estancia La Bamba where we spend 3 very relaxing days. After driving five miles on a dirt road in the countryside, we arrive at La Bamba, set among huge trees. We are immediately struck by the overwhelming sounds of the birds that seem to be everywhere, small parrots, humingbirds, doves, hawks.

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The house is a beautiful rancho building that has been a Aldao family retreat for many years. Isabél Aldao is the hostess and she is there for the summer with her children. We enjoy the companionship of the 15 or 20 guests and wish we have more time to spend here. Our room is in the tower.

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Meals at La Bamba are frequent and delicious. Daytime meals are served outside under the trees and in the evening dinner is served at a single table in the dining room and generally lasts until midnight.

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A highlight is riding on the ranch with the gauchos. Cattle, hundreds of birds and incredible views.

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Before dinner, guests gather at the rear of the house to watch the sun set before going in for dinner. La Bamba is an amazing place to unwind and make new friends.

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A week of language school and Buenos Aires street life

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Our week allowed us to continue unwinding while taking language classes in the mornings. The classes have been very helpful, especially in helping to adapt to the "Porteño" accent.

Afternoons and evenings have been spent exploring and dining is a very time-consuming acitvity in Argentina. On Wednesday we spent an enjoyable evening with Juan and Silvia Pfeifer, a local architect and his wife, and their son and his girlfriend who were introduced to us by Theo Kondos. We had a delightful time with them at a diner tango show that was beautifully presented.

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On Thursday, Dave Kell (college and, yes, high school, friend) joined us here and will be with us for the next month. An enthusiastic traveller and master of español, we have enjoyed sharing our early experiences here.

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We have been able to visit some neighborhoods with very lively streetlife. It becomes especially vibrant every evening and even staying out well past midnight, it seems like we go in too early.

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First days in Buenos Aires

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Since arriving in Buenos Aires on the morning of Thursday, January 24, we have spent our time wandering the neighborhoods in the northern part of the city. One could imagine being in an Italian city -- similar architecture and urban geometry. Wide avenues separate neighborhoods with incredible trees and sidewalk landscaping. As expected, the sidewalks are busy late into the night and sidewalk dining is everywhere.

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We have ventured into a couple of familar tourism hotspots, the Plaza de Mayo (uninteresting by comparison to the barrios)...

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....and the Recoleta Cemetery (with amazing architectural fantasies)

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Welcome

We will arrive in Buenos Aires on January 24.

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