Whilst in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I visited the “eco park” at Temaikén. It is situated less than an hour from Buenos Aires city centre and houses endangered and less endangered species, including my favourites, tigers.
There is also a large collection of exotic birds. Parrots, flamingos etc. It was also the place that I discovered that I may have gone through a major change. I may have become child tolerant, although this by no means certain. There were lots of school children in various age groups, touring the park and they did not spoil my day. Strange!
There was an aquarium with a diver cleaning the glass. I trust he is a well paid window cleaner as there were sharks in the aquarium.
Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, was the most vibrant city I visited during my South American adventure. The main streets such as Florida are full of shoppers all day long. Prices are not cheap in Argentina but if you have US dollars, you can take advantage of the “dollar blue” and get more than 50% above the exchange rate in Argentinian pesos from the money changers on the streets although you do need to look out for counterfeit bills .
I went on a guided tour on which I visited La Boca Stadium and also Caminito, a street which is said to be where the tango originated.
La Boca Stadium
Buenos Aires has a lot of narrow streets and is fun to explore. It also has a selection of parks which offer some welcome shade from the sun whilst providing some colour.
I travelled by bus from Buenos Aires in Argentina, to Montevideo in Uruguay. The trip is possible by boat in just a couple of hours but I chose the overnight, 8 hour trip. I had intended to stay for a couple of days but was disappointed, both in the lack of attractions in the city and the cost. It was quite expensive and I decided I would be happier spending the last days of my adventure, in Buenos Aires.
The highlight of my day trip to Montevideo was a visit to the World Cup Museum.
The day after visiting the spectacular Iguazu Falls in Argentina, I decided to rest in the morning and then, in the afternoon, I went for a walk to “Hito tres fronteras“. This is the place where Argentina has borders with Paraguay and Brazil. It was a pleasant walk and a lot less frantic than the previous day´s activity.
Enjoying the walk back to town again afterwards, I was rewarded with a reminder that there is more to Iguazu than the falls.
From San Carlos de Bariloche, I travelled by bus to Puerto Iguazu via Buenos Aires. A journey of more than 40m hours. Although it was a long journey, it did give me a great perspective of Argentina. The sheer size of the country, plus the variety of the ever changing landscape. I was also content as I was nearing the last destination on my current list of places to visit. Lucky me!!
Iguazu Falls is truly a “wonder of the world”.
Starting to Look Interesting
Viewing point for the “Devil´s Throat”.
From the Devil´s Throat, I made my way to the next part of my trip, which was to be the “Eco Tour”. There were some distractions along the way.
Coati eating my cereal bar. (he/she stole it from me)
Inflatables for the Eco tour.
My good fortune continued as I was the only person to turn up for this particular boat ride. Too many people usually means, too much noise and as consequence, not much to see. Not so with just me and my guide/boatman on board.
After being tipped out of the raft on the rapids the day before, I was looking forward to a nice couple of hours kayaking on Lake Gutierrez. That is exactly what I got. There were just 5 people plus 2 experts. We were put into 2 man kayaks. I was with Marco, one of the trainers. Pablo, the other trainer, was in a one man kayak.
After a brief period of instruction, we set off.
Romina and Richard
Myself with Marco
Window in the rock.
It was a lovely, tranquil setting and we went at a gentle pace to enjoy the scenery. We also stopped for breakfast.
Marco, preparing breakfast.
Instruction continues while we have breakfast.
Cool, clear water.
After breakfast, we returned to the starting point, at the same leisurely pace.
Dead in the water.
Fran and Sam
Romina and Richard
Back to base then for a photo call and for me I was off to get the bus to Iguazu Falls.
Marco and Pablo
Me feeling somewhat more triumphant than on the rafting trip.