It’s Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Paris of South America. A place full of wonder and mystery and most of all, beauty. The exotic birds that reside in the blue sky, the trees that sway in the warm breeze, the passionate people, make this beautiful city home for all. What is there not to fall in love with? In my travels throughout the great continent of Latin America, there is only one place that has affected me so deeply as to cause a change within me, one I never imagined, a change I only believed to be within the borders of myths and storytelling’s. It began slowly, the change, inherent and as unassuming as the waves that lap the shore with the promise of rising tide. But I have emerged as an enlightened being from the dark tunnel of ignorant bliss to see that the world is so unbelievably bright and gracious to those who have attained the trained eye and can now view the world in all of its splendid colors.
If ever a traveler finds their way to this rich country I beg of thee to relish in the flavor of a homemade empañada. To stare down over the twinkling lights of the tall buildings and see the beautiful architecture and culture that radiates from the very soil of the country. I ask you to look past the modern appendages and see the profound faith of the Argentinean people in their catedrals filled with artifacts of their history and the Recoleta Cemetery with the large and intricately built mausoleums and statues of loved ones. To see also, the gardens that glow with the love that has been poured into them. On the traveler’s journey to my adopted country, visit each barrio or neighborhood and see how they have come together as a family. That graffiti can become artwork and represent the feelings of the people as they battle corruption. But also look at how brilliant and colorful each unique barrio is; see that each one represents a different story and background, so incredibly rich with culture.
On Saturdays in Buenos Aires visit the outdoor street market set up by the people of Argentina. You can purchase anything from fresh produce to gorgeous homemade jewelry and clothing. Another activity that I would recommend to the more adventurous tourist, would be to visit Complejo Tango a restaurant that allows you to have dinner while watching a tango show. After the meal and the show, you and your guests are treated to a private Tango lesson and upon completion receive a certificate dictating that you have met all of the basic tango requirements.
Another mini adventure that I deeply recommend is to take a short plane ride over to Iguazú. Unbeknownst to most, Iguazú holds within her gentle embrace La Gargantua Del Diablo. While the name may sound borderline sinister, the appearance is quite the opposite. La Gargantua Del Diablo, which translates to The Devils Throat, due to its half moon shape,is the largest waterfall in the world, and one of the seven wonders. To describe it would be performing an injustice because the sight is truly indescribable and must be witnessed to understand the wondrous beauty of it. It is located in the middle of a rainforest and surrounded by stunning wildlife. Before you can even come close to the falls you can already feel the spray and hear the pounding of the water as it barrels over the cliff. As one reaches the falls and looks down over the protective railing you can feel the pure and powerful beauty and culture that embodies the land.
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