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Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Toward the end of our work and travel in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina we had a week or two to decide where to visit from our Buenos Aires base. Pantanal? Estancias? Uruguay or Montevideo? How about one of the natural wonders of the world, Iguazu Falls?

Iguazu isn’t exactly next door to Buenos Aires. Only Patagonia would be further out of the neighborhood. Which meant airfare there would be expensive (foreigners pay a higher rate for domestic airfare than Argentines). But, we discovered we could take our favorite mode of travel to Iguazu – the cama bus. We could buy a first-class bus ticket which included seats that folded nearly flat into a bed; sparkling wine and proscuitto for starters, and malbec and beef for dinner. A traveler can read or watch one of a couple of movies on the private screen at each seat and arrive in the morning. The cost was around $180 USD round trip compared to $350 USD round trip airfare. Today the costs are $310 USD bus RT and $464 USD airfare RT.

Lots of colorful creatures in the humid climate.

Iguazu Falls are on the Iguazu River which forms the border between Argentina and Brazil. It is considered one of the premiere parks in South America, both for the natural beauty and the impressive, natural infrastructure the Argentine government has installed. The falls span a linear distance of nearly 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles) with the river broken up by islands on the fall’s edges. Sturdy, metal platforms reach between the islands, taking visitors to the most impressive falls.

Approaching the Devil’s Throat

Most of the river pours through a narrow horseshoe-shaped area called the Devils Throat (garganta del diablo), which is 82 meters high and 700 meters long. The sound and the spray are impressive. I forgot my umbrella.

Argentina Wine Country

Although the headlines have barely changed since I first visited Argentina in 2005, Argentina is hot!

Great food!

Lunch at Postales Argentina

Great wine!

Malbec at Finca Adalgisa

Amazing scenery!     Wine Country!

Vineyards around Estancia Colomé

Here are a few ideas for visiting the wine country. It’s not just Mendoza, which gets most of the press. There is also Cafayate in the north, which is where a lot of Argentina’s popular white wine grape, Torrontes, is grown.

It is also near the home of one of the more amazing wineries and hotels you might ever visit, Bodega and Estancia Colomé. Way off the beaten track and equally off the grid, Colomé is owned by the Hess Group which also owns Hess Collection in Napa and Peter Lehman in Australia. It is a sustainable resort, vineyard and winery, that produces its own power and food and is at the forefront of biodynamic agriculture. The vegetables, rabbit and the pork on the menu are grown on the property or by locals in the small community.

It seems that there are as many places to stay in the Mendoza area as in Buenos Aires. One of our favorites is Finca Adalgisa. A small boutique hotel with a small boutique winery that was started by Italian immigrants.

Finca Adalgisa

Another wonderful place, set in the vineyards with the Andes looming to the west is Postales Argentina. I realize that we have put up two pool shots, but it was 104 degrees F when we were there. Hope you understand.

Postales Argentina

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Going to Argentina?

I realize that most of us in the Northern Hemisphere plan a trip to South America during our winter and their summer. But, for those of you who like to avoid the crowds, or who are planning to ski the Andes, we wanted to throw a couple of hotel choices your way.

Maybe winter would be a good time to visit Buenos Aires for those tango lessons you promised yourself?

In this amazing city, you have so many places in all budget ranges. Then, you have to make the hard choice of neighborhoods: San Telmo, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo, Palermo Hollywood, Palermo Viejo, Palermo . . . . . . OK, that’s enough of the hip Palermo sub-neighborhood choices.

But, one of our favorites was in Palermo Hollywood. You’ll truly feel at home at The Home Hotel. A little bit hip, a little bit retro, but all class.

The rooms are stylish, to be sure, and you can have basic, or you can go waaaaaaayyyyy upscale. Like a two-floor suite, with your own private sundeck for tanning your naughty bits and a private pool that is one roll and a bounce away from your bed.

There are great restaurants in the neighborhood, but you’ll be happy with the included breakfast and might find it hard to leave at all, since the restaurant and bar do everything well.

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