Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls
We passed through Buenos Aires twice, the first time en route to Patagonia and enjoying a full day or two there, and the second time for less than a day en route home from Iguazu Falls. But we made good use of the time, visiting a few of the neighborhoods: the colorful Boca and the iconic Recoleta, the latter home to the cemetery where Madonna...er...Eva Peron is interred. We saw the presidential palace (the aptly-named Casa Rosada, or "Pink House"); went by boat through the Venice-like town of Tigre where people live on the water; viewed the city from above from a rotating restaurant; toured the famous Teatro de Colon opera house; and generally took exchange of the black market exchange rate.
We spent a day and a half at Iguazu Falls on both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. We saw the cataracts up close on a walkway; from above on a helicopter, and from underneath -- where it was very, very, wet -- on a power boat.
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|Buenos Aires. ...known to its inhabitants as "The Center of the Universe". A large and diverse city with a multitude of different neighborhoods and a characteristic French-Italian architecture. It sits on the Rio del Plata, which (per its name) ought to be silver in color but is in fact chocolate brown.|
|Iguazu Falls. One of those places that truly must be experienced to be understood. 275 cataracts producing a million roaring gallons of water per second during our visit, shortly after heavy rains, it dwarfs Niagara.|
|Iguazu Falls Panoramas. Views of some of the cataracts and some of the local wildlife.|
|Iguazu Falls Helicopter Ride. Like it says. Quite the view!|
|Iguazu Falls Boat Ride. Oh yes...right into the falls. Like the Maid of the Mist on steroids.|