Located in the northern most tip of Argentina, Iguazú Falls is uniquely surrounded by 4 countries - Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and of course Argentina. This natural wonder literally has hundreds of waterfalls (in less than a 2 mile distance) and was recently chosen as one of the 'new' 7 natural wonders of the world. The surrounding tropical forest and humid climate makes Iguazu a completely unique experience to the rest of Argentina.
Prior to showing up at Estancia Los Potreros, I had been on a horse exactly three times over the course of 10 years. To say I am a novice is an understatement of enormous magnitude. The big draw of Los Potreros is that you go on two rides every day! By the end of my short stay, I had gone on four (amazing) rides and clocked in well over 12 hours of riding time. I think that makes me an official beginner now!
For those of you that read my Destination: Argentina Post, you will recall that spending time at an authentic Argentinian ranch (estancia) was a really important wish list item for me when planning my trip. I fortunately stumbled upon Estancia Los Portreros which far exceeded any expectation that I could of had for staying on a ranch in South America. Warning: the pictures do not do it justice!
Gauchos are the traditional cowboys of South America and can be found in Argentina as well as Uruguay & Brazil. Their livelihood is based on taking care of cattle and horses and traditionally were a nomadic culture that went from ranch to ranch helping as needed. They are a national symbol of Argentina, much like the US cowboys, and are known to be strong, honest, silent types, with expert horseman skills.
In a city filled with great food, stunning architecture, vibrant color and beautiful people - I must say that the trees are what stole the show. There is an enviably amount of greenery in Buenos Aires from its parks to its city streets - this is a place that truly embraces nature. Here are a few of my favorite green finds...
Buenos Aires is a city bursting with color, you will see the full range from soft pastels to vibrant jewel tones. The beautifully painted frescoes throughout La Boca to the quaint little flower shops on each corner, reveal the love for color here. This post is nothing but a shameless display of my favorite eye-candy moments...who doesn't love a little color therapy on a gray winter day?
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