La Boca

La Boca: Should I go or should I not?

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La Boca is one of 49 districts in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It truly is a very touristic place and it is a fake scenery built for tourists in a rather poor district, with people dancing tango in restaurants with somewhat poor food.

That’s what I knew before so, I was wandering – should I go or should I not…

If you are a soccer fan you should go for sure, as you can go visit the famous Boca Juniou’s soccer stadium “La Bombera” (engl. “The box of chocolates”), built in the midst of the houses. Impressive in deed. With the Argentinian passion for soccer, I would deeply recommend to get a ticket for a match and I am sure this is unforgettable!

If you are not a soccer fan, you should be into photography, cause the colorful houses built from metal of old boats look really beautiful and you will be able to get some fun shots. Best to go for a hop-on hop-off ride with City Tour Buenos Aires. And be prepared it is touristic at all means.

Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires

Don’t miss the best opera houses around the world

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Throughout all my travels, I never got a ticket for an opera abroad. I either felt I did not have the money (Sydney Opera House), there wasn’t a play during my stay (La Scala, Milan), the affordable tickets were sold out (Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires) or I simply forgot about it (Lincoln Center, New York).  For the future, I decided, that this is going to change – next time I will do my very best to get a ticket once I am near one of the best opera houses of the world.

Sydney Opera House

Every opera house has unique challenges, when it comes to acoustics. Even cultural customs have an influence on the acoustics, like in Italy, where architects have to the effect into account that people bring their jackets into the room instead of giving it to the wardrobe.

Lincoln Center, New York

If you are not fancy for operas, I would still advise you to take a guided tour. Opera houses are an architectural masterpiece. I was amazed by the effort it took, to provide “perfect acoustics”. There are numerous components when it comes to perfect sound: The shape of the room, the material the wall, ceiling and floor are built of and even the cloth of the seats. In order to provide the same acoustic during rehearsals like during the actual performance, the material and shape of the seats have to absorb the same amount of sound, as if a person was sitting on it.

Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires

The world’s widest avenue: 9 de Julio

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The widest avenue in the world has 20 lanes! Seven lanes in each direction plus two additional ones on each side. The name of the avenue, 9 de Julio, is honoring Argentina’s the day of independences  and is located in Buenos Aires.

To built this massive street, an entire row of blocks of houses was pulled down. As  a typical block in Buenos Aires is 110 meters, the avenues has a width of 140 m including the additional two lanes on each side. It can take some minutes to cross the street since you will have to wait several times at traffic lights.

No picture can ever express the enormousness of this street. If you really want a great shot from above, you have to ask very kindly at the surrounding hotel’s reception…

La Recoletta

La Recoleta: Most famous meeting most beautiful angels

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It always feels weird to me to have a cemetery on the “To-See-List” when traveling. When entering the site, I usually feel as if I was simply a curious, spectacle-seeking-stupid tourist, unworthy to visit such an intimate place, which I am entirely unrelated to.

Yet, once I stepped in Recoleta Cemetry in Buenos Aires, the noise of the busy city suddenly stopped and all there was, was silence, beautifully designed tombs and human like vangels along the way. The cemetery feels like a little village of a fictional place of old souls. Walking through the aisles of tombs, I totally lost my sense of timing.

The cemetry is located in the most noble area of Buenos Aires and is a place for the wealthiest and most popular people of Argentina. The most famous and mos visited tomb is Eva Peron’s (better known as Evita), decorated with flowers and little notes from people from all over the world.

We discovered the place with a bike tour from Urban Biking, which I can really recommend! You will find many companies offering all sort of bike tours in Buenos Aires.

Iguazu Falls at Argentinian boarder

Why do waterfalls never run out of water?

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The Iguazu Falls at the boarder of Argentina and Brazil are such an overwhelming natural spectacle, that I had to look up everything in the internet to somehow understand, what on earth is happening there.

The Iguazu River and the Paraná River confluence to an enormous river before 1,756 m3 water per second crash down the edge of 2700 m  of the Paraná Plateau in 275 falls of 60 to 85 m hight. At the U-shaped edge of 150 m – the  “Garganta del Diabolo” (engl. devil’s throat) – half of the river’s flow drops down. Standing at this edge, it is unimaginable, that these masses of water never ever stop running down this edge. The power and speed of the water is like a meditation. A natural spectacle which disables your brain to think about anything else, but what you see and here in this very moment. Looking at this masses of water running down the edge, it is hard to just know, that – unless the source of the river dries – the waterfalls will never run out of water. It’s just such masses of water per second, that you cannot picture, these falls have been running for hundreds of years and probably will be four another couple of hundreds. It is one of the times when reality is beyond imagination.

If you ever plan to visit this place, I can highly recommend to spoil yourself with a stay at one of the beautiful apartments of the Jungle Lodge in Puerto Iguazú.

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Trekking northern Argentina – free your mind

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As much as I hated going for a walk or trekking when I was young, I am loving it today. Maybe I did not have to trick my body with a challenging workout and a breathtaking nature, to stop thinking things over and over. Kids still hold the precious gift to live here and now – neither wasting their thoughts with the past nor the future.

If you wish to stop thinking for a couple of days and happen to travel northern Argentina, I can really recommend a unique 2 day trek crossing the picturesque mountains of the Salta area. Iruya is the village you want to start from. Situated at the end of a two hours dirt road ride in the mountains, you will feel as if you were at the very end of the world. From here you can find a local guide, who will help you trek the tiny paths over the mountains to San Juan (a village with no electricity and 50 people) to San Isidiro (electricity since 2010 and 250 people).

The paths are steep and tiny, so you will mostly have to really watch every step – and at times might need your guide’s hand to help you cross more difficult paths. As it is between 2700 and 3500 m hight, everything is “muy despacio”. People walk and act very slowly. There is no hurry, no schedule but endless time and views. You will feel the energy of the earth which once created the mountains and craters and inhale the unbelievable colors of the mountains which seem to be painted red, yellow, green, pink and blue.

If you look for a perfect place to spoil yourself before and after the trek, you might want to check out Hotel Iruya overlooking the entire village.