One of my biggest regrets is not seeing more of Argentina, it's huge and we saw very little. But hey, it gives us an excuse to come back! We've learnt from it as well and now travel slower.
We flew into Argentina landing in Buenos Aires, a massive upgrade from the long haul buses we had been travelling on. When we arrived it was a national holiday meaning most of the city was shut down for the couple of days we were there. Not good news, but in hindsight what we were greeted by was a blessing in disguise. It was the longest outdoor market I've ever seen, now i'm not usually one for shopping and markets, but this place has its own set of unique stands, full of any type of art or craft you could name, that went on street after street. And that's not even mentioning the street food! All day I ate, it was heaven! Italian, Mexican, Spanish and Argentinian dishes to meet everybody's needs. The most memorable for me being an 18oz steak sandwich, that literally tipped me over the edge from being full to stuffed. For those of you that don't know Argentina does amazing steak and this sandwich wasn't about to let me down before I retired back to our hostel.As it was a holiday we decided against taking a trip into the notourisly dangerous Boca area of the capital and it also meant I wouldn't get to watch one of the Argentinian football games I had been hoping for, but hey steak was good enough for me.
So we left the capital for the Iguazu falls, for those of you don't know the Iguazu falls are a set of 275 waterfalls that cross the Argentina-Brazil border. The Argentinian side offers the most close up interactive views of the two sides. You literally reach out and touch the falls from numerous bridges and paths you cross. It's easy to spend hours here; getting in and out of the water, hopping over streams and taking bridges over rivers. The water roars over the edge and falls right beside the paths you walk, it's not a surprise that you become absolutely soaked to the bone within minutes. Our day was spent taking it all in, finding viewpoints to get ourselves a different perspective and then to finish it all off we managed to get ourselves on a boat ride that went as close to under the falls as humanly possible. A good finish to a very interactive experience.
That was all we managed in Argentina, more of a see you soon than goodbye as we left for Brazil.