This will be my last post talking about Argentina, so don’t worry – soon it will be back to your regularly scheduled injury-related rants and random nonsense. Y’all seem to be enjoying my pictures, though, or at least you are kind enough to lie to me and tell me you do, so thank you in advance for indulging me one final time.
After our time in Ushuaia, AJ and I headed back to Buenos Aires for a final 2.5 days. The only real thing on our agenda was a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, which is the oldest city in Uruguay and is located just across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires. We got there in about an hour on a ferry! We had heard great things about the city – it’s called the “consummate day trip from Buenos Aires” and it is easy to see why. It feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of BA. The old town of Colonia del Sacramento (Colonia) is a UNESCO World Heritage site complete with original Portugese and Spanish colonial architecture. It’s amazing that the town is in such great shape, and it’s a fun place to take a walking tour, shop for antiques, and eat at sidewalk cafes! And hey, another passport stamp never hurts either.
Standing outside the entrance to the old village – a lot of the wall is original, although the arch has been rebuilt What pretty much every building in the old town looked like! T-Rex Mom would have died and gone to heaven with all those flowers. Calle de los Suspiros – the Street of Sighs! This completely original street was home to the town’s prostitutes until the 1960s, hence the name! Pretty amazing that the buildings have stood the test of time for so long. I’m sure that the entire purpose of this wagon is for pictures exactly like this, but I could not possibly care less.
As you can see from the pictures and posts over the last few weeks, our trip to Argentina was amazing. I have a lot of friends who travel and many who have been all over the world, but I have never heard any of them talk about going to Argentina. I guess it’s not a popular destination for the U.S., but for the life of me, I CANNOT figure out why! Argentina is a huge country and it has something for everyone, whether you are looking for a huge, bustling city with tons of culture, a trek through a rain forest, hiking, glaciers, adventure – it has it all! Not to mention, the country is extremely well set up for tourists and everything is very easy to navigate and understand. Although speaking Spanish will definitely make your life easier, many people also speak some English. Cabs, steak, and wine are cheap – what more do you need? Many other things are in line with American pricing, but it’s definitely not as expensive as most European countries. The people are incredibly friendly and welcoming! I truly can’t say enough good things about each and every person we met along our trip, from cab drivers to hotel staff, tour guides, waiters, locals, and more. Argentina is very different from other countries in South America, particularly places like Peru and Ecuador, in that it has a very European influence and very little evidence of the indigenous culture. It’s fascinating, fun, and honestly, not to be missed! I’ll spend the rest of my life telling people to visit Argentina, and I know AJ will too. Seriously, put this place on your bucket list – you will not be disappointed.
We capped off our perfect trip with another late night and fun day with Cristina and Stefano before heading back home.
Ok, I’ll leave you all alone about Argentina for now. Next stop on the Wanderlust Express tour – Dubai in October! I’m going with my best friend Lauren (we went to Japan together, as you may recall) and we can’t wait! I guess I better get planning!
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