After the high altitudes of Peru and Bolivia we were very very happy to get into Argentina, we were able to breathe again, walk up stairs and no more cold weather. However the best thing was the improvement in food, mainly steak and wine. Its fair to say that we have had the best steak in our lives, they are over 2 inches thick, cooked to perfection, amazing texture and flavour, and incredibly cheap. So much so we have eaten steak 7 nights running and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!!
Our first destination was the town of Salta deep in the wine growing region in northern Argentina, the town itself was nothing special but it was nice to feel clean and relax for a couple of days. A little sight seeing was done, visiting a very European looking square, markets and a cable car up a mountain, but for me it was all about the steak!!
After Salta we travelled to Buenos Aries the capital of Argentina, which had some charm. We spent time walking around the city, seeing the sights and walking by the river front, we also included a trip to Evita’s grave. The grave itself was nothing special but the graveyard was amazing with every grave built as a house to the person or family, each different, some very large and impressive displays and some not so fortunate just had a hole in the wall.
With the Argentine currency exchange being so volatile at the moment there are people on the streets begging to exchange our american dollars into pesos. After Michelle used her negotiation skills, we found a decent exchange rate…..we felt like naughty children as we sneaked off to exchange our dollars at an incredibly favourable rate (we made a 50% profit on our dollars). It’s all completely legal and safe but it still felt like we were doing wrong!!
Michelle gave me 2 options whilst we were here, either join her for a tango lesson or watch a show, some say (well Michelle says) that I took the easy option and wanted to see a show, however I maintain that it’s better to see professionals doing it and my dancing skills would have shown Michelle up! As it was the show was very enjoyable with some good live music and impressive dancing, but I still don’t want to learn it!!
After more steak its time to leave Buenos Aries and head for Iguazu falls.