Posted in Events on November 8, 2013
Recently moving into a new private loft in Palermo Soho, The Anuva Wine tasting is a perfect way to sample the many amazing wines that has made Argentina one of the most popular wine producers in the world.
Salta and Jujuy are the most northwesterly provinces in Argentina, situated around 930 miles (1,500 kilometers) from Buenos Aires. The provinces’ close proximity to the Andes and Bolivia has resulted in prevailing indigenous and rural cultures thus a region of Argentina that will feel far removed from its Europeanized urban centers. Prior to Spanish arrival, Argentina’s northwest was a hotbed for indigenous groups, most notably the Diaguita-Calchaquí people. In fact, today when traveling around the region today you can frequently encounter communities of Quechan people.
There’re myriad things to do in this region of Argentina and it’s also one of the cheaper areas to travel. Visit the picturesque towns of Humahuaca and Tilcara to see how Andean cultures continue to thrive. Rent a car and take a road trip through two of the country’s most dramatic and scenic routes, the Quebrada de Cafayate and Quebrada de Humahuaca. Tour the bodegas of the Calchaquíes Valley in Cafayte, which is famous for growing the Torrontés grape. Admire colonial architecture in Salta city then catch El Tren a las Nubes, a train that trundles through the mountains to a plateau some 13,845 feet (4,220 meters) above sea level.
The Mendoza province sits in the western-central region of Argentina, just over 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) west of Buenos Aires. The province shares a border with the provinces of San Juan, San Luis, La Pampa and Neuquén. Its capital is also Mendoza, a city famed around the world for its vineyards and wine production. The western edge of the province shares a natural border with the Andes Mountains; Santiago de Chile (Chile’s capital city) is about 235 miles (380 kilometers) further west.
Spanish conquistador Pedro del Castillo established Mendoza in 1561 and for a little over 200 years it belonged to the General Captaincy of Chile, which was a colony of the Spanish Empire. Following the creation of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata in 1776, Mendoza became part of an area known as Cuyo de Córdoba del Tucumán. This region then separated to form the Cuyo Province, in 1813. General José San Martín was Cuyo’s first governor and from Mendoza, in 1817, he led an army across the Andes in a successful bid to liberate Chile from Spanish rule.
Situated in the north easternmost corner of Argentina in the province of Misiones and spilling across the border to Brazil is the spectacular Iguazú Falls. Also known as Iguassu Falls and Iguacu Falls, no matter what you decide to call it, there is no denying that this is one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls. To put it into some kind of perspective, Iguazú Falls is four times as wide as Canada’s Niagara Falls. Making it so special is the fact that it is not just one waterfall but a collection of 275 individual cascades that line a 1.7 mile (2.7 kilometer) wide horseshoe-shaped gorge.
Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca became the first European to find the falls. He arrived in 1541, during his quest to reinstate the then settlement of Buenos Aires. The first inhabitants of the region were the Caingangue people, a native group that resided in the southern provinces of Brazil. Then came the Tupi-Guaraní people. A tribal legend states that when a woman and her lover tried to escape along the river a god cut the river in half thus forming the falls and punishing the lovers. The name Iguazú comes from the Guaraní word for big or great water.
Photo Taken on iPhoneography Tour
We wrote about Foto Ruta in BBC Travel back in November of 2011. Foto Ruta is a unique city tour that combines photography with discovering Buenos Aires. Their original tour consists of a photography class followed by being sent out onto the street armed with certain photography “clues”. These “clues” serve as a basis for capturing certain scenes or moods. For example, when I originally went on Foto Ruta, it was around Halloween time. Each “clue” had a Halloween type vibe to it, for example “twilight hour”, “traveling Ghost” or “haunted stairway”. The idea is not shoot each clue literally, but to use the clues as inspiration for framing certain shots or scenes.
A year and a half later Foto Ruta has become quite popular, offering new types of tours and expanding to new cities like Santiago, Chile. One of their newest tours is called “iPhonography” and puts the focus on the art of smart phone photography. Being a wanna be photographer who passes my time on the street snapping photos with my iPhone (follow me on instagram), I had the pleasure of tagging along for an iPhonenography tour.
The other week I had the pleasure of attending Bröeders Beer Night at NOLA. NOLA, a closed door restaurant which serves Creole dishes, is the creation of Liza Puglia, a chef from New Orleans. NOLA has quickly become one of the most popular closed doors restaurants in Buenos Aires.
Recently, Liza has teamed up with Francisco & Marcelo Terren of Bröeders Artesanal Beer to create a special night every Thursday at NOLA which combines multiple beers tastings with a 3 course Southern dinner prepared by Liza.
We have recently updated our Buenos Aires Neighborhood Guide section adding 24 new Neighborhood guides.
The following neighborhoods have been added.
With its lavish stately homes and plush hotels, Recoleta is considered by many to be the most affluent neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It is also an area of immense historical interest, namely the impressive Recoleta Cemetery.
Nuñez is the northernmost barrio of the Capital Federal zone of Buenos Aires, after which begin the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires Provincia. The neighborhood is well-known for possessing a large following of River Plate Football Club, aka Los Millionarios (The Millionaires).
Buenos Aires has a lot to offer, but something that it has always lacked are fast, convenient places to eat something healthy-ish on the go. For example, a deli that makes a sandwich with fresh ingredients, healthy wraps, salads, etc. For a lot of us, we don’t want to spend a lot of time on eating lunch, we just want to be able to get some fuel in us and not have to worry about sitting in a restaurant and waiting a half an hour for a dish. For a long time in Buenos Aires, the only fast food options (besides mcdonalds, burger king, etc) were to grab a pancho or hamberguesa or a gross ham and cheese or milenesa sandwich from a kiosko. Obviously not things we want to be stuffing our faces with everyday.
Buenos Aires is well known for its fashion shopping in Recoleta and Palermo Soho, but as one begins to wander around the many streets and barrios of BA, they may start to notice certain streets containing stores of the same category, for example a street where all the stores are computer stores. There is no specific name for these kinds of streets, the closest I have found is called “Calles por Rubros” (Streets by item). The same is true for Galerías, which can be considered “mini malls” and are often hard to spot. Some of them might contain stores all pertaining to the same type of goods, for example, electronics. There is not a lot of information on “Calles Por Rubros” or Galerías on the internet, so this guide is a result of personal experience over the years. I have come across these streets by either accident (passing in a taxi or walking by) or from recommendations by people when I was searching for some specific item.
AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko
Argentina is definitely not as cheap as it once was due to continued inflation each year. While the value of the peso has gone down in relation to the dollar over the years (when I first arrived in Buenos Aires 3 years ago 1 US dollar = around 3.9 pesos at the official rate, today 1 US dollar = 4.6 pesos.), the rapid rate of price inflation has made the effects of a stronger dollar vs. the peso minimal. For example, let’s say a beer cost 10 pesos in 2009 and today it costs 20 pesos (I am not using exact data here, just hypothetical.). That beer that was 10 pesos in 2009 cost 2.56 dollars. The 20 peso beer of today costs 4.33 dollars. So while the peso has gotten weaker in relation to the dollar, someone’s purchasing power who has converted their dollars to pesos is still weaker.