Gualeguaychu,St Antonio Areco,Rosario,Cordoba

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
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Trip End Feb 18, 2007


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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Back to Argentina

We return to Argentina via a combination of taxi, walking and taxi. This was to get through a road blockade at the border, which was a protest at plans for the building of a paper mill. We eventually arrive in Gualeguaychu, a small town by a river, popular with Argentinian holidaymakers. After a day lazing in Gualeguaychu, we were off to San Antonio de Areco, Argentina's home of Guacho Culture, where we tour around an historical ranch which is now a museum.

Rosario, Is This Argentina's Finest City?

Our next stop, Rosario, is Argentina's third largest city, and many say it's best. After spending five days here, we agree that it does have a lot to offer. There is a huge river lined with long sandy beaches, several attractive parks, a pleasant pedestrianized city centre, an abundance of good cafes and restaurants and one of the best shopping malls we've ever seen, it's called Alto Rosario, and is a gleaming modern indoor shopping centre skillfully built around huge restored railway sheds.

Rosario looks and feels very much like a European city, it's population coming from not only the usual Spanish and Italian settlers who came to Argentina, but also English, Polish, German and other European immigrants. Therefore, you see a quite a few fair blue eyed people in this city.

Rosario's relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals and manageable size, has also made it easier for us to sit back and get to know and appreciate Argentinian culture than in stressful Buenos Aires.

Semi-British Built La Cumbre

After Rosario, we head to the hills and to the small town of La Cumbre, the highest stop on the British built railway line where the British also built many holiday homes, giving the town it's distinct architectural style. La Cumbre is also on the door step of the Sierra de Cordoba which gave us the opportunity to get out in to the countryside on some day hikes.

Big, but a large step down from Buenos Aires

Cordoba, our next stop, and with a population of 1.3 million people, is Argentina's second largest city. After pleasant Rosario, Cordoba didn't impress us as much, though there are a few good things about the city.

In additional to the large collection of attractive colonial buildings, we especially enjoyed having a beer at a terrace bar on the square where Blvd San Juan meets Avenida General Paz. It reminded us of Plaza Francesc Macia in Barcelona, except here the drinks cost a fraction of the price.

Time to Head North

Next we pull away from European dominated Argentina, and head up to the very north of the country, towards the Bolivian border, where the population and culture will slowly become more indigenous.
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