Why Buenos Aires truly never sleeps

Yerba Mate is a kind of tea served traditionally in a hollowed out gourd called a mate (see photo) and sipped through a straw-like device called a bombilla. Introduced to the world by the Guarani Indians of South America, it is now common to see people in Buenos Aires carry their mate and a thermosRead more

Staying close to home

By air or land, traveling in Argentina this week has had its problems. Porteños were stranded on Tuesday when subway workers failed to report to work. Forced to find alternative means of transportation, long lines formed at bus stops and 250,000 more cars crowded the city streets. Meanwhile underground, a battle for workers’ rights ragedRead more

Connecting on a cellular level

Have you ever wanted to use your existing mobile phone abroad without racking up all the international charges? I have figured out how to do it—at least in Argentina. I have a contract with T-Mobile and I received my phone as part of the package. The thing is, most big cell phone companies provide theirRead more

Competing for customers in Colonia

Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay, is a quiet, laid back kind of town with cobblestone streets lined with sidewalk cafes. Located just across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires, visiting Colonia makes for a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city—whether its for the weekend or just for the day.Read more

A bustling necropolis

La Recoleta Cemetery is a city of the dead, yet it is teeming with life. Feral four-legged felines wander the labyrinthine passages and sleep in, on or between the mausoleums—the final resting places of presidents, dictators, artists and rich merchants. Perhaps the most-visited resident is Eva Peron. On any given day, the narrow pathway leadingRead more

By any other name it is still a tourist trap

While Iguazu Falls may be the main event for most visitors to the area, there are other things to do and see in the town of Puerto Iguazu and along Route 12 which leads to the national park. It’s just a question of whether they are worth a visit. Aripuca, for example, displays more thanRead more


If you think running full speed into a massive waterfall is crazy, then don´t try the Nautical Adventure tour offered by Jungle Explorer. As you can imagine, we did try it and it puts the Maid of the Mist to shame. Furthermore, those blue rain coats are for sissies! I knew it was going toRead more

On the trail of the puma

The early morning hours are the best time to visit Iguazu Falls. Not only because the tour buses haven’t arrive, but also because the animals haven’t gone into hiding–scared by the people or the drown of the helicopters hovering over the falls (see right). Even so, many of the noturnal critters, among them jaguars andRead more

Wet and Wild

We have arrived at Iguazu Falls last night. When Eleanor Roosevelt visited, she declared, “Poor Niagara.” Located along the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, the falls are more than a mile wide. We are headed there today to hike. More later. Visit far-flung places any time, by clicking here.Read more

In the Halls of Congress

While tango in Argentina is a year-round event, the months of February and March are like “tango on speed” thanks to the Buenos Aires Tango Festival. During the festival, tango and milonga music can be heard for free in the city’s parks, squares, open spaces and last night, at the Congreso Nacional (see photo atRead more

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