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February found us heading off to Buenos Aires on OAT's Andes to Patagonia tour and extension to Iguassu Falls to start our journey through Patagonia.

Buenos Aires

Located shores of the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. It's a multicultural city with many ethnic and religious groups; its version of Spanish is colored by its Italian heritage.

The majority of citizens have European origins, mainly Italian, German and Spanish. Indigenous peoples are excluded as a lower class.

The La Boca district of Buenos Aires is the home of the Tango. The dance originated in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires. The music derived from the fusion of various forms of music from Europe. The word "tango" seems to have first been used in connection with the dance in the 1880s related to the African slave word "tango" (drum or dance place).

Buenos Aires Gallery

Bariloche sits on the shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake east of the Andes. It is a resort city catering to skiing and hiking.

In many ways it resembles an alpine European city. Surrounded by lakes and mountains, it's a scenic locale.

Bariloche Gallery
Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas is a resort "City of the Roses" on the shore Lago Llanquihue.

Two volcanos dominate the skyline, Osorno Volcano, Mt. Calbuco, and Mt. Tronador. The town has a distinctive German architectural flavor.

Chiloe Island

Accessible only by ferry, the island maintains a unique style which is endangered by the construction of a new bridge. It has many UNESCO World Heritage churches.

Ancud , a city on the northern shore of the island, was founded as a city-fort by the Spanish in 1767; all that remains today is the battery of San Antonio.

Castro serves as the capitol of Chiloe Province, but is famous for its colorful stilt houses (palafitos) and Nuestra Senora de Gracia wooden church.

Penihuil Wildlife Sanctuary , southwest of Ancud hosts nesting sites for Humboldt and Magellanic Penguins as well as Red-legged Cormorants.

Chiloe Island Gallery
Punta Arenas

This city is the gateway to the Antarctic Peninsula, Torres del Paine, and Perito Moreno Glacier. It's situated on the Strait of Magellan, accessible by ferry, air, or road through Argentina.

Nao Victoria Museum has replicas of Magellan's Nao Victoria , Darwin's HMS Beagle , and Shackleton's James Caird .

Punta Arenas Gallery
Torres del Paine

This national park is home to the Cordillera Paine in Chilean Patagonia.

Most famous peaks are the three Towers of Paine (blue). We saw a variety of wildlife including condors, rheas, flamingos, and guanacos.

Grey Glacier flows into Lago Grey and provides a picturesque setting for enjoying the Torres.

Torres del Paine Gallery
El Calafate

This city lies on south shore of Lake Argentino. It provides easy access to Perito Moreno Glacier , the world's third largest glacier. It is a popular tourist resort because of its accessibility by air.

It's one of the few sustaining glaciers; it adds snow and ice at the same rate it loses ice.

El Calafate Gallery
Iguazu Falls

Located at the confluence of the Iguassu River and the Pirana River, the city borders Paraguay and Brazil.

Yacutinga Eco-Lodge, isolated in the Argentine rain forest is a model of sustainable living in an endangered ecosystem.

Iguazu Gallery