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A week in Argentina

Story by Amaresh Ray February 1st, 2014

I spent nearly three weeks in South America in 2013 - a week of which was spent travelling across three cities in Argentina. From Puerto Iguazú to Mar del Plata, here's my story.

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IGUAZU FALLS

The Iguazu falls lie on the border of Brazil and Argentina, however the Argentinian side is meant to have the better views. I flew into Foz do Iguacu on the Brazilian side and crossed the border, arriving at Puerto Iguazu after a short ride.

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Buenos Aires

San Telmo, the oldest barrio (district), breathes the history of Buenos Aires. It's characterised by its colonial buildings along narrow cobblestone streets and cafes.

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Steak is serious business in Buenos Aires and El Desnivel is one of the most famous parillas in San Telmo.

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LA boca

One of the most colourful and touristy neighbourhoods of BA, La Boca is famous for two things - Boca Juniors football club and Caminito, which is home to the city's many tango artists.

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Superclásico

I was lucky enough to get to see the Superclásico between Boca Juniors and their cross-town rivals, Riverplate. This was a pre-season game that was being played at Mar del Plata, a beach town 400km south of Buenos Aires. I was surprised to find out that kick off was at 10pm - even more surprising was the fact that the stadium was packed nearly three hours before kick off!

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Intense rivalry among the fans results in frequent violent clashes. Huge queues outside the ground formed as a result of the airport grade security that tried to prevent supporters from carrying dangerous items inside.

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Footnote: All photos taken with my Panasonic GF1 and 20mm pancake lens
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