There are 150,00 gauchos in Argentina who hunt and herd cattle. Their romanticised lifestyle has turned them into folklore heroes like the American cowboys. To find a real life gaucho you have to visit an estancias or ranch.
Argentina is a huge country so a couple of days hardly scratches the surface. Its the eight largest country in the world and second only to Brazil in South America.
The capital Buenos Aires has three million inhabitants.
Famous for the Tango Argentina is also known to us for Eva Peron mostly thanks to Evita the musical. The Falkland Island dispute which I remember well even though in was in 1982 is something else you think of.
Sailing along the coast from Rio you arrive at Buzios. a stunning archipelago with twenty three beaches, it is the holiday playground of the rich Brazilians.
We took a tour round some of these beaches and and each was was better than the one before with soft sand and wonderful views.
Its been in the news this week that a British woman was shot in her car after accidentally entering a favela . We always walk around on our own in any city that we visit but we did feel the need to be more cautious in Rio than many other places. We deliberately steered clear of any areas we thought looked a bit seedy especially at night.
But there is an essential sight to see in Rio despite it being in a tough area – a favela.
Today was to be a relaxing day on one of Rios famous beaches. We tried, we really did, but beaches just aren’t our thing.
The Jardim Botanico
I do love a botanical garden. JP has been
frogmarched escorted round gardens all over the world. He is even beginning to know the names of some of the specimens.
On our South American cruise we knew we would not have much time in Uruguay but due to the strong winds we had even less time than we expected.
Nevertheless we were determined to at least explore the beaches and high class shops of Punte del Este .