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Travel Tuesday: Buenos Aires

October 14, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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For this week’s Travel Tuesday, I wanted to take you guys south of the equator to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nestled on the border between Argentina and Uruguay, Buenos Aires sports South American flair with European charm that can be seen in its winding streets, amazing architecture, and rich culture.  Here are some of the top places to sightsee!


1. La Boca 

La Boca’s rich culture is seen in not only its colorful houses, but also its famous soccer team that calls the neighborhood home as well as street vendors who peddle their wares and tango dancers who use the roads as their dancefloor. La Boca was known as a very popular immigrant destination in the late 1800s and local lore says that the immigrants painted their houses such bright colors from the leftover paints from ships at the nearby docks. One of the best ways to explore the barrio is via bicycle during the day.

2. La Recoleta Cemetery


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Regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries, La Recoleta is the resting place of Eva Peron, as well as other Argentinian presidents and notable figures. The last renovation on the cemetery was completed in 1881 and boasts roughly 5,000 vaults – all above ground – and many of the elaborate mausoleums are decorated with statues.  The cemetery itself is designed like many city blocks, with wide avenues and then smaller “streets” branching off. Free tours are available daily.

3. San Telmo


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Like many other barrios in Buenos Aires, San Telmo has cobblestone streets lined with street performers, artists, and dancers, but the energy of this neighborhood is unlike any other. It is the oldest neighborhood in the city and is the perfect mix of historic and contemporary, artsy and classy. Tourists can get lost on any of the streets, duck into a local cafe for amazing food, or be dazzled by live music and tango everywhere you look.

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Wanderlust Wednesday: South America

May 21, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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South America can often times be overlooked when considering a place for travel. But it reality, it’s one continent that has yet to be touched. While it does have huge metropolitan cities like Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, it is also home to the largest rainforest, largest waterfall, and largest salt flats. It’s enriched with history and beauty in every corner. This is only a small introduction list to the many wonders of South America.

1. Machu Picchu, Peru

These ruins are over 550 years old and rest almost 8,000 feet above sea level. It’s about a two day trip up to the Lost City of the Incas, so make sure you’re in shape before you embark on your journey.

2. Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

At over 4,000 square miles, makes this the worlds largest salt flat. It’s hard to depict where the salt flat ends and the sky begins because the salt acts like a mirror. It’s crazy to believe that this is the result of a prehistoric lake transformed between periods of time.

3. Iguazu Falls, Between Argentina & Brazil

One of the largest waterfalls in the world, with 300 different individual waterfalls all varying in size. There’s catwalks so that you can walk along the top of the falls and peep down at the massive fall. If you do find yourself here, make sure to take the boat ride which brings you up close and personal to the splash zone of these natural wonders.

4. Baños, Ecuador

Zip lining, cliff jumping, hot springs, and swinging at the edge of the world; this is the spot for the adventurer. With so much to offer, this city is a hot tourist spot with something for everyone to enjoy.

5. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

If you travel here during the summer you will get the chance to see a chunk of ice break off, but if you go during the colder months you’ll have the chance to trek along the ice. Whichever journey you choose, you’ll be amazed by the view.