Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Argentina from the Mountains to the Ocean

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Argentina from the Mountains to the Ocean

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Byline: Corey Bertalli Manager Grafton Travel

ARGENTINA has shaken off the terrible financial and social uprisings they faced back in the late 1990s to early 2000s to become a major tourist destination once again. Yes it is a long flight from Australia to get there but so is flying to Europe and we all would do that trip if we could. So why not a holiday to Argentina? They love the same things we love, sport, good food and wine and an outside lifestyle. Some of Argentina's beaches would rival ours, an example would be Mar del Plata.

Mar Del Plata is 400kms south from Buenos Aires, the premier Argentine beach destination. If you end up here on a summer weekend, you'll be guaranteed to say 'Wow, this beach is crowded more so than the Gold Coast.' There might be a couple of places where you could get in a few swimming strokes without taking somebody's eye out, but mostly it's shoulder-to- shoulder, sun-frazzled bodies. After spending a few days on its comically packed sands, watching street performers on the beachside Plaza ColE[thorn]n or exploring the wonders of the port, however, you might get the sense of adoration that the country feels for this place. During the week, and especially outside of summer, the crowds disperse, hotel prices drop and the place takes on a more relaxed feel. Out-of-season holiday makers will find that Mardel is a large city with plenty of attractions other than its beach.

By far the most visited tourist site in Argentina is Iguazu Falls, composed of more than 250 separate cascades and straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls (or "Cataratas", as they are known locally) are quite simply the world's most dramatic waterfalls. Set among the exotic-looking subtropical forests of Parque Nacional Iguazu in Argentina, and Parque Nacional do Iguacu in Brazil, the Falls tumble for a couple of kilometres over a complex set of cliffs from the RE o Iguazu Superior to the RE o Iguazu Inferior below. At their heart is the dizzying Garganta del Diablo, a powerhouse display of natural forces in which 1800 cubic metres of water per second hurtle over a 3km semicircle of rock into the boiling river canyon 70m below. …

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