Buenos Aires, Argentina - we made repeated stops and in the same hotel here to go to Salta, Iguazu and Bariloche (07 4 2006)

Bristol Hotel Argentina 4 star
Opened in 1949 9 de Julei Ave., Buenos Aires City ust opposite the city landmark: Obelisk
Cerrito 286 - Buenos Aires
Tel: ( 54 11) 5252 6400
www.hotelbristol.com.ar
Stayed on:
Buenos Aires ( July 4 – 6 ), ( July 9-10), (July 12-13), ( July 15-16)

The Gaucho
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For many people, gaucho means orphan since they come from two civilizations (the European and the Indian). Possibly the first gauchos were people who broke their ties with the past and chose the loneliness of the great Pampa, where there was water and grass for the cows introduced by the European colonists to graze.

Only an hour away from Buenos Aires, visitors will be able to learn about the typical tasks in the Argentinean countryside, the life of the gaucho and his incredible skill with the "boleadoras" (three stones tied together with a rope which, when thrown, tangle with the legs of the cows and prevent them from escaping), the knife, the lasso, and the use of the correct techniques for salting the best meat in the world.

Dressed with baggy knee-length trousers, a sombrero or beret, a handkerchief round the neck, spurs, and a sharp knife hanging from his belt (which is changed for a silver-coin belt for festivities), the Gaucho skillfully rides through the endless prairies. In the evening, by the light of a campfire and with a delicious roast , the Gauchos like singing their songs.
The Pampas
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Does the term Pampa refer to the Indian tribe which used to live in these never-ending prairies, or did men make use of the name which identified the land? Opinions are divided between the two hypotheses, and there are others who state that Pampa means "flat land" in the Qu�chua language. And thus, visitors will see the flat and level Pampas for hours or even days while looking at vast cultivated areas and sleepy towns which still preserve 19th century brick mansions.

The Pampas plains are amongst the richest areas in Argentina. They have the magic of wide-open spaces with an unlimited horizon, and they are the land of the gauchos, traditional Argentine country men.
The estancias (ranches) in the Argentine Pampas are remarkable because of their varied architecture. They were built in widely differing styles such as colonial Hispanic-American, English Tudor, and classic French. Many of them have been transformed into tourist accommodations.
Towards the Northwest of these plains are the Sierras of C�rdoba. The highest peak, Mount Champaqu�, towers some 2,790 meters above its surroundings. Its fertile valleys contrast with deserts and salt pans, a particularly appealing landscape. Towards the North, scattered chapels and “estancias” begin to appear. These constructions date back to the 17th and 18th centuries, and many of them are a Jesuit legacy.

It is difficult to plan routes in the boundless Pampas. Therefore, in the first place, an imaginary route through the region’s history and landscape is suggested, to be then followed by more concrete proposals.
 

 


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