Traveller Justine Shapiro explores the world's eighth
largest country, Argentina. Her journey begins in Iguazu
where she visits the incredible Iguazu Falls, which
are almost a mile wide. From Iguazu Justine travels
west to Jujuy, the most traditional
region of Argentina and the first part of the country
to be colonised by the Spanish. She buys a bracelet
made from goat's toenails and drinks mate with the locals.
Her journey then takes her to Salta
to catch the train known as The Train to the Clouds,
one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the
whole of South America. The journey takes three days
and rises to 15000 feet in places. Back in Salta, after
a late night with an English bar owner and his singing
customers, she travels south to Catamarca.
Justine spends a day with the Gauchos,
the Argentinian cowboys and feeds bread to the alligators.
She also attends a religious festival in honour of the
Virgin of the Valley.
From Catamarca, Justine heads to Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, with it's 20 lane roads
and European atmosphere. She visits Eva Peron's grave,
learns to Tango and parties the night away in the city
which is arguably one of the most exciting in the world.
For a welcome break from the hectic lifestyle of the
capital, Justine travels to south Argentina's lake district
and El Bolson. Here she samples the
simple life and visits a fellow American who left the
rat race behind to build his own house here, living
on just $2000 a year. From El Bolson Justine hitches
east to Trelew where she visits the
largest penguin colony in the South Atlantic. In Gaiman
she visits a theme park made entirely of garbage.
The final leg of her journey takes Justine to the southern
most extremes of Argentina, to El Calafate. She visits the mystic caves, beautiful scenery and the Parque Nacional Los Glaciales, a spectacular
sight, where glaciers meet green grass.