More than 10,000 new books are edited annually in Argentina, and many of them are the work of local poets, novelists, essayists, dramatic artists, writers and scientists. The international Book Fair, that takes place every autumn in Buenos Aires, gathers hundreds of thousands of attendants who are able to get in touch with authors from the five continents. Argentina is Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2010.As known by all of us, Borges is the giant of the Argentine literature.
During the second half of the XIX century the typically Argentine and epic characteristics appeared in the literary production through the gaucho’s poetry, but it was “Martin Fierro” by José Hernández, which gained an important place in the universal literature. Translated in to 54 languages, it shows the qualities of this countryman, his values, struggles and greatness.
Contemporary authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Leopoldo Marechal, Victoria Ocampo, Ernesto Sábato, Eduardo Mallea, Juan José Saer, Manuel Mujica Láinez, Julio Cortázar, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Marco Denevi, are examples of sensitive interpreters of loneliness, passions, social behavior and customs. Their works have been translated into different languages, and are very well known by literary people and intellectuals all over the world.
DAY 01: BUENOS AIRES
Welcome Dinner at Pura Tierra Restaurant
Pura Tierra offers a great introduction into traditional Argentine Cuisine, showing its influences from the different immigrant cultures that populated this country with the native ingredients that this land has to offer, all around a central concept – a traditional clay oven.
DAY 02: BUENOS AIRES
Walking tour begining at Plaza de Mayo, the oldest square in Buenos Aires.
Casa Rosada balcony frequently used by Eva Peron, to address the multitudes of the descamisados.
Av. de Mayo restaurants, bars and Cafes can be seen all along this street.
The House of Culture, former La Prensa Newspaper Building. Constructed in 1898 the grand exterior has imposing cast-iron doors, curvy lamps, bronze ornamentation, carved granite, and a Mansard roof, like the Louvre in Paris.
Tortoni Cafe Argentina’s oldest and most famous café. Within Café Tortoni’s heavy-set oak-panelled walls, at its green marble tables, have sat some of Latin America’s most celebrated intellectuals, artists and politicians alike.
Palacio Barolo built by Italians Luigi Barolo & Mario Palanti in honor to the father of their language, Dante Alighieri, it plays tribute to his epic poem ‘The Divine Comedy’. Its three sections represent the three books of the poem; Hell, Purgatory & Paradise. Its 100m height represents the 100 verses, and 22 floors for the number of stanzas in each verse, along with many other numerical & architectural tributes.
Teatro Liceo the oldest theater in Buenos Aires, founded in 1872 where a an actress called Eva Duarte performed on her way to a moderately successful stage, film and radio acting career. The small fame she achieved gave her the opportunity to meet politician Juan Peron, the pair quickly married in 1945,and the newly-named Evita Peron soon became one of the most famous first ladies ever.
Abasto neighborhood home of tango singer Carlos Gardel.
Palermo, hundred years after Borges first lived here is no longer a place of romantic decadence as it once had been, but instead it blares from music store speakers and through clothing boutique windows. This area known as Palermo Viejo (or “old” Palermo) has become a hip neighborhood full of youth and espresso.
A special ride in a Mateo, a four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with a folding top, is special to go sightseeing around Palermo.
Floralis Generica the sculpture made of tons of stainless steel and aluminum. A nifty mechanism opens the six pedals of this huge flower in the morning and closes them at night. This flower represents all the flowers of the world.
El Ateneo Bookstore, the bookstore to end all bookstores, at least in South America, is the majestic and stunning El Ateneo on Avenida Santa Fe in Buenos Aires. Where else can you sit in a theater box and leisurely read a volume of Neruda, or have a coffee where Carlos Gardel once performed?
DAY 03: BUENOS AIRES
Today you will enjoy a full day Northern Districts Visit.
San Isidro, is a suburb of Greater Buenos Aires, one of the wealthiest regions of Argentina.
Tigre, on the shores of the beautiful and mystic delta. From there, you will take a boat for one hour of navigation through the Delta. Our delta is the third in the world as regards size, following the famous Nile River Delta (in Africa) and the Amazonas River Delta (in the North of Latin America). Back to Tigre Pier we will visit Paseo Victorica.
Promenade Victorica. It is the coast walkway, street and pedestrian way along the Luján River, ideal to discover all the attractions offered by Tigre and its Delta.
Villa Ocampo is the house of Victoria Ocampo, one of Latin American’s greatest cultural figures, founder and director of Sur magazine. The house is famous for its list of distinguished visitors who came to Argentina invited by Victoria: Rabindranath Tagore, Igor Stravinsky, Le Corbusier, Albert Camus, Graham Greene, Federico Garcia Lorca, Andre Malraux, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Saint-John Perse (Alexis Leger) among many others. Villa Ocampo was also a regular meeting place for Argentine writers, among them Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares, who met there for the first time in 1931.
DAY 04: SAN ANTONIO DE ARECO
San Antonio de Areco a small village near Buenos Aires founded on 1730, after a short City Tour we will take you to the Ricardo Guiraldes Museum.
“Don Segundo Sombra” is the name of one of the most famous novels written by Ricardo Güiraldes a classic of the Spanish literature, translated into thirty languages and dialects.
Enjoy a delicious Asado Criollo (barbecue) served with fine Argentine wines, at a ranch. Before returning to Buenos Aires we will stop at the Workshop and Museum of Draghi´s silverware, where you may observe the process of making a genuine piece of silverwork.
DAY 05: BUENOS AIRES
La Boca Neighborhood
Around 6 million foreign immigrants poured into Argentina between the years 1880 and 1930, in which time Buenos Aires quickly turned from small town to heaving city. About 50% of these people were Italian, and many of those were from the port town of Genoa, Italy.The majority of these Italian immigrants started to work in the port, just as they had done in Genoa. The Genoese proudly brought their unique identity to La Boca, and one of their old traditions was to paint the outside of their homes with the leftover paint from the shipyard – as nothing else was available or could be afforded.
Museum of Decorative Arts Quinquela Martín La Boca’s Fine Arts Museum continues with the aim set by its founder, painter Benito Quinquela Martín
What Quinquela Martin did was to rescue bits and pieces of the original immigrant conventillos that were being torn down and replaced, and used them to create a concentrated conventillo community around this small street, in what is essentially an uninhabited open-air art and history exhibit, and officially the world’s first outdoor pedestrian museum.
A “Fileteado” technique demonstration in San Telmo
San Telmo is one of the most typical districts; it was inhabited by aristocratic families until the yellow fever epidemic in 1871.
Zanjón de Granados complex is one of the most inspiring architectural experiences in Buenos Aires. A 175-year-old mansion that leads to a series of underground tunnels that go back to the city’s early settlements
Our day will end at Dorrego Square: On Sundays and on holidays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. jewels, clothes, shoes, toys and a variety of old objects are exhibited at the antiques market place. Many street artists, such as tango dancers, singers, mimes, painters, and photographers meet there.
DAY 06: BUENOS AIRES/IGUASSU
Iguassu Falls are located at the border with Brazil and Argentina.The Iguazú Falls are the highlight of the Argentine/Brazilian rainforest.
Excursion to Argentinean Falls
Today you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Falls during a walking tour through the passages that connect the different observation points for a panoramic view of the falls framed by a myriad of rainbows.
Nautical Adventure, boarding a twin-engine inflatable. We cruise up into the canyon, shoot several rapids, and arrive to the very base of the majestic waterfalls.
DAY 07: IGUASSU / BUENOS AIRES
Excursion to Brazilian Falls
Iguassu falls are the greatest waterfalls in the world, thay consist of 275 cascades spread nearly 2 miles including the famous ‘Devil’s Throat’.
Panoramic Tour of Puerto madero Neighborhood, the 170 hectares of Puerto Madero make it the most expensive area in the city as well as the safest. Despite being the least populated neighborhood (no more than 300 inhabitants) and the one with the fewest streets, it’s the one that has received the largest investment in the last years.
Farrewell Tango Class, Dinner and Show at Tango Porteño
The ultimate tango experience in Buenos Aires this evening before dinner you will lear your first tango steps joining a group class at Tango Porteño.
Menu Dinner & Tango Show will end the night.
DAY 08: BUENOS AIRES
Today you will board your flight back home.
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