We’re excited to start our trip in the Paris of South America!  Our group has spent the last two days soaking up the vibes of the people, foods, sounds, and sights of Buenos Aires.

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Empanadas, an instant favorite in the group! Photo by trip leader Steve Byrne.

On our first day, we wandered La Boca, the birthplace of tango and the home to the Boca Juniors fútbol team.

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Trip leader Alessandra and student Gabby take in La Boca on a rainy first day in Buenos Aires. Photo by trip leader Steve Byrne.

With some much needed sleep under our belts, we took the next day by storm. The photographers went on assignment in the San Telmo market, capturing the local merchants and customers, and the emotion of lively Argentinians. The wildlife conservation crew trekked through the city streets to La Reserva Biológica alongside the river. Our local guide, Alexia led us on a tour of Plaza Mayor (where Casa Rosa and the heart of Argentinian political activism is), Palermo (where we practiced the culture of maté), and the famous cemetery in Recoleta (where populist Eva Perron is buried).

Students meet local butchers in San Telmo market. Photo by trip leader Steve Byrne.

Students meet local butchers in San Telmo market. Photo by trip leader Steve Byrne.

Exploring the Recoleta Cemetery, home to Evita Perón’s final resting place. Photo by trip leader Steve Byrne.

Exploring the Recoleta Cemetery, home to Evita Perón’s final resting place. Photo by trip leader Steve Byrne.

She likes it! Students learn the perfect way to make mate, Argentina’s national drink. Photo by trip leader Steve Byrne.

She likes it! Students learn the perfect way to make mate, Argentina’s national drink. Photo by trip leader Steve Byrne.

Then off to tango lessons we went! Though it took a while to get the hang of it, tango dancing was fun to do and watch. Some of us liked dancing so much that we stayed for the salsa lessons afterward. Once we left the popular dance hall, we enjoyed a traditional asado.  Now we are leaving the skyscrapers for the breathtaking peaks, lakes, and volcanoes of Patagonia, soon arriving in Bariloche.

Tango! Photo by trip leader Steve Byrne.

Tango! Photo by trip leader Steve Byrne.