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la Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 21, 2008 at 14:46:47 :: Argentina

"Don't cry for me Argentina" sang Eva Perón/Madonna. But Argentina did cry for her. Now Evita is buried at the famous la Recoleta cemetery (Cementerio de la Recoleta) located in the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The cemetery includes graves of some of the most influential and important persons of Argentina, including several presidents, scientists, and wealthy characters. Internationally, Eva Perón is the best known person buried in this cemetery.

Cementerio de la Recoleta (La Recoleta Cemetery), Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina (this is the 'people' cemetery of Buenos Aires, famous for Evita's grave, among others - the layout of the cemetery was designed by the French engineer Próspero Catelin, and was remodeled in 1881, while Torcuato de Alvear was mayor of the city, by the Italian architect Juan Antonio Buschiazzo)


The Recoleta cemetery has been compared to the Pere Lachaise cemetery of Paris, being one of the fundamental architectonic pieces of the city of Buenos Aires.

Each mausoleum bears the family name etched into the facade; brass or bronze plaques are added to the front for particular family members. La Recoleta is one of those cemeteries where the tradition of engraving a death date but no birth date has been maintained.

Torre de los Ingleses, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Some of the famous interred in La Recoleta Cemetery are:
* William Brown (admiral) (1777-1857), Admiral, Father of the Argentine Navy
* Juan Bautista Alberdi (1810-1884), writer, politician, lawyer
* Juan Pujol, the first Governor of the Province of Corrientes and designer of the First Argentine National Stamp.
* Luis César Amadori (1902-1977), poet, composer
* Nicolás Avellaneda (1837-1885), President of Argentina
* Susan Barrantes, (1937-1998), mother of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York
* Adolfo Bioy Casares (1914-1999), writer
* Miguel Juárez Celman (1844-1909), President of Argentina
* Juan Manuel de Rosas (1793-1877), politician, caudillo
* Luis Firpo (1894-1960), heavyweight boxer, "The Wild Bull of the Pampas"
* Oliverio Girondo (1891-1967), poet, journalist
* José Hernandez (1834-1886), writer
* Arturo Umberto Illia (1900-1983), President of Argentina
* Enrique Larreta (1875-1961), writer
* Luis F. Leloir (1906-1987), scientist, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry
* Leandro Alem (1844-1896) politician
* Cándido López (1840-1902), painter and soldier
* Vicente López y Planes (1785-1856), lyrcist, politician
* Leopoldo Lugones (1874-1938), writer
* Eduardo Mallea (1903-1982), novelist, essayist
* Carlos Menditeguy (1915-1973), race car driver and sportsman
* Bartolomé Mitre (1821-1906), writer, former president
* Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979), writer, publisher
* Carlos Pellegrini (1846-1906), former president
* Luis Piedrabuena (1833-1883), explorer
* Maria Eva Duarte de Perón (1919-1952), First Lady of Argentina, Argentine political leader, philanthropist
* Honorio Pueyrredón (1876-1945), educator, statesman
* Hipólito Yrigoyen (1852-1933), politician, former president
* Dante Quinterno (1909-2003), cartoonist
* Carlos Saavedra Lamas (1878-1959), statesman, Nobel Peace Prize winner
* Domingo Sarmiento (1811-1888), writer, former president
* Juan Facundo Quiroga (1790-1835), caudillo (subject of the book Facundo; Sarmiento's most famous work; his remains were only recently discovered in the cemetery)
* Isabel Walewski Colonna (1847), grandchild of Napoleón Bonaparte, born in Buenos Aires and died aged 6 days.

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Rosario, Argentina

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, May 31, 2008 at 16:51:20 :: Argentina

Rosario is the largest city in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina. It is located 300 km (187 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires, on the western shore of the Paraná River and has 945,000 residents as of the 2005 census.

It has been the second most important city in Argentina since the end of the 19th century because of the growing and important metropolitan area, a large urban department and for being the most important export centre in the country. It also retains the classical and ancient architecture in some residences, houses and public buildings. It is the third largest city in Argentina in terms of area and population.

Monumento a la bandera en la ciudad de Rosario, Santa Fe


Rosario is the head city of the Rosario Department and is located at the heart of the most important industrial corridor in Argentina. Its suburbs and several neighboring towns form the metropolitan area of Greater Rosario, with 1,180,883 inhabitants.

Offering an interesting tourist infrastructure, Rosario invites to be visited through the many historical circuits that keep undamaged the different architectonic styles from the beginning of the XX century.

The Monumento a la Bandera (Monument to the Flag) is the starting point to a walk around the city center. Costa Alta and Embarcadero Resorts are chosen to go for walks along the ravines of the river in the sunset.

En Rosario hay normas gubernamentales que obligan a conservar la antigua arquitectura, como se puede apreciar en la foto. Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina.


The Parque Independencia (Independence Park) and La Florida Beach are other important sites where tourists can go on bike rides, horse riding excursions or practise canoeing among other activities.

Nightlife in Rosario deserves a special mention since it is busy and lively, providing the ideal atmosphere to enjoy joyful moments in bars, pubs or discos.

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El Leoncito National Park, Argentina

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, December 16, 2007 at 11:50:25 :: Argentina

The El Leoncito National Park is a national park of Argentina, located at the Calingasta Department, in the southwest of the province of San Juan. It has an area of 760 km².

Wind Card competencia en la pista natural de El Leoncito en barreal, provincia de San Juan, aqui se desarrollan velocidades de 110 k por hora.


The 188,000 acres of El Leoncito National Park were designated a reserve in 1994 and became a national park in 2002. The park was established to protect the scrubland vegetation of the puna and high-Andean plateau. The park also preserves Inca archeological sites. The area is perfect for stargazing when you travel to Argentina due to the lack of light and atmospheric pollution.

It is particularly suitable for astronomical observations. Within the park are two astronomical observatories: Félix Aguilar Observatory and the Leoncito Astronomical Complex.

El observatorio astronomico El Leoncito - Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito - esta situado en San Juan Argentia, en un parque nacional que lleva el mismo nombre, es el sitio mas optimo para observar el cielo por su limpieza, casi se siente poder tocar las estrellas con las manos


The climate is cold, with permanent ice, in the High Andean region. In the Puna, the climate is cold and dry, with large thermical amplitudes. The average annual rainfall is 200 mm. The flora is mostly made up of shrubs, typical of dry mountainous areas. The fauna include important species like the guanaco and birds of prey such as the peregrine falcon (the fastest bird on Earth). (source Wikipedia)

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Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina

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Simon Laroche
, August 19, 2007 at 18:36:51 :: Argentina

Taller than Niagara Falls, twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horsehoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River, Iguazu Falls are the result of a volcanic eruption which left yet another large crack in the earth. During the rainy season of November - March, the rate of flow of water going over the falls may reach 450,000 cubic feet (12,750 cubic m) per second.

Les chutes d'Iguaçu à la frontière entre le Brésil et l'Argentine


The name Iguazu comes from the Guarani or Tupi words y (water) and guasú (big). Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.

The Iguazu River (Portuguese:Rio Iguaçu, Spanish:Río Iguazú)


The falls are shared by the Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil). These parks were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1986, respectively.

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Argentina, Brazil, Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Senora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil)

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 11, 2013 at 05:41:09

Location State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; Province of Misiones, Argentina
Coordinates S28 32 36 W54 15 57
Date of Inscription 1983

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/275 )

The ruins of São Miguel das Missões in Brazil, and those of San Ignacio Miní, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa María la Mayor in Argentina, lie at the heart of a tropical forest. They are the impressive remains of five Jesuit missions, built in the land of the Guaranis during the 17th and 18th centuries. Each is characterized by a specific layout and a different state of conservation.

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Sao Miguel das Missoes San Ignacio Mini Nuestra Senora de Santa Ana

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Argentina, Jesuit Block and Estancias of Cordoba

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Simon Laroche
, March 11, 2013 at 04:10:43

Location Province of Cordoba, Argentina
Coordinates S31 25 14.016 W64 11 27.996
Property 38 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/995 )

The Jesuit Block in Córdoba, heart of the former Jesuit Province of Paraguay, contains the core buildings of the Jesuit system: the university, the church and residence of the Society of Jesus, and the college. Along with the five estancias, or farming estates, they contain religious and secular buildings, which illustrate the unique religious, social, and economic experiment carried out in the world for a period of over 150 years in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Church, Jesuit Block and Estancias of Cordoba Alta Gracia, Jesuit Block and Estancias of Cordoba

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Argentina, Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 11, 2013 at 04:00:59

Location Provinces of San Juan and La Rioja, Argentina
Coordinates S30 0 0 W68 0 0
Property 275,369 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/966 )

These two contiguous parks, extending over 275,300 ha in the desert region on the western border of the Sierra Pampeanas of central Argentina, contain the most complete continental fossil record known from the Triassic Period (245-208 million years ago). Six geological formations in the parks contain fossils of a wide range of ancestors of mammals, dinosaurs and plants revealing the evolution of vertebrates and the nature of palaeo-environments in the Triassic Period.

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Atardecer en Ischigualasto, Ischigualasto Provincial Park Wall, Talampaya National Park

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Argentina, Peninsula Valdés

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 11, 2013 at 03:51:24

Location Argentina
Coordinates S42 30 0 W64 0 0
Property 360,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/937 )

Península Valdés in Patagonia is a site of global significance for the conservation of marine mammals. It is home to an important breeding population of the endangered southern right whale as well as important breeding populations of southern elephant seals and southern sea lions. The orcas in this area have developed a unique hunting strategy to adapt to local coastal conditions.

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Sea lions, Peninsula Valdes Puerto Piramides, Peninsula Valdes

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Argentina, Cueva de las Manos, Rio Pinturas

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 11, 2013 at 03:44:49

Location Patagonia Region, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Coordinates S47 8 60 W70 40 0
Property 600 ha
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/936 )

The Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas, contains an exceptional assemblage of cave art, executed between 13,000 and 9,500 years ago. It takes its name (Cave of the Hands) from the stencilled outlines of human hands in the cave, but there are also many depictions of animals, such as guanacos (Lama guanicoe ), still commonly found in the region, as well as hunting scenes. The people responsible for the paintings may have been the ancestors of the historic hunter-gatherer communities of Patagonia found by European settlers in the 19th century.

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Canyon, Cueva de las Manos Rio Pinturas, Cueva de las Manos

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Argentina, Quebrada de Humahuaca

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, May 31, 2012 at 06:51:35

Location Province of Juyuy, Argentina
Coordinates S23 11 59.5 W65 20 55.9
Property172,116 ha
Date of Inscription 2003

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1116 )

Quebrada de Humahuaca follows the line of a major cultural route, the Camino Inca, along the spectacular valley of the Rio Grande, from its source in the cold high desert plateau of the High Andean lands to its confluence with the Rio Leone some 150 km to the south. The valley shows substantial evidence of its use as a major trade route over the past 10,000 years. It features visible traces of prehistoric hunter-gatherer communities, of the Inca Empire (15th to 16th centuries) and of the fight for independence in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Cerro de los Siete Colores, Quebrada de Humahuaca Quebrada de Humahuaca

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Argentina, Los Glaciares National Park

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Simon Laroche
, October 30, 2009 at 16:53:03

Location Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Coordinates S50 0 0 W73 14 57.984
Type Natural
Property 726,927 ha
Date of Inscription 1981

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/145 )

The Los Glaciares National Park is an area of exceptional natural beauty, with rugged, towering mountains and numerous glacial lakes, including Lake Argentino, which is 160 km long. At its farthest end, three glaciers meet to dump their effluvia into the milky grey glacial water, launching massive igloo icebergs into the lake with thunderous splashes.

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Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park

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Argentina, Iguazu National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, May 03, 2009 at 06:52:04

Location Province: Misiones - Region: Nord-Est, Argentina
Coordinates S25 31 5 W54 7 60
Property 55,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1984

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/303 )

The semicircular waterfall at the heart of this site is some 80 m high and 2,700 m in diameter and is situated on a basaltic line spanning the border between Argentina and Brazil. Made up of many cascades producing vast sprays of water, it is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The surrounding subtropical rainforest has over 2,000 species of vascular plants and is home to the typical wildlife of the region: tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans.

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Garganta del Diablo, Iguazu Falls Waterfalls of Iguazu, Iguazu Falls

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