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Old October 29th, 2008, 10:14 PM   #1
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Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Bolivia: The good new south!

Last year i spent a few months in the Southern Cone, i visited many places, from Buenos Aires to the Bolivian Altiplano, from Montevideo to Chiloé.

I´ll be posting some of th pictures i took in this thread so you can give me your impressions on then and on my comments.

Ok, it was hard to make up my mind to decide from where should i start this photographic trip, but at then end i´ve choose Buenos Aires.

Hope you´ll enjoy this post at least one per cent of what i enjoyed the city.


Buenos Aires. lively city, magnetic, hypnotic but over all. sensational!
Few cities i know catched me so deep, maybe Istanbul, Barcelona, London and also Paris.

The truth is that i still lack many cities to visit, but none of then will put down Buenos Aires from my personal podium, at the most they´ll share it.





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plaza Serrano: an ice cold Quilmes. I still remember my first Quilmes beer, kms aay from where i took this picture, in San Telmo the very same spring night i arrived to the City and it started to get inside me, so i did aswell in her.

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Bancos Chorros - banks thieves. While the three visit i did to this city there were not one single day where i saw at least one small demostration asking for their rights or just complaing about something.


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Metropolitan Cathedral´s front wall

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Plaza de Mayo, taking a nap. Pay attention to the fences in the back, they are there to prevent potential demostrations of achieving the Casa Rosada (pinky house - Argentinan equivalent to the White House).




to be continued
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Classic bar in San Telmo. They also serve breakfast, in fact the first breakfast i had in Argentina was here.


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Distance Sign in Puerto Madero, an upper class and poshy barrio in the city

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Lunch break in Puerto Madero. BTW, The Calatrava Bridge at the back it´s called "Women Bridge", but somehow i tend to associated it with the other genre. could it be due to its shape?

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Relax time after a hard working day

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Argentinean creativity in Palermo district
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Typical picture, a common place for tourist: Caminito, in La Boca District. Still, you can´t miss it when visiting the city, it´s charming and unique




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Street Exhibition in San Telmo, handmade with recycled trashed stuff




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Rests of the damages caused by some demostrations in downton Buenos Aires



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abandoned bank branch after the severe crisis that suffered the country in 2001


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Street Advertising: covers for your mobile phone and a hairdresser
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Old October 29th, 2008, 10:49 PM   #4
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San Telmo antiques market on a regular day. On Sundays the whole Barrio is a crazyness. The area is packed with antiquities stores, and the truth is that the unfortunate economical situation that this country has passed in the recent years has made that many people felt the need of giving away their memories, their past, for just a few bucks. On the other hand, this make this place ideal to find out real bargains!



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San Telmo´s market is the barrio´s heart, within it we can find to well separated zones: one dedicated to the old stuff and then, the more traditional part, dedicated to the real people of the neighbourhood with butcheries, gorceries, fresh fruits or fish and all that sort of things


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The year when the market was openned, just in the city´s height


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Detail inside the market


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everything you need to tune your ride

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Side by side with the previous scrap, along old records, precious old furniture or real rare pieces of art we also can find cheap stuff for the tourist.


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morning view of a street close to the market
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Not parking 24/7. Respect for the law is something observed here


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Despite of being in a megacity with over 10 millon people living there, from time to time, one could have the felling of being strolling through a small city in Spain or similar

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Again San Telmo´s street!

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More sustainable Pizzas ! A different world is possible! Delivering the pizzas with bikes!



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Los Colectivos (buses) as the one on the pic run as fast through the narrows streets as they go through the wider avenues.

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There a very a particular job position in Buenos Aires, i´ve heard about then but i haven´t seen nothing similar in any city yet: dog walkers, i saw many of then in this city.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 11:38 PM   #6
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nice pics..
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Old October 30th, 2008, 01:59 AM   #7
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nice pics!
give me more!
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Old October 30th, 2008, 11:56 AM   #8
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Thank you,

There is also more updated version of this thread, in spanish, here http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=732708
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This building looking like a high court or like some other governmental building is in fact the Metropolitan Cathedral

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another view of the cathedral, now also displaying the black fences against demostrations.


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A small eccentricity, japanese beer under the moon in San Telmo

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Due to the lower cost and the great professional skills of the Argentinan market, the international advertising industry has choose Argentina to shoot their spots. The european movie industry has done also the same, specially the spanish

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the shoot make the neighbours curious, be then old or...


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not that old at all.

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detail of a public lamp in San Telmo
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street seller

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flower street seller


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I just couldn´t understand the logic of having so many main gates to the street

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something that really called my attention while in the southern cone was the incredible amount of cables on the streets, but i have the impression that this issue in particular is similar in northamerica aswell

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Marathon de Buenos Aires, KM 16
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Old October 30th, 2008, 07:48 PM   #11
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Interesting pics
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Old October 31st, 2008, 09:36 PM   #12
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Nice pics. They don't show how beautiful Buenos Aires is, though.
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Old October 31st, 2008, 09:54 PM   #13
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good pics, a different face of buenos aires! great!
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Old October 31st, 2008, 10:07 PM   #14
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Nice pics. They don't show how beautiful Buenos Aires is, tough.
Well is nice to see from time to time other neighbourhoods than the usuals Recoleta and Palermo...

Excellent pics!!!!
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Old November 3rd, 2008, 12:54 PM   #15
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Once you are in Buenos Aires you can´t miss Recoleta, including its elegant cementery.

This cementery isn´t just a regular one, in fact Argentina´s history can be read through its epitaphs. The place it´s just in the middle of Buenos Aires surrounded by a lively neighbourhood.

While the sun is shining over Recoleta people go shopping, eating or just visit the flea market besides the cementery. When the night falls, the distric becomes even busier, and you realice that it´s plenty of "boliches" to party just side by side with the cementery. So it can get a bit weird to have a drinks while you still see the crosses over the cementery´s wall, still worthy.





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Cementery´s main gate, as busy as if it were any mall


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visitors who kindly pose for me.

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any corner may be good for love

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advertainment on a building´s facade as seen from the cementery


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time goes by

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not really a small graveyard


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Still today, the most visited spot of the cementery, with out any kind of doubt, Evita´s tomb, there is always plenty of people taking pictures of it
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reserved for the embassy of Nicaragua, street shot


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You can´t tell you have been in Buenos Aires if you don´t spend at least one afternoon in El Ateneo, an old theater reconverted into a great bookstore.


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Another pleasure you can´t miss when in Argentina are their wines, i choose this one just because its name, Winery of the end of the world - Patagonia. The truth is that it was a really good wine.

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Puerto Madero, one of the most trendy and maybe poshy areas in the city. everything here is more expensive than in the other districts, yet, cheap if you have come to the country with euros in your pockets.

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Argentina´s most famous product: first class beef meat. For what you get in Argentina for very little money you should pay a lot in most of the EU, and most of the times it doesn´t even come close to the quality you get in Argentina. For a European ita so shoking who cheap the meat is that i could barely belive it. I still remember buying a 1´5k first class beef steak on a chilean supermarket for 3 euros.
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interesting thread

but the op is banned!!!!
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Old April 5th, 2009, 05:49 PM   #18
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Amazing thread, but why was this guy banned?

Anyway, El Ateneo is really gorgeous, it's huge! And Buenos Aires can be sooo charming, I love this city and I'm visiting it again this year, which is nice hehe.
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Very good thread!! Great pics
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