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Gaucho

While waiting for his turn to paraglide, Marc was left alone at the top of the mountain. Not long after Krysta and Gonzolo took off, this man came riding over the peak and approached Marc. Though speaking in only Spanish, Marc was able to discern that we, supposedly, did not have permission to be on his land (not true, he later learned) and he insisted Marc give him 50 Argentine pesos ($15). Marc obliged, also giving the man a cigarette, and asked to take his picture. As if he´d pulled this scam before, the man smoothly parked himself in this position, never looking at the camera.
Vuelta y vuelta: an adventure through Argentina

February 22nd 2009
We spent 18 days in Argentina, getting a healthy dose of urban Argentine life by stopping in Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Cordoba and finally Salta on our way north to Bolivia. We were surprised to learn that 90 per cent of Argentina’s population is European (only three per cent of which is half European, half indigenous). If we were dressed appropriately, we could pretty much blend in with the loc ... read more
South America » Argentina

Argentine Flag Following independence from Spain in 1816, Argentina experienced periods of internal political conflict between conservatives and liberals and between civilian and military factions. After World War II, a long period of Peronist authoritarian rule an... ... read more
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