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Tafi Del Valle: A Captivating Destination (Destinations)



It is one of the most idyllic places in the Province of Tucuman, located 1300 kilometers from Buenos Aires. An invitation to enjoy amazing landscapes, gastronomy, handicrafts, and museums, the city is revealed among willows, valleys, and winding roads.


Tafí del Valle is located only 107 kilometers from the capital, about 2000 meters high above sea level, and it has a very nice climate, so it can be visited all year round. Although the city experienced a big growth in the last few years and became the favorite destination for Argentinians and foreigners during the entire year, its hills still hide the mystery of their aboriginal culture. Tourists will find several options when planning their visit: walking or horseback riding across the hills; kayaking or rafting in La Angostura dam; mountain-biking along dirt roads; knowing the region’s handmade products; tasting typical meals such as the Tucuman-style filled pies (empanadas); or just walking along its streets full of history and tradition.

Some of the places you can’t miss are La Banda Jesuit Museum and Chapel, which is also home to a handicraft market and a restaurant of traditional meals; La Quebradita, an attractive 10-kilometer path ideal for walks, picnics or horseback rides, with a small hill where a statute of Christ the Redeemer lies overlooking the whole valley; and the traditional ranches where tourists may not only stay, but also learn about the cheese production process. The way back to the valley is a ride along the entire Provincial Route 325, which goes past El Pelao Hill and the sides of Muñoz, Ñuñorco, and Mala Mala Hills with beautiful mountainsides, most of them featuring pre-Columbian settlements. Another must destination for adventure lovers is Los Alisos Waterfall located in the center of Muñoz Hill. This magnificent stream of water awaits for tourists, who after a 3-hour walk, go there to fall in love with nature.


Tafí irradiates a handicraft tradition, which leaves its mark through the entire valley. Those who visit the area will find local artisans' workshops that offer their products made of wool, leather, stone, and ceramic. This tourist town offers countless gastronomic and accommodation options to suit all preferences and budgets. There are business premises and services such as banks, one hospital that serves 24 hours, and gas stations. Find out more about hotels, tours and flights with the personalized services offered by Tangol. CLICK HERE.


Two of the most important events in the area are the National Cheese Festival, which takes place in February and is a tribute to this product considered the main local symbol. A competition is held to reward the best cheese of Tafí, the best artisan cheese stand; you can watch farmyard tasks, taming and roping; and in the evening, you can enjoy different shows by provincial and national folk music artists. The Life and Passion of the God-Man performance during Holy Week is also a must event of this town, attended by more than 30,000 people.

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Source: Revista Buenos Aires Day&Night




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Island Of Incahuasi, In The Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia (Destinations)



Isla Incahuasi, also called the Isla del Pescado thanks to its fish-like profile, is a hilly and rocky outcrop of land and former island in Bolivia situated in the middle of perfectly level Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 feet).  

Incahuasi Island’s name means “Home of the Incas”, which underlines its importance in those long-ago days before jeeps. Incans crossing the salt flats used Incahuasi as a refuge. On this endless white horizon, with the peaks of the Andes far in the distance, there’s almost no vegetation or shelter, except for Incahuasi.  the island is a reminder that the salt flats used to be part of a giant prehistoric lake, roughly 40,000 years ago.  

On this endless white horizon, with the peaks of the Andes far in the distance, there’s almost no vegetation or shelter, except for Incahuasi. It has a total area of 24.62 hectares (61 acres) and hosts gigantic cacti (Trichocereus pasacana) and a tourist center. There are unusual and fragile coral-like structures and deposits that often consist of fossils and algae. 

Incahuasi is definitely among  amazing sights to get a chance to experience during a tour. Enjoy the pics… just when we think Bolivia can’t astound us anymore, it pulls another trick out of its hat.




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Recife Is A City Exposed To Vibrant Life In Brazil (Destinations)



Recife is a lively capital, which has an interesting old town and vibrant culture and nightlife, and you can explore the city.  Porto de Galinhas is framed by natural pools with warm and transparent waters full of colorful fish, also has beaches with strong waves, perfect for water sports.  

Recife is a city located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean of northeastern Brazil, is the capital of the State of Pernambuco .  Today Recife has become one of the main commercial, tourist, cultural, educational, logistics, medical and technology regions of Brazil, hosting venues of large companies.  Unlike other places where beaches and natural landscapes prevail in their entirety, in Recife there is the famous Boa Viagem beach, as well as the rivers Capiberibe and Beberibe, with huge buildings and skyscrapers, which in turn mix with many areas of colonial style, which over time has resulted in it also known as the Venice of Brazil.

Undoubtedly, the main attraction for which this city is visited is the beach of Boa Viagem, which registers a lot of affluence during most of the year and which is distinguished by the fact that in the route that corresponds to the avenue of the coast, They locate urban areas that offer access to the establishments and services of these areas.  It is a beach that also stands out for having a good number of natural pools that have formed along its 7 km of extension where the water is turquoise blue, its white sand and there are also reefs.  This characteristic of the beach and its coast has allowed diving services to be offered for those who like to practice diving in these naturally created areas, as well as in a famous park of 30 sunken ships, which together with the warm climate that you have in most of the year, make this and other aquatic and recreational activities, one of the best available tourist offers of this beach. Although this beach has a flaw: it can only bathe in shallow waters, by the presence of sharks. 

The historical heritage of the country dates from the 14th century.  The area around Recife was one of the first areas of Brazil to be colonized by the Portuguese. In 1537, when King Juan III of Portugal divided Brazil into hereditary Captaincies, not all of them prospered, Pernambuco was one of those that did succeed, due to introduction of sugar cane by the colonial administrator Duarte Coelho Pereira. The Portuguese initially used the native population as labor for sugarcane plantations, but then resorted to importing black African slaves.

Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue. It is the oldest synagogue in all of America, founded in 1630. Recife was where the first Jews who settled in New York came from.

Atelier de Cerámica by Francisco Brennand. It is one of the most important centers of contemporary Brazilian art. Thousands of sculptures and paintings are exhibited in gardens creating a unique and paradisiacal scenario. The works are a mixture of Roman, African, Brazilian, Mayan, Inca, and Egyptian cultures.

It was inaugurated on 18 May 1850, and seats 850 in the audience. 

Santa Isabel Theater is a very beautiful and classical Theater. One of the most important of Brasil. It's a monument Theater inaugurated on 18 May 1850, and seats 850 in the audience.  located in the Plaza de la República where the two main rivers of the city converge.

Cathedral São Pedro dos Clérigos. This cathedral was  built on May 3, 1728, in a baroque style with two symmetrical towers and a bell tower. Its façade reproduces the Sanctuary of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. An iron fence borders its atrium. On the roof of the church and carved in wood is the coat of arms, the images of the twelve apostles and the four evangelists in medallions.

State Museum of Pernambuco. Located in a beautiful 19th century mansion, it has more than 12,000 pieces of art from the colonial period and the Dutch period, and is the headquarters of the contemporary art hall of Pernambuco.
Ricardo Brennand Institute. It is located in a medieval style house and has a large collection of timepieces from the Dutch domain.

Museum of the city of Recife. It is located in the Fort Pontas near the center of the city, exhibits paintings and objects of the history of Recife since 1600. The fort itself is an interesting building.

Museum of the Northeast man. It is a museum that portrays the culture of Pernambuco / Northeast man from the time of sugarcane to the present day.

Zeppelin Tower It is a work erected by German engineers in 1930 that served to moor the blimps that connected Brazil with Europe, being the only original tower that is conserved in the whole world.
and more.....

Traveling to Recife is an experience that combines nature, with all the services of a modern metropolis and the charm of its colonial remnant.




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The Amazonas Theater, Hidden Gem In Amazon Jungle (Destinations)



The Amazonas Theater is a Brazilian opera theater, located in Manaus, state of Amazonas, Brazil. The theater was inaugurated on December 31, 1896, The first performance takes place on January 7, 1897 with the Italian opera, La Gioconda, by Amilcare Ponchielli. It has been restored four times, at first in 1929, 1974 and more recently between 1988 and 1990, and it currently has 701 seats covered in red velvet.

Today, the theater is also the site of an annual film festival.  The theater was built during the Belle Époque, while great fortunes were made in the region with rubber extraction. The construction of the Amazonas theater was first proposed in 1881 by a member of the House of Representatives, Antonio José Fernandes Júnior, the idea would be to build a jewel in the heart of the Amazon rainforest and make Manaus a great center of civilization.  By 1884, construction was ready to begin, under the direction of the Italian architect Celestial Sacardim, who designed a Renaissance style with advanced technology, including electric lighting.

The roofing material came from Alsace and the outer dome is covered with 36,000 decorated ceramic tiles, painted in the colors of the national flag. The furniture, in Louis XV style, a large part of the company Koch Freres, arrived from Paris. From Italy came carrara marble for the stair, statues, and columns. Steel walls were ordered to England. The theater has 198 chandeliers, 32 of them in Murano glass. The curtain, with its painting of "The Meeting of the Waters" was realized in Paris by Crispim do Amaral, it represents the union of the Black river and the Solimões river to form the Amazon. The beautiful panels that decorate the ceiling of the auditorium and the auditorium chamber were painted by the Italian Domenico de Angelis.

Manaus has become the focus of musical migration from the most unlikely countries. Some of the best musicians in Eastern Europe have been tempted by orchestras like that of Kirov and have come to Manaus with much higher salaries. In fact, 39 of the 54 members of the Amazonas Philharmonic Orchestra are from Bulgaria, Belarus and Russia. Even the archivist is from Belarus.

The theater is very beautiful, and is accessible for visits with a guide.  In the fast food restaurant a lot of plaques are placed on the wall showing artists that have played in the theater. At night it is lit beautifully!  Nobody expected that there would be such a neat and elegant theater in the middle of Amazon jungle. It's nicely built just like ones in Europe, definitely a must see if you are in Manaus.




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A Journey Through History Through Toys In El Calafate (Destinations)



In of November 16, 2012, the Museum of "100 Years of Playing" was inaugurated in El Calafate, the fruit of tireless efforts of its founder and director, Daniel Scardaccione. The idea is to see toys and games that everyone has had, as well as those who did not know, according to the director said in the founding act.

More than 14,000 toys from around the world, including ten thousand from Argentina dating from 1900 to 1970, are on display in a 1,500-square-meter building located on Av. Del Libertador. The idea of ??the museum began to take shape in 2005 and the first construction work was in 2007.

Daniel tells in the portal of the museum that he was always attracted by antique objects and being toys the realities in the world of children, he decided to create a place for all to observe his passion. The toys entertain, educate and teach, forming the personality of each one and, due to this, the director highlighted as the main objectives to remember the toys we have had and those we did not know existed, remember the childhood books, TV series, movies, sweets and advertisements; highlight the importance in the child's life of toys and honor all the children of the world and all those who have been.

More than 14 thousand pieces of the museum are divided between Argentine Toys (a collection of more than 10,000 toys and games manufactured from 1920 to 1970 inclusive), Foreign Toys (more than 4,000 toys manufactured from 1900 to 1970 inclusive) and Special Rooms with related topics and others of historical, social and cultural importance of our country. Among the latter we can mention the Eva Perón Foundation Room with more than 250 toys and games from that foundation, the Sala Escuela Argentina with the reproduction of an Argentine school classroom from the 1950s, the Sala de la Comicata with the development and sample of the Argentinean and foreign cartoon and the Interactive Games Room where children can play, among others.

Beautiful collection of antique toys and posters of various items, famous people,  recreational museum that reminds everyone of their childhood.




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