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Recommended Spots in Argentina—Off to Glacier Tours from the “Paris of South America”

Taichi Ozawa / Marubeni Argentina S.A.

* In this column, Marubeni Group staff members provide a glimpse of the cities in which they are living and working.

My name is Taichi Ozawa, and I'm stationed at the Buenos Aires office. Being in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons in Argentina are reversed from the Northern Hemisphere, but like Japan, there are four distinct seasons. It is now early summer, at the height of the tourist season, and I would like to tell you about some spots in Argentina that I recommend.

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is located at the mouth of Rio de la Plata. With approximately 14.3 million people (as of 2016) in the metropolitan area, or about one-third of Argentina's entire population, it is one of the largest cities in South America.

The first things you see as you walk down the streets of Buenos Aires are the beautiful European-style buildings. That is why the city is called the “Paris of South America.” The 9 de Julio Avenue shown in the photo, running north-south through the center of the city, is known as the world's widest avenue.

Left: 9 de Julio Avenue and Obelisco, right: Buenos Aires City Puerto Madero District developed by renewing the old port area, now filled with foreign corporations

Recommended Spot in Buenos Aires: Caminito

In the south of Buenos Aires City is the La Boca District where the Boca Juniors soccer team is based. It is well known even in Japan as the team that produced Maradona. Near the team's stadium La Bombonera, there is the Caminito Street Museum, a World Heritage site with colorful houses that are popular with tourists. Here, you can see tango dancers everywhere—on the streets and in restaurants. This is not surprising because the La Boca District is said to be the birthplace of tango.

Patagonia

For those who want to enjoy Argentina's nature, I recommend going to Patagonia in the south. (Patagonia refers to the region southward from the Colorado River at 40 degrees south latitude.) A typical excursion within Argentina is the Perito Moreno glacier tour from the town of El Calafate. In this season, you can witness the dynamic fall of glaciers into the lake right before your eyes as you cruise. There are also ice trekking tours, and you can also taste whisky on the rocks of glacier ice.

Though I didn't get around to talking about them this time, there are lots of other attractive places to go, such as Mendoza in the west full of wineries, and Iguassu Falls along the border with Brazil. Argentina is not the easiest place to get to from Japan, with at least one transfer required and over 24 hours of travel time. Even so I believe it is worth the trouble! I hope you will visit Argentina during a long vacation. (Or perhaps a business trip?)

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The trains retired from the Marunouchi Line (the one in the photo was made in 1961) that Marubeni delivered in 1994-1996 still run on the Buenos Aires Underground as the city's public transportation

Marubeni Group communication site “MS+ (MS Plus)” (December 1, 2017)

  • Streets of the Paris of South America
  • The world's widest 9 de Julio Avenue (seen from Marubeni's office)
  • Streets at night (Obelisco in the background)
  • Rows of colorful houses at Caminito
  • Dynamic landscape at the Perito Moreno glacier

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