Many of you already know that I travelled to Argentina in April on a work trip (just a little while before the Big Day!). I was super excited about this trip as I knew I was going to see some amazing sights and I would be able to put my camera to good use. I’m so excited to finally be able to share some photos of that trip with you! Most of the photos are taken with my SLR, by me. The few instances that they’re not, I’ve mentioned it in the caption. I’m pleased with my photography efforts here. I’ve even gone as far as to edit a few snaps to enhance some features and add some variety. Let me know what you think.
The location of the conference was the autonomous city of Buenos Aires (translates to Good Winds in English). It’s the third International Society for Heart Research (ISHR) conference I’ve had the chance to attend. The first ISHR conference I attended was in San Diego, America back in 2012 and the second was a European sector meeting in Bordeaux, France in 2015. It’s a shame I don’t have many photos of those trips to share with you 😦
Conference time. Quick snap of my ID card – taken with my Samsung
Whilst in Buenos Aires, we had some time to explore the city. The number one tourist attraction in Buenos Aires is Recoleta cemetery. It is the burial place of many notable Argentinians including Eva Perón. To explain her significance in a nutshell, you could say she was the Argentinian version of Lady Diana. Unfortunately for us, the cemetery was closed when we got there. I did however manage to capture a snap of it through the gate. I think it makes a pretty cool effect on the picture and you can see the large burial tombs inside. Not your average cemetery at all and a little bit eerie for me too if I’m honest.
El Calafate is a city in the Patagonia region of Argentina. It is in South Argentina, relatively close to the South Pole! It is a three hour plane ride from Buenos Aires. This is the part of the trip that I was most excited about, as El Calafate is the home of the Los Glaciares National Park. Here you get to experience the colossal Perito Moreno glacier. Admittedly the photos are beautiful, but believe me when I say that they do not do sufficient justice to the immense size and natural beauty of the glacier. The glacier is approximately 40 m high! It is absolutely breathtaking. We spent a long time in the national park, walking along the different trails admiring it’s beauty, despite the fact that it was so cold! The glacier radiates coldness (it is a humongous block of ice after all), it’s like putting your face in a freezer (like cold wind – get it?). You can actually go hiking on the glacier itself in organised tours. Sadly, we weren’t able to do so. If I ever return to Argentina, this is an experience that is definitely on my to do list. Nonetheless, it was truly a unique experience seeing such an unusual sight. I love the contrast of the colourful flora against the icy blue glacial backdrop. Who knows, there may be Wildlings beyond that icy wall?
Argentina is huge compared to tiny little Britain and as such, has a wide variety of climates. In North Argentina, on its border with Brazil and Paraguay, lies the very scenic and humid Iguazu Falls (wet winds part). Iguazu Falls are a two hour plane ride away from Buenos Aires. Whilst the weather in Buenos Aires was dull, cool and rainy, the weather in Iguazu was hot, sticky and very humid. Upon our arrival in the national park, we took a steady uphill tram ride to the highest point of the waterfall, to view the Devil’s throat. This is where the huge river becomes a waterfall. We walked along the pathways, over the Rio Iguazu and through the jungle, anticipating it’s arrival. Before we could see it, we could hear it and feel it. The sound of so much water falling from such a height (82 m fall), sounds like thunder. As you can imagine, it was nice walking amongst the mist, given off the waterfall, on such a hot and sticky day. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture great shots of the Devil’s throat. It was too wet to keep the camera out. To really appreciate the magnitude of the Devil’s throat, it’s best to have a look at photos taken from a bird’s eye perspective (great images in Google search).
In addition to water, the park had an abundant number of colourful butterflies and rainbows and I did manage to capture some pretty nice photos of these. It was amazing to see so many rainbows at the same time. On a nice sunny day, the rainbows form in the mist of the waterfall. I’ve enhanced one of my images so you can clearly see two beautiful rainbows. Absolutely stunning! I hope my photos inspire you to explore somewhere different too.