La revista LifeStyle ha publicado artículo sobre Argentina como destino turístico en su reciente edición de enero 2016.
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The Teatro Colon is the main opera house in the July 9th Avenue Plaza Buenos Aires, Argentina. It ranks as the largest opera theater in the world; the second is the New York Metropolitan Opera House and the third-largest in the world is Theatre Museum at La Scala. The typical Renaissance style behemoth, designed by the famous architect Francesco Tamburini and this remarkable building, was finally completed in 1908. Its main hall has an area of 7050 square meters, and can host around 4200 guests. The grand hall is equipped with the world’s biggest stage; horseshoe-shaped, red velvet curtain embroidered with elegant patterns. The wall near the ceiling has unscripted the names of the national and world-famous compositors. The impressive dome is crowned 51 paints of the great Argentinian painter Raul Soldi. Each hall has famous musician, composer, conductor statues; and hanging on the walls are photos, paintings and other artwork. This elegant, gorgeous and diverse theater is an unusual sight to behold.
Antarctica, Not the Last Destination
More than a century ago, Antarctica was the pinnacle of explorer’s dream. A five-man Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsen became the first explorers to reach the South Pole, while another expedition reached the pole a month later, this time led by British navy Captain Robert Falcon Scott, both at last uncovered the mysterious veil of Antarctica.
Long-haul Journeys and the Westerly Winds
Several routes take travelers to the South Pole by ship, mainly leaving from Hobart in Australia, port of Christchurch in New Zealand, or Punta Arenas in Chile. However, due to the strong westerlies, the majority of trips to Antarctica leave from the South American port of Ushuaia in Argentina. Whether departing from China, Europe, North America or South Africa, a trip to the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, takes more than 30 hours. After another 3,5-hour flight to the ”End of the World”, passengers embark at Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, which is the southernmost town in the world, also the end of the South American continent. Of course, here is where the Antarctic dream begins for countless people. At the southern end of the city, the road signs remind you that the Antarctic Peninsula is only 1,000 kilometers away.
The Drake Passage is the shortest crossing from Antarctica to any other landmass, but every ship has to pass though the so called “devil westerlies”. This is one of the roughest stretches of water in the world, where strong, nearly zonal, westerly winds create large waves in the passage and gale-force winds blow on more than ten days per month and reach the speeds of an average seven knots.
The South Pole
After being tossed from one side to another, and experiencing howling winds and surging waves in the Drake’s passage, again and again you run into glaciers, penguins, snow-capped mountains and, suddenly, you realize this is all worth it.
Late in the afternoon, we saw a glacier for the first time while the ship slowly went into the bay, then the captain’s voice sounded on the radio: ”on the right side of the boat, you can see two foraging whales”, we all gathered around the six-story bow and watched the whales rolling up and down, appearing and disappearing. During the long Antarctic summer days, the sunset takes place late in the evening, a natural phenomenon called the “midnight sun”. This magnificent phenomenon can be expected between 4 to 5 hours pass midnight. Before the sky becomes completely dark, the crimson sun sinks in the clouds, composing a magnificent South Pole sunrise with the views of mountains, towering icebergs and ice formations.
The Antarctic Treaty states some important provisions to protect the environment, for instance, no more than 100 people can be ashore at the same time, while as a general rule, visitors must keep noise to a minimum and avoid approaching the wildlife any closer than five meters. After a long wait, a broadcast notice for the first landing finally sounded. We all got ready with explorer’s gear: warm jackets, hats, gloves, glasses, additional life vest, and waterproof boots; we waited on the third level of the ship to get on the boats. Prior to stepping on the boat, each visitor must disinfect their boots while the same rule applies when coming back on board. On our first landing, we received an inspection of an army of seals, lazily lying down on a bare reef beach, poking their heads and opening their small eyes, giving us their best welcome.
Throughout the whole trip, this landing was the most dangerous one. The storm surge provoked oak kayaks resemble tree leaves floating in the turbulent waves. The expeditions on motorboats were losing their control too. With the help of the surge, our kayak was slowly approaching the reef while four explorers in diving suits pulled the boat towards the shore for us to begin exploring the island.
In the Deception Island, Half Moon Island and Gerlache Strait there habitate three penguin species: Adélie, Chinstrap, and Gentoo penguin. In the Arctic world, penguins are all dressed in their natural black and white “tuxedos”, funnily walking with their side-to-side gait as they often stop for a look into your eyes and fill your heart with a warm feeling.
In accordance with the requirements listed by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, visitors cannot approach animals at a distance closer than five meters, which is about 15 feet, so when the cute little things slowly shake it in front of you, stop your pace and make way for them.
Don’t think the clumsy penguin walking pace is all they have to offer, while in water they jump up and down, nimble and from time to time show some cute movements such as the impressive spin. As summer approaches, the penguins start courtship and incubation period. In fact, penguins are similar to humans, yearning for pure, simple, and carefree love, as most of the penguin species are monogamous.
From afar, Antarctic glaciers appear pristine, but on closer inspection they look even more magnificent. This is the fear of nature, but also the reflection of human beings. Our boat often passed the jungles of icebergs quickly moving through the deep blue sea. As summer temperatures rise, icebergs gradually become smaller while melting beneath the ocean’s surface until they disappear.
When you think of icebergs, you will only be able to visualize one small part of it, because 90% of the ice masses are hidden below the surface, and hardly anyone has ever seen it. When the days are clear and sunny, blue to blue-green hues are scattered back when light deeply penetrates frozen icebergs. Danger looms if an iceberg gets too close to a floating platform. On-site, the most incredible phenomena is the so called ‘black ice’, pure water that has been compressed for more than 200 years, or even thousands of years. When you hold the black ice in your hands, it reflects perfect light like a sparkling diamond.
1_ The ships arriving to the South Pole are docked in Ushuaia, the southernmost town in Argentina. Ushuaia Airport offers domestic flights to the city of Ushuaia from Buenos Aires.
2_ in fact, the facilities on the cruise ships to Antarctica are able to host more than 100 participants. The number of islands to be explored depends on the length of the trip.
3_ Travelers must obey the captain's commands whether being on a ship or the boat, as well as strictly follow the provisions of the Antarctic Treaty. Visitors not only cannot throw garbage nor take away any objects from the South Pole.
4_ Usually from November to February is the best time to visit the South Pole.