South America’s treasures unfold during a 15-day cruise

by Dave

Pittsburgh Post_gazette

Uruguay

Montevideo (“I see the mountain”)

It was here in Montevideo that we found some of the friendliest people in South America. Even the port police, usually a dour lot, have a ready smile for the traveler.
Montevideo’s Rio de la Plata (River of Silver), a muddy, churning mass of water only 190 miles long but 120 miles wide where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on the wind, the Plate wavers between salt and fresh water.

Argentina

Buenos Aires (Good Air). Forgive me, Eva Peron, but, for me, your gravesite can’t even compare with the city’s steakhouses. And forgive me, Texas, but you have a long way to go before your beef can even share a plate with the meat of Argentinean grass-fed cattle.

One of the top tourist destinations in the world, Buenos Aires is a clean, modern city with the sensual Latin beat of its countless tango clubs and the vibrancy of the mixed cultures of millions of immigrants who reached its shores in the 19th and 20 centuries.

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