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Cultural destination near Buenos Aires or Rio?

Old Aug 12, 18, 9:58 am
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Cultural destination near Buenos Aires or Rio?

Mrs. EssexNYC and I took our kids to Peru last summer, and our two favorite stops (aside from Macchu) were Lake Titicaca (learning about local culture on Taquile island and a stop at an untoursted reed island) an Cuzco (wandering through beautiful old city).
is there anything close to either of these type of experiences close to either Buenos Aires or Rio? The two of us are panning next July to fly into BA and home from Rio a week and a day later. I was planning a day or two in BA, a couple of days at Iguazu Falls, a couple of days in Rio, and a couple of days on the coast. My wife is not enthused about Iguazu and would like to see and interact with interesting locals.
Appreciate any recommendations!
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Old Aug 14, 18, 8:49 am
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Argentina doesn't have such a strong pre-Hispanic heritage as Peru or Bolivia. This land has always been the end of the world, and except for the Northwest, where the Diaguitas were under a sort of Inca protectorate and you can visit some ruins (interesting and beautiful, but much smaller than Machu Picchu), the rest of our first nations were mostly hunter-gatherers who didn't leave many tangible traces, and the few they left were erased by colonisation and immigration. If you really want to get the pre-Hispanic feeling, the Northwest of Argentina is your place, particularly Jujuy province, which borders Bolivia, but I am afraid you might be disappointed after visiting Peru and Bolivia.

That said, Iguazú is spectacular, I wouldn't hesitate to visit. And if at your hotel lobby you see someone playing the harp, it is actually a traditional Guaraní instrument
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Old Aug 14, 18, 8:30 pm
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Thank you for the feedback on Argentina, marambio. In Peru, we loved the archeological aspects of MP and the sacred valley, but we also really enjoyed interacting with the local Peruvians, which were very different from North Americans and Europeans. We enjoy experiencing a more local environment and culture.
I am currently thinking: Buenos Aires 2 days, flight to Iguazu Falls for 2 days (one on either side), flight to São Paulo to drive (or be driven) to Paraty for 2 days, then drive (or be driven) to Rio for 2 days. Does this sound OK logistically? If I needed to lose a day, where should we take from?
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