Scraping the night sky
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The ornate San Francisco Church glows after dark in Salta. The province’s pleasant capital city, founded in 1582, is a convenient base for day trips into the surrounding countryside. (Michael Taylor / Lonely Planet)
Bright crafts and clothing are among the items on display at an open-air market in Purmamarca, on the old trail to Peru. (Argentina Tourism)
A tram above the city of Salta affords expansive views of this populated part of the province. But much of this remote area of northwestern Argentina remains uninhabited. (Barbara Hansen / LAT)
Sailing away from the Isla de los Pinguinos. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
The Isla de los Pinguinos (Island of the Penguins), located about three hours’ boat ride south of Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost city. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
The courtyard of the Casa Rosada. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
The Casa Rosada, seat of the executive branch of Argentina’s government, sits at the eastern end of the Plaza de Mayo. Evita addressed the crowds from these balconies. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
Looking toward el obelisco, the giant obelisk of Buenos Aires, from the Plaza de Mayo. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
This obelisk in the downtown Plaza de Mayo commemorates the date Argentina began to assert independence from Spain. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
The national bank of Argentina. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
Evita’s gravestone. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
Graves in Recoleta Cemetery. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
Recoleta Cemetery houses some of Buenos Aires’ most famous residents, including Evita Perón. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
Teatro Colón, opened in 1908, is considered one of the world’s finest opera houses. It boasts incredible acoustics. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
A curious juxtaposition of old and new in the Microcentro (downtown) of Buenos Aires. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
Avenida 9 de julio, which Argentines claim is the world’s widest avenue at twenty-six lanes across. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
Hotel Alvear boasts some of Buenos Aires’ finest accomodations. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
Cafes serving Argentine staples such as pizza, pasta, coffee, and of course, ice cream, line the streets of Recoleta. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)
Streets of Recoleta, the upscale neighborhood of Buenos Aires where Evita is buried. (Photo/Jackie Ostrowski)