Back in Argentina after a 15 hour overnight bus from Asuncion Paraguay. Another decent hostel so far so good. Rosario is supposed to be a cleaner safer version of Buenos Aires but is too safe ?
A walk into the centro takes about 25 minutes, the place is indeed cleaner and has a more modern feel to it without losing it´s feel of history. Che Guevara lived here for a short while but sadly his old residence is now a small office block !
The streets all run in straight lines so getting about is easy. The main waterfront has walkways of around 20km along the Rio Parana. On the waterfront is the huge monolithic Monumento a la Bandera which marks the place where in 1812 General Belgrano first raised the Argentinian flag.
Surrounding the Monumento a la Bandera are many fine churches, museums and loads of sculptures.
Rosario also has a craving for building artwork some of which fill an entire side of a tower block, the effect is striking and quite pleasant.
Just out of the centro is a huge green area called the Parque De La Independencia. It takes about 2 hours to walk around this huge site which also houses a football stadium and a racetrack. The avenues withing the Parque are all tree lined providing lots of nice shade.
As it´s Census day the place is almost empty, no bus´s very few cars and fewer people are about so its been a great to wander about with the place almost to ourselves. The downside is all the shops are closed as are the bars and restaurants so we will be cooking our own dinner tonight, Chorizo sausage pasta ! We made this in the hostel in Iguazu and it was really tasty so we are hoping for a repeat success.
The pasta was great ! Going to try this dish out back home if we can get any decent Chorizo.
Walked into the centro again today via yet more botanical gardens, its amazing the amount of birdlife here. We went up to the observaton platforms in the Monumento a la Bandera to get some great viwes of Rosario.
We had planned to visit the Rosaio Cathederal this morning but it has started to throw it down so we are having a late breakfast instead.
Last day and the planned visit to the Rosario Cathedral went ahead.
That´s it for Rosario, next stop Uruguay ...