Beyond the River Walk

by Oscar Castillo

Our grand Gateway City is oftentimes compared to our neighboring cities, especially in the summer when school is out and vacations are nigh. A popular outing destination for Laredoans seeking something a bit out of the routine is the ever-busy San Antonio. Here, we’ll cover some fun options for anyone heading over this summer.

The most obvious hotspot for San Antonio is its legendary and renowned River Walk. The walk consists of a historical and scenic tour of the heart of the city along a beautiful urban waterway. Walk along while visiting the popular shops and restaurants surrounding the area, or hop aboard a water taxi and have a relaxing time as you float along the horizon.

What truly makes San Antonio shine is the variety of attractions it houses within the city such as its popular amusement and water parks like Six Flags and Splashtown, or its natural tourist destinations such as the Natural Bridge Caverns, an underground system of explorable caves, or its botanical gardens, great options for a date. For animal lovers, Sea World offers a great way to experience marine life, and the many museums and arts centers offer a more eclectic view of the world.

Of course, one of the hottest parts of San Antonio is its bustling nightlife. Whether downtown or along the River Walk, there are dozens upon dozens of choice eateries, clubs, and bars from which to choose from. Forget you live in a small town for a night and dance the night away surrounded by lively strangers all there for one thing: to party. San Antonio is just a blast to explore. Find its many hidden gems next time you’re in the neighborhood.

 

 

The city houses popular amusement and water parks like Six Flags and Splashtown, and  natural tourist destinations such as the Natural Bridge Caverns.

Begin Your Year In A Winter Paradise!

by Ruben Marquez

The tourist attractions in Patagonia, Argentina, are simply incredible! You have direct access to animals where you can walk inches away from penguins, elephants, seals, and sea lions as well. There are picturesque views throughout the entire region with glaciers, the Andes Mountains, and other unique landmarks. When heading to Argentina, you can easily spend your entire trip just exploring the scenery of Patagonia.

The region is vast and the weather changes in an instant, but that is no reason to not visit one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. Getting around Argentina is becoming increasingly difficult as the economy retreats back into a recession, but that isn’t an excuse not to travel on the famous road that Che Guevara took. Here are the best tourist attractions in Patagonia:

 

PUERTO MADRYN & TRELEW

Puerto Madryn is one of those places that is part of the “Poor Man’s Guide to Antarctica Wildlife.” The area around Trelew and Puerto Madryn are chock-full of wildlife. You can climb down a cliff to get inches away from elephant seals (be careful they are aggressive). At the Punta Tombo penguin colony, you can see one of the largest Megellic penguin colonies in the world! Walk among penguins, have them attack you, and even watch chicks being born. You can even scuba dive with Sea Lions and watch whales from Punta Nimfas. You should definitely put it on your list if you are an animal lover.

 

CALAFATE

This is one of the best Argentina tourist attractions in my opinion. Calafate is the 2nd part of “Poor Man’s Guide to Antarctica Wildlife.” Here you can see the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier, which in my opinion, is one of the top three things to do in Argentina. Glaciers are the name of the game in Calafate, as well as the beginning of the Andean Mountain region. You can cruise around the largest lake in Argentina and see incredible glaciers. Due to global warming, there are fantastic opportunities to see glaciers floating through the lakes.

Don’t forget to take trip to El Chaltan to see the majestic Monte Fitz Roy. You have great hiking opportunities in the area, but the major attractions here are the glaciers including the Perito Moreno Glacier. You also have access to Torres del Paine, Chile’s own version of Patagonia.

 

Puerto Madryn is one of those places that is part of the “Poor Man’s Guide to Antarctica Wildlife.”;When heading to Argentina, you can easily spend your entire trip just exploring the scenery of Patagonia.