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I would be remiss if I don’t place a word about Tango, which plays such a big role in Argntina.

Open-air tango dancers that entertain patrons at the outdoor cafes.  Known as the birthplace of the tango, this one-time shipyard has a famous walkway, the Caminito, where tango dancers perform and artists exhibit their work.

Anxiously waiting for his partner, while below a quick lesson of tango to an interested tourist.

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This guy learning the trade.

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Various Views of 9 de Julio Avenue, Buenos Aires Argentina, DSC_04368

These shots taken from the hotel upper floor showing the different views of the widest street in the world, and it’s not just any street.  9 de Julio Avenue is only 1 km long but 110 meters wide with nine lanes.  It has up to seven lanes in each direction and is flanked on either side by parallel streets of two lanes each.

The Teatro Colon Building viewed in this image is the main Opera House in Buenos Aires It is ranked the third best opera house in the world by National Geographic.

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At its widest, the avenue has twenty lanes of traffic if you include the side roads that ran parallel and also need to be crossed to make it safely to the other side. Here in the middle  is a view of the famous Obelisk.

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The building in the background which is the seat of the Ministry on Social Development, shows the portrait of Eva Peron delivering a historic speech at this very location, sixty years earlier. and can also be viewed on the opposite side.

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Indigenous Embera Man, Colon, MG_6029

The Emberá people  also known in the historical literature as the Chocó or Katío Indians are an indigenous people of Panama and Colombia.  There are other Indigenous group living in Panama with whom the Embera share cultural similarities.

Both men and women practice body painting with the jagua fruit. Some people cover nearly their full body. Even the lower half of the face covered from a line extending back from the corners of the mouth. Some designs are solid blocks of painting with small patches of skin left open to show contrast. Others are elaborate patterns drawn with delicate lines by artists with the thin tip of a bamboo stick. Each design has its own meaning and each age group and gender are assigned specific ones.

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Natives of Totonaca Culture, Costa Maya Mexico, MG_5352

The Totonac people resided in the eastern coastal and mountainous regions of Mexico at the time of the Spanish arrival in 1519. Today they reside in the states of Veracruz, Puebla, and Hidalgo. They are one of the possible builders of the pre-Colombian city of El Tajin, and further maintained quarters in Teotihuacan (a city which they claim to have built). Until the mid-19th century they were the world’s main producers of vanilla.

Looking proud in their colorful attires, those so-called Flying Men prepare themselves to a spectacular show.

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