Andra Petrean, Julie Hempel
COURSE FEE: $5800
ESTIMATED OUT-OF-POCKET COST: $600
MAX CLASS SIZE: 24
Argentina is a large country occupying a large part of South America. Its natural beauty, which includes beautiful beaches with white sands, the tallest mountains on the American continent, and numerous waterfalls and lakes, is complimented by large cities bustling with a vibrant cultural life, great food, and rich architecture. Though Argentina does share much in common with the rest of Latin America, it also possesses distinctly European influences, owing to a large influx of Italian and Spanish immigrants in the nineteenth century. Argentina has long taken pride in its European heritage and it has a perception of itself as a nation of transplanted white Europeans. However, more recently, this Eurocentric view is being vehemently disputed by researchers and activists who wish to re-write the accepted version of Argentinian history, claiming that many of its African roots have been hidden. We will explore the intersection and influences of ethnic groups on the Argentine culture as we visit Buenos Aires, also frequently named “the Paris of the South.” Here we will learn about Tango, visit museums, take in the architecture of the city’s many fine buildings, and take a trip to “La Boca,” the city’s most colorful neighborhood. We will continue our exploration by shifting the focus to Argentina’s natural beauty. A trip to Mendoza will give us a chance to go horseback riding in the Andes, go paragliding outside the city, white water rafting, or hiking part of South America’s tallest mountain, Aconcagua. Mendoza is known for its cuisine, wineries, and olivicolas (olive processing facilities), and cooking classes are available.
EMAIL FACULTY: Andra Petrean