Gualeguaychu is a small, quiet town with a population shy of just 110,000. But when it’s the start of the year, Argentines flock to this Entre Rios municipal for the nation’s biggest Carnival festivities. I had to see for myself what all the hype was about, so last year I dragged my mom for a one-day excursion during her first visit to South America. As you can see in the picture above, it was madness.
Given that Carnival is a festival linked to religion, one would imagine a bit of conservatism. Of course the live streams I’ve seen from New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro on TV have shown me otherwise. In Gualeguaychu, the Argentines waste no time to get the party started. Without much to do before the parade at night, everyone heads to the river for drinks, music and all-out debauchery to be laughed about after the hangover settles.
I had thought of returning to this latin sin city last weekend for Carnival Round 2, but the (reasonably priced) rooms were sold out. Instead, I went to Mar del Plata for a calm four-day-weekend at one of the most popular beach spots in Argentina (posts to be published soon!).
To my surprise, the Gualeguaychu fun has been extended until next week. So, I am heading there tonight with a friend. We have no room reserved, and no return bus ticket in hand. Ahh, this will be interesting.