Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
14th Nov 2015
Budget Travel, City Ride
Jardin de Tango
Watch out for your wallet in crowded areas!
NIKON - D60
72 hours is a criminally short amount of time to explore one of the world's great cities, however it is all I had for Buenos Aires, the effortlessly cool capital of Argentina. Wanting to squeeze as much as possible in, while still having time to enjoy the experience, I got to work planning my perfect itinerary and trip. Luckily, it paid off, and I was able to see a lot of what this great city has to offer.
I began my trip with a free walking tour of Buenos Aires. Given it is such a huge city with crazy traffic - one highway is 18 lanes across at its widest! - I was glad to have a knowledgeable guide to show me around the main sites including the Casa Rosada, Plaza del Mayo and the Obelisk. The guide was very funny, so it was a great introduction to the city.
After the tour, we decided to visit Recoleta Cemetery, the place to be buried in Buenos Aires. This is the resting place of many famous people, including Eva Peron, the well-known Argentinian singer and first lady.
That evening, I was desperate to see some of Argentina's world famous Tango. We decided to splurge a little and attend a beautiful old theatre, where some of the world's greatest tango dancers have performed as part of a show called Tango Porteno. We watched a fabulous show over a tasty meal (with steak and Malbec, of course!)
The next day was Sunday, so we visited the world famous San Telmo antiques market. This sprawling market sells everything from handmade clothing to amazing old antiques. It was a great chance for me to brush up on my Spanish and also admire the great guitarists who were busking.
That afternoon, we decided to go to La Boca, probably the most famous neighbourhood in Buenos Aires with its multi-coloured houses and live tango shows. Unfortunately there was no football (soccer) on that day, otherwise we would have loved to attend!
For our final day in Buenos Aires, we decided to get out of the city and visit an estancia for something different. We went to La Estancia de Los Dos Hermanos and spent a fantastic day enjoying a delicious barbeque and riding on the horses. It was really a great day - although we finished up our whirlwind tour feeling very tired (and with quite stiff legs from riding the horses!)