Argentina, South America

Buenos Aires: It’s more of a feeling than a concrete jungle.

We took an 17 hour overnight bus from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires. This bus trip was incredible, but I’ll save that for a separate post. 

The day we arrived in Buenos Aires we did a free walking tour in the city center. In this tour we saw the congress building, Palacio Barolo, Plaza de Mayo, the cathedral and the infamous pink government house. Our guide Martin was great, and so informative. Since arriving in Argentina we had been battling with money because one, we could only withdrawal small amounts of cash and two, things where incredibly expensive. For example a can of coke and a bag of chips would cost R80 (USD 6). Martin explained how last year Argentina had  suffered from an inflation rate of 45 %. Yes 45 %!! So if we had  travelled to Argentina this time a year ago, we would have essentially payed half the price for everything. This was extremely interesting to learn about, and to hear his perspective on how the Argentinian people were handling this situation.

The Buenos Aires congress building.

Appreciating all the architecture on the free walking tour.

The pink government house.

On our second day we went to explore the San Telmo flea market. We all had fun looking for clothing, jewelry and souvenirs. After this we went to the La Recoleta Cemetery. This cemetery houses countless graves of intellectuals, socialites, ex presidents, nobel prize winners and other important Argentinian historical figures (such as a Eva Peron). At first we thought going to visit a cemetery was a strange concept, but as soon as we got there we understood why this was such a famous tourist attraction… The time and money that went into making the architecture for the tombs was incredible. After this we went to Plaza de las Naciones to look at the giant metallic flower sculpture and to relax in order to regain some energy for our evening activities.

Enjoying the San Telmo flea market.

Different tombs at La Recoleta Cemetery.

The statues that were built around the tombs we beautiful!

Tombs ranged from small to gigantic.

The metallic flower sculpture at Plaza de las Naciones. The sky made this a beautiful site, with no photo editing needed.

That night we went on a search to find a genuine Argentinian steak served with chimichurri sauce. We searched for a while and eventually found a restaurant with reasonable prices. We enjoyed the delicious steak with several bottles of Malbec wine. After this, we went and joined a pub crawl. It was a Sunday night and hence not very busy, but we had fun with a New Zealander and our guides who were from Venezuela and Colombia. Our Venezuelan guide was very informative of what was happening in Venezuela at the moment, and it was interesting to hear his perspectives on the country.

All the steak we ate in Buenos Aires came with eggplant and chimichurri sauce.

Wine time!

On our last day in Buenos Aires we went and did a tour of La Boca. This is the neighborhood in which tango was founded. La Boca was originally the neighborhood in Buenos Aires that housed immigrants from around the world. There was a mixture of religion, culture, food and languages. Our guide explained to us that the one common language the people had was dance, and out of this tango was born. We found the tour very insightful and beautiful to walk around with all the colorful buildings.

At first glimpse, La Boca looked like a tourist trap but once we started the tour we learnt that there was so much more than meets the eye in this neighborhood.

Colorful housing was the norm in La Boca.

Beautiful clouds seemed to follow us for our two days in Buenos Aires.

Our guide from our free walking tour told us that Buenos Aires is more of a feeling than a city with multiple sites one must see. I can definitely appreciate this. Every street had a mixture of fascinating architecture and the cobble stone streets made it a fun city to explore.

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