Buenos Aires, the occidental capital in South America
I was warned on the different blogs, Buenos Aires doesn’t look like Sout America. It is completely true, but I still loved it. Of course, if you start your travel there, it is not a big change. However, after a few months on the road, I was happy to fell a bit like home in a city that is the perfect mix between Paris and London.
The first day, we visited the center of the city, in my point of view the less interesting. You will find Hausmanhien building like in Paris and docks similar at London, but it lacks the vibrant spirit that you can find in Buenos Aires. We use this day to do some shopping. After almost 3 months in the same clothes, it was good to see ourselves in a nice dress. We will leave behind the clothes that we are not wearing that, to make space for one new item.
Sunday, it is the day to visit San Telmo. This district is full antics shop and nice market on the street. I particularly loved the covered market, with the nice restaurant and the cute shops. I felt like a Sunday in Brick Lane in London. In the central square, you can enjoy a tango show, the dance of Buenos Aires. The lady who danced was 9 months pregnant, I don’t how she managed to dance that well with her belly! To change a little, we ate curry rice in the cover market, it was so goood !
Next, we went at La Boca to the famous colorful neighbor of Buenos Aires. This is a very touristic place! If you come to Buenos Aires, of course, you need to see it. But really once is enough and you need a small hour to see everything. There are souvenir shops and restaurant everywhere and it is hard to have a nice picture.
This evening, we took a tango class. A quick hour to have a taste to what feel like dancing tango. This is not easy! The rhythmic is not simple on the music. We listen to music and (try) to walk on time. After that we learn the basics steps. We are fare of becomming professional tango dancer but it was a fun experience!
And last but not least Palermo, this place is the perfect mix between Soho et Le Marais. You have really nice shops (that we stayed away from because our bags are full), restaurant and street art. We zigzag in all the little streets to see as much as possible. I think that a tour could have been nice to know a little more about the artists and the story behind the pieces. If I live one day in Buenos Aires, that is definitely the district that I will choose.
With this article, I conclude our Argentina story. After a few days in Mendoza area, we are now heading to Chile. Talk to you soon.
How to get there? From Mercedes, we took a night bus (2700 pesos)
To use the bus and subway in Buenos Aires, you need to buy a card (that you can use for several people). It costs 35 pesos and you can leave it with a negative account at the end…
Where to sleep? We stayed at Rock hostel and Brewery, I would not really recommend it. It is noisy, the showers are not good and you have to wait all the time to have something to eat at breakfast… but it is cheap (250 pesos the night breakfast included), and you know why!