Buenos Aires, Argentina 14th Feb - 22nd Feb

Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
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Trip End Apr 02, 2014


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Friday, February 14, 2014

Introduction


Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and in itself a tourist destination. There are so many suburbs to explore around here, each all far away from each other so we dedicated a day to each area walking around. We covered at least 100kms walking around the city every day!

We got the most luxury bus you could book to get here, called suite class. It was a 180 degree lie down seat, really comfortable. We got canapés with cocktails to start our meal, then a starter with wine, then dinner with more wine, then desert with champagne and then more snacks and brandy close to bed time. First class experience!

Highlights

Centro – The main business area. It's the cheapest area for eating, but all closes down out of business hours.

San Telmo – We had a couple of days here. On a Sunday, there is a giant market all down the streets so we visited that, dotted all along the markets were bands with people dancing the tango. It wasn’t for tourists, it was just normal weekend life for the locals. Great! We also went back here in the night time to go out for a meal and watch a tango show which was lovely to see.

Palermo – This is more of an upmarket section of town with lots of shops and artisanal markets

Recoleta – Another upmarket area with boutique shops and very old buildings. There is a cemetery there that all the tourists go to visit because it has beautiful head stones…bit of a strange tourist attraction. We went, but it was closed.

Boca – This is the areas where the football stadium is. It was a little bit more run down than the rest of Buenos Aires that we had seen but there were lots of hidden alleyways where all the building had been painted very bright colours. We walked down a few of them and stopped for a beer in a bar down one of them too.

All around the city were lots of park areas so we also walked through a lot of those. At night time no one came out until 12am so we got into a strange sleep pattern going to bed at 3am and waking up at lunch time.

Shopping

There is an online company where you can send money at the dollar blue rate which was excellent! Fae sent some extra funds over for us to pick up and went on a shopping spree all over the city over several days getting new clothes ready for our move to England.

Football Game

We went to see the local football game Boca Jrs, however when we got to the stadium we were told that the game was closed to the entire public due to some problems with the crowd in the previous match. Boca Jrs and have a bad reputation and there have been deaths in the past.

We decided to watch the match in a pub right next to the stadium. Right before the game was due to start, 3 policemen walked in and we were told that we were not allowed to drink beer during the game. Then they all sat down at a table in the pub. The owner of the pub, after about 10 mins came and brought us more beers, but disguised in polystyrene cups so it looked like coffee. Ridiculous!!

We stayed until half time as it looked like the team were going to lose, so we didn’t want to hang around to see what happens! It was a good experience to watch the game with the locals.

Strangest Thing to See

On the street by the riverside it seemed to be some sort of perhaps birthday tradition for everyone to take the birthday girl outside and pour water, eggs, and flour all over her. We saw it a number of times and there were white stains all over the floor. One girl got a bottle of coke poured over her over the top of it all too…what a mess!

Food & Drink

Favourite Local Dish: Still steak J

New Tastes: Parilla – Argentinian BBQ Feast

International McDonalds Meal: Triple Burger with Bacon

Local Beer: Quilnes

Fave Restaurant: Siga la Vaca – This was a set price for an all you can eat meat feast with salad bar and the price included a litre of beer each. This restaurant is well known all over Argentina so of course we had to visit. It really was delicious. We had to get a taxi home as we ate sooo much!!

Accommodation

Montevideo 48 - $44 a night for an apartment, however not enough kitchen equipment to even cook! Only brekkie & salads in the hotel and proper food eating out – it worked ok.

Expenses

Meals: $3 - $12

Wine Tour: $15 for an afternoon

Meal at Siga La Vaca: $12 each

Parilla BBQ Meal: $8 each

Ice Cream: $2 for ¼ kilo VERY CHEAP!

 
 
Average Daily Spend per person: $38

Transport there for both of us: $150

Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: $760

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