Buenos Aires, Argentina 14th Feb - 22nd Feb
Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
100Trip End Apr 02, 2014
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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!
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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