Visiting the best capital in South America
Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
69Trip End Oct 26, 2010
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On the first day we walked around Congreso where the Congress Building, Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada – the pink presidential palace where Evita 'sang' from the balcony
Ricoleta is another barrio (neighbourhood) that we visited which had a huge graveyard full of gravesites that resembled churches more than mausoleums. It is the burial place of BA’s rich and famous residents including Eva Peron and the whole place was rather weird. It is one of the more posh areas of BA and had some really fancy apartment blocks and a park with a huge mechanical flower that closed at night.
San Telmo is one of the older sections of the city with many old buildings and cobbled streets. On a Sunday the whole area comes alive with a market, mostly antiques but I think you can find almost anything there. The streets were packed with people selling, buying, playing music or dancing the tango and there was a really good atmosphere. We walked from there down to La Boca a working class neighbourhood and was pretty run-down as a whole. We walked past the famous La Boca Juniors soccer stadium and on to the colourful buildings of El Caminito, which kind of felt like Kalk Bay or Muizenburg. There were crowds of people and all the corrugated iron houses were painted in a different bright colour. It really had a great vibe with the restaurants pouring out into the streets with their own tango dancers giving a show and music blaring into the crowds.
Buenos Aires is a great city with a fantastic atmosphere and definitely the best capital that we have visited so far.