Buenos Aires is the financial, industrial, commercial, and cultural hub of Argentina.
Its port is one of the busiest in South America; navigable rivers by way of the Rio de la Plata connect the port to north-east Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. As a result it serves as the distribution hub for a vast area of the south-eastern region of the continent.
We did a 1/2 day tour with a private guide around the city to get our bearings and a fundamental understanding of the city.
The first area we went by were the parks of Palermo and if you visit and feel tired of the city and want to see a green space, then Los Bosques de Palermo is a great place. The parks are located just 15 minutes away from downtown and they get packed with locals, mostly at the weekends, who go there to jog, cycle, rollerblade, play football or just sit on the grass and have a picnic. It’s a good place to combine chilling out with local people watch.
The Cemetery includes graves of some of the most influential and important Argentinians, including several presidents, scientists, and wealthy characters and their wealth and prestige is directly reflected in the size and grandeur of the various tombs.
The entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks, with wide tree-lined main walkways branching into sidewalks filled with mausoleums. It is the closest i have ever seen to an actual ‘City of the Dead’
While many of the mausoleums are in fine shape and well-maintained, others have fallen into disrepair and dereliction -making for some lovely photos
Next was the neighbourhood of Sam Telmo. San Telmo (“Saint Pedro González Telmo”) is the oldest barrio of Buenos Aires and is characterized by its colonial buildings. Cafes, tango parlors and antique shops line the cobblestone (adoquines) streets, which are often filled with artists and dancers.
things grew ever brighter as we drove further towards and into the Boca area
La Boca is a neighborhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. As one of Buenos Aires’s 48 barrios, La Boca is located in the city’s south-east near its old port. It retains a strong European flavour, with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa. It is known among sports fans for La Bombonera the home of Boca Juniors, one of the world’s best known football clubs.
La Boca is a popular destination for tourists visiting Argentina, with its colourful houses and pedestrian street, the Caminito, where tango artists perform and tango-related memorabilia is sold. La Boca is still the poorer part of town and many of the residents are of mixed Italian, Spanish, German, French, Arab and Basque.
We then hid away from the hustle and bustle for a very peaceful lunch in a nunnery cloister
We spent the afternoon wondering back to the hotel and then went to a tango lesson! But this will have to wait for my next post specially dedicated to Tango is the city in which it came to life