We arrived in Buenos Aires a few hours before ship's check-in time: result - bus tour of the city

Buenos Aires Travel Blog

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Tango dancers performing on an outdoor stage in La Boca
Our aircraft landed in Buenos Aires EZE at 7:45am. Customs and immigration formalities were quick and easy and we were into the public area of the airport within minutes with all of our luggage. 

We had arranged with the cruise line to be transferred to the ship but because the ship didn't begin boarding until noon, we were offered a short tour of Buenos Aires before checking in. Despite the fact that we were feeling complerely ragged after almost two days of economy class flying, we enjoyed the tour.  Buenos Aires is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and, unfortunately, because of the way our cruise arrangements were made, the unexpected bus tour was to be our only opportunity to see it.
architectural feature in town centre
I visited Buenos Aires almost 20 years ago and had always wanted to return so I wasn't going to allow a near-fatal case of jet-lag to stand in the way of a tour.

The airport is about 35 miles from the city over a fast toll-road so we were downtown in no time only to find that the police had cordonned off the area of the Congress Building because of a political demonstration. This is the very area that is so reminiscent of the grand boulevards of Le Corbussier's Paris but our guide made the best of wat was left and we were able to see the Casa Rosada and some of the monuments of the official city. The statue of Cristobal Colon is worth noting because it was a gift of the Italian government and many people are unaware of the fact that approximately 40% of Argentines are of Italian descent - and similar percentages apply in Uruguay and Brazil.
monument to Cristobal Colon a gift of the Italian government


After an abridged visit to the official city we drove to La Boca with its colourful buildings made with courragated steel - more touristy than I remember it. We saw dancers on a public stage performing a tango in this old port where the tango began. Our bus stopped for a time to give us a chance to stagger around and take a few photos then we were off to Recoleta where we completed our tour and went to the cruise ship port to board our ship.

Registration was quick and easy.  We were identified, arranged payments and promised that our bags would be taken from dock to stateroom by the first evening - pomise kept. Our stateroom was steerage class but clean, comfortable and well organized and we happily collapsed on the bed - to tired even for a desperately needed shower.
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monument to Cristobal Colon a gift…
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Portenos
Portenos
Portenos
Portenos
Casa Rosada - Headquarters uf the …
Casa Rosada - Headquarters uf the…
enroute to La Boca District
enroute to La Boca District
Tango dancers performing on an out…
Tango dancers performing on an ou…
distinctive architecture in La Boc…
distinctive architecture in La Bo…
distinctive architecture in La Boc…
distinctive architecture in La Bo…
doors - La Boca
doors - La Boca
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doors
entrance
entrance
restaurant la boca
restaurant la boca
British Monument
British Monument
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Cruise ship Port on Rio de la Pla…
container cranes
container cranes
Buenos Aires from the deck of MV …
Buenos Aires from the deck of MV …