The Big City
Buenos Aires Travel Blog› entry 15 of 34 › view all entries
We arrived in Buenos Aires after a very comfortable 20 hour bus journey from Puerto Iguazu early on Saturday morning to find our choice of hotel full and nearly every other one that we could possible want booked as well! We eventually had to plump for a "real hotel" and stay at a more moderate place the next day - it was the first time we had such luxury since we left for South America!
The City had changed very little since Jeremy had last been there (although was a lot more expensive). For a South American capital City it has a lot of charm and plenty of style and although it has a huge amount of traffic congestion and a real bustle about the place, it doesn´t have the menacing feel that cities such as Lima can have if you stray off some of the main streets.
We are staying in somewhere similar to London`s West-End, (although in a more modest hotel!), there are many theatres, cinemas and restaurants and we are just a few blocks away from the central pedestrain shopping areas.
On Sunday we went to Ricoletta, passing all the Armani, Gucci, Luis Vitton, Cartier and various other shops that the rich and famous of Buenos Aires frequent. Needless to say we didn´t go in, and spent the morning wandering round the famous Ricoletta market, whcih was fantastic.
We also visited the Ricoletta, which although sounds morbid, it is absolutely fascinating. To be allowed entry into a tomb, it requires more than just money - only the upper echelons of Argentine society are allowed in here to build their enormous marble chapels, vaults, sarcophagae, statues and plaques. Even Eva Peron only was allowed in because of some of the links her family (the Duartes) had rather than because of her acheivements in social reform in the mid-twentieth century - her husband (and President on two occaisions) didn´t have these links and is buried elsewhere!
There is a lot to see and do around Buenos Aires, but as we only have a couple of days here, we haven´t done an awful lot - (no football matches just yet!). Tomorrow we will be either heading to Bariloche, or down to Puerto Madryn.
Hopefully in one of the next few Cities we will be able to upload some photos - Argentina isn´t great for computers compared to Peru!