Buenos Aires & Uruguay

Buenos Aires Travel Blog

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Time for a first update of our trip so far.

After the mamoth 18 hours of flying and hanging around Sao Paulo airport made it to Buenos Aires even with the very bumpy descent.  Couldn´t check in to our accomodation so wandered around centre of town and down by the muddy waters of the Rio de la Plata in a bigger scale Gunwharf development.  Once checked in did virtually nothing apart from catching up on the lack of sleep before finding dinner.  Made a small cock up with the ordering of pasta and ended up with a pile of plain pasta (tip - salsa is simply sauces)

Full day in BA and trampled the streets towards La Boca (home of the Boca Juniors football team - Maradona´s original team) during a thunderstorm.  Boca is the working class port area with a tourist strip planted in the middle with colourful buildings and street tango performances.  Except that there was no tango and the dancers were hiding under umbrellas looking rather cheesed off!  The tango had moved inside into the restaurants.  Once the lightening had finished spent the rest of the day in the grand streets of central BA which are very grand and includes probably the world´s widest street - Ave 9 July - all 14 lanes of it.  In the evening we hunted out a live performance of samba drums which was darn good.

Today have been on a day trip to Uruguay (as you do) and the sun has finally come out.  Sped across the Plata to Colonia del Sacramento a colonial town that once rivaled BA but now is a sleepy backwater (apart from the tourists from America).  It is very different to BA the pace of life is much more relaxed and laid back making wandering around enjoyable and feel the vibe.  Definately recommended and the Buquebus trip on a caterman was quick.

Off to Mendoza and its wineries and mountains tomorrow, so will update when something has happened!

Iain & Becca


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