It takes 2 to Tango
Buenos Aires Travel Blog› entry 72 of 107 › view all entries
KERRY - So after our 20 hour bus ride overnight from Bariloche we arrived in BA, the capital of Argentina. We were looking forward to coming here as we had 2 Kiwi friends, Steve and Tim here that we had met on our tour through Peru and Boliva, as well as our English mates Phil and Stu who were on the Galapagos trip with us. We are also still travelling with Gordon and Cari and so there was a bit of a posse of us, as well as our Irish friends from Bariloche who are here as well!
We have had a really great time here - long days and late nights but lots of fun. There is so much to do in this city it can be a bit daunting knowing where to start, so on our first day we decided to hit the shops and have a look around the city centre to get our bearings.
We visited the Boca Junior Stadium as well as the area nearby called Caminito, which is really nice and has lots of nice little shops and craft stalls. We visited the Recolleta cemetary, which was an excellent tour (see review below), saw a Tango show in the famous Cafe Tortoni, had a tour of the famous Colon Theatre which is lovely, wandered the streets of San Telmo browsing in the antique shops windows, visited the Government house the Casa Rosada, as well as saw the All Blacks play the Pumas on Saturday night - All Blacks won 25-19, was a good game.
We have also been following the footie as it is hard to get away from it here, and the celebrations of the locals on Saturday when Argentina beat Mexico were amazing! As we left the bar we were in, a small band with a crowd following them walked past us and when we walked down to the Obelisk in the centre of the city the scenes were amazing!! Traffic had stoppped moving, people were cheering and shouting , dancing on their cars and flying the Argentinian flags all over the place! It was great. As much as we English hate their footie team, we can not do anything but support them here, as the scenes when they win are something to be savoured!
Night life is also something else here, we did not make it to a club - will try to in Rio, but the bars are great and are open all night. Going for dinner at 10.30 - 11pm is the norm and going to bed at 2am became standard for us. Needless to say i am a little bit tired now, and am looking forward to some peace at our next stop. If you have not been to BA i would recommend it to you, it is the best capital city i have been to so far on our trip and we have not even seen half of what this city has to offer.