We have been in Buenos Aires for six days now so we decided to write our first blog. We are currently sitting in Plaza Hondura watching the Dia de la Musica festival. We did bring a cheap bottle of wine but the cork won’t open. I guess that is what you get from a backstreet alley tuck shop.
From arriving at the airport we attempted to save £10 by taking the local bus instead of the luxurious coach. After four attempts walking back and forth from the airport to the bus stop we managed to get on it for 50p (with thanks to the guy who let us use his SUBE card) The transport here is really good value, you can get around the whole entire city all day for around 30p. We only realised this after three days of walking for seven hours a day.
On the first day we visited a district called San Telmo and we saw the obvious tourist sights like the Presidential House, a Modern Art Museum, an ecological reserve, and the quayside. After some advice from the hostel we headed to Florida Street to exchange our money. The ‘Cambios’ (guys with money) offer an exchange rate of nearly double the banks and ATMs, so this was a much more affordable way to spend time in the city, albeit illegal. Later in the evening we visited La Boca which is a touristic market area with colourful painted buildings and interesting street art. We were taken aback by the sheer amount of homeless people, dog poo and run down buildings. That night we had all you can eat empanadas and all you can drink for just £4 and we got chance to meet some fellow English travellers. Empanadas are a popular meat filled pasty snack and their stores, along with fancy bakeries, line the streets of Buenos Aires.
The next day we went to the more affluent areas of the city called Recoleta and Palmero. This was the Buenos Aires that we were expecting. We went to the MALBA museum and Evita’s cemetery, saw plenty of lush parks and Italian/French influenced statues and plazas. In the evening we splashed out on a traditional tango show which was slightly out of budget but well worth the experience! For around £30 we had an hour long tango lesson, a three course meal, a free bar and an entertaining show. The meal was incredible, the wine even better and it definitely made us more relaxed when the performers unexpectedly pulled us up on stage during the performance.
The next few days were much more laid back mainly due to our tight budget. We spent most of our time around Plaza Italia and the parks in Recoleta chilling in the 30 degree heat, and also visited the botanical garden and Soho markets. A lot of our time has been spent organising and booking the next part of our trip to Montevideo. We don’t really know what to expect from the city as a couple of weeks ago we had no idea we would be heading to Uruguay…