This vibrant city counting over 13 million residents is the one we flew into from Amsterdam and was a good starting point to get adjusted to the Latin American way. We landed at about 7am on a Sunday morning, which turned out to be ideal, as everything takes a much slower pace. No traffic jams, so instead of more than an hour to get to NH Buenos Aires Latino hotel, Hernando from Suntransfers got us there in less than 30 minutes, including giving us some useful pointers of what we should really get to see while we were there. As it was only about 8.15 at that time, there was no way we could check-in yet (unless we wanted to pay 23 USD extra), so we decided to freshen up a little in the bathroom, change into some lighter clothes (it would get to 33°C that day) and hit the town.
I must say I can appreciate Buenos Aires, even though I’m not a city person. There’s quite some green areas incorporated into the concrete. Below I’ve set out the route we followed, which is ideal to see the main venues and get some good picture material. As it’s hot, we needed about 7 hours to cover the 20km, including a few stops to get hydrated. If you prefer a light lunch, La Panera Rosa is recommended – more in particular the Iberic baguette is just enough to get the energy levels back. And the location along the Rio Darsena Sur is pretty scenic as well.
Thanks to Hernando’s tips, we stopped by at the Cemetery (Cementerio de la Recoleta). May sound odd, but it’s really something different. Each grave is actually covered by a construction, decorated in different styles. Visiting this during the later part of the day brings a certain atmosphere which is surprisingly calming.
We finished the day with some tender and tasteful Argentinean meat at Villegas, located at the other side of the Rio Darsena Sur – which is a great area to visit by the way. We were even offered a cocktail of the house, to toast to the start of this amazing holiday. Salud!