Hear about things to do when you travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina as the Amateur Traveler talks to digital nomad Rax Suen from NomadsUnveiled.com.
Rax says, “I think Buenos Aires is good, because firstly, it’s convenient, and it’s a capital city. You can get a different mixture of arts, culture, gastronomic experiences, and nature all in one place. And because it’s a capital city, the infrastructure is better. You do not need to plan a lot in order to visit Buenos Aires. And also, you can also get a taste of different parts of Latin America.”
Rax has been to Buenos Aires 4 times including weathering the 2021 pandemic in the city.
Rax recommends starting your visit to the city with one of the free walking tours to orient yourself to the city and its neighborhoods. We focus this podcast on the neighborhoods of Centro, Recoleta, Palermo, San Telmo, La Bocca, Puerto Madero, and La Chacarita.
There are some days that are better spent in a particular neighborhood. For instance, on Sunday Rax recommends the San Telmo Sunday Fair that stretches from Plaza de Mayo down to Plaza Dorrego. This is a scene for locals and tourists alike. Plaza de Mio is where Casa Rosada is (the “White House” of Argentina except pink).
Rax recommends the neighborhood of Recoleta is a good place to visit on Saturdays. Here the architecture is “more posh”. Recoletta also has the Ateneo Grand Splendid bookshop which is a bookshop in a classic old theatre. Recoleta is also known for the Recoleta Cemetary where there are more tourists than mourners on any given day. Here you can find the tomb of Eva Peron and other notable Argentinians. Rax prefers the quieter La Chacarita Cemetery.
Palermo is a great neighborhood to stay in when you come to Buenos Aires. It has beautiful gardens, cafes, and restaurants. You can find the Buenos Aires Eco-Park (formerly a zoo), Buenos Aires Botanical Garden, and Parque Tres de Febrero with its rose gardens in this large neighborhood.
Take in a performance at the beautiful Teatro Colón or just enjoy locals practicing their tango in the street on the weekends. Or maybe take in a football game with one of the local teams and Buenos Aires rabid fans.
Whether you are eating under the railroad tracks in Recoleta, enjoying the ambiance at Café Tortoni, or trying a good steak at Don Julio, Buenos Aires has a great food scene. You can get an inexpensive bottle of Malbec (red) of Torrontés (white) wine from Argentina to accompany your meal. Rax also has some recommendations for vegan travelers.
For a break from the city, you can take a ferry across the Rio Plata to the quieter Colonia del Sacramento in Uraguay. Rax suggests spending the night there to enjoy the city after the last ferry of the day takes the tourists back to Buenos Aires. Or you can take the train out to Tigré, the “Venice of Argentina”.
Money can get a bit tricky in Argentina which has an official exchange rate and a much cheaper unofficial rate, but Rax has some recommendations that will save you money.
Whether you travel to Buenos Aires for the Asado, the tango, a graffiti tour, or just the vibrant city life, see if we can’t talk you into visiting this world-class city.
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Chat With Nomads
Neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires
Free Walking Tours Buenos Aires
Plaza de Mayo
Ateneo Grand Splendid bookshop
Centro Cultural Recoleta
La Recoleta Cemetery
La Chacarita Cemetery
Buenos Aires Eco-Park (formerly Zoo)
Buenos Aires Botanical Garden
Parque Tres de Febrero
National Library of the Argentine Republic
Obelisco de Buenos Aires
Usina del Arte
Graffiti in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Review – Hotel Vitrum
Colonia del Sacramento
Buenos Aires Verde
Palermo rose garden
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