“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ― Marcel Proust –
5 DAYS IN ARGENTINA
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Before your departure, do not forget to check/bring with you:
- flight booking and hotel reservation
- Buenos Aires city map
- Buenos Aires public transportation website
- Argentina Tourist Office
DAY 1 : VISIT BUENOS AIRES – CENTRO AND RECOLETA
Buenos Aires is the biggest city in Argentina. Distances are very big, public transportation is necessary to move around. Most of the times we will use the metro (subte), although sometimes it will be necessary to use the bus (colectivo). Signs in the city are unfortunately very poor, it is quite difficult to move, therefore I will try to give you as much as information possible. The best way anyway is to ask people, they are extremely kind and ready to help you.
The first day in Buenos Aires will be dedicated to the city centre and to Recoleta area.
- The visit can start with a very short stop in “Congreso” metro stop, where you will find the Congress Palace, a huge neoclassical building.
- From Congreso take the metro again and get off at Plaza de Mayo. This is the most important square in the city, that hosts important buildings such as the Casa Rosada (the Government seat) and the Cathedral.
- From Plaza de Mayo take Avenida de Mayo, and in the middle of it you will find Café Tortoni, one of the most ancient and elegant bars in the city. Having a coffee there is a tradition.
- After a coffee break in Café Tortoni, keep on walking and you will arrive in Plaza de la Republica, where the big Obelisco is located.
- From Plaza de la Republica take Avenida Corientes and at some point on your left you will find Calle Florida, the main commercial street with plenty of stores. You can stop there if you want to do some shopping.
- Now from Florida go back to Plaza de Mayo and next to there, in Avenida 25 de Mayo, take any bus going to Recoleta. This is the fancy area of the city, withelegant houses, nice streets, parks, restaurants. You can have your lunch there, and afterwards visit the main spots in the surroundings. One of them is the Fine Arts Museum, a red building hosting several masterpieces. However, the most attractive place in Recoleta is the cemetery. It is very similar to Père Lachaise in Paris: wonderful mausoleums everywhere and tombs of celebrities such as Eva Peron.
DAY 2 : VISIT BUENOS AIRES – SAN TELMO AND BOCA
The second day in Buenos Aires is dedicated to the most touristic places, very different but charming.
- From Plaza de Mayo you can walk to San Telmo. This is the oldest area in Buenos Aires, and was previously habitated by rich people…until the day of an explosion of cholera, when everybody moved to the north and leaving only the immigrants there. Later, this area started attracting bohemian artists, which is still visible in its special atmosphere, its antique market, its shops, its street performers. All ends up in Plaza Dorrego, a very nice square hosting tango dancers.
- From San Telmo, take any bus going to Boca, the most colorful area in the city. In Boca indeed you will find yourself in the Caminito. This area was the residence of Italian immigrants who used to work in the port. In the past they used to paint their houses with the leftover of the varnish used for ships. The result is an area with extremely colorful houses. The Caminito is a pleasant area, with plenty of restaurants, shops, music and tango dancers.
DAY 3: VISIT BUENOS AIRES – PALERMO AND PUERTO MADERO
The third day in Buenos Aires will be dedicated to the greenery of the city.
- From Plaza de Mayo, take the streets behind and you will find yourself in Puerto Madero. This is the city port, and also the modern area. You can enjoy a nice walk there, along the port until the Ponte de las Mujeres, designed by Calatrava. Taking the bridge, you will see skyscrapers and large roads heading to Reserva Ecologica, a vast green space with many protected species of flora and fauna.
- Back to Plaza de Mayo, take the metro till Plaza Italia and you will arrive in Palermo, a residential but vibrant area. Palermo is divided into Palermo Soho (known for its bars and restaurants) and Palermo Hollywood (seat of the TV companies). In Palermo Soho you can visit the Botanic Garden, the Zoological Garden and the Japanese Gardens, a huge spot of greenery in a big city.
DAY 4 : VISIT PUERTO IGUAZU
Time to leave Buenos Aires and go to one of the most beautiful places in the world, Iguazu.
There are several ways to reach Puerto Iguazù. There are daily buses going there, but the trip takes 15hrs..if you’re brave enough it could be a nice way to see the Argentinian landscapes. But if you have short time it’s better to take one of the several daily flights operated by Aérolinas Argentinas and in 1h30m-time you are in Puerto Iguazù. You can catch a flight early afternoon, so that you will have some time to visit the town of Iguazu. Puerto Iguazù is indeed a very small town, but very quiet and immersed in the nature. A nice walk there can be very enjoyable.
DAY 5 : VISIT IGUAZU FALLS
The 5th day will be surely one of the best of your life, since you will visit one of the 7 wonders of the world, something very unique : the Iguazù falls. These waterfalls are located in the border between Argentina and Brasil. In this post we’ll focus on the Argentinian side, whereas in the post about Brazil we’ll see the other side. The Argentinian side is very impressive, since you will have direct access to these giant waterfalls. From Puerto Iguazù bus station, there are buses taking you to the falls every 20mins and the trip will last 30mins. Once you are there, you can do the first part on foot, where you will explore a part of the great forest. The flora and fauna are amazing. At some point, you will have to take a small train that will take you to the stop “Garganta del Diablo”. At this stop, you will have to cross a 1km bridge that will pass just above the river (the view underneath can be scary but wonderful at the same time), and after a while you will arrive in the most impressive part of the waterfalls: the Garganta del Diablo. This massive complex of cascades form a narrow chasm some 150m long and 80m high. The roaring falls and veils of spray create an awesome, full-sensory experience. The scenery is absolutely unique, the entire wonders that nature created are concentrated there. From the Garganta del Diablo you can then take the small train back and stop in the previous station where you will be able to admire the rest of the waterfalls. I think since now this is the best places I have ever been. What is in front of your eyes will leave you breathless!