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Pictures of Argentina Are Here!
December 23, 2009, 8:20 am
Filed under: Argentina, Pictures Post, Travel Tip

Dear friends,

I am slowly but surely sifting through my South America photos to showcase on my website, and I am proud to say that finally pictures from Buenos Aires are up! You can check them out here!

While I’m at it, I thought now would be as good of a time as ever to give a few travel tips on Argentina, specifically Buenos Aires– cool places to check out, things to do and see, etc. Feel free to check them out below.

Much love,

Brittany

Travel Tips for Buenos Aires, Argentina

I spent 10 days in Buenos Aires, mostly because I had a huge research project to do while I was there and I didn’t have the time to go anywhere else. 10 days was a perfect amount of time for me to really be able to enjoy the city and see everything I wanted to- however, I’d say that if you are traveling there for the sole purpose of just seeing the city all day long- you can easily see the best the city has to offer in a week with ample time to explore- 5 days if you want to sample EVERYTHING in a short amount of time- and 3 if you want to just see the highlights, though I’d say that’s pushing it a bit.

I was lucky enough to be able to visit many interesting areas of Buenos Aires. Transportation in the city is luckily a breeze. First off, if you are in the suburbs of Buenos Aires (like I was), you can always take the train into the city, to the Retiro station. You will basically arrive right in downtown Buenos Aires, within walking distance of Avenida Florida, one of the best areas to shop. The subway system in Buenos Aires is also fantastic, as are the buses- I have never seen a city with such highly efficient transportation! Plus everything is very cheap. You will not have difficulty getting around here.

If you’re more of  a’shop-til-you-drop’ kind of person, or enjoy people-watching, Avenida Florida is a must. It is a huge street that stretches on for probably over a mile, and it is stocked with stores upon stores of leather bags, leather boots, leather jackets and coats, books, music, delicious food- and after sundown, plenty of peddlers come out and sell some really interesting, cool, and cheap stuff in the Avenida. It’s also a cool place to just kind of veg out at a cafe restaurant and watch the world go by.

If you’re more into high-end shopping, El Palermo is a must. It is one of the ritziest areas of Buenos Aires, and has many top-end designer stores. Definitely expensive, but also a really cool place to walk around, even just for the artwork. There are also tons of amazing restaurants around here- I had the best steak of my life in this area.

If you’re into history, Recoleta is a gorgeous area, with La Recoleta Cemetary (a MUST see in Buenos Aires), the Nuestra Señora de Pilar Church, which is right next door, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (a gorgeous museum within walking distance), and plenty of outdoor cafes and eateries to stuff yourself. I spent an entire afternoon wandering around this area and loved everything about it.

If you like markets, San Telmo is absolutely breathtaking. While it’s only open on the weekends, you can spend the entire day winding up and down the streets checking out gorgeous handmade crafts. This is definitely a good place to bargain, and it’s usually a really crowded place, which makes things even more interesting. You’re bound to bump into someone random that you’ve never met, and end up spending the entire day with them- I can tell you from first-hand experience, as that’s exactly what happened to me.

Do you crave seafood? Puerto Madero is the place for you. It’s right on the ports of Buenos Aires (within walking distance of Avenida Florida), and there are dozens of upscale restaurants that serve all kinds of that seafood you’ve been craving. I wandered into an upscale restaurant there one afternoon and ended up splurging 40 dollars on an all-you-can-eat buffet of different varieties of raw salmon, raw oysters, beef, sausage, salads, cheeses, you name it– worth every penny.

So there’s a bit of my ‘two cents’ on Buenos Aires- it is a STUNNING place. I wish I could live there, and I dearly hope to return to Argentina for a much longer period of time someday. If you’re reading this while planning your trip to Buenos Aires, I am envious of you.

Hope that was helpful and until next time fellow friends and travelers,

Brittany


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