Buenos Aires - Rob van Praat

Buenos Aires

After a 14 hour direct flight from Amsterdam - with a free glass of champagne because of our honeymoon -  we landed in Buenos Aires at 7:00 in the morning.

We stayed in Buenos Aires for three full days. We mainly went to Argentina for its nature, but while there it made sense to also check out Buenos Aires. We were very lucky with the weather, between 25 to 30 degrees Celcius.

We had the first day and second morning to ourselves. We walked around the city and visited a few interesting places

Many old trucks

Old harbour crane

The flag

Nice weather

We visited the famous cemetery La Recoleta. Famous, rich and influential people are buried here. In most cases there are family graves. The graves are very large, some even with staircases in it. It's a dead town inside a the big Buenos Aires.

Also Evita is buried here. It's the black grave in the picture below, the one with all the flowers.

La Recoleta

At night we visited a very touristic tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel. Below you can find some photo's of this exploration.

Esquina Carlos Gardel

The afternoon of the second day we had a guided bicycle tour. This was the perfect way to explore the city.

With the bicycle tour we visited the highlights of Buenos Aires. The first thing we visisted was the old harbour. The old warehouse have been turned into apartments.

In the harbour - close to the Dutch embassy - there's a small Dutch park, recognisable by the orange wall.

The old harbour

Dutch park

We were happy that we also visited the La Boca neighbourhood with the bicycle tour, as we understood that you have to be careful where to go in this area.

We had some time to wander around a few streets. As you can see it's a very colorful experience. At the end we went near the Boca Juniors stadium. It's not circular, as there were houses in the way.

La Boca

After the bicycle tour we visited the places we wanted to have a proper look at.

One of the first things we visited was the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral as it was almost near our hotel.

Inside the cathedral is the Mausoleum of General San Martín. He wasn't a religious person, so back in the day he wasn't allowed to be buried inside the cathedral. However he deserved a place in the cathedral somehow. So they extended the cathedral with the mausoleum...therefore he's not buried inside the cathedral itself.

Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral and Mausoleum of General San Martín

The cathedral is located at the Plaza de Mayo, just as the Casa Rosada.

Once a week the Mother of the Plaza de Mayo come to protest against the disappearance of their sons many years ago. Due to some protest there fences in the pictures are permanent. This way to police can easily close off Casa Rosada.

Casa Rosada is the executive mansion of the president of Argentina.

Plaza de Mayo

Casa Rosada

One of the first things we visited during the bicycle tour was a monument to remember the Falkland war (The Monumento a los Caídos en Malvinas). It's still a sensitive subject in Argentina. Apparently in some places you have to be carefull how to name them, the Falkland Islands (English name) or the Malvinas (Argentinian name).

Opposite of the monument is the Torre Momumental. This was a an offer from the United Kingdom. The architecture is clearly very English.

We also visited the Teatro Colón, the opera house of Buenos Aires. We joined a tour where we got interesting facts about the building.

Teatro Colón

Furthermore we walked down some purple trees near Monument to the Carta Magna and Four Regions of Argentina

From here we walked down the rose garden Rosedal de Palermo the biggest Japanese garden outside Japan.

Purple trees

Rose garden Rosedal de Palermo

Japanese garden

During our last night we went to a nice restaurant in the San Telmo neighbourhood, near a plaza where there's live Tango dancing outside. Afterwards we walked back to our hotel to prepare our suitcases for the next day. We were picked up at 3:00 in the morning as our flight to the Valdes Peninsula was leaving at 5:00.

San Telmo plaza

Live tango dancing

A random car of streetworkers

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