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Trip List by Santiagov

Just one more opinion by a BA citizen.

May 22, 2006  BA parent of two teen agers. Semi retired, spent some time working in the hotel and restaurant biz, now touring BA visitors with a nautical guided tour and/or exploration proposal to the Delta Islands and Tigre.
3.0 of 5 stars based on 6 votes

My list is about some well known "spots" in BA and sorrounding that are worthwhile to fully "discover", meaning that probably not enough time was given to it. I am suggesting a more in depth look might be worthwhile.

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  • 1. Recoleta / Chacarita Cementary.

    Asumming you are interested in history,art and in a more "in depth" look while you travel. A good guided tour/s will probably be a good start.
    Try reading, while at home, some history of Argentina ( eg: Historians as Romero / Felix Luna / Garcia Hamilton do have short English versions on Argentina history) so to get the most of your guide while in Recoleta / BA and Argentina.
    In my opinion tours should not be of more than 3/ 5 visitors all together. My recommended tours are the ones from Eternautas and Robert Wright. Be sure to chat a bit with them before hiring their services, so they get to know your specific interests and knowledge or lack of it.
    Self guided tours is a interesting alternative ( not for first timers). La Chacarita cementary is also worthwhile a guided visit , its huuuge! and just to mention 2 famous "lodging" there : General Peron and Carlos Gardel ...among many others.....

    Before and after the Recoleta cementary visit, start with a nice cafecito with medialuna/s at "La Biela" ( just in front of the cementary).
    For some good steaks "after" your visit to Recoleta walk to
    "La Brigada" restaurant over Pena St. and Av. Pueyrredon ( 7 blocks from the cementary ) and ask for short ribs and a Luigi Bosca.
    Maybe for the rest of the day just troll around the Recoleta Park, Av Alvear and adjacent streets. Don´t start shopping inmediately ( hold your horses n wallet)

  • 2. What to visit near (walking distance) Recoleta cementary.

    Buenos Aires Design / Pilar Church / Centro Cultural Recoleta/ A walk through Avenida Alvear up to Arroyo St. / Posadas Street ( Patio Bullrich) and adjacents as there are many buildings, shops that are interesting and beautifull, very much Paris like....
    Think that in almost every block there are some intersting facts to hear, information and stories that a good BA guide should be able to tell you .
    A visit to El Ateneo bookstore (or any other good and close bookstore) will add some fun, if "exploring" some picture books of BA. If interested in old books just post it in TA forum.
    If a picture fan just shoot !

  • 3. Chacarita cementary .

    A good and proffesional guide will probably add alot to this visit. Unless you speak some Spanish and/ or alredy visited the Recoleta Cementary and have read history about Argentina. In that case a self guided tour ( not the best idea) might be OK.
    Think this cementary is huge one and easy to get lost and plan ahead what key graves or "inhabiatants" you want to give a visit or a Hi !
    Dont forget to tell me if Carlos Gardel statue keeps smoking ( holding a lighted cigarette in his fingers).
    Combine this tour with lunch at Bobo or some excellent tapas at Home Hotel in Palermo Viejo ( located half distance from Recoleta to Chacarita) or just gather for info regarding close restaurants ..there are many good ones in the area.

    Enjoy , have fun ! life can be so good and short :)