Hi there. My company has decided to have this years convention in Buenos Aires Argentina. We usually go to New Orleans but this year, something different. I am bringing my wife and will be there one week with only a couple of days of freedom. I speak a little Spanish. Do they speak English?
And I am wondering what there is to do there? What are the must see attractions? I heard the Colon Theater is amazing. Is this true? I hear there is a nice cemetery there also. And the beef is great. Can anyone recommend a nice restaurant with some local flavor?
Hi Frank - Mary here. You are going to one of the most interesting cities in the world. Only in the last 6 years has this city become truely accessable to the rest of the world. The people are very warm and friendly there. I am sure you and your wife will have a great time.
As for the Colon theater, it is spectacular. I visited several months ago on holiday and was impressed. They give tours on English during the afternoons for a small fee.
The Recoleta Cemetery is very popular. Evita, from "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" is buried there. Her corpse has quite a story behind it. It was stolen on several occasions. The cemetery is free but we took a tour so we could learn some of the history. It is huge!
There is an interesting place called Caminito in La Boca. La Boca is a working class neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Caminito has many tourists but the buildings are painted different colors and there is a Tango theme to it. Very unique.
As for restaurants, wow, there are plenty to choose from. You said you wanted local flavor so I would try the neighborhood of San Telmo. All the restaurants there are unique and interesting. I went to a nice parrilia (grill) called La Brigada.
I also recommend seeing a Tango show. I took an Evening of Tango Tour that was fabulous. You can google that for more info.
Have a nice time there.
Caminto stinks. It is very small and the shops are very touristy. I kept getting hustled by hawkers trying to get me to sit down at the cafes. When I finally sat down, I was asked over 10 times to buy things being sold by young children roaming the streets.
If I were you, I would skip Caminito.
However, I agree with you about the Tango shows. I saw 2 of them and was impressed.
I was reading this thread and had to sign up to mention something.
When I was in Buenos Aires, I did something I will never forget. I checked into my hostel, which was terrible, right next to the highway. Anyway, I checked in, and then got on the first bus I saw. I don't speak any Spanish. None!!! And I just went for a ride through the downtown, then a nice part, then the suburbs, then the country side. Then when the bus line ended. I went to the other side of the street and took the same line back to my hostel.
It was so fun. Cost me about nothing too. The buses in Buenos Aires drive fast and there are so many of them.
Thanks guys for those words of wisdom. Don't know if I am brave enough for the bus tour. But that is a great idea.
I will try the La Brigada restaurant. Is there some Buenos Aires restaurant guide out there that is accurate?
PlantErth, which Tango show did you enjoy the most? Are they expensive?
Frank, there is a great restaurant guide however it is in Spanish. But you can still get a good idea about it.
Going to try and give the link if I can figure it out here.
Another helpful website I used in Bueos Aires was this,
And there is a great government website that has a ton of info,
As for Tango shows, I went to Senor Tango. It was very theatrical and I enjoyed it.
While I am at it, I will give a link to that too.
Well, that should keep you busy in Buenos Aires.
try this thread:
Also I would advise you to brush up on your spanish as English is practically nada en Buenos Aires
Just came from BA this morning and had a lot of fun. For great food head to Palermo, Soho where there are plenty of cool little (but comparitively pricy options - pricy for Argentina that is). There are also some fun places in Madero
A specific recommendation would be an incredible place called Sucre in the Belgrano neighborhood that served the best risotto I've ever tasted.
As to cool things to do make sure to take some day trips to explore the surrounding area. Some suggestions which I did included the
Tigre delta (it's amazing), try to catch a futbol game even if you've never seen one before - the people watching alone is fun, Colonia in Uruguay is a very easy day trip and extremely pretty.
I want to thank you for that helpful infomation. And the links. I will report back after the trip.
Brushing up on the spanish now.