Buenos Aires… does anything else need to be said? This was one of the highlights of our trip. We loved this city – the people, the architecture, the culture, the food, the wine. We spent Sydney’s birthday weekend here and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves while sampling the nightlife. The best advice we got about visiting Buenos Aires was from the Travel Tips book in Didingo – Go out and party every night, get up early and see the city during the day, and sleep after you leave BA. This was the South American city that we could see ourselves living in the most. This post will not do the city justice, but it was amazing.
La Boca is an originally Italian barrio in BA with colorful buildings, lots of street art, tourist markets, public tango performances at cafes, and the famous Boca Juniors futbol club. We spent an afternoon in La Boca, and while the markets and shops were quite touristy, it was a very fun afternoon exploring.
Because it’s South America, there are naturally political protests. While we were in BA, there was a fairly large Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo march going on, which happens regularly in BA to protest all of the unaccounted Argentinians that went missing under the military dictatorship of the 70’s and 80’s.
The architecture. This is what makes BA such a cool city. Whether it’s the presidential palace or a corner store in a working class neighborhood, the architecture in this city is such a treat. From the main drag to tiny alley ways, buildings are incredibly detailed and constructed in the Spanish, German, Italian, French classical, and neo-gothic styles and everything in between.
The biggest market in BA occurs every Sunday and is called the Feria de San Pedro Telmo. You could spend the entire day at this market. There was art, antiques, clothes, collectibles, wonderful street food, live music, and anything else you could possibly think to buy.
In addition to incredible architecture, there were beautiful Catholic basilicas, religious statures and historical monuments throughout the city, that added yet another layer to the rich culture of BA.
Tango is culturally very important in BA. It has been banned during several periods throughout Argentina’s history, resulting in an underground tango culture. In addition to seeing tango street performances throughout the city, you can find many affordable tango lessons and shows.
For my birthday, we went to a performance called Fuerza Bruta (Brute Force). This is really difficult to describe, but if you are ever in an area where they are performing, GO! It was Blue Man Group meets Cirque du Soleil meets Salvadorian drumming. It was a rave, music and dance performance, and art display all at the same time. This was truly one of the best shows we’ve ever been to. Also, because it was my birthday and I asked nicely, all the boys went out in drag.
Fuerza Bruta BA video: https://youtu.be/hRRNtc6c9VA
We did as much partying in BA as we did good tourist sight seeing, and though it took about a week to recover, it was worth every minute of lost sleep!