We just returned two days ago from our maiden voyage in South America. Still struggling with the jet lag but fresh with the memories. Good time that the experiences are shared with you now while it remains fresh and straight from the oven. So read on while we unfold our experience in weekly episodes to you. Starting with the Argentine capital Buenos Aires as that is what we had first in our itinerary. It is recommended that you start your exploration of Buenos Aires with the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca since this is where the early Italian settlers also started their new life on the Argentine soil. The other reason to visit this place first would be to tick this box of a typical tourist destination off your list, so that you can focus on more off-beat locations with more time and attention.
Taxis are widely available in the Argentine capital. So get one and head towards the southern side where the neighbourhood is located. Good idea will be to collect a city map from your hotel, La Boca neighbourhood will be on the left hand side when you hold the map with both hands. You will realise that you have arrived there at the very sights of the multi-coloured houses from a distance. The moment you will put foot you may be approached by enthusiastic male and female Tango dancers who are keen to strike a pose or two with you to take a photograph and ofcourse which means you have to make a payment. If it fancies you then go ahead, otherwise steer clear – I didn’t. Start the walk through the Caminito, plenty of photo opportunities will unfurl in front of you, so go shutter happy. Ask anyone ‘Donde esta la Bombonera?’ to make your way to the Boca Juniors football stadium. You will see the reflection of fanfare and fanaticism as you approach the much celebrated stadium as many walls and houses are coloured in the team’s yellow and navy blue. Don’t forget that the legend Maradona also played for this club, but Messi didn’t. There are a few graffitis around the stadium of the football magicians so feel free to strike a pose or two.
- Feel free to wander around, get lost only if you are in a group of atleast two. Maximum time needed to explore La Boca and La Bombonera: 3 hours.
- Know some Spanish, preferably Argentine Spanish
- Refrain from buying from the shopping centers there, either they are fake or pricey
- There are a handful of restaurants, eat only if you are starving, the city has plenty of good eateries elsewhere. Some restaurants also offer Tango dances while lunch/dinner – avoid as there are better options elsewhere.
- Look for the wall murals of the Argentine stars (football, politicians, movies) and the brighly coloured houses for taking photos
Stay tuned, stay stunned!