Buenos Aires is referred to as the ‘Paris of the South’, very sophisticated, beautiful wide, tree-lined avenues and gorgeous European architecture. Argentina is very cultural, elegant and formal, people are very well dressed.
I stayed at DAZZLER MAIPU HOTEL in Buenos Aires. It is in an excellent location, 2 minutes’ walk to Florida St and Galleria Pacifico shopping centre, 10-15 minutes’ walk to Plaza de Mayo. The rooms were huge so lots of space, very basic continental breakfast, and good free Wi-Fi. There was no information on tours to book from hotel which was disappointing.
In Buenos Aires there are some very colourful districts like La Boca (Italian area) with lots of markets, artists, colourful buildings and of course the famous La Boca stadium, but go before 6pm as the security police finish then and it can be dangerous.
Recoleta district is gorgeous and most famous for the cemetery where Eva Peron’s monument is. The cemetery is quite fascinating. There are hundreds of mausoleums where wealthy families are buried. It’s actually a lovely district to have lunch, with gorgeous cafes on the sidewalk.
Buenos Aires is a lot more expensive than Rio, particularly eating out. For some amazing restaurants try the Puerto Madero (riverfront) area. Visit Café Tortoni, it’s the oldest café in Argentina. Kentucky pizzeria on Avenue 9th July is excellent for pizza by the slice and empanadas. The Riverfront area (Puerto Madero) has lots of fabulous restaurants (fine dining). Argentina is a big meat eating country so you can get a great steak anywhere! Other food to try are empanadas (savoury pastry with fillings) and they are a cheap snack. You can’t miss trying dulche de leche at Dean and Denny’s. It’s a caramel spread you can find anywhere- in ice cream (to die for), on pastries or just eat it by the spoonful.
San Telmo markets are on Sundays and worth a visit. They start at Plaza de May and go for about 10 blocks. You can also visit the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral where the current Pope, Francis was the Archbishop before his appointment. Don’t miss a Tango night in one of the many venues, a great show.
Iguassu Falls is a highlight of any trip to South America. The amazing falls border Brazil and Argentina and are best seen from both sides. Whilst Argentina has 85% of the falls, Brazil has 100% of the views! Simply spectacular. If time was very limited I would just view from the Brazilian side, but the views from Argentina are also spectacular. Border crossing Brazil to Argentina takes a while. We were there 60 minutes which was apparently quick! Make sure take passport and reciprocity form.
Here I stayed at the Recanto Cataratas Hotel (3.5-4 star) about 40 mins from Brazil side of falls. It is in a remote location so you have to eat at hotel. It is a resort style, large family friendly hotel with a big pool. Free Wi-Fi, breakfast and buffet dinner ok.