Mendoza & Buenos Aires

Mendoza

9th – 11th of July 2013

There really isn’t that much to say about Mendoza, the area is famous for all the wineries. So if you want to chill out, visit vineyards and drink wine, this is the place to go to. At the same time this is also the reason why the article on Mendoza is so short, because those are the only things I did.  🙂

Buenos Aires

12th – 15th of July 2013

BA (Buenos Aires) is definitely my favorite city in South America so far. There are a ton of fun things you can see and do and the nightlife is fantastic. I stayed at Milhouse Avenue, a hostel which pretty much offers activities around the clock. And I mean this quite literally.

There are various tours you can do during the day and a party pretty much every night, either at Milhouse Avenue or Milhouse Hipo, the second location in BA which is run by the same “company”.

On the first day I did a walking tour to the Rose Garden, which is, big surprise, a garden full of roses. Sadly the guide wasn’t that great which is why this tour falls into the category “useless”. You might as well just hop on the subway and see the area yourself, it is quite beautiful. In the evening, going out was obligatory.

On the second day I did a biking tour through the city which is probably one of the best city tours I have ever done. I booked the tour through the hostel and it was run by BA-Bikes (www.babikes.com.ar; 14,5 €/145 ARS). BA-Bikes offer two different tours: The north tour and the south tour. I participated in the last one. At first it seemed crazy to bike through a city like BA but it turned out to be no problem whatsoever. Some of the things you see on the south tour include The Casa Rosada, Puerto Madero, Caminito and La Boca (the stadium of the Boca Juniors). If you are in BA, make sure to take this tour, it is fantastic.

The third day was Sunday, market day. The first market Daryl, Xiao and I visited was a handcraft market on La Defensa Street which is on every Sunday. The second one, and far more interesting market, is the Gaucho Market (Cowboy market) in the far north of the city. We seemed to be the only tourists there which made it even better. Apart from various foods, handcrafts and huge BBQs there was also some sort of Gaucho-Challenge going on which consisted of them speeding up their horses and then trying to spear a key ring which was hanging from a metal frame that had been set up. Definitely one of the things you don’t get to see every day.

The fourth day I headed out to visit the famous La Recoleta Cemetery with its many ostentatious mausoleums. One of them is the last resting-place of Eva Perón (Evita), the famous national hero which was buried here after her death in 1952. Since I had some more time to kill before my bus trip to Iguazu, I decided to China-Town where I found Pollito, a yellow rubber chicken which was to be my mascot for the rest of the trip.

I really enjoyed my stay in BA which was way too short for my liking. If I could, I would have definitely liked to stay here for a couple of days more.

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  1. Maren

     /  29. July 2013

    After reading your blog about BA, I really can’t wait to get there 🙂
    Take care and enjoy your trip!!

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