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Top Ten Things to Do in Buenos Aires

Tango Dancers at Confiteria Ideal

Photo Credit: Gerrysan

Have a week to spend in Buenos Aires? Here are my top ten things to do here.

  • Enjoy cafe con leche with a medialuna outside a cafe and people watch.
  • Walk alongside Puerto Madero.
  • Watch tango at a milonga such as Confiteria Ideal. (Request a table in the back to respect the dancers.)
  • Go downtown: Visit the Plaza San Martin, Obelisk, Plaza de Mayo, and the Casa Rosada. This is a perfect walking day.
  • See Evita’s grave and beautiful mausoleums at Recoleta Cemetary.
  • Visit la Boca neighborhood. (Stick to the main tourist streets.)
  • Peruse the San Telmo Street Fair on a Sunday morning.
  • Take a colectivo to Feria de Mataderos on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Visit the cats in Parque Carlos Thays near the Jardin Zoologico.
  • Shop at the boutiques in Palermo Viejo and stop by Plaza Serrano on a weekend.

If you have time to leave Buenos Aires for a day during your visit, take the Buquebus to Colonia, Uruguay, or day trip to the town of Tigre using a commuter train from Retiro. Both trips are an hour away and worth the time.

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Fútbol en Vivo: Boca vs Racing

Fútbol is a way of life in Argentina. Other sports don’t hold the allure or fervor that fútbol evokes here. Two teams dominate the media–the rivalry between River Plate and Boca Juniors. River Plate recently had the distinction of winning their league, the Clausura, title on June 8 against Los Estudiantes team.

Football stars are treated like superheroes. Lionel Messi is the national fútbol hero at the moment, a deft player. Diego Maradona, the fallen fútbol phenom of the eighties, is still revered. It’s impossible to go a day without seeing his name in the news and celebrity tabloids.

E. and I watched a game against Boca Juniors and team Racing in May. It was exhilarating. The game was held in the Bombonera stadium in La Boca. Bombonera means “Bon bon box” in español, which seems to be a nod to the revelry and indulgences held inside. Boca Juniors colors are Argentine blue and yellow jacket yellow.

Boca Fans Section

 

The stadium can be a little dangerous for girls and women.

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Serenade in La Boca

Tango Cafe in La Boca

Tengo Suerte here. I am so very lucky. I pinch myself every day.

On Malvinas Day, V. had a holiday from work. We took a collectivo (bus) to La Boca, the colorful and poster ready Buenos Aires neighborhood. At the Barberia Tango Show cafe, we sat outside and watched two tango dancers strut on a small platform while a milonga singer crooned into a microphone. We were the only women around, so the singer edged close to our table and made moony eyes at us. My face turned beet red. He was trying to romance ladies for generous tips.

Girl in Window - La Boca

Our visit to La Boca wasn’t very long. There are three main streets geared toward tourists. It’s suggested that visitors stick with the busy streets. Though I saw plenty of foreigners, I was impressed by the number of locals enjoying coffee at outdoor cafes.

Much of the neighborhood is rundown and unsafe, particularly at night and during soccer matches. One of the local soccer teams, the Boca Juniors, has a stadium there called La Bombonera. While the colors and vibrancy make this barrio feel alive and pulsing, it’s clear that houses are flimsily constructed and dilapidated.

Shops and Houses in La Boca

We walked through tourist gift shops and took pictures, but an hour was plenty of time to visit. We walked next to the stadium and past hordes of stray dogs scavenging the streets. Beautiful and at the same time devastating.

Dog Sleeping on the Doorstep

 

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