Today’s *Honeymoon Heaven* inspiration features Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan fun city perfect for a few days sightseeing and the gateway to Argentina.
It has some beautiful architecture and grand promenades, with a fashionable European influence mixed with traditional South American customs. Being the capital, you can fly to pretty much anywhere in Argentina and even South America from Buenos Aires, meaning that a two or three week honeymoon is easy to put together. The stunningly spectacular Iguazu Waterfalls are just a couple of hours flight north, whilst the beautiful wine country and Andes mountains are found to the west. In the far south of the country, the glaciers and wildlife of the Patagonia region are world renowned, whilst Ushuaia is the world’s most southerly city and the gateway to Antarctica. The options from Buenos Aires are almost endless!
We visited Buenos Aires for four days as part of a larger South America trip and had the most wonderful time. We spent the first day sightseeing in the city, the second day at a gaucho, the third day on a river cruise to Tigre and the last day relaxing and enjoying several cafes and the very vivacious atmosphere of Argentinian life. Some of our highlights…
A Tango show is a fantastic experience. The atmosphere created by the marvelous dancers is incredible and although you are in a theatre, it feels like a very intimate experience. The night is enhanced by the fabulous musicians and at the La Ventana show that we went to they had the famous emotional scene from Evita – ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’. On top of all this we were served a delicious three course meal with the comfort of our own private table.
Gauchos are the South American equivalent of cowboys. They have lived on large rural ranches for hundreds of years are an important part of Argentina’s heritage. Nowadays you can take a day visit from Buenos Aires to see the traditional farms and see the impressive horsemanship skills, but the estates are also well know for the incredible Barbeques they offer, which consist of copious amounts of an incredible array of meats which are continually offered until you cannot eat any more! There are also traditional interesting dance shows to entertain you whilst you eat.
*Tigre River Cruise*
This river cruise explores some of the wealthy suburbs of Buenos Aires as you cruise past some of the beautiful riverside properties. It is also a lovely and relaxing way to see houseboats and some of the city’s less crowded sites.
*La Recoleta Cemetery*
This famous cemetery is known for the elaborate and imposing tombs. Former Presidents and Nobel Prize winners are buried alongside Mafia bosses and Eva Peron was also laid to rest here. It is known as on e of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world where every grave seems to be designed to be more imposing and impressive than the last.
This colourful neighbourhood is vibrant and full of Argentinian ambiance. There are often street dancers performing whilst the neighbourhood is also home to the famous Boca juniors football club. It contains numerous coffee houses and tango theatres and has a lively, fun atmosphere. There are numerous chances to see live music and street artists and even the graffitti here is done in a tasteful artistic way that enhances the feel of the neighbourhood.
*Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada*
The main square in central Buenos Aires which has been at the centre of political and public life for centuries. The palace is the home of Argentina’s president and the noticeable pink facade is the site of Evita’s famous speech.
Situated in the Palermo neighbourhood the botanical Garden is lovely to enjoy a stroll in. The gardens are triangular in shape and are home to a variety of plants, trees, shrubs, sculptures, monuments and greenhouses, as well as dozens of (well behaved!) cats.
*Obelisco de Buenos Aires*
The iconic 68 metre high obelisk is a national monument of Buenos Aires located in the Plaza de la Republica and dominates the grand boulevard that runs through the heart of the city.
The Buenos Aires skyline is filled with imposing towers and the city has some of the tallest buildings in the southern hemisphere.
*Plaza San Martin*
The park houses the Argentinian monument to the Falklands war, to remember those Argentines who died during the conflict. The memorial is somewhat controversially positioned opposite the Centennial clock tower, a gift from the British people to commemorate the revolution of 1810.
The building is a national historic site as the Eva Peron foundation transformed it into a shelter to be used by single mothers. The contents of the building are dedicated to her short life, the love of the Argentinian people towards her and her numerous charitable work. The walls are inscribed with her famous quotes.
Buenos Aires is a beautiful city with some stunning buildings. There is a distinct European classic influence in the architecture, highlighted by the renaissance style palaces, coffee culture and grand boulevards.
Buenos Aires’ main opera house has been described as one of the best opera houses and concert venues in the world. You can take a backstage tour of this grand historic building. The main hall is truly beautiful and reflects the quality of classic Italian and French theatres.
There are spectacular array of theatre and dance shows in Buenos Aires that light up as darkness hits. Vincent and Flavia from Strictly Come Dancing hosted their own show here for some time, whilst the city is also home to a whole host of musicals and plays.
We saw the most fabulous and fun exhibition whilst we were there – the United Buddy Bears worldwide exhibition. This is currently touring all over the world and it just happened to be in Buenos Aires whilst we were there. A colourful and patterned bear has been carefully designed to represent each country recognised by the United Nations. The idea behind the exhibition is that each bear is ‘hand in hand’, celebrating difference with the ultimate ambition for peace. Lots of donations have been made to UNICEF and it has raised several millions for charity.
Buenos Aires is a fantastic city break full of vibrance and a great stopover to explore Argentina or as part of a South American tour.
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