Travel Tales of Argentina
If you travel to Buenos Aires and have researched even a small amount, you’ll realize that the list of famous attractions is a long one! And while each of these attractions deserve the fame and attention from travelers, here’s some other things that are also worth checking out. Get out your map, it’s time to explore!
Although it’s much larger than the well-known cemetery in Recoleta, it’s not as famous, despite being the largest in the entire country. During the yellow fever epidemic in the late 1800s, the other cemeteries were maxed out and there was no room for its victims. The victims weren’t important enough to be buried in the elite Recoleta cemetery, and thus was born the Chacarita cemetery.
There is a section for the artists, composers, actors, writers, and even a former president was buried here before being relocated. With architecture just as beautiful as that of the Recoleta cemetery, check this one out, but be careful not to get lost!
When it comes to parks in Buenos Aires, it’s the Bosques of Palermo that usually get all the attention. And as beautiful as these parks are, there is an underrated park that has Argentina written all over it. Parque Centenario is nestled in quiet Almagro, a very porteño neighborhood. On the weekends, it is surrounded by a local market teeming with Argentines and the most random, usually used items.
Inside the park, everything is booming. You’ll count easily 100 mates being shared, people playing music and food being sold left and right. Take a seat by the lake and soak up some of that Argentine culture!
Free yoga everywhere
There’s tons of free yoga classes in the city open to the public with no registration required. They’re usually located in a park under the sun, all you need to do is find one of the many Facebook pages that give you the where and when. When you travel to Buenos Aires, you won’t need to worry about missing your workout while on vacation: bring your towel/mat and water, simple as that!
Buenos Aires is full of closed-door restaurants: some big, some small, some intimate, some professional scattered all over the city. Sometimes they’re held in somebody’s house or in an actual restaurant. I once visited a restaurant that had no sign or advertising, you just had to know where it was and which door to knock on. Once they answered the door, you were ushered into a large, Ecuadorian restaurant bustling with people, bright décor and delicious scents wafting your way. Here’s a list of our favorite closed-door restaurants.
If you walk along Florida street, you’ll come across the building Galeria Guemes (Florida 165). Inside, they will let you go up to the 14th floor (40 pesos) for an incredible view. Here, you’ll see the dazzling, intricate Argentine architecture up-close. Bonus points if you go as the sun is setting to see the buildings illuminated and for an amazing photo you’ll cherish.
If you’re looking to practice your Spanish in a fun, social and relaxed environment, try a night at Mundo Lingo! This is an open language exchange that meets mulitple times a week all over the city, usually in a bar, where there are many people looking to practice English among other languages. Speak for thirty minutes in Spanish with a local and compensate by speaking for thirty minutes with them in English. All with a beer in your hand, of course!
If you’re wanting to travel to Buenos Aires, check out our other tips here. Or, to see Argentina for yourself, get in touch with us at Say Hueque today!
Written by Abby LeCleir
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