Latin America. You are in Buenos Aires, Capital of Argentina. 12 millions people. And it's about to be fantastic! Well, it's true: people are ALWAYS late at a meetings, the subway DOES NOT work all the time, the traffic IS crazy, and the music LOUD. But relax!
In this mythic country, known for its giant spaces in Patagonia and its incredible meat, everything is possible! Eat at 3pm? Yes! Choose the song in the taxi? Yes ! Smoke in a bar? Also yes!
I've put together a quick guide to Buenos Aires in 48h for you... Are you Ready to dance?
48h in Buenos Aires - Day 1
9 am - Cross the 9 de Julio Avenue and its 16 ways, and explore the historic place Plaza de Mayo and its pink casa Rosada.
10 am - Behind you, the Calbido de Buenos Aires. House of the city's justice during the colonial era, the monument is now a museum.
11 am - Have a break at the mythic Café Tortini built in 1858, and sample one of its delicious desserts with the noted Dulce del leche cream!
Noon - Discover the Florida street and its thousands of shops! Visit the immense Galerias Pacifico and Galerias Guemes with their shapely architecture from the Spanish colonization.
2 pm - Run through the most authentic barrio of the city : la Boca, where the Stadium “la Bombonera” has been built. The home of Maradona! Take THE photo in front of Caminito and its paved street, and stop in Café Proa for lunch.
4 pm - Wander in Fenza Calle and Dorrego Place. You'll probably cross street Tango shows! Each Sunday, at the Feria of San Telmo, you can also discover the handicraftsmen of the region. It's fascinating!
5 pm - Two blocks from there, there's a lovely covered market full of fruits, nuts, spices and antique objects. If sunny, you can continue to the Santo Domingo Church. The light coming through the stained windows is splendid!
9 pm - Time for a dinner on the fabulous parilla (grill) at the Desnivel restaurant! Taste the delicate Argentina meat with chorizo sandwiches and bife de lomo (tenderloin steak). Buen provecho!
11:30 pm - Immerse yourself in a typical porteño pub: La Poesia! This bar was the scene of intellectuals and artists in the 80's. Its gorgeous architecture has been well preserved, it's now a mythical place!
1 am - End the day perfectly and head up to the Milonga, where people meet to enjoy Latina dances. In El Beso, you'll see passionated people, but also beginners who just want to learn Tango. There's room for everyone!
48h in Buenos Aires - Day 2
9 am - Enjoy a breakfast with one of the most spectacular views of Buenos Aires: Puerto Madero! Walk along the river and discover this young district, recently renovated. From the banks, you'll spot stunning sailing boats.
11 am - Thirty minutes from there, you will find the Recoleta district. Stroll around the Plaza Francia, a beautiful place with luxurious vegetation. Sit down in the grass and enjoy the sun for a while... Soak up the serenity!
Noon - Visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) on the Libertador Avenue, well known for its paintings of Cezanne, el Grego and Rodin.
1 pm - Time to eat! In the peaceful district of Recoleta, Alvear Palace Hotel is a great option for lunch.
3 pm - Stroll along the famous Cemetery of Recoleta: each tomb is a treasure and its occupants are supposed to be demigods!
7 pm - You can reach the district Palermo in taxi or subway. Stop to the historic Plaza Cortazar, also known as the Plaza Serrano. Beers, red wine mojitos or the famous Fernet (with coke!) await for you!
9 pm - Savor the excellent bife de lomo in the cosy atmosphere of Don Julio parilla restaurant. One of the best beef meat ever!
Midnight - With its gorgeous terrace, El Festival is the place to be for all the Porteños who want to share a few afterwork drinks with their friends!
2 am - Keep your energy for a last dance in Armenia street. Watching these couples dancing in the romantic atmosphere of Buenos Aires is truly a unique experience. And if you come early, you can even take a Tango class!
HERE'S a 2:32 VIDEO OF BUENOS AIRES BY SUPERSTUDIO... Stunning!
This post is written by Laurie Pertusa, a French expat, working for Argentina Excepcion, a travel agency in Buenos Aires. If you want to dream about Latin America for a minute, have a look to the crew's photos on their Facebook Page: you'll want to take a one-way ticket right NOW! PICTURES ©ARGENTINA EXCEPCION