Plaza de Mayo Main Square with its old cabildo; “Casa Rosada” Presidential Palace and Cathedral; the elegant residential neighborhoods of Recoleta with its famed Cemetery boasting amazing mausoleums and statuary; the curvy streets of Palermo with its townhouses and blooming trees and the wide 9th of July Avenue.
Take a rest stop at Café Tortoni- founded in 1858 it is Argentina’s oldest coffee shop. Palermo Viejo is probably the best known of the new hip enclaves in Buenos Aires. Once a suburb of downtown its rows of two- and three-story early twentieth-century houses, many with rococo façades, languished in the 1980’s. There are welcoming boutiques that sell handmade shoes, designer home accessories, or one-of-a-kind evening dresses and restaurants serving lomo, huge portions of famed Argentinian beef. Legado Mitico, boutique hotel in trendy Palermo Soho section of Palermo, one of the city’s largest barrios, perfect location for wandering the tree-lined streets of Palermo, filled with boutiques, restaurants, bars and cafés.
Things to See in Buenos Aires:
- Plaza de Mayo
- at 3:30pm for Madres of Plaza de Mayo, a weekly protest held by the mothers of the 30,000 young people who disappeared during the military regime between 1976 and 1982
- Recoleta Cemetery to pay homage to Evita
- Museo Evita
- Museo Nacional de Belles Artes ( features works by masters such as Degas, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Modigliani, Rothko, and van Gogh, as well as Argentine and South American artists)
- Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA), works by such Latin American artists as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lygia Clark, and Joaquín Torres García, among many others
- Stroll on Puerto Madero
- See a tango performance or dance the tango in a bar or restaurant
Visit to Iguazu falls—Argentine side and Brazilian Falls (will need Brazilian visa)—led by a naturalist guide (see photo above). Iguazú Falls are not just one cascade but also a series of many beautiful cataracts stretching for several miles along the river. These trails provide access to the forest and the falls, a wonderful place to view tropical birds, flowers and butterflies. Enjoy walking through the lush subtropical rainforest. Iguazu Grand Hotel
An enchanting resort with sparkling Nahuel Huapi Lake, a glacial lake dominating the landscape, with commanding views of the Patagonian Steppe and the snowy peaks of the Andes. The countryside is lovely, but the town lacks charm. It has a great chocolate shop, Mamuschka. There are delightful restaurants: Restaurant la Trattoria Della Famiglia Bianchi,with unusual, delicious Italian food is excellent.
Butterfly, in a secluded location, is romantic, quiet, with highly creative cuisine.
“The three young amigos who own and run this amazing and tiny lakeside restaurant could have set up shop just about anywhere in the world—the Michelin-trained chef is Irish, the delightful sommelier’s German, and the charming server is a Porteña. That they chose a lovely location just above Bariloche’s popular Playa Bonita illustrates their passion for this place.
Local ingredients, from rabbit and duck to leeks and berries, are sourced daily and presented in an impeccably intricate seven-course menu. Wine is offered by the bottle or as a highly recommended paired tasting. Reservations are required. Cash only, no credit cards. Source: Frommer Guide
El Casco-Nahuel, lovely hotel with outdoor pool on shores of the lake
We highly recommend Latin Excursions, in Aventura, Florida, which arranged our trip.