This city and country are gorgeous and a whole lot more laid-back than Rio was (I still love Rio though!). With it's European urban layout (Paris of Latin America is right) and well dressed people, Buenos Aires carried European influence into its Latin American roots. The concoction led me to experience a city filled with culture and a flair entirely its own.
I would once again arrive at night in Buenos Aires and get to my hotel in a sketchy part of town called Once (in the day it's a cool cheap open-air market, but at night even the cab driver said to take caution). As such, I would wait for my half-day tour to really see the city. On the tour I got to see the Cemeteria de Reclocta - the largest & most decorative tombstones I've ever seen - the large flora, south Palermo & San Telmo (I should've given more time here) , Plaza de Mayo and it's church -basically downtown-, and of course La Boca with it's shipping container colored street Caminito -also note the soccer team Boca Jr.'s has the whole area painted in blue and yellow.
After the tour, I would check out the Museo de Bella Artes, enjoy a parilla (grill restaurant), and be amused by the platform sandals the women wear (height is the big look in Argentina). A note about parillas: Argentian beef is the best I've had in the entire world and is perfect without any sauce. The cows must be grass-fed because I've never had cuts like these. Furthermore, all this beef is complimented with Malbec the prized and lovely red wine from the Mendoza region of Argentina.
I would start the night with some Milango and Tango classes with some British hostel folks which was fun to experience. Afterwards, we ended the night with a strange fusion bar and some wonderful lomo (tenderloin) gyros - this beef was also better than any beef I ever had.
The next couple of days I would simply relax, check out Palermo, Puerto Madero (with it's Women's Bridge) and walk around the Avenida de 6 de Julio for pictures of the busy street and Obelisk. I would also enjoy the Museo Evita - a museum dedicated to Argentina's heartthrob of 40s and 50s. If you ask me she still is the heartthrob as everybody loves her dearly there (well not everybody). Lastly, I ended my day with another wonderful parilla at Don Julio's. Now, during this time I also traveled to Colonia, Urguay which I will write about in my next blog.
Overall, I recommend Buenos Aires if you want an easygoing (you can drink the tap water!), European city in Latin America. It is a charming city for lovers and good, safe, times with dancing or drinking.
Next up: Colonia, Uruguay.