Sunday, May 8, 2011

Buenos Aires Day 3: The bus tour

BA is a giant city. A cab from Palermo to San Telmo is about $20 pesos each way. This is fine when there are more than one of you, but if you're traveling solo, it can get really expensive. Which is why on Day 3, my first full day alone, I decided to play tourist and buy a ticket on the Buenos Aires Bus. For 24 or 48 hours, I could then hop on and off the bus as much as I wanted, and it goes to pretty much every are of the city you'd want to see if you're visiting, all in less than 3 hours.

Unfortunately for us, there was a Boca Junior game going on in the afternoon, and therefore no tour buses were going to the neighborhood of La Boca. I'm not sure if it's because it was going to be too crowded, or because it was going to be too dangerous. Either way, I sadly didn't get to go to La Boca and take photos of the colorful houses and figures on Caminito.

Grabbing the bus from the stop nearest the zoo, we went from there to the last stop which was right by the Casa Rosada. This area was beautiful, and it's a good thing, too, because we were forced to get off the bus and wait for the next tour to start in 45 minutes or so. At least that's what I think they were telling us when we were forced to get off. Either way, I capitalized on the opportunity and walked to the square to take photos of the Casa Rosada and surrounding buildings. It was beautiful.

After an hour or so of tooling around, I got on the next bus headed around the route and we cruised through the city on the way to San Telmo.  On Sunday afternoons, San Telmo is full of people buying and selling antiques (or crap, depending on your tastes), as well as hand-made crafts and other things that make good gifts for people back home. There are tango shows on the street and street performers here and there doing everything from playing classical guitar to posing as statues.  I wandered around the San Telmo market on calle Defensa and Plaza Dorrego for a few hours, then made my way back to the bus stop to pick up the rest of the tour.
Seriously, if you're ever in BA on a Sunday - go to San Telmo!
We passed by buses of Boca fans who were singing and chanting and making rude gestures to just about anyone who would look at them, so I'm pretty happy that although I'm a big soccer fan, that I was NOT going to the game.

We drove through the modern barrio of Puerto Madeiro, which just feels like you're somewhere in the US, and around the city up to Chinatown and the barrio of Belgrano before we looped around and I got off the bus near my apartment. It was freezing outside at this point (in the late afternoon) and being on an open-top bus was no longer enjoyable.

Pretty forgettable take-out Chinese for dinner, and some American movies on the tv, and I was a happy camper.

1 comment:

  1. Caminito is fantastic. Tango dancers love it because that neighborhood is all about tango. If you are a fan, I believe that the best course of action is to get apartments in Buenos Aires to rent there. It is beautiful, full of tourists, colorful, cheerful. If you like tango, you should also visit "Esquina Carlos Gardel" where you can enjoy a lovely dinner and an amazing tango show, and "Cafe Tortoni".
    Cheers,
    Kim

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