As travel professionals, we work hard to ensure that our small group tours offer an exceptional guest experience. We want you to return from your trip with a smile on your face, a fresh perspective on the world, memories and photos galore, and a wanderlust to seek out more destinations. And as part of that goal, we are lucky enough to be able to visit our fair share of enchanting places.
And for Odysseys employee Claudia D., there may be no more enthralling city in the the world than Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires.
This was your first (and so far, only) trip to BA. How did your experience of the city compare to the expectations that you had prior to visiting?
My visit exceeded expectations. From readings and friends, I had a feeling I’d take to the city. However, once I was there and walking around the city, visiting markets, watching impromptu tango dances, admiring murals… within 24 hours, I wanted another week there! During my first visit, I brought my husband and parents; for my second, my husband and I will bring our son.
Which other world cities would you compare Buenos Aires to?
To me, the city closely resembles New York City and Madrid. All three cities are grand, diverse and full of life.
How would you describe the city’s personality?
Colorful, European with a strong Latin influence, complicated, artsy, dynamic, historical, and romantic.
What was your favorite part of the guided touring that you did in BA?
Visiting the neighborhood La Boca. Talk about colors! The buildings and vibe of the neighborhood titillate the senses, though the visit desperately made me want to see a fútbolgame (the stadium lives there)!
How did you spend your free time there?
I walked from neighborhood to neighborhood, jumping from shops and markets, sipping espresso and vino tinto, and listening to the porteños (the people of Buenos Aires) speak Spanish. I also visited the Teatro Colon (the main opera house in BA), which is a must for those who cherish music and art.
Did you find any ‘hidden gems’ or must-see spots while out on your own?
I absolutely adored San Telmo and exploring the neighborhood market (Mercado de San Telmo). On our last night in BA, my husband and I had drinks at the Floreria Atlantico, which is located around the block from the Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires in Recoleta. It’s a speakeasy inspired by the immigrants who flocked to Argentina in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The atmosphere is bustling and the libations are delicious!
If you had another few days to explore BA, what would you most want to do?
Watch a futbol game, visit the MALBA (the Latin American Art Museum in BA), see/hear local music, sit in cafes and talk to locals, and explore more of Palermo, one of the trendiest sections of Buenos Aires.
If you had to pick your favorite spot in the city to visit again, what would it be?