Arrived in Buenos Aries at noon on Sunday. With Monday being a national holiday the traffic was very light and we managed to find our downtown hotel without any trouble. The hotel is okay but at $100 USD per night we need to find something more affordable. We take a walk in search of less expensive accommodations and find lots to choose from and make reservations at a recently renovated place that has a flat panel TV, new bed with down duvet and is nicely finished for about half the price.
Buenos Aries seems to have lots of green space which makes sense as much of the population lives in high rise buildings.
The famous Obelisco de Buenos Aires (five lanes in each direction).
Galerias Pacifico on Calle Florida ( a pedestrian street closed to traffic) in Buenos Aries microcenter
Downtown Buenos Aries has hundreds of huge buildings constructed in the early 1900's and those that have been restored are phenomenal.
Part of the art work on the ceiling in Galerias Pacifico, a mall in the heart of the center of Buenos Aires
The area known as Recoleta is very upscale and has nice cafes and residential areas.
Lots of sidewalk cafes in Buenos Aries.
The following pictures are from La Recoleta Cemetery which is considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world; it most certainly is elaborate and an entire day could be spent here. It was founded in 1822 and many of the cities doctors, politicians and other elite have family plots here.
Buenos Aries definitely has a lot of restaurant choices, although barbequed meats are front and center. Argentina has awesome pastries and desserts, even their plain croissants are wonderful and if we don't each weigh 500 pounds before we get home it will be amazing.
These prices are Argentinian pesos and not dollars.
On Wednesday morning we were on our way to take a city tour but met Carol and Darren in the hotel lobby. They are a Scottish couple(residing in the UK) that we met in Puerto San Julian about a week ago. We decided to go for coffee down the street which turned into lunch and about 4 or 5 hours later we head back to the hotel. It was great to talk with other riders and learn about their adventure which started in Alaska. Many of our experiences were similar and we could really relate to each others stories. They are in Buenos Aires and will be prepping their BMW's for the flight home within a week.
Carol and Darren
Later in the evening we met with Diego for coffee and visit with him, his sister and his son. We talked about motorcycle touring in northern Canada and tweak his interest in going to Inuvik and Alaska in 2015. We had a terrific day visiting and learning more about Argentina, politics and local lifestyles. We plan to meet again when we return from Uruguay and before flying the BMW and us to Seattle.
Us with Diego, his twin sister Felicitas and Diego's son Ivan.
Casa Rosada, home to the presidents offices.