It’s a giant in terms of world cities and so I wanted to stroke it off my list – see Maradona’s home, sample the thriving night life and just see what all the fuss is about when it comes to talking about…BA, Buenos Aires.
It’s by no means my least favourite city, but it doesn’t rank that high with me either. I flew into Buenos Aires from Santiago in Chile. I had a Chilean Cristal beer on the flight.
I had some Argentinian Pesos sorted ahead of my trip.
My arrival immigration card for the Republic of Argentina. Despite all the hallaballoo over the Falklands I used my British passport to enter, as I wanted to finish it, it was almost full. I ended up coming and going from Argentina 8 times (Chile – Argentina – Antarctica – Argentina – Uruguay – Argentina – Brazil – Argentina – Paraguay).
Goodbye Chile at Santiago Airport.
One of few times I had to fill in a mobile phone declaration when entering a country.
The flight was short and sweet and early evening I arrived in Buenos Aires. This was the meeting point location at the airport that I had on email as I had booked a seat on a shuttle bus direct to my hostel – Limehouse Hostel. A hostel I booked because of its name.
When I checked the time of the bus I had booked, it was an hour away so my first experience in Argentina, was having a cup of coffee at the arrivals section of the airport, plus a free water.
Then I got my bus (a comfy mini-bus) and on board met another traveller, Lena Hoffman from Germany, who I ended up going out with that night even though she stayed in a different hostel – Florida Suites in Avenida Florida (15-20 minutes walk from me).
First photo on arrival in Buenos Aires downtown! Taken from the bus.
Darkness fell as I was let out on the busy Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest street in the world.
Next task was to find my hostel and at this point on my trip I was seriously overloaded. I had all my Antarctica clothes in my bag so it was heavy! I posted them, and another box after my trip to the southern continent. Walking in the busy Avenida de Julio in rush hour with all my bags was a nice experience and I found my hostel within 5 minutes, situated on the adjacent street Lima. I stayed in the excellent Limehouse Hostel, which was up some stairs after ringing a bell on a corner building. The hostel was green, and I was ready to see the big lights of the Argentinian capital!
Transport Used – Airbus (LAN Airlines), Bus at Airport from Terminal to Plane, Minibus from airport to Avenida 9 de Julio
Strange Currencies – Argentinian Pesos
Beers Tried – Cristal (Chile), Quilmes (Argentina)
Nationalities Met – Chilean, Australian, Argentinian, German, Irish, Polish, Colombian.
Where I Stayed – Limehouse Hostel, Lima, Buenos Aires
HAVING A BEER IN SANTIAGO AIRPORT, CHILE:
ARRIVAL IN BUENOS AIRES – AT LIMEHOUSE HOSTEL BALCONY BY NIGHT:
THE TANGO DANCING IN FLORIDA STREET ON MY FIRST NIGHT IN BUENOS AIRES:
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