We arrived at the Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport EZE at the noon and our driver took as to our hotel in downtown BA. Hotel Meliá Buenos Aires is beautiful hotel conveniently located in the heart of the city.
Once checked in and quick shower, we went to get some lunch and our guides took us to a fancy Palermo district where we had booked lunch at the La Cabrera restaurant to try some typical Argentinian Asado.
After lunch we walked around Palermo and visited few cool places like Dulce de Leche & Co that made some amazing local sweet speciality called Dulce de Leche, awesome local shoe maker POSCO and pretty much wandered around this lovely district. Before dinner we popped in to Jardín Japonése, beautiful Japanese gardens and we walked towards our dinner place Casa Cavia
It's an amazing open air restaurant and bar but i was more than tired so I just tasted few tapas and went back to the hotel to get some sleep.
After breakfast we went with our guides to explore more of the city. We spent morning in La Boca, colourful district of Buenos Aires and then walked through Palermo to our place for lunch called Nápoles.
It was super cool antiques store combined with bar and restaurant and we couldn't stop walking around and taking pictures of all cool staff they had there. Oh yes, food was very tasty too :)
After lunch we went to visit another district called San Telmo and popped in to MAMBA, Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art which had some cool stuff on display. After that we had a bit of free time so i went to visit a bookshop. El Ateneo Grand splendid used to be an old theatre and now is ranked as second most beautiful bookshop in the world and i have to agree. It was spectacular.
At the evening we had dinner at the Faena Hotel, quirky and luxurious new hotel in BA. Food was more than spectacular and after dinner we went to watch Tango show. I've never thought watching Tango will be so exciting, it was an great evening.
After the breakfast I went with Mariano and Elke quickly visit Planetarium Galileo Galilei and took a few snaps. Then we had planed visit of famous La Recoleta Cemetery that contain graves of notable people including Evita Eva Perón and it's ranked as one of the most beautiful cemetery in the world. It was huge and more like little city full of tombs.
Later we went for lunch to Casa Rosada, which is the executive mansion and office of the president of Argentina. Lunch was prepared by personal chef of the Argentinian president and it was delicious. After lunch we've done the tour around Casa Rosada that is surprisingly not pink from inside :)
Just before sunset we had booked tour at the Palacio Barolo, a landmark office building, located at Avenida de Mayo, in the neighborhood of Monserrat. It used to be the tallest building in the city and South America when it was build. Views from the top are spectacular and they took us even to the lighthouse at the very top.
That evening our guides had another surprise for us, dinner at the very popular and busy El Cuartito pizza restaurant. This place is famous for their traditional pizza and queues outside just confirm that. Dinner was again delicious and the atmosphere was very unique.
San Antonio de Areco
We've checked out from Meliá Buenos Aires and went to our Microbus to another place where we gonna spend a day and night, San Antonio de Areco. It is one of the prettiest town in the pampas, located 113km northwest of Buenos Aires, well known for the peaceful atmosphere and picturesque colonial streets. The town dates from the early 18th century and preserves many gaucho and criollo traditions, including the fine silverwork and saddlery of its artisans.
We dropped our luggage to our Estancia called La Cinacina where we gonna spent night and went to explore the town. We had about an hour to wander around the streets before we went to Estancia El Ombú for lunch and horse riding. Lunch was served in typical Gaucho style and horse riding on pampas was a pretty cool experience.
San Rafael, Mendoza
At the morning we sit back to the microbus and our driver took us back to Buenos Aires to the local Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP) from where we had our flight to Mendoza. It was pretty smooth and flight took only something over hour and we landed in San Rafael a city in Argentina's semi-arid Mendoza province, which borders Chile across the Andes. Sycamore-lined streets converge on Plaza San Martín, edged by cafes, restaurants and renowned vineyards producing Malbecs and other red wines surround the city.
Our hotel for next couple of days will be Tower Inn & Suites San Rafael, pretty cool modern hotel with outdoor swimming pool and spa area. I could see the vineyards all around the city from my room at the 6th floor.
That evening we had another small trip planed to place called Los Reyunos. It's a massive Dam built on Diamante River about 40km from San Rafael towards Chilean borders. You'll get the best views from the top of the Dam and you can get a boat trip on the lake itself or if you dare enough, try Zip Wire over the lake, it's great feeling.
We spent morning in San Rafael town wandering around and at the noon we jumped int our microbus and went to Aventura Park, about 25 km from the city of San Rafael at the foot of the hills of Valle Grande. Amazing environment surrounded by native flora and fauna with ideal conditions for mountain activities and extreme sports. It's also great for star gazing, unfortunately we couldn't stay that long. Views are pretty spectacular and after the sunset we had to come back to San Rafael for a dinner.
Salinas del Diamantes - Salt Lake
At the morning we met at the lobby and went for a day trip to a salt lake Salinas del Diamantes located in Nihuil district, 60 km from the city of San Rafael and are constituted by a giant salt mine open pit. It's awesome experience to see how the light break on the surface of the water and reflect everything. Great spot for pictures, just one advice, get some water with you as there is no place to buy something and the sun and salt can get pretty exhausting.
to be continued...