Ted’s Travel – Part 3: Rod in Buenos Aires
First Ana and now me, I officially hijacked Ted’s stories. But this is the last one… I think… from me anyway
After the amazing time we had in Tierra del Fuego, we flew to Buenos Aires, the last stop of the trip. The first thing we did upon arrival to our Hotel – Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau was go straight to Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca for a sample of the fine cheeses and wines on offer. We wanted to try some of their 400 different wines – Argentinean Malbec is my favourite wine varietal, and so we did, and it was worth it! Oh and let’s not forget about the “Cheese Room”- what a great combination!
Next day, we did a city tour around Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, the cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, we stopped in San Telmo, an old neighbourhood of cobblestone streets, home to a bohemian atmosphere and the fascinating El Zanjon Tunnels. The tunnels were a highlight of my visit to Buenos Aires to discover and learn about the history of the city over five centuries.
We also stopped at Barrio La Boca, where we walked through the famous Caminito Street- a street full of colour and character. We had a light lunch at Café Tortini, which is a famous Café over hundred years old and full of history that if you go to Buenos Aires you must visit. My favourite, I can’t deny.
At night, we had a truly “Argentine Experience”. We had a chance to cook our own empanadas and alfajores! And that was not all, we also tried an amazing bife chorizo, a classic Argentinian steak that can’t be missed along with some Malbec wine.
The next day, we travelled two hours into the countryside outside Buenos Aires to La Bamba de Areco estancia for the day. We got to meet some authentic gauchos and horse whispers, got to eat the world renowned Argentinean BBQ known as asado, and some of us did horse riding around the estancia. At night the Argentinean experience continued with some tango lessons at Gala Tango, an extremely enjoyable activity to do when in Buenos Aires. Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of that as it wasn’t allowed, but I will never forget it- which makes it a better reason to go and do all this yourself!
The next day was time to say goodbye to South America and fly back home. If you like any of these experiences – Then, get in touch with us to start organizing yours or your clients next adventure!
Ted Dziadkiewicz is Director and Founder of Contours Travel, Australia’s longest running tour operator to Latin America. He has been more than 100 times to Latin America over the past 40 years and visited over 20 countries. If you want to know more visit www.contourstravel.com.au