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About My Trip to Argentina

My whirlwind adventure in Argentina started with the captivating energy of Buenos Aires. I explored iconic landmarks like the Plaza de Mayo and Recoleta Cemetery, marveling at the grand Casa Rosada and Eva Perón’s resting place. La Boca’s colorful houses and lively tango scene offered a glimpse into Argentine passion, while the comfortable (if not exactly suite-like) Europlaza Hotel provided a cool respite after a day of adventure.

But the true crown jewel of my trip was Iguazu Falls on the Argentina side. The power and majesty of the cascading water was awe-inspiring. I conquered all three main trails – Upper Circuit, Lower Circuit, and Devil’s Throat Circuit – each offering breathtaking views of different waterfalls. From the iconic Salto San Martin to the delicate Salto Dos Hermanas, Iguazu Falls was an unforgettable spectacle. A scenic train ride through the park provided a welcome break from all the walking, and the entire day was an amazing exploration of nature’s raw beauty. Buenos Aires may have left me wanting more of its cultural charm, but Iguazu Falls left me speechless – a perfect ending to an unforgettable Argentinian adventure.

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Buenos Aires

I spent three incredible days exploring Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city. I started my sightseeing at Plaza de Mayo, a beautiful square that’s home to some important buildings. One is the Casa Rosada, which is the president’s residence and gets its name from its distinctive pink color. I also learned that the Buenos Aires Cathedral is located right on the square.

Next, I ventured to Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of many famous Argentinians, including Eva Perón. It was an interesting experience to walk through the ornate mausoleums and learn about the lives of those buried there.

For a change of pace, I headed to La Boca, a vibrant neighborhood known for its colorful houses and lively atmosphere. I wandered the streets, taking in the sights and sounds of this unique area. Tango is a big part of Buenos Aires’ culture, and I even saw a couple dancing tango in the street. No visit to La Boca would be complete without stopping by La Bombonera, the famous soccer stadium where Boca Juniors plays.

Finally, I made my way to Puerto Madero, the waterfront area that has been transformed into a trendy spot. There are now hotels, restaurants, and shops lining the docks, and it was a great place to relax and take in the views of the Río de la Plata. I also made sure to check out the Puente de la Mujer bridge, a modern landmark that has become a symbol of the city.

I flew AeroMexico from Chicago O’Hare to Buenos Aires EZE with a connection in Mexico City. The flight was cheaper than American or Delta.

I landed at Terminal 2 and didn’t have to collect my checked bag since it was checked through to Buenos Aires. I went through immigration and security lines. The security process was similar to any major airport.

There were many shops and restaurants in Terminal 2. I ate steak chilaquiles for breakfast at a traditional Mexican restaurant. The Mexico City Airport did not have WiFi, but I was able to access the American Express Lounge with my Priority Pass to use their WiFi.

My flight to Buenos Aires departed from gate 68 and boarded similarly to my first flight. I had an AM Plus seat which gave me extra legroom and I ended up having my own row of three seats so I slept for most of the 9-hour flight.

The entertainment on the flight was on a seatback TV and had many options including movies, tv shows, and live tv. AeroMexico offered free messaging on Facebook Chat, iMessage, and What’s App. The food was good and there were two meals and three drink services.

I enjoyed my flights with AeroMexico and found the staff to be friendly and helpful. Overall, I enjoyed most of my flight and look forward to flying with AeroMexico again.

I explored Buenos Aires and found it surprisingly easy to get around. The subways, called the Subte, were frequent and convenient. I just had to grab a Sube card at a station to get started, and then the trains came about every five minutes. It was a breeze!

Walking was a great way to soak up the atmosphere of the city. I wandered around different areas, but I always made sure to check on how safe a neighborhood was before I set off. For those times when I wanted a break from walking, taxis were plentiful and used meters, so there were no worries about getting ripped off. Uber was also an option, although I only used it once.

My stay at the Europlaza Hotel and Suites was a mixed bag. While they called my room a “suite,” it was more like a standard hotel room with a full-size bed. The only upgrades were a small fridge and a whirlpool tub that, unfortunately, didn’t work.

Despite the lack of a true suite experience, I found the room offered good value for the price. The bed was incredibly comfortable, and the air conditioning worked great – maybe a little too well at times! I even had to get up and adjust it a couple of nights because I got too cold.

On the plus side, the room had a decent workspace with a desk and plenty of closet space for hanging clothes. There was also a mini-fridge stocked with drinks and snacks, which was a nice touch.

Wow, only an hour at Recoleta Cemetery? It felt like a race against time! To make the most of it, I focused on the big names – Eva Perón, of course, plus Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and Liliana Crociati de Szaszak. Private tours seemed a little expensive for my quick visit, so I thought about joining a group one. In the end, I decided to explore on my own and save the tour for next time (because there will definitely be a next time!). An hour wasn’t nearly enough to see everything, but it was a whirlwind tour of this fascinating necropolis!

I ventured to La Boca, a neighborhood in Buenos Aires known for its colorful houses and tango scene. The vibe was electric, with street performers and artists everywhere. I wandered down el Caminito, the most famous street, taking pictures of the brightly painted houses and soaking up the atmosphere. It was a lot of fun, but also felt a bit touristy. While I enjoyed seeing the tango dancers, some felt more staged for photos than authentic.

Overall, La Boca was an interesting experience, but I left feeling like it wasn’t quite what I expected. If you’re looking for a lively, colorful area with a strong artistic vibe, it’s worth checking out. Just be prepared for the crowds and touristy atmosphere.

Buenos Aires at Christmas? Beautiful idea, but let me tell you, it wasn’t exactly what I pictured. Christmas Eve was crazy! Everything seemed to shut down early, and finding a taxi was a mission. Even the subte wasn’t running its normal schedule. Luckily, I snagged some snacks at a convenience store that was open late, but forget about a fancy Christmas Eve dinner.

Christmas Day itself wasn’t much better. A lot of restaurants were closed, and even some ATMs weren’t working. At least I could still wander around and see the sights from the outside, even if I couldn’t go inside most places. It was a bit different from a snowy Christmas back home, but it was an experience for sure!

Puerto Iguazú

Iguazu Falls on the Argentina side was incredible! Getting there was a breeze, and buying tickets was easy once I arrived. The park itself was massive, and navigating the trails took some planning.

There were three main trails I tackled: the Upper Circuit, Lower Circuit, and Devil’s Throat Circuit. Each one offered stunning views of different waterfalls. On the Upper Circuit, I got to see Salto Dos Hermanas (“Two Sisters’ Falls”) and Salto Chico (“Small Falls”). The Lower Circuit brought me face-to-face with the mighty Salto San Martin. Wow!

The park even had a scenic train that connected the trails, which was a nice break from all the walking. It was an amazing day exploring the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls – definitely worth the trek!