Anytime vacationing in wine country is an option, my answer is a definitive YES. My friend, Katie, invited me and four other gals to celebrate her 40th birthday in Mendoza. Each of our three days was unique, but sublime! As a city, Mendoza lacks the charm of a wine country downtown like Napa Valley or Stellenbosch. Still, there’s plenty of great dining and shopping. I found retail to be far pricier than in Buenos Aires, but the selection was unique. We spent our evenings strolling […]
Since spending three weeks in Buenos Aires in 2012, I’ve been dreaming of a return trip. Finally, the opportunity came! I felt giddy, retracing my steps in Palermo, Recoleta, Monserrat, San Telmo, and La Boca. I find the city to be so photogenic… My friends and I arrived to Buenos Aires from Uruguay by Buquebus ferry. The vessel had an electric blue plush carpet, which was in pristine condition since all passengers were required to wear shoe nets. But more importantly, […]
During my three-week trip to Argentina, I was on the fence about whether to make the trip to Iguazu Falls. I wasn’t sure if it was worth such a far journey to see a few waterfalls. Boy, was I wrong. In my final few days, I decided “it’s now or never” and bought my bus tickets. Using two different bus companies, I coordinated a pair of tickets that would allow me to take the 16-18 hour journey overnight and give me a full day—9 am […]
I spent three weeks in Argentina, having so much fun learning about Porteño culture. On my first day, I got my bearings through the 11 am Buenos Aires Free City Tour…and enjoyed it so much that I went on the 5 pm Aristocratic Tour too. My first week, I stayed in San Telmo to be close to the outdoor Sunday market which bustles along Calle Defensa between 10 am and 5 pm. Vendors and artisans line the streets selling wearables and tchotchkes. There’s also an indoor market […]
For an easy day trip from Buenos Aires, take the train up to El Tigre which lies on the Paraná Delta. The best way to enjoy this area is spending an overnight at one of the many beach houses. If that’s not an option, I only recommend visiting El Tigre if you’re spending an extending period of time in Buenos Aires as I think other regions are more interesting to see. The two main attractions are taking a boat tour through […]
In the summer months, locals consider Buenos Aires to be a ghost town. Many people head to beaches in Brazil, Uruguay and in other parts of Argentina. A popular beach, Mar del Plata, is over five hours by bus from Buenos Aires. I decided to soak in the sun at a beach a bit closer, Villa Gesell. This family friendly beach is a short walk from the bus station. The best part of the day was being surprised by a free beach concert!