On January 5, 2014, after arriving this morning to Argentina’s capital and checking in at Sofitel hotel, we embarked on a city tour to visit the sights around the city’s central plaza including Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada, the Cabildo and the Cathedral Metropolitan. We went on to see the beautiful parks and gardens of Palermo, embassies of various countries, countless mansions of European architecture and La Recoleta Cemetery, where the elite of Buenos Aires have been laid to rest. Lastly we stopped by the colorful Caminito in La Boca district—the oldest and most authentic district in Buenos Aires originally settled by Italian immigrants who worked at the area’s meatpacking plants and warehouses. On our way back to the hotel, we briefly drove by the city’s poor slum neighborhood near La Boca and then passed by the city port Puerto Madero and finished our tour at around 5pm. This evening we met our fellow adventurers for a welcome cocktail reception at 7pm at Sofitel hotel. Afterwards, we had an early sleep before leaving Buenos Aires the next morning at 5am-6am (breakfast) for a flight to Ushuaia at 8am.
Tourist Attractions We Visited
Plaza de Mayo (Casa Rosada, Cabildo, Cathedral Metropolitan)
Plaza Naciones Unidas (Floralis Genérica, University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Law)
La Recoleta Cemetery
Parks and gardens of Recoleta neighborhood
Parks and gardens of Palermo neighborhood
Plaza de la República
La Boca Caminito
English Tower & Falklands Monument
Welcome Cocktail Reception 7pm at Sofitel Hotel: We had appetizers, wines and champagne at the cocktail party to meet and mingle with our fellow cruise mates. I was disappointed that it wasn’t a full meal, so I was left hungry that night and went to bed early…finally had a nice comfy bed to sleep on after a long, tiring flight on the planes. The next morning we were delighted to have a superb breakfast with lots to eat and lots of varieties to choose from, before flying to our next destination—Ushuaia—the southernmost city of the world.