Buenos Aires City Tour

Monumento al General Carlos María de Alvear - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: General Alvear Monument


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
Puerto Madero
English Tower & Falklands Monument

Today’s Meals

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.

Parks & Gardens of Recoleta Neighborhood

Palais de Glace - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: Palais de Glace (Ice Palace)

Monumento al General Carlos María de Alvear - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: General Alvear Monument

Instituto Nacional Sanmartiniano - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: Instituto Nacional Sanmartiniano

TV Station - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: TV Station

Parks & Gardens of Palermo Neighborhood

Planetarium - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: This microphone-like sphere is a planetarium.

Monumento al General Urquiza - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: General Urquiza Monument

Monumento al General Urquiza and Planetarium - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: Urquiza Monument (left) and planetarium (right)

Monumento a los Españoles - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: Spanish Monument is a fountain, not working at this moment.

Plaza Italia - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: Italy Square ???

Palermo - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: Can't remember where I saw this. Looks like French Quarter.

Embassy of Italy - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: Embassy of Italy. Many of the European mansions in Buenos Aires were built by rich families and then later acquired by other countries to become their embassies.

Plaza de la República
Obelisco in Plaza de la Republica - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: The Obelisco de Buenos Aires (Obelisk of Buenos Aires) is a national historic monument and icon of Buenos Aires, Located in the Plaza de la República.

Obelisco in Plaza de la Republica - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: Obelisco de Buenos Aires

Eva Perón - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: The huge painting on the white building depicts Eva Perón, who was the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952.

Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: Those skyscrapers in the city port are expensive apartments. Some of them are transformed into commercial offices. About 40% of the Argentina's population is concentrated in the city of Buenos Aires. Not many people want to live in countryside, so real estate can be expensive in some better areas of the city.

Fragata Sarmiento in Puerto Madero - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: ARA Presidente Sarmiento is a museum ship in Puerto Madero, originally built as a training ship for the Argentine Navy and named after Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, the seventh President of Argentina.

ICBC (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China) in Puerto Madero - Buenos Aires, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 5, 2014: ICBC (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China) in Buenos Aires

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