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tep off the plane and you'll be in the middle of a busy, uninteresting airport, but grab a taxi
(best to book before you arrive through your hotel) and 30 minutes later you'll find yourself
in a city so full of charm you may instantly extend your trip!
First stop: Drop your bags at your home for the week - the luxurious Faena Hotel
(Martha Salotti 445). Situated in the former warehouse district of Porto Madeira, the hotel
is a great base for your week of exploring. After a quick stop to freshen up, hop in a taxi
to the trendy neighborhood of Palermo and hit Casa Cavia (Cavia 2985), a restaurant, café, bar, garden,
bookstore and florist - don't worry, while it sounds overwhelming, it's actually just a well-planned out
tiny gem in the middle of the city. Grab a seat outside, order a bottle of wine and the prawn salad (trust
me) and enjoy the lush surroundings. Be sure to test a few perfumes before you go and don't miss the
ceiling in the bookstore - it's one of a kind.
Walk off your meal by heading towards the Palermo Soho neighborhood, stroll past the zoo (peek in to
see the giraffes and flamingos), you'll also pass La Rural, the complex where the recent ICCA conference
took place. If you're looking for an interesting venue for an upcoming event it might be worth a tour.
You won't have trouble finding shops to browse in Palermo Soho, but be sure to peek into Brood
(Jorge Luis Borges 1726) for fabulous scented lotions and candles and if you want to pick up a
bottle or four of Malbec, Lo de Joaquin Alberdi (JA!) is your spot. Coco Marie (Armenia 1764)
offers a sunny backyard garden to imbibe in local rose or try Soria (Gorriti 5151) for a classic
cocktail in an almost entirely outdoor setting.
In the evening, you can't miss some of the hidden restaurants and bars that Buenos Aires is
becoming famous for - Casa Felix (colectivofelix.com) offers you the opportunity to have dinner
in the owner's home, and Floreria Atlantico (Arroyo 872) is a hidden bar inside the refrigerated
case at a lovely flower shop! The hidden restaurant and bar scene is huge in BA, you might just
find yourself knocking on doors just in case!
Be sure to visit San Telmo on a Sunday during the "Feria de San Telmo" in Plaza Dorrego, an
incredible antique fair - but the plaza also boasts free tango shows daily and outdoor cafes to
relax on a sunny day.
Caminito in La Boca is a must-see for the brightly painted houses, but exercise caution -
locals advise going in the middle of the day and watch out for pick pocketing. While you have
The brightly painted hou
in Caminito in La Boca.
to be aware of your surroundings, it is a great part of the city to visit and grab a beer. If you
are a soccer fan you can also check out the Boca Juniors stadium - but be sure to do this as
part of a larger tour.
After a few days exploring the streets of Buenos Aires you may find yourself longing for wide
open spaces, or at least a bit of flora and fauna - your best bet is to take a train from Retiro to Tigre,
then walk along the water to the tourist train station where the Safari Delta team has a tiny stand
(email far ahead of time to reserve your boat as this is a private tour). Your guide will take you touring
through the Delta on a Zodiac boat, the history of the area is incredibly interesting and the houses
are beautiful. You will learn about the "roads" (actually rivers), the local buses (actually boats) and
the security systems (dogs that swim out to meet you if you get too close to their homes!). After a few
The Floreria Atlantico, one
of exploring the rivers, your guide will take you to one of the houses for a home-cooked steak
of the many
hidden bars around Buenos
lunch, with local wine and great conversation. It is truly an incredible way to end a trip to Buenos Aires!
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