Part two: Sunday
I sleep soundly after a Saturday full of exploring, and wake up ready for more adventures. After a light breakfast and coffee, I start my day at the MALBA (Mueso de Arte Latinoamericana de Buenos Aires), where I
feast my eyes on the works of some of Latin America’s most important 20th century artists. It is surreal to stand in front of many of the famous paintings I have only seen in books until now!
After a few hours at the MALBA, I venture on to the modern, elegant neighborhood of Puerto Madero. Puerto Madero boasts some of the city’s most expensive high rise apartments, elegant restaurants, and upscale shops. It is also home to the Puente de la Mujer (pictured below), an architectural marvel and great vantage point for photos and views of the ships in the canal. The neighborhood’s modernity provides an interesting juxtaposition with the barrios it borders. Some of Argentina’s most important historical landmarks are just a short walk from here, and I make my way toward the Casa Rosada next.
After a leisurely 20 minute stroll, I reach the Casa Rosada (the government house of Argentina). With the Plaza de Mayo behind me and the government house in front of me, I imagine Evita standing with her husband, the late Argentine president, Juan Perón, on the balcony of the Casa Rosada. Argentina’s complex history is still very much alive in the present, and it is fascinating to see these landmarks firsthand.
Channeling my inner Argentine, I take an afternoon mate break. I could get used to this!
My last stop for the day is the colorful, historical neighborhood of La Boca (named after its location along the mouth of the Riachuelo river). Once filled with brothels, La Boca is said to be the birthplace of Tango, and is now a main tourist attraction. I walk past street performers along the Caminito, and take in the sights and sounds before heading back to Palermo.
On my way home, I duck into a café for a snack. This has quickly become part of my daily routine since Argentine dinner is typically taken late (around 9 or 10 pm). As I enjoy my empanadas, I reflect upon this city. It is vast, varied, and full of energy. I could certainly get used to living the Porteño life!
This is my version of a perfect weekend in Buenos Aires. What’s yours? Find out in Buenos Aires this spring 2015!