Extra Time in Buenos Aires

Guest expert Anna Maria Espsäter writes her first post for us today. Join us as she explores things to do in Buenos Aires when you’ve got time to kill and a taste for adventure.

La Boca, Buenos Aires. Photos by Anna Maria Espsäter.

There’s enough in Buenos Aires to keep any visitor busy and inspired around the clock – fabulous shopping, great food and wines, good music, interesting history and plenty of culture. Below are just some of the many varied ways to while away time in the Argentine capital.

Evita Peron’s grave, La Recoleta, Buenos Aires. Photos by Anna Maria Espsäter.

La Recoleta

Odd as this might sound, a great place to visit while in Buenos Aires is La Recoleta cemetery. You don’t have to have a fascination with all things morbid to enjoy this wondrous city of the dead. The capital’s first public cemetery dating back almost 300 years, La Recoleta is replete with grand, imposing monuments to Argentina’s most famous citizens. Dictators, writers, presidents and first ladies – they’re all laid to rest here. One of the most visited graves is that of Evita Peron and her tomb is always covered with flowers. A few hours ambling these 14 acres, is a peaceful and interesting experience.

La Boca

Although a remarkably touristy area these days, La Boca (“the mouth”) is still very much worth a visit. It’s one of Buenos Aires’ most colourful neighbourhoods, literally, the buildings vividly painted in all colours of the rainbow. Keep an eye on your belongings, but don’t be put off by the busy and slightly rough vibe. Along el Caminito, there’s live tango, outdoor cafés and plenty of artists at work – some con, some talented painters. For those interested in football, La Bombonera, home to Boca Juniors is also found here.

San Telmo

Colourful alley in San Telmo, Buenos Aires. Photos by Anna Maria Espsäter.

The area of San Telmo is well-known for its market, housed inside a huge wrought-iron building. You can find anything from antiques to fresh produce and a myriad other more or less useful things here. Monday – Saturday the market takes place indoors, while Sundays it takes to the streets surrounding the main building. Shopping here any day of the week is a treat and a vibrant slice of Buenos Aires life.

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By Anna Maria Espsäter

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Anna Maria is a London-based travel and food writer, originally from Sweden. With 87 countries visited to date, she’s still trying to get to 100 long before retirement. She has authored, co-authored or contributed to over a dozen books, including the Footprint Handbook Mexico, the Footprint Handbook Colombia, the Michelin Green Guide to Colombia and the Berlitz Pocket Guide to Norway, as well as several food anthologies. She also writes features for a variety of publications and is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.

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