To say I was excited to visit Argentina was an understatement. I had heard good things, I heard bad but I always wanted to be the judge for myself. My mode of transportation for this trip was Aerolineas Argentinas, I would rate my experience but I slept for the entire flight so that wouldn’t be fair. I boarded at JFK slightly before 3:00 p.m. on a Friday and landed roughly 6:00 a.m. the next day.
I took an Uber to the hotel and made it around 7:00 a.m. I stayed at the Tower Hotel Luxury Collection. This is a Marriott property that shares the grounds with a Sheraton. It’s also seamless where the gym and pool are at the Sheraton and you can charge meals on both properties to your room.
After freshening up, I headed down for breakfast before heading out. I had a 10:00 a.m. walking tour and I didn’t want to be late. I made a quick stop at the ATM and I was on my way.
Tip: Please take cash to Argentina as I paid sometimes up to $10 for ATM fees.
I took an Uber to Plaza Congreso and then spent the next few hours learning about the country, architecture, and the inflation nightmare that is taking place in the country currently. All in all, we made some great stops and I got to learn a lot. I returned to the hotel for dinner and to take it easy for my trip to Uruguay the next day. More on that here. I returned to the hotel to have dinner at Buono, an Italian hotel in the Sheraton next door. All in all, it was a good day for activities.
Day three had me checking out a few sights before ultimately switching hotels. My second stop was the Four Seasons Argentina. After checking in with a welcome gift of Dulce Leche and Mate, I was able to begin to relax that day. I enjoyed a few spa treatments before having dinner at Elana. The staff boasted about the hotel being one of the top 50 in Latin America and even though I have not seen the list, it’s safe to say it’s number 1. I wanted to try a typical Argentinian dish so of course I went for the steak. Listen, my reviews are it was a gastronomical experience, let’s just leave it at that.
The next day I had a packed day for my final day in Argentina. I started with a tour of the Recoleta Cemetery. I don’t make it a habit of visiting the dead on trips but the large array of mausoleums are a sight to be seen. From there I caught an Uber and headed out to Caminito. It’s about 40 minutes from the city but a cool and vibrant place nonetheless. The colors, the locals, and the food are all things that make it a must-visit. This is where the art is and one of the only places in Argentina tour guaranteed to have a picture with Messi.
My time in Argentina was coming to a close but I could not leave without having one more meal at Elana. I then took an Uber to the airport for an 11:00 p.m. flight home. Although short, I enjoyed my time in Argentina and I plan to revisit next year on the way to or from Patagonia. The idea is to stay longer and make it to Ushuaia, and from there, Antarctica.
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