Buenos Aires 2011

In November of 2011 I fulfilled one of my dreams and travelled to one of my long coveted destinations: Buenos Aires, Argentina! I stayed in a private apartment with a young woman and her daughter, which made for a great, safe home-base to explore the city from. The highlight of my trip were three separate bicycle tours that introduced me to some of the city’s most interesting sites, including well-known places such as the Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo and the harbour area, as well as more hidden places such as Chinatown and different parts of Palermo and Belgrano.

Several side trips allowed me to get to know the surroundings of Buenos Aires, such as a train trip to Tigre, a picturesque city in the Parana River Delta, and a bus trip to San Antonio de Areco, a traditional Gaucho town about 2 hours from the capital. Last but not least I spent 3 days in the neighbouring country of Uruguay and explored its capital, Montevideo, as well as the attractive historic riverfront town of Colonia del Sacramento.

Bicycling is one of my great passions and I have been fortunate to cycle in places like Rome, Madrid, Berlin, New York City, San Francisco, Miami, and many more. So when I travelled to Argentina… Read more.

For many years I had been dreaming about embarking on a Buenos Aires travel adventure. There is just something almost magical about the name “Buenos Aires”; the “City of the Fair Winds” has captured travellers’… Read more.

Following my quick explorations of the Plaza de Mayo on foot, I was ready to get to know the city in more detail. I figured the best way to get a quick overview was to… Read more.

My first full day of Buenos Aires travel adventures had already been action-packed. After exploring the Plaza de Mayo and the landmark buildings surrounding it, I had taken a double-decker sightseeing tour which gave me… Read more.

Our November 4, 2011 bicycle tour of Buenos Aires continued. After we left the Bosques de Palermo, it started raining so we had to put on our rain ponchos and continued cycling north until we… Read more.

After a couple of days in Buenos Aires, this was the day for deepening my knowledge of the Argentine capital. To do so I had planned to go bicycling in Buenos Aires again and booked… Read more.

On November 5, 2011 our bicycle tour group with Biking Buenos Aires had already seen the famous Recoleta Cemetery and the Plaza San Martin with all its famous landmarks. We had even admired the giant… Read more.

One of the most colourful areas in Buenos Aires is undoubtedly La Boca. This working class district was first settled in the late 1800s when thousands of poor Italian immigrants, mostly from the Genoa area,… Read more.

I had thoroughly enjoyed my morning explorations in Buenos Aires’ La Boca neighbourhood and had even caught a live tango show. In the afternoon it was time again to head back to the Palermo area,… Read more.

Argentina is a country of immigrants, starting in the 16th century with Spanish colonization, and continuing with a huge wave of migration from Italy, Spain and other European countries in the 1800s and early 1900s…. Read more.

Visiting large cities is one of my favourite things to do, and Buenos Aires is certainly among the most interesting cities in the world. But after a few days in the urban hustle and bustle… Read more.

Following a nice day-time visit to Tigre, I took the “tren de la costa” (the coastal train) all the way back to its last stop, the Retiro Train Station. Designed by a British architect, this… Read more.