What to see in Buenos Aires when you only have a 24 hours?Â My traveling companions and I had only a short lay-over on our first trip to the Argentina capital and asked ourselves what would be the best way to spend it.Â With limited Spanish skills, we did not trust ourselves to set out in a city of about three million so we took the advice of our hotel concierge and booked a Tigre river cruise tour.
It turned out to be so much more than a ride on theÂ Parana river delta.Â It included a short city bus tour, an 18 kilometer ride to the district of Tigre, a leisurely cruise, a train ride with stops for sightseeing and a chance to visit some very unique shops.
It happened that the subway system was down for a one-day strike (something that seems to happen regularly) so just watching our expert driver maneuver the large bus through the crowded downtown area of Buenos Aires was amazing.Â Our guide gave commentaries about the city sights in both English and Spanish while tried to take in the architectural beauty of the buildings.
Once outside the city proper we sped to Tigre which was once the vacation spot of local aristocrats.Â About 300 islands hold vacation homes of the wealthy. Some of the houses along the tour are definitely in decline, but that just served to remind us that this is a country still struggling economically and why we could get such great value for our dollar.
When we boarded the large boat we were happy that we had brought along sunscreen and sunglasses because we chose to sit outside in the sunshine while others opted to indulge with cool beverages and desserts offered in the dining room of the boat.Â The views were excellent no matter where you sat.
We were intrigued by the river ferries and water taxis that bustled up and down the water-way. The river was a dirty brown, but that did not deter the kayakers who enjoyed paddling in the wake of our boat.
After the cruise our guide led us a short walk to the train station that would take us to the picturesque town of San IsidroÂ Near the train station are quaint outdoor cafes and aÂ clean commercial area with a fountain and courtyard.Â This village has a 300 year history as evidenced by the cobbled streets. The magnificent spire of the San Isidro Cathedral is an easy landmark to spot as it towers over the central square. There are photo opportunities all around, and a great offering of local weaving and art.
When we arrived back in Buenos Aires we were able to stroll Florida Street which is a pedestrian street with a myriad of shops.Â Although we did not buy anything in the expensive shops of Pacifico Centre, it was a definite must-see.Â The central dome reminds you of the frescos painted on Romeâ€™s Sistine Chapel.Â Built in 1889 the beautiful building has been restored to accommodate posh retail outlets but it is also a national historic monument.
By evening we found a modest dining establishment right on Avenue 9 de Julio, the widest street in the world and the major transport artery in the city.Â We could see the spotlight illuminating the famed Obelisck - the monument that dominates Republic Square and marks the spot where the Argentine flag was first raised.
The night is still young, for in Argentina, they take an afternoon siesta, then dine late and party until the early hours.Â But for the tired tourists like ourselves we returned to our hotels, determined that the tango bars would have to wait for our return visit to this wonderful city.
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