Note to readers: This post was originally written in 2012 and has been imported from our previous website.
Frequently, ski traveler’s to Argentina will find themselves with only 5 hours or so to enjoy Buenos Aires when heading to one of the ski resorts or on their way back home after their skiing vacation. Timed with departures generally this occurs usually in the mid-day–afternoon and between arrivals and departures from the Aeroparque domestic airport. The good news is that this domestic airport is located very close to Buenos Aires and there are places to store your ski gear. Here are a few things you could do with your time that won’t break the bank.
Cementerio Recoleta: In the heart of the city and home to the grave of Eva Peron and countless other “famosos”, this cemetery is more like an art exhibit. Free to enter the rows of elaborate sculptures and coverings for the deceased stretch in every direction. Go in the afternoon.
Insiders Tip: For food head to the second level of the mall next to the McDonald’s on the corner. Have your choice of endless options at fair prices, get what looks good “Para Llevar” (to go) with some wine or cold beer. Head out to the lawn areas on the south side of cemetery walls and eat your picnic while people watching and catching the last rays.
Food carts outside of Aeroparque domestic airport: Along Costanera Avenue along the Rio Plate river there are some amazing food carts. For less than 10 pesos chow down on an authentic Choripan or a steaming hot Currasco with extra chimichurri. Then you will most likely order another one.
Insiders Tip: If you are taking an internal flight, be sure to ask for an extra beer or mini wines to take with you when you get off in Buenos Aires. Enjoy the beverage while you look out on the river eating local carne and soaking up all that is Argentina.
Walk back in time in La Boca: Although this area has gotten bad publicity for crime, if you go determined to stay alert, there is no threat. Many people choose to avoid this area, rich in history and authentic experiences. Probably the best spot to shop for presents for those back home, La Boca is a melting pot of all things Argentinean. Food and gifts are a bargain.
Insiders Tip: Street side vendors and asadors sell anything you would want to eat or drink and watch a live tango while you eat. If you find yourself in La Boca right before a football match is going to start hold on for the ride.
Siga La Vaca, Puerto Madera: Eat as much as you can. This option will appeal to those that have a difficult time deciding on what or how much to eat. There are counters within this all you care to eat restaurant specializing in asado, fish, wine, beers and desert. Along with appetizer and a huge salad bar offering of anything you could imagine all very fresh. Go in for lunch on Fridays for only $100 pesos.
Insiders Tip: When you are done, walk along both sides of Puerto Madera to loosen up your system and get some fresh air. Check out the Navy boat, the bridge and if they are open, poke your head into some of the clubs like Asia de Cuba.
Palmero window shopping: This district of Buenos Aires is a short ride on public transportation and offers a distinctively Argentinean mix of New York and LA style. Walk the tree-covered streets with university students, top models and aspiring artists and check out the latest in fashion and trends.
Insiders Tip: Load up with fresh cheeses, meats, fruit and bread from any market that looks appealing. Don’t forget the amazing bottle of Malbec wine (the store will be happy to open it) and a plastic cup. Take your picnic to the closest park and make some friends.
If you are leaving and need to catch an international flight, make sure to leave plenty of time for transit. From Aeroparque domestic airport to the international can take an hour with traffic.