The last few weeks have certainly been a new experience for us. Being in one place for such an extended period of time, having essentially no time restrictions, and being able to spend pretty much as long as we needed to do whatever it is we wanted here in BA. Novel indeed ! It’s not that we couldn’t have done this at any earlier stage of this journey – we simply haven’t chosen to. Right now though, the vehicle shipping time frame has forced our hand. Relaxing ? Absolutely !! Would we want to stay this long in any one place normally ? Probably not, but that is as much because we simply would never complete all the other things we hope to if we did.
Most of our time here has been spent at what they call an ”Apart-Hotel”. The Arenales Suites has been excellent – the unit is large, well equipped, has a rooftop pool, a kitchen and is centrally located in the Recoleta neighbourhood. One of the nice things about having had this stability is the feeling that you almost start to belong in the neighborhood. The little store on the corner knows us by name, the café across the street prepares our morning hot drinks as soon as they see me in line and the bakery beside it has our baked goods order down pat. Even the guy at the little liquor store up the street knows our preference in beer and wine. We will certainly miss that when we move on !
Spreading out our “things to do in BA” over the month we will have spent here has meant we’ve still found much to do in the past week – we’ve walked more parks, seen more shops, sampled ever more cafe’s, explored three more museums, enjoyed relaxing pool time ( the weather has been amazing ), been in to have our Covid tests ( Uruguay requires them still ) and, like most people around the world we have ( very nervously ) been glued to news of the unfolding developments in Ukraine. Here are some images of our last week in Buenos Aires.
The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes has one of the most impressive collections of European masters ( among others ) in all of South America. We are certainly not art buffs but even we recognized many of the famous names on the walls in this museum. It was interesting to see the distinctive changes in artistic styles over the centuries. Below is a selection of just a few:
As we near the end of our time here and out of nothing more than sheer curiosity ( did I mention we had time on our hands ? ) we did a Google search of “South America’s Most Popular Tourist Destinations”. It pulled an article from TripAdvisor of a few years back and actually went on to list a “Top 10”. Having now travelled fairly extensively down here we were curious if the survey results would align with our own experiences ( read about the survey here ). The broad answer, yes, pretty much (although I’d change up the order a bit ). Buenos Aires topped the poll, Cartagena was there too as were Rio de Janeiro, Cusco, and Bariloche, all of which matched our own experiences. Santiago ( Chile ) and Bogota ( Colombia ) certainly do have their attractions but their inclusion in a Top 10 surprised us. For the survey “Destination” seems to have been interpreted as city or country – how else would one explain the absence of Iguazu Falls, the Salar de Uyuni, the Carretera Austral, Moreno Glacier, or Torres Del Paine to name just a few iconic South American attractions ? It all comes down to personal taste I suppose.
BA has been an awesome place to spend this extended time but we do have plans to wander around southern Uruguay before flying on to the US, so it’s now time to move on; by the time this blog goes out we’ll be ready to sail across the River Plate to Montevideo. We look forward to doing a little exploring there before bidding a final ’adios’ to South America.
Another great inspiring post, thanks Jeff! By the way, forgot to tell you we saw your container ship pass Panama!!! LOL- just kidding we are on Pacific side!!!
Oops, I should have read this before replying to the last comment. Actually I have been following the ship and it is moored in Colon today – so yes, it was there but as you say, on the other side 🙂
Seems like sun and fair weather every day!
It really has been wonderful weather. The last days of summer seem like a good time to visit – crowds not too bad and still nice and sunny !
Again, such a wonderful read with some fine photography from Lois ! Safe travels as always you two.
Thanks Scott……! Look forward to catching up in April/May . Hi to Kim ! Lo says hi…..
So sorry we will miss grabbing a cup of coffee with you. We were suppose to stay in Montevideo until June but returned home in March after our dog died. Hope you enjoy Uruguay ! Safe travels home .
Yes, that would have been nice and we should be in Montevideo mid next week ( going to Colonia first ). Perhaps our paths may cross somewhere else ! Sorry to hear about your dog – I know how tough that is.
Hi J & Lo,
Yes, it must be tough to spend so much time on one place, especially with those ants in your pants 😂😂😂.
Very hot here in Playas del Coco so a big effort to write this 😄. Probably not the best time to be here. It rained for a few minutes the other day and everyone here is saying they’ve never seen rain in March before!
We’re thinking about heading to Nicaragua, but I think we will need PCR tests to cross the border. Well, at least we won’t need them when we head home on Apr5. We’ll be spending our last few days in the Arenal area which should be a lot cooler. Our daughter and son-in-law are with us for a couple weeks.
I hope you have a nice time in Uruguay!
Hi to Lo! (Nice ring to that, eh?)
Sent you a reply in email with some Nica tips. If you can spare a bit of time it’s definitely worth popping over there.
Glad you are enjoying C/R and the weather has mostly been good. Let’s connect in person in May when we both get back !
Sure looks like a real adventure and very relaxing.
Well, the “adventure” parts now are mostly behind us ( we hope ! ) it’s pretty much the “relaxing” part now ( which is a nice change up j!
I love that they know you at the coffee shop, bakery, etc! You have a knack for being known!!! In the best way of course
Hi Ash !
Yeah, that was kind of nice. Been away a week and already miss those guys !
Hope all is well in K town, look forward to a coffee when we get back.