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Day 58 – Walking Tour, La Boca

December 7, 2010

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Jam packed day. After pounding food all day, I made up for it by going on a free walking tour of Buenos Aires city center in the morning, a visit to colorful La Boca in the afternoon, then redeemed yesterday’s empanada failure. Since pictures are worth a thousand words and I took a ton of pictures, I will now allow them to do most of the talking. Enjoy, with intermittent commentary.

I can wholeheartedly recommend BA Free Tour. It’s free, but they’re hoping you give them a tip at the end, which of course you should do. Our guide was funny, insightful, and gave an insider’s look at Buenos Aires. Very entertaining.

Afterwards, a group of us set off to La Boca, a neighborhood known for its colorfully painted buildings, its football team the Boca Juniors, and El Caminito a street rife with Argentine tango.

Having survived the rough neighborhood of La Boca (we’d all been warned not to visit at night), we headed off on the oldest subway line in South America (according to the Argentines) to the best empanada place in Buenos Aires, a joint called La Cocina. A small, hole in the wall restaurant in the Recoleta neighborhood, it does empanadas in the northern Argentine style which means the dough is a bit different and the meat is more thoroughly spiced. We gorged ourselves. Some more vigorously than others.

We burned off our feast with a stroll back to our hostels in San Telmo. As a reward for such an effective workout, we sat down for dessert and coffee.

Thanks to all my traveling buddies who gamely acted out the part of a yet-to-be-signed band and graciously posed for pics while in the midst of eating.

GALLERY: Click through for a host of bonus pictures including people masticating, people on subways, and a ton of pictures of buildings.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2010 7:34 pm

    How much did you tip the “free” guide?

    Any luck finding “El Tigre”?

    I’m awash in nostalgia…….

    • January 6, 2011 7:29 am

      Think I gave him $15 USD. I’m sure I could have given less (the guy didn’t even look at how much I gave him; it went straight into his pocket). I was feeling generous.

      Alas, Tigre. . .I have yet to know it.

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