One of the more surprising travel adventures I have had was my trip to Argentina. With the help of Helloworld, I discovered some amazing places to visit in Argentina.
I had been working with Helloworld on my bucket list destinations and had already ticked off Oman, Vietnam and the USA. It came time to choose the fourth and final place. I had previously expressed interest in visiting Patagonia but airline support would have me in Brazil or the Galapagos instead.
However, at the last minute, Air New Zealand saved the day with their new direct flight from Auckland to Buenos Aires.
The trip was on!
Exploring Buenos Aires
Upon arriving in Buenos Aires, flying Premium Economy, I soon realised that jet lag was going to be a thing in South America. Buenos Aires is 13 hours behind Brisbane, which basically puts you on the opposite side of the world.
I wearily dragged myself out to my first activity, a bespoke Urban Adventure sunset tour. I was soon refreshed by my incredible guide Candelaria.
A new friend in Argentina
Candi, as I was instructed to call her, loved Australians because we are fun. She’s probably going to marry one in the future!
Within five minutes we were firm friends and within 10 she was already taking sneaky “selfies” with me. By day three I was basically a part of the family.
During my three days in Buenos Aires, I experienced a variety of Urban Adventures and Intrepid Travel tours, including the Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure (Urban Adventures), the Malbec Trail of Palermo (Urban Adventures), the Buenos Aires City Tour (Intrepid Travel) and a couple of bespoke Urban Adventures photography tours.
As I was with a variety of other travellers, I was able to gauge how much everyone enjoyed the guides and activities while we discovered great places to visit in Argentina.
Exploring La Boca and Recoleta
Some highlights for me in Buenos Aires included the Recoleta Cemetery, a visit to La Boca and “Dulce de Leche” gelato on every corner.
Of all the places to visit in Argentina, the Recoleta Cemetery was the biggest surprise. I honestly didn’t think I was going to be interested or even able to photograph a cemetery. I was wrong!
There are many fascinating stories deep in the mausoleums!
La Boca was the complete opposite. Instead of dark and moody, this cheerful neighbourhood was bright, loud and colourful.
We managed to get off the beaten track by visiting the “Conventillo Marjan Grum”, a preserved immigrant house-turned-museum cum art gallery.
As for Dulce de Leche, well, that’s something you’re just going to have to try when you visit Argentina yourself.
More places to visit in Argentina
With my jet lag finally abating and my new best friend Candi bidding me farewell it was time to board my plane to El Calafate, a town on the Argentinian side of Patagonia.
The highlight of El Calafate was, without a doubt, the Perito Moreno Glacier. There are a variety of day trips and experiences in and around the glacier.
I was on a full-day trip, which included a boat trip almost to the ice itself. We also had a leisurely stroll through the incredible network of boardwalks.
The boardwalks offer a vantage point of every conceivable angle of the glacier. Fortunately for me, there was plenty of time allocated to explore at my own pace.
On my last day in Argentina, I woke up and took a lovely stroll around Argentino Lake. This is the largest lake in Argentina. Then, I set off for one final adventure.
Although I had just shy of a week in Argentina, I covered a lot of ground. I beat the jet lag and made a new best friend.
With direct flights from Auckland, Buenos Aires is more accessible than ever to Australians. I think it’s a great city for much more than a stopover.