Recoleta: Best Cemetery Tour in the World

October 28, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

Recoleta Cemetery with Buenos Tours Best in the World

Great Press For BuenosTours!

As you might have guessed from the less regular of blog posts around here recently, we’ve been working hard giving lots of walking tours around Buenos Aires. And it’s certainly paying off, with some good press coming in from both traditional and modern publishing formats…

This weekend BuenosTours was recommend by the Guardian newspaper (one of the UK’s most widely read dailies) in their article on The Five Best Cemetery Tours, in which they listed BuenosTours and our tour of Recoleta Cemetery (plus surrounding areas) first – I guess making us the best cemetery tour in the world!

If you want to book the “best cemetery tour in the world” with us, click here for more information. The cemetery part of the Recoleta tour is also included in our private day tour of Buenos Aires.

And some Podcasting love too…

But the recommendations don’t stop there. BuenosTours also has fans living in the high-tech age. The podcast guys over at For Whatever Reason yesterday posted up their latest episode, including a long feature on the recent walking tour of Buenos Aires city center they took with us and how much they enjoyed it. Thanks guys! Just to quickly quote a few things they said about the tour in the podcast:

“This walking tour was possibly the best thing that we did on the entire trip”

“A great way to get a feel for everything and learn a lot about the area”

“Most people booked a tour of Buenos Aires, most of them booked a bus tour where they got on a bus and somebody with a loudspeaker talked as they drove through different parts of the city. The tour that we booked was actually a private walking tour and so it was just the tour guide, and me, and Tim… It was wonderful, we had a lot of one-on-one time, or two-on-one time, with him, we could ask questions without feeling like we were interrupting someone else’s tour, we didn’t have other people interrupting what we felt like was our tour, and having been on lots of tour type situations that’s always the case where… you just feel like the experience isn’t what you want it to be, where this was what we wanted it to be, and it was so perfect.”

“He was very knowledgable in history – he had funny stories, he had tragic stories, he had everything inbetween.”

“It gave us a great sense of comfort to walk around the streets… in fact I stopped him about 10 minutes into the tour and said thank you… because this is the first time I have done any kind of international travel… and you’ve helped me realize that this isn’t any different than home, it’s just a different city.”

You can listen to the episode here: For Whatever Reason on BuenosTours (the part about Buenos Aires and BuenosTours starts at about 16 minutes in).

(And stick around to listen to some more of their stuff, because it’s pretty cool, plus they have great radio voices! Also, check out their Buenos Aires photo album on Flickr, with photos from their walking tour, including a couple of rather unfortunate ones of yours truly…)

Finally, you can click here to book the private guided city center walking tour they took!

Now were just waiting on that long-promised Oprah endorsement, and we’re all set… 😉

[Second photo credit: Javier Kohen @ Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0]

I hate Buenos Aires when…

July 18, 2007 by · 19 Comments 

Sometimes Buenos Aires can be a bitch

Diva specifically requested that this photo wasn't rotated

With great honor, Diva, of Buenos Aires Through My Eyes (AKA Bitchtours) fame, is welcomed to the blog as a guest poster. She loves Buenos Aires, but sometimes, like all cities, it has its annoyances…

1. I order a dish from a menu and they don’t have it

This is not something unusual here, even in fancy restaurants. You spent 10 minutes deciding what you’re gonna have and when you order the waiter gives you this look like you’ve pronounced a forbidden word and then says: “I’ll check if we have that”.

How come? It’s on the menu, the only thing I would eat right now is that damn dish and you don’t have it? Give me a break.

2. I buy something in a kiosk and they give me candy instead of change because they don’t have coins

Mr. or Mrs. kiosk: I’m buying a pack of Lucky Strikes and a diet coke, do you think I really want candy? Maybe we should do what a friend suggested the other day: Keep all the candy in a jar and then try to buy my cigarettes with them.

3. The taxi driver tells me that he doesn’t know the street I’m trying to get

Taxi driver: Corrientes and Anchorena? Hmmm… I’m not sure where that is.

Me: That’s the Abasto.

Taxi driver: Abasto? Is that the place where there are horse races? Excuse me, but I’ve been driving this taxi cab just for 3 days and I don’t know the city very well…

That’s the oldest trick in the world, dude, at least in Buenos Aires. I know what you are doing. You are testing if I know where I’m going. I do know, and I also know the fastest way to get there so cut the crap and drive.

And then you are going to tell me that you’ve just started your shift so you don’t have any change. Don’t worry, I have lots of candy…

4. The TV in the subways

Oh my god, that’s annoying. Maybe you are visiting and you don’t have to take the subway like most of the locals do (anyway you won’t escape from the taxi drivers). They have these TVs all over the place repeating the same crap every 5 minutes. From stupid music videos to political propaganda, from fashion shows to a coach teaching people how they should dress in order to get a job. All kinds of uninteresting programs that last 30 seconds.

I would get a taxi cab if it wasn’t that they probably won’t know the address I’m going to.

5. Bad graffiti

Hey you, the guy that paints the walls in such a messy and ugly way: If you are going to damage private property, at least do it with some class. Haven’t you seen all those wonderful stencils around Buenos Aires? Those guys try to add something to the world, they carefully design what they are going to paint. What you do is just stupid. I hope the police caught you while you are damaging another wall. If you have things to say, go get a therapist, because nobody wants to know what you have to say.

And that’s it. I could go on and on, but this is not my blog so…

About me: Buenos Aires Through My Eyes

Dear readers, what do you hate about Buenos Aires?

Argentina’s talent to wane against Brazil?

July 15, 2007 by · 1 Comment 

A little South American football rivalry

Later today (Sunday July 15th, 2007), Argentina will take on Brazil in the final of the Copa America – the most important national football (that’s soccer, to all you Yanquis) team tournament in the Americas (team news here). As you might have guessed, there is something of a futbol rivalry between Argentina and Brazil. In fact, in the past things have got so heated that the two countries have even resorted to humorous advert warfare

Back in 2004, Brazil beat Argentina 3 – 1 in a World Cup qualifier, and shortly after, Tulipan, an Argentine condom manufacturer that puts out consistently funny and clever ad campaigns, came out with this provocative billboard of typographical genius:

Watch out, Argentina are coming for you, Brazil!
“WE’RE ALREADY PLANNING THE REVENGE”
(Ya estamos pensando en la revancha)

I don’t think I need to spell out exactly what Tulipan claimed Argentina would do to Brazil in their next match!

Not to be outdone, neither on the pitch nor in creative use of typography, the Brazilian football organization responded with the following ad:

Or maybe Argentina will get stage fright once more against Brazil?
“IT WASN’T THE FIRST TIME. AND IT WON’T BE THE LAST”
(No fue la primera vez. Tampoco la ultima)

Wow. Great comeback!

Vamos, Vamos, Argentina…

Anyway, Argentina have been playing great football pretty much throughout the Copa America (check out Messi’s fantastic goal against Mexico in the video below), so let’s just hope they can keep it up (ahem) this time against Brazil in the final.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdinFoS3cH8

Buenos Aires Videos

June 15, 2007 by · 8 Comments 

Some Cool Online Videos Shot Around Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Videos from Geobeats

For an inside look at the city of Buenos Aires, check out these online videos for many different travel destinations around the world, all compliled on a website called Geobeats. They have an excellent video section on Buenos Aires, with many videos from around the more famous barrios of Buenos Aires, including spots on hotels, restaurants and museums. All of the videos of Buenos Aires are very professionally done and pretty informative. There is only so much of an idea you can get about Buenos Aires or Argentina from the text and photos, so before you take the plunge and come visit, use the videos as a preview.

Standout Videos of Buenos Aires from Geobeats

Start out by screening a few of the more impressive visuals in Buenos Aires:

MALBA, in Palermo

The fantastic Museo de Arte Latinamerico en Buenos Aires:

El Ateneo, in Recoleta

The biggest bookstore in Latin America:

Confiteria Las Violetas, in Almagro

A stunning cafe with top-notch pastries:

Enjoy those videos of Buenos Aires! (and check out some more over at Geobeats when you can)

Buenos Aires to London by bus?

June 14, 2007 by · 2 Comments 

That’ll be a return bus ticket from Palermo to Islington please…

Red London bus in the Palermo parks, Buenos Aires

Fear not, you didn’t miss the news about a new transatlantic bridge from Argentina to England. Let’s face it, structural considerations aside, it’ll never happen.

So, if there isn’t a running bus route from Palermo to Islington, then what’s a traditional old red double-decker London bus doing in Palermo, Buenos Aires, of all places? Read on…

No one knows!

After a quick phone call to the cellphone number posted on the side of the bus (it’s for sale), no details have been revealed. The man on the other end of the line recounts that the bus has been in Buenos Aires for many years, since before he joined the company that’s now selling it. Other than that, he didn’t know too much about it’s background). It was uncovered that during its time in Buenos Aires, the bus has mostly been used for filming adverts or movies that need to look like they are set in London, and for other assorted events.

London Bus for Sale in Buenos Aires

In fact, it will cost you a pretty peso if you wish to purchase this fine specimen of British automotive history. The bus is listed as 110,000 pesos (about US$37,000, or approximately 18,500 of the Queen’s British Pounds), and you can drive it away today. Just think of the fun you could have racing it against the crazy colectivos in Buenos Aires.

UPDATE: If there really are any interested parties out there, you’re out of luck. **The bus is no longer there, and it appears that it has been sold.**

Buenos Aires Online Resources

October 24, 2006 by · 4 Comments 

For those of you that stumble upon my Buenos Aires blog out there in cyberspace, and can’t find the information you wanted, here are a few other online resources you may find useful…

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Wikipedia

Always a good one if you are looking for factual information about the city, is Wikipedia Buenos Aires. The great thing about Wikipedia of course, is that if you don’t agree with something, or see an area missing that you know all about, then you can edit it yourself for the good of everyone. And don’t just stop after looking at the Buenos Aires page – there are many other interesting Wiki pages related to Buenos Aires, including the extremely thorough Argentina page, pieces on barrios such as Recoleta and Palermo, and this great article on Admiral William (Guillermo) Brown, the Irish-born seadog that effectively founded the Argentine navy!

If you really want to help out, you can also sign up to the Wikiproject Argentina page and start contributing to items on the ‘things to do’ list.

Other Online BA Resources

The Buenos Aires Government Tourism website weighs in with some very useful info and rescources too. They have some really good self guided tours, in text and audio formats, and lists of events etc that are going on in the city.

This guy has a nice page on nightlife in Buenos Aires. I would recommend checking it out when planning that night on the tiles in BA. And when we say night on the tiles here in Buenos Aires, we mean the whole night! Most Argentines actually only go out to clubs the same time that they would be closing back in my land of birth, the UK.

Of course, forums are a good place to ask difficult questions about Buenos Aires, and be assured of a rapid response from people that are in the know. The most active Buenos Aires forum is probably the one over at Tripadvisor.

The BA Blogospshere

Bloggers from BA also know A LOT about the the city. They probably wouldn’t have started a blog about their life in the city otherwise. Bloggers in Argentina has an almost comprehensive list of Buenos Aires and Argentina blogs for you to wade through. And don’t forget to ask us bloggers questions – we don’t bite!

Maps of Buenos Aires

Last, and certainly not least, there are the all important maps. Vital to finding your way around the city. But i’m not just talking about any old kind of maps here…I’m talking INTERACTIVE MAPS OF BUENOS AIRES! Dalton, over at “Oh! Buenos Aires”, has used his technological knowhow to produce some great ‘mash-ups’ (as we internet geeks call them) of maps for Buenos Aires, using Google Earth Maps and MSN Live Local Maps. Thus he has created a virtual tour of the sights of Buenos Aires, and something similar in more traditional map format. Check them out!

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