5 Things I Learned Working With Indigenous People

Introverted, task oriented, punctuality freak, don’t-waste-my-time kind of guy. That was me, in a nutshell, when I first arrived in Bolivia, two years ago.

This whole time I’ve been working with indigenous university students, mainly from the Chiquitano ethnic group, from lowland Bolivia. From the very beginning I was aware that I’m dealing with people coming from a completely different background than my own and that I have to be open-minded.

This has been both challenging, as there were things that at times would drive me nuts, and fulfilling, as I got to peek into a very distinct worldview, which ultimately had an influence on my own way to see life.

Here are five cultural differences and things that I have learned during this time:

1.The value of community

Chiquitanos are people oriented. They live together, eat together, do life together. Their identity is built on a community that involves the extended family, friends and fellow villagers.

After two months living with a host family, I rented an apartment on my own. I’m jealous of my privacy and of my time alone and that is hard to grasp for my friends. Why would anyone want to live by himself?

2.Birthdays are important

I don’t usually celebrate my birthdays, yet I had three birthday parties the first time I turned years in Bolivia. And none of them was organized by me.

Whatever their income level is, people tend to spend quite a lot of money on birthday parties. Also, they do their best to attend their relatives’ parties even if that means taking a 7 hour bus trip back to their village.

Moreover, there is this funny tradition all across Latin America, where you are supposed to bite your cake and people will try to get your face into it. First time I was caught off guard.

3.Time is relative

My grandfather placed a high value on punctuality and so did my father. And I took it to the next level, where at 7:58 I get nervous if people are not present for the 8:00 meeting.

The Chiquitanos, just like most hot-culture people, don’t get as stressed out about time as I do and if there is something that brought me close to a nervous breakdown, than this is it!

Someone once invited me to a barbecue, so I asked him what time it would start. He told me 9am. So I said “That early?”… to which he answered “Yes… 9, 10, 11…” So I went there at 12 and I was the first one to show up.

I believe punctuality is important but I know I get way too stressed over it. Sometimes I envy my Chiquitano friends for being easy going and not caring about time as much as I do.

Visiting a Chiquitano village

4.Visits last long

If you invite people over, make sure you have enough time because it is not going to be a short visit. And if you invite people for lunch they might stay for dinner as well.

I’m used to meeting with friends for a set time and for a specific purpose. This is not the case among Chiquitanos. They value time together, enjoy each other’s presence and they like to make you part of their daily lives.

5.Listen to the sound of my people!

They play loud music you can hear from blocks away. I come from a place where you are taught not to disturb anyone with loud music or noise, so at first my reaction was “Don’t they care about disturbing other people?” and “What if someone calls the police.”

But apparently neighbors genuinely don’t mind loud music and no, no one is going to call the police.

Also, a lot of them own huge sound systems that can literally serve a whole village. And to this day it is still beyond my ability to understand why would someone need that.

Fast forward 2019. I’m still introverted, task oriented and I still value punctuality. I’m just a milder case now.

Where Is Home When You’re a Nomad?

Where do you come from?

People ask me that all the time and my answer is usually “I come from Romania”. And while this is true, part of me feels like I am not 100% honest. But that’s the easy answer, since it is not always the case to start talking about my whole life’s odyssey and the doubts over my identity.

I was born and raised in Romania, yet for almost 14 years now I’ve been living in other countries around the world. I spent about 11 years in Italy, 1 in China and 2 in Bolivia.

During all this time my attachment to Romania has grown weaker and weaker, as foreign cultures started to mold my Romanian identity and worldview into a new shape. A shape like a passepartout: that fits any lock but doesn’t belong to any door.

Is it important to have a home?

Home grants a sense of belonging. It grants identity. And that is why it is crucial for an individual. Yet I realize I did not build my sense of self on a place, but on faith.

Faith in God and the awareness of his presence, love and goodness towards me has given me the identity and the sense of belonging I needed, and is what helped me adapt easily to new environments. Home is a fluid concept. Faith is a solid anchor without borders.

I love being a nomad, and I would not change this for a tranquil, sedentary life. And as I will be moving from Bolivia in a couple of months, I wonder what home will look like after that.

Why I Travel With a Dummy

I’m counting down the days to my 30th birthday and I go around taking pictures of stuffed toys. I have to admit I’m fully aware of how weird that is and I even feel awkward at times. But that does not keep me from doing it.

Moco in Cochabamba, Bolivia

How did it all start?

As I shared in a previous post (Why Travel Solo?), I started traveling solo in 2012 and at that time it was not as common as today. Therefore, people would ask me questions like: “Why do you travel alone? Don’t you have friends?”. Well I do have friends and I enjoy traveling with them when possible. Yet I’m an introvert and there’s something about going places alone that is highly exciting and deeply fulfilling.

After reading an article about a guy who traveled the world with a hedgehog, I thought to myself: “I like that! Maybe I can try something similar!”. And this is how it all started.

Meet My Travel Dummies!

Moco in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Alter Ego

There are other, more profound reasons why I chose to do this, though. I’m a bit camera shy and jealous of my privacy, therefore I use puppets as an alter ego, in order to avoid overexposure.

At the same time, I don’t want to build my personal identity on social media. Way too many people seek validation on Facebook, Instagram & Co. and their sense of worth depends on people’s likes and comments. I don’t want to be that guy!

Cachupin in Beijing, China

Nomad dummies around the world, unite!

I once saw a Chinese tourist in Beijing taking pictures of her stuffed toy and I was happy to see there are other weirdos, like me, around the Globe. I am in search of other traveling dummies, so if you know any please let me know!

Meet My Travel Dummies!

As crazy as it might sound, I usually have some stuffed puppet with me when I travel.

So let me introduce my dummies!

Mr. Elephant

He was my first travel dummy ever and I took him with me to Poland in January 2015. We visited Warsaw, Cracow, Auschwitz and Katowice. 

As you have probably figured out, Mr. Elephant is an Ewok and if you wonder why that name, well… it’s totally random. 

Mr. Elephant in Warsaw, Poland

Mr. Dogdan

He was my travel buddy to Argentina (Buenos Aires) and Uruguay (Colonia del Sacramento and Montevideo) in May-June 2015. 

My surname gets misspelled a lot and in one occasion I had a boarding pass that said Dogdan. I guess that was my source of inspiration. Plus, this dummy is a dog, so I thought it would work well.

Cachupín

My beloved minion friend! He accompanied me to China in 2015-2016 and the name was given by a Chilean friend and flatmate from Buenos Aires. I’ve only recently found out that Cachupín is what Spaniard immigrants in Latin America used to be called and that it can have a negative connotation.

Mr. Quakodile

He was supposed to be my travel companion in South-East Asia in January 2016. Unfortunately, I lost him on the first day! We only got to visit a little bit of Singapore together. His name was going to be Mr. Crocodile (for no reason at all), but then I though: “Oh, he’s a duck. I can call him Quak…odile.” (you can slap me now!)

Mr. Quakodile in Singapore

Moco

After a break in traveling with stuffed friends, I decided to do it again at the end of 2018. Moco means snot in Spanish and we are currently in Bolivia. I’ve been here for almost 2 years now but Moco only came about a couple of months ago. So far we have visited Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, La Paz and Lake Titicaca together.

I know this whole thing sounds crazy, but believe me, there is a reason behind it. I will talk more about this in my next post.

I wonder if there are other nomad dummies around there…

Funny Stuff People Say When I Tell Them I’m Romanian

I was born and raised in Romania, but I have spent the last 13 years or so living in other countries and traveling worldwide.

While Romanians are well-known in Europe (and not always for the right reasons), a lot of people outside the Old Continent have barely heard about my country, which often results in funny questions or comments.

So here is a list of things I’ve been told or asked by people when I told them I come from Romania:

 

Is that a country?

Hmm, kind of. It is more like a legendary kingdom. Unicorns are our main means of transportation and we use dragons instead of airplanes. 

 

Where is that?

Somewhere North of Wakanda, South of Atlantis, East of El Dorado and West of Shangri-La.

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Oh, so you speak Latin, right?

*Iste homo ignorant est*

No, we actually speak Romanian, which is a Romance language but no, we don’t speak Latin.

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Oh, so you speak Russian, right?

*Niet, man! Niet!*

No, but we cry in Russian!

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Armenia?

No! ROmania!

 

I saw a documentary that said your country was the first one to adopt Christianity as a State religion!

No. That’s Armenia! I’m from ROmania!

 

Oh, so you’re from Rome!

Yes!

Sort of…

Not really.

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Your people conquered my country a long time ago!

I think you’re talking about the Roman Empire. We were conquered by them too.  

*crying on each other’s shoulder*

 

I heard Budapest is a very beautiful city! I want to visit it some day.

*facepalm*

It is indeed! Enjoy your trip to Hungary!

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Gheorghe Hagi!

*watery eyes and heart swelling with pride*

YES! Let me hug you, brother!

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Nadia Comăneci!

*proudly waving national flag*

YES! 100%

 

Transylvania! Dracula!

*here we go again…*

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Do you suck blood?

No, but I can suck the life out of you!

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Ceaușescu! (mispronounced in ten thousand different ways)

Yes, he was the real Dracula!

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Were you guys part of the Soviet Union?

Almost! *sigh*

 

What’s a typical Romanian dish?

Sarmale, mămăligă cu cârnați, roșii-brânză-ceapă-slană!

*mouth watering*

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Are you a gypsy?

No, but I’m a traveler. And I can belly-dance if you want. 

 

24 hours in Shanghai

Welcome to China’s pearl and one of the world’s biggest metropolis! With a population of well over 20 million, this city alone has more inhabitants than my home country, Romania.

Shanghai is a modern city with an old soul. A place where tall skyscrapers hide the city’s heritage made up of beautiful temples, pavilions and gardens.

If you have a chance to visit this huge maze but your time is limited, here is an itinerary that will help you make the most of your time:

Note that Google Maps (together with all the other Google services) does not work in China, unless you download a VPN before getting there. As an alternative, you can use the Chinese search engine BaiDu, and its maps. However, there is no English version so far, therefore, in order to facilitate your search, I will write the Chinese names (in characters and pinyin) of the main tourist attractions, along with the English translation.


1.Start from Yuyuan (豫园, Yù Yuán) . This is a garden built over 400 years ago, during Ming dynasty. Its name translates to “the pleasing/satisfying garden” and you can be sure it will satisfy your eyes with beautiful, ponds, rockeries, pavilions and traditional architecture.

Yuyuan Garden
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2.The garden is actually part of the old city of Shanghai, a historical complex that includes Dajing Ge (大境阁, Dàjìng Gé), a crowded pavilion that displays a wide variety of traditional shops, teahouses and restaurants, along with the Old City Wall and the City God Temple.

Dajing Ge Pavilion

3.A few blocks away you will come across People’s Square (人民广场 Rénmín guǎngchǎng), Shanghai’s main plaza. Enjoy the fountains you will find here and, if you have some extra time, visit Shanghai Museum, which hosts some fine collections of traditional paintings, manufacts, clothing and calligraphy. There is no entry fee.

Also, if you are into shopping, don’t miss Shanghai Times Square (大上海时代广场, Dà shànghǎi shídài guǎngchǎng), located between Dajing Ge and People’s Square, one block before the plaza.

4.From People’s square walk down Nanjing Road (南京路, Nánjīng Lù), the city’s renowned pedestrian and commercial street. This will take you to The Bund (外滩, Wàitān) a beautiful promenade along the Huangpu river, flaunting numerous Eclectic style buildings. From the Bund you can delight your sight with the famous picture-postcard view of Pudong, Shanghai’s financial district.

Pudong, view from The Bund

5.Go back to Nanjing Road, take metro line 2 (going towards Pudong Airport) and cross over to Pudong, Lujiazui station (陆家嘴, Lùjiāzuǐ), on the other side of the river. There you can visit the Oriental Pearl Tower and enjoy a magnificent panoramic view over Shanghai. For more information on entry fees, go to Oriental Pearl Tower.

If you have time, you can also go for a stroll down Century Avenue (世纪大道, Shìjì dàdào) and feel like a small ant among giants.

6.Take metro line 2 again, this time in the opposite direction (towards East Xujing and Hongqiao Airport) and get off at Jinag’an Temple Station (静安寺, Jìng’ān sì). Visit the temple, one of the most famous ones in Shanghai, and enjoy the contrasting view of Chinese traditional roofs raising against a backdrop of modern steel and glass skyscrapers.

Jing’an Temple
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7.Just a few blocks away from Jing’an Temple, there is the French Concession, a charming neighborhood featuring an array of European-style villas and buildings. If you don’t have much time go straight to Ruijin 2 Road (瑞金二路, Ruìjīn èr lù). The easiest way to get there from Jing’an temple is probably by taxi. Enjoy the beautiful architecture this street offers and don’t miss Fuxing Park (复兴公园, Fùxīng gōngyuán) and Xintiandi (新天地, Xīntiāndì) a reconditioned shikumen (typical old-Shanghai neighborhood). Roam this labyrinth and enjoy a coffee or dinner at one the many restaurants and coffee shops this area offers.

Shikumen in Xintiandi, Shangha
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After dark Shanghai turns into an appealing spectacle of lights. If you prefer seeing the city’s skyline by night, than you can start by visiting Jing’an Temple and the French Concession in the morning and end your tour at the Bund or at the Oriental Pearl Tower, which is open until 9:30 pm.

Enjoy your tour!

24 hours in Milan

Milan.

Insert tags: fashion, shopping, expensive boutiques, Victoria Beckham on shopping holiday…

Yet Milan is so much more than that! I had the privilege to live about 1 hour away from this city for more than 10 years and I still haven’t got enough of it. Milan is history, culture, beautiful architecture and unique works of art. And to me that is good news, since the only kind of shopping I can afford in the city’s fashion district is window shopping.

If you have a chance to visit Milan and you are in a hurry, here is a walking itinerary that will help you make the most of your time there:

1. Start from Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle), an impressive 15th century castle that hosts a series of museums, among which Rondanini Pietà, featuring Michelangelo’s last sculpture. The visits usually don’t last more than 1 hour. Go through Sempione Park, located just behind the Castle, and visit Arco della Pace (The Arch of Peace, aka Sempione Gate), a 19th century monument adjacent to the park.

2. Walk to Cenacolo Vinciano, a small yet incredibly important museum by the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. This is where you will find Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Last Supper painting. The reason I list this tourist attraction among the first ones is because the museum closes pretty early. Visitors are not allowed to stay more than 15 minutes and you have to book your visit in advance! For more detailed information and reservations visit Cenacolo Vinciano.

3. Go to Largo Cairoli, a big roundabout located in front of the Sforza Castle and walk down Via Dante, towards the Duomo. Via Dante is a commercial and pedestrian street featuring beautiful 19th century architecture. When you get to Piazza Cordusio, go on Via dei Mercanti, which will lead you to Piazza dei Mercanti. Take a few moments to enjoy this one of a kind Medieval plaza.

4. Only a few meters away there is Piazza Duomo and Milan’s most iconic monument: the Cathedral. This is, in my opinion, one of the most fascinating cathedrals in the whole world. Allow yourself some time to just stand in awe of the beauty of this Gothic masterpiece and then go and visit the interior (for free). If you are not in a rush, you can also visit the Duomo’s museums and the terrace. For prices and more information see Duomo di Milano.

5.Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery is located on the left side of Piazza Duomo and it is a classy shopping gallery where you can find some fancy restaurants and famous brands, such as Versace, Prada and Louis Vuitton. If you are not into that, just enjoy the gallery’s 19th century charm.

Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery

6. At the end of the Gallery, you will come across a small plaza, where the La Scala Theater is located. While it is not very impressive from outside, it is definitely worth spending an hour or two visiting the theatre and its museum. For more details go to Teatro alla Scala.

7. A few blocks away from La Scala and Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, there is the well-known Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan’s fashion district, where you can find numerous high-end boutiques. Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga are probably the best known streets within the Quadrilatero.

Street in Milan’s Quadrilatero della Moda (Fashion District)

8. Finally, visit Pinacoteca di Brera, an impressive collection of world-famous paintings hosted in a former convent in the Baroque style. Among the most popular works of art you will find Hayez’s The Kiss. Expect to spend around 2 hours here. The museum is located in Brera neighborhood, a bohemian district in Milan’s historic center. Do spend some time roaming its streets and don’t miss Via Madonnina, one of Brera’s main alleys. For more information about the museum, visit Pinacoteca di Brera.

This itinerary cover a distance of about 6km (almost 4 miles) and involves an approximately 1h20 min walk. However, if you decide to visit all the museums mentioned above, it will take you one full day. If you get tired, just stop at one of the numerous bars you find along the way and enjoy a good Italian espresso!

Why travel solo?

Traveling alone is becoming more and more common, but it wasn’t the case when I first set foot in Peru, 7 years ago.

Young, unexperienced and alone. First time outside of Europe. But thank God for Peruvian friends who helped me along the way!

At first I was apprehensive about traveling alone but my itchy feet, my hunger for new places and cultures and my obsession with Peru had the best of me, so I decided to go for it.

Here are some considerations and a few questions I have asked myself, or that other people have asked me, regarding solo traveling:

1.Why don’t you find a friend to go with you?

Well I tried to. But no one was as desperate as I was to travel. And the plane ticket was rather expensive. So I got to the point where I realized I either go alone or not go at all. So gave it a try, I liked it, and I decided I want to do it again.

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2. Isn’t it dangerous to travel alone?

Not if you use common sense – which I lack sometimes.

Yes, I was threatened in one occasion and got assaulted by a gang in another. However, that’s not too bad, considering that I travel a lot. There could have been many more unpleasant situations.

I do believe that traveling with another person, or with a group, can be safer, yet as a tourists you can still be a target. So use common sense anyway.

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3. Traveling solo is a Western thing

It is, to a large extent. Western culture is very (way too?) individualistic and the majority of solo travelers come from a Western background.

Sometimes when you travel to countries that place a high value on community, people might think there’s something wrong with you for choosing to visit their country alone. I’ve seen people raise eyebrows or tell me I am crazy when I told them I’m by my own. Don’t be too surprised if someone comes up with phrases like “Why? You no have friends?”. Just smile and embrace diversity!

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4. Traveling solo is weird

That’s what I thought before I went on my first solo trip. But then I realized it can actually be a very pleasant and fulfilling experience. And as I said, it is getting more and more common, so people are getting used to it – at least in the West.

And thank God selfies are socially acceptable now and we even have selfie sticks! It wasn’t the case 7 years ago. At that time, you sill had to ask random people to take a picture of you, as taking a selfie was just weird.

5. Traveling alone is not for everyone

That’s true! I’m an introvert and I get a lot of energy from visiting places alone. But I imagine extroverts would feel awkward and feel like they are missing out, because they don’t have someone to share their adventure with.

But if you need company, it is usually easy to tag along other travelers, especially if you stay at a youth hostel, or befriend locals.

6. Do you like traveling alone?

I love it. It is a lot easier for me to connect with nature, places and God when I’m on my own. And I always go back home refreshed and with my batteries fully charged.

Sahara Desert, Morocco

So if you have never tried traveling alone, give it a try. Worst case scenario you won’t like it and will take a friend along next time you go somewhere. But you might discover a hidden side to your personality!

24 hours in Madrid

Madrid is one of the most visited capital cities in Europe and if you have already been there you can understand why. It is a big, lively place with beautiful architecture and a lot of history.

Despite being a relatively big city, the main tourist attractions Madrid offers are at a walking distance from each other and they are located mainly downtown and in the surrounding areas. So take a double shot of espresso, arm yourself with a comfortable pair of walking shoes and in less than 24 hours you will manage to see a lot more than you think.

Itinerary

  1. Start from Puerta de Atocha, Madrid’s main train station where you can find a beautiful indoors tropical garden which is worth enjoying for a few moments. As you get out of Atocha, you will find yourself in Plaza del Emperador Carlos V (better known as Plaza de Atocha). There you will see a large roundabout surrounded by beautiful 18th and 19th century architecture.
  2. Walk to El Prado Museum, located only a 10 min walk from Atocha. This is the country’s most famous museum, featuring royal art collections dating back to the 16th and 17th century. Expect to spend somewhere between 1 and 3 hours here. There are certain days and hours when you can get a discount or even get in for free. For more information, check Museo del Prado.
  3. Right next to the museum there is the Retiro Park, a wide green area in the heart of the city. Don’t miss the Christal Palace and the Pond, with its monument to Alfonso XII.
  4. Exit the park from the Plaza de Independencia side, where you will find the famous Puerta de Alcalá, a beautiful 18th century arch, one of Madrid’s historical gateways.
  5. Stroll along Calle de Alcalá and enjoy its beautiful architecture. This street will take you to Puerta del Sol, one of Madrid’s most iconic plazas. This is considered the kilometer 0, from where all radial roads are measured, and it features the famous Bear and the Strawberry Tree and the old Post Office building.
  6. Just a few blocks away you will come across Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s main plaza, that dates back to the XVI century.
  7. From there, walk along Calle Mayor and you will get to Santa Maria Cathedral, which faces the Royal Palace. Take a selfie then enjoy the Sabatini Gradens located just behind the palace.
  8. Visit Plaza de España, at the end of the Sabatini Garden. From here you can visit the Eastern Park (Parque del Oeste) and the Dedod Temple, though I would suggest you skipped this part and go for a walk along the Gran Vía. This is considered Madrid’s broadway and it is a beautiful shopping street surrounded by early 20th century architecture.

This itinerary involves a 1h45min walk at a normal speed, without counting the stops. You can decide how much time you want to spend on each site, however, it will take you at least 4 hours – which include a 1 hour visit to El Prado Museum – to complete it.

Extra

If you still have time, don’t miss Real Madrid’s Stadium (Santiago Bernabeu), which you can reach by public transportation in about 30 min from downtown. Also, don’t miss Puerta de Europa, located 1.5km North of the Stadium.

24 hours in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a big city! Its metropolitan area is among the biggest ones in the world. However, with a good planning you can actually see a lot more than you think, as most points of interest are located downtown and in the surrounding areas.

You will find below a time efficient itinerary, which will allow you to see the main attractions this beautiful city offers:

  Morning

  • Plaza del Congreso – start from this lovely square featuring a few buildings in the Art Nouveau style and the imposing Neoclassical Congress building. If you have enough time, you can sign up for a free guided visit of the Congress.
  • Avenida de Mayo – probably the city’s most iconic street, Av. de Mayo connects Plaza del Congreso with Plaza de Mayo. Walking only four blocks from the Congress Square you will get to Av. 9 de Julio, one of the widest avenues in the world. On your left side you will see the Obelisk.
  • The Obelisk – located on Av. 9 de Julio and 5 blocks North of Av. de Mayo, the Obelisk is one of the symbols of Buenos Aires and an important tourist attraction.
  • Plaza Lavalle and Plaza del Vaticano (Teatro Colon) – don’t miss these two beautiful plazas located just around the corner from the Obelisk.
  • Calle Florida – five blocks East from the two plazas you will come across Calle Florida, a bubbly commercial and pedestrian street. Walking South will take you to Plaza de Mayo.
  • Plaza de Mayo – this square has witnessed Argentina’s most dramatic moments and it is a place where history was made. Bullet marks on side buildings and symbols of The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo’s headscarves on the ground are proof to that. The plaza hosts some of the country’s most important buildings, among which the famous Casa Rosada, Argentina’s presidential palace.
  • Puente de la Mujer – walk past Casa Rosada and you will get to El Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge), which links the city to Puerto Madero, a modern middle and upper class residential and commercial neighborhood, with a nice skyline.

Walking at a normal pace, this itinerary will take you just over 1 hour, without counting the stops. Depending on how long you stop for each attraction, expect to spend somewhere between 2 to 4 hours.

Afternoon

  • San Telmo – located only a 30 min walk (10 min car ride) away from El Puente de la Mujer, San Telmo is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and it still bears the signs of its aristocratic past. Enjoy the sound of tango as you roam its streets and don’t forget to take a picture with Mafalda. On Sundays it can get particularly crowded as the Flea Market in Plaza Dorrego is going on.
  • La Boca and Caminito – located another 30 min walk (10 min car ride) South of San Telmo, it is without a doubt Buenos Aires’ trademark and probably a unique neighborhood in the whole world. Initially home to the many immigrants coming to Argentina, La Boca is today a colorful, picturesque neighborhood, featuring many street artists, colorful tin houses (conventillos), la Bombonera (football stadium) and Caminito Street.

Though you could spend the whole day in these two areas, if your time is limited, spend 1 to 2 hours in San Telmo and around 1 hour in La Boca.

Late afternoon

  • Recoleta Cemetery – if it’s not too late, it is definitely worth paying a short visit to this monumental cemetery. Located North of the tourist attractions previously mentioned, you will need to get a taxi or use public transportation to get here. Expect to spend around 1 hour here.
  • Floralis Genérica – don’t miss this interesting park which displays a metal flower sculpture featured on many Buenos Aires postcards. The park is just behind Recoleta Cemetery.

Night

  • Palermo – a bohemian neighborhood not far from Recoleta, where you can find numerous bars and restaurants. Go and enjoy dinner after an exhausting – yet fulfilling – day.
Palermo Neighborhood
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