Honeypot Honeymoon Handbook: 7 top things to do in Buenos Aires

The Honeypot team have been busy bees travelling the world recently, and while most of those trips haven’t been honeymoons, we’ve picked up a few tips along the way. Today, we take a look at what to do in the “Paris of South America”, Buenos Aires – and how to make it a honeymoon you’ll look back on fondly for the rest of your lives.

1.Take a free walking tour or two

This was one of the first things we did in Buenos Aires, and one of the best things to do! Taking a free walking tour (disclaimer: they’re not actually free, but you tip what you think it’s worth rather than paying a set fee upfront) is a fantastic way of getting an understanding of the history and culture of the city.

We ended up doing two – one from the Teatro Colon to the Recoleta Cemetery, which focused more on the culture of the city, and one around the centre of the city, which ended in the Plaza de Mayo outside the Casa Rosada, and focused more on the politics and history of Buenos Aires. They meant that, wherever we went, we had great context for what things meant and the impact they’d had on the city – way more interesting!

Just don’t book too much in afterwards – your feet might end up rather sore!

Buenos Aires things to do - Casa Rosada

2. Learn the language

I was pretty lucky in that I had studied Spanish at uni (although it was fairly rusty!) but Matt said that he wished he’d learned a little before coming – not only did it mean I could order our meals more easily, it also meant I got to have some cool conversations with taxi drivers and other locals that he didn’t get to be part of except for my translation. Do definitely brush up on your Spanish before heading over!

Buenos Aires honeymoon Spanish language

3. Go to a milonga (but take a tango class first!)

Everyone knows that Buenos Aires is famous for the tango, and a milonga shows off just how engrained tango is in the culture. We went along to one at Las Manzanas de las Luces, which is only open on a Friday night – it’s basically a community hall where well over a hundred people come each week to dance tango together. It’s just lovely to see how everyone (young and old!) comes together to dance the tango.

A word of warning though – pop along earlier (I believe around 7 or 8) for the tango class so you can pick up the basics. You’ll feel a little lost and probably not too keen to join in on the crowded dance floor if you don’t know how to do the moves, but if you get out there it’s a pretty romantic way to experience Argentinian culture together.

Tango at a milonga, Buenos Aires honeymoon

4. Pop across to Uruguay

Coming from NZ, the thought of getting to another country in just an hour is pretty astonishing, but it’s super easy to hop onto the ferry across to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. Grab your tickets the day before from the Seacat store near Galerias Pacificos and you’ll be all set.

Colonia del Sacramento is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is such a gorgeous glimpse into the past. Just don’t be surprised if it feels a bit like a ghost town before 10am. Take advantage of feeling like you have the town to yourselves by spending the time exploring together.

Colonia del Sacramento Uruguay

5. Hit the markets

The San Telmo markets are the most famous (and biggest!) markets in Buenos Aires, and are well worth it. Open on a Sunday, they stretch all the way from a block past the Plaza de Mayo right down to several blocks past the Plaza Dorrego, which is the heart of the original market. You’ll discover antiques, unique crafts, lots of food options, and entertainment galore, which makes it a really delightful day out. Just be aware that your other half may not enjoy browsing for QUITE as long as you do 😛

San Telmo markets Buenos Aires honeymoon

6. Visit the world’s prettiest bookstore

Perhaps if you’re not quite as much of a theatre or book nerd as I am it might not have quite the same impact, but it’s worth a visit anyway – the El Avaneo Grand Spectacular is truly the most amazing bookstore I’ve ever seen in my life. Set in an old theatre, walking in and seeing all the balconies filled with books is just unbelievably beautiful. There’s even a café inside so you can sit and enjoy the view (and a Dulce de Leche milkshake – get one each!)

El Ateneo bookstore Buenos Aires honeymoon

7. Go Evita hunting

Our knowledge of Eva Peron was pretty much restricted to the musical Evita and one paper I’d done at uni on Argentinian history that I barely remember, but after visiting Buenos Aires, we felt well educated. It was super interesting to discover just how torn the nation still is about whether Eva Peron was a saint or the worst person in the world, and you could see signs of that everywhere. From the fresh offerings that still get left at her grave in Recoleta Cemetery and the museum dedicated to her life, to the graffiti insulting the Peronists, it’s one of the most interesting – and prevalent – parts of Argentine history.

But if you’re a fan of the musical, I will warn you – there’s no stopping “What’s new, Buenos Aires?” constantly going through your head while you visit.
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So that’s our guide to the best things to do while honeymooning in (or just visiting!) Buenos Aires – it is seriously one of the coolest cities I’ve been to and is pretty damn romantic if you find the right spots. Just turn and whisper in your new spouse’s ear “Te quiero” and you’re all set!

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How to pack for a honeymoon of many climates

If your dream honeymoon consists of weeks lounging by the beach in Fiji, then packing should be fairly simple – who needs much more than a bathing suit when you’re by the beach the whole time? But if your honeymoon is likely to be a bit more widespread, you might need to prepare yourself for a few different climates – and that’s where we come in.

While prepping for a trip to South America that’s likely to take in three very different environments, we thought we’d put together our very own Honeypot packing guide for a ‘honeymoon of many climates’!

Layer, layer, layer

When it comes to clothes, think multi-use clothes that you can layer to cope with differing temperatures.

Packing cubes for clothes in South AmericaEach of you should bring:

  • 7 x underwear
  • 7 x socks – a mix of ankle, crew cut, or warmer
  • 5-6 x t-shirts or tank tops (or add another if you’re fairly sweaty!)
  • 2 x long sleeve tops (merino works well)
  • 1 x shorts
  • 1 x jeans
  • 1 x track pants or leggings (you’ll be pleased when you’re keen to relax in the evenings!)
  • 1 x bathing suit/board shorts
  • 1-2 x cardigan or lighter jacket
  • 1 x fleece or puffer jacket (at least for those of us who get cold easily!)
  • 1 x light windproof raincoat
  • 1 x pair of flip flops
  • 1 x sneakers/walking shoes
  • 1 x nicer shoes
  • Hat (preferably one that can fold up small)

 

Toiletries

This one’s probably the most subjective – I only use a few basic things but am very picky about which ones I use, so I hate when people say “just use the little ones from hotels” (no-one wants to see how greasy my hair gets a day after using those!)

I’d suggest getting a few cheap travel bottles (K-mart all the way!) and filling them up with your faves instead. This is what I’ve packed:

  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Toothpaste & brush
  • Contacts & solution (plus eye drops – man my eyes get dry when travelling!)
  • Face wash & moisturiser (or just face wipes if you’re a little lazier)
  • Razor & exfoliating glove (no-one wants an ingrown hair while travelling…)
  • Laundry wash (for hand washing clothes along the way – no-one likes a stinky travel companion!)
  • Sunscreen & insect repellent (especially important for those of us whose blood is apparently irresistible to mosquitos…)
  • Back up pads or tampons (of course you’ll always be able to find them, but bring a couple just in case you get stuck on a flight or train!)
  • Rehydration sachets, altitude sickness pills etc. (whatever your travel doctor suggests for where you’re going)
  • Mini first aid kit (just some plasters, antiseptic wipes, panadol and a few other essentials)

 

Travel tools

img_9805.jpgI’m a bit of a sucker for awesome travel gadgets, but I try control myself to just the essentials (well, what I see as essentials anyway!) – so here are a few of my favourites:

  • A good travel pillow (we just got some new ones off Kickstarter that you can use several ways and I’m very excited to actually get some sleep on this flight!)
  • Your device of choice (I swear my Kindle’s the best thing that ever happened to my travelling, while my man’s Nintendo Switch is his go-to. Either way, make sure you’ve got something to keep you entertained on those long flights and train trips!)
  • Universal power adaptor (it turns out it’s pretty hard to find convertors for anywhere that isn’t the US, UK, or Europe, so a universal convertor can be pretty damn handy!)
  • Headphone splitter (for some reason I seem to have collected a few of these for free, but they’re super handy. It means you can watch stuff on your phone or tablet together – without having to live with only one headphone each!)
  • Packing cubes (these are my new favourite things and mean you don’t have to pack and unpack constantly to find what you’re looking for)
  • Money belts (I know, they feel weird and look lame, but I feel so much more comfortable knowing that my passport and most of my money is safely held against my body and I can cover it up so no-one sees it’s there)

 

The official stuff

Of course, then there’s the boring but necessary stuff:

  • Passports
  • Tickets/itinerary
  • Travel insurance details & contact number
  • Local currency (or a lot of US dollars in places like South America – they’re just as useful)
  • Credit card or back up monetary access (preferably with an RFID envelope to protect scanning – whoever thought paywave was a secure way of transacting is slightly crazy in my mind)

Pro tip: Make sure you’ve got scans of all your details saved in Google Drive/Dropbox or your email so you can access them wherever you are in case anything goes missing.

 

So that’s it – my packing list for a trip around South America with my man. Should be helpful for any honeymoon or couples trip taking in a few different climates, or for anyone who is a bit of a nerd like me and likes to make a checklist of everything well in advance (yes, I did start packing weeks beforehand).

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