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!
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!
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.
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.
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 😛
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!)
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.
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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