Buenos Aires City Tour: La Boca + Nightlife in San Isidro

Buenos Aires City Tour: La Boca + Nightlife in San Isidro

One of the many beautiful plazas of Buenos Aires
One of the many beautiful plazas of Buenos Aires

After completing our 2011 ski season down in Patagonia, we returned to Argentina’s captivating capitol, Buenos Aires, to continue the adventure. This bustling metropolis of 11 million plus boasts all kinds of culture and entertainment, from afternoon strolls through the beautiful plazas and enjoying fine cuisine, to tango shows and late night fiestas. We always advise our guests to be sure to spend some time in Buenos Aires. No matter how long your stay is, it will never seem like enough, since this city has so much to offer.

Iconic colored buildings of Caminito, Photo SZW
Iconic colored buildings of Caminito, Photo SZW

Our latest Buenos Aires City Tour focused on two main areas: tango culture in La Boca and the party scene in San Isidro, a large suburb on the northern outskirts of downtown Buenos Aires. The tour began in our home neighborhood of Recoleta, in the center of the city. We hopped the 152 bus down to La Boca, and headed straight into the heart of tango culture, Caminito. We found ourselves, once again, taken away by the romance and passion of the sights and sounds, the dancing and the music of the tango. Born on the very cobblestone streets we walked, the essence of the tango could be felt all around us as we continued through Caminito.

Iglesia del Pilar in Plaza Francia
Iglesia del Pilar in Plaza Francia

We decided to stop for a quick lunch at our favorite spot in La Boca, El Paraiso. We ordered up a round of lomito completo sandwiches (thin cut steak, ham, cheese, fried egg, lettuce & tomato) and some agua con gas (mineral water) to fuel the remainder of our day. We continued through the streets of La Boca, enjoying the local art and culture, before returning to the bus stop to take the 152 back to Recoleta. After roaming the area around Plaza Francia, digesting our meal and visiting some local shops to buy gifts and souvenirs, we headed home for a quick siesta before getting ready for the night’s festivities.

The whole crew partying at Darwin
The whole crew partying at Darwin

The destination for the night was a formerly secret party, not-so-secret anymore, located at the horse track in San Isidro. It is called Darwin. This event is known to host as many as 5,000 people, and it has been a weekly favorite of ours for years. Luckily for us, we gained VIP access and entered immediately, thanks to our local connections, avoiding us the hour wait in line. Before we knew it, we were in the crowd of young Porteños, dancing to the booming beats of world DJs. The scene is huge, with a lot going on, people moving all around, several bars scattered throughout the venue with lights flashing, music bumping and dancing… lots of dancing. When it gets to be too much, one needs to only step outside onto the grandstand of the horse track and enjoy the cool late night air and the quiet serenity of the track. As always, we had a great time at Darwin, and we then returned to the city center to finish the night with a late night meal. So ended another night in the ‘Paris of the Americas’, and we gave our last farewells to our departing guests.

Buenos Aires has so much to offer, and we only hope that you, like us, may one day find yourself captivated with its romance.

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Justin
<p>Professional Outdoor Guide, specializing in backcountry skiing, heliskiing</p> <p>Stomping grounds: Wasatch Range, Andes Mountains</p>