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Our Magnificent Journey
Chapter 14
Argentina, Brazil and Peru
Day 5
Buenos Aires
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Slept soundly for eight hours. Woke, showered, dressed and enjoyed another breakfast at the hotel, then sat and rested in the lobby.


At 10:30, Patricia Goiriena, a volunteer for Cicerones Buenos Aires came to fetch us for a three-hour personal guided tour. We walked several blocks and caught a taxi, which took us on a few-minute ride through the city until we came to the colorful area known as La Boca.


La Boca is a neighborhood, (or barrio) of Buenos Aires. It has a strong European flavor as many of its early settlers are from the Italian city of Genoa. It is also known among sports fans as La Bombonera because it is the home of the soccer team, Boca Juniors.


La Boca is also a popular tourist destination with its colorful houses and lively pedestrian street, the Caminito, where tango artists perform and tango-related memorabilia is sold. The houses were built with castoff ship materials such as corrugated metal and leftover paint.


Spent an hour at La Boca, then caught another taxi through the San Telmo barrio to the city center where we walked for a while and then sat at the famous Parisian-style bistro, Café Tortoni, where we rested and sipped cappuccino.


We enjoyed our tour with Patricia, but it was time to say ciao, and Carol and I walked a few blocks to Avenida Florida, in search of the shop called El Boyero in order to purchase capybara leather shoes for our dear friend Jim.


Located El Boyero, purchased the gorgeous leather shoes, and then slowly wandered back towards Recoleta, getting somewhat lost along the way. Stopped two blocks from the hotel and sat at an outdoor café near the park for a small lunch.


Back at the hotel at 3:30 pm, we packed for tomorrow’s flight to Iguazu Falls and then rested for a bit.


At 7 pm we were picked up at the hotel and driven with a few other folks to Complejo Tango where we were given a one-hour tango lesson and then treated to a delicious dinner and tango show by professional dancers and singers. We sat with a wonderful couple from Kona, Hawaii – Nancye and Gary – and two beautiful young women from Denmark, who have been doing quite a bit of traveling.


A short taxi ride through the evening rain had us back at the hotel at 11 pm, and by midnight we were fast asleep after our last full day of adventure in Buenos Aires.


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