“In La Boca, you will find one single lane worth visiting, El Caminito, which is THE most-visited tourist trail in the whole of Buenos Aires …” Do statements like these also make you shiver? Well, here is one good tip on how to avoid the typical, standard tourist experience: Take a tour “La Boca Beyond Caminito” run by sustainable tourism operator ANDA Travel. After enjoying an equally worthwhile, free Buenos Aires Greeter Tour, paying an $366 Argentinian Pesos (some €60,- depending on actual currency exchange / inflation rates) per person for the three-hour-visit of the La Boca district is money well spent. There is only two of us, so we get the added benefit of a private tour visiting not only the tourist trail of La Boca (whose shops are being controlled by foreigners anyway), but catching a glimpse of some real, local & community-based tourism initiatives.
Or would you know where to go in order to find “Cartoneros“, Alfajores cooking classes @Cooperativa Los Pibes del Playón and the local art exhibition centre Marjan Grun?
Right. You have to know where they are. And once you do (thank you, Carol for leading the way 😉 ), you unlock a world full of Argentinian mystery & tragedy: Politics, the economic crisis of recent years as well as the essence of the Argentinian soul: Never let go. Move on in the most ingenious ways. Talk about it over a Mate Tea Ritual, which as a visitor you must never, ever refuse. It’s stellar express for learning about all things Argentinian! 😀
Urban Biking: More Sustainable Tourism Operators on their way
Following our visit to La Boca, we opt for a bike tour through the Northern districts of Buenos Aires such as Recoleta and Palermo Soho. Little did we know that, besides Urban Biking belonging to the “Red de Turismo Responsable” and having a neat website with fast and efficient service, a bike tour on real Bamboo bikes with 23-year-old local guide Gonzalo could be so much fun. Otra vez! Otra vez! I mouth when the tour is finished after some four hours under the pleasant summer sun: A wonderful 26°C and clear blue skies guide us along the way on bike trails that have been established in Buenos Aires as recent as two years ago. Lucky us!
Serve you even more? Take a walk “on the bright side” with us here: