Recoleta, Palermo, and Belgrano are neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and are known for housing some of the ritzier areas with beautiful architecture, 5 star hotels and restaurants, lots of boutique-y shopping, and tons of green space. Of these neighborhoods, we found Palermo to be the most upscale/affluent, but enjoyed the eccentric atmosphere of Recoleta the most.
One of the parks in Palermo Cemeterio de la Recoleta
Eva Peron’s tomb
Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar
This giant flower sculpture in a park north of the cemetery actually opens and closes with the rising and setting of the sun!
Plaza Intendente Torcuato de Alvear
Locals in Recoleta enjoying their afternoon maté while listening to a DJ spinning the time away.
Cultural Center Recoleta
GRAN Gomero tree – planted in 1791, now more than 50 meters wide!
My gal is so strong! Buller Brewing Co
This brewery has won a lot of local awards and has a great balcony overlooking the cemetery!
Best stout we have had yet! Nitro! (They use random taphandles for their beer – see New Belgium?) Rodi Bar – Parrilla
Bife de chorizo! Mmmmmmmm
The BEST Chocolate mousse for dessert (so good David actually said he wanted to drink it so I made him pose) and limoncello! My first time trying it. Mmm! El Ateneo Grand Splendid
The grandest bookstore!
Black Mamba chocolate cake dessert! Seriously guys….the amount of dessert that is consumed in Argentina is mind boggling….they love their sweets! Palermo’s “green belt”
Memoria – Monumento a las Víctimas del Terrorismo de Estado Park
This park on the bay in Belgrano is dedicated to the victims of the military dictatorship of the 70’s-80’s aka The Dirty War.
During the dirty war, thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children disappeared, were kidnapped, or dropped into the ocean from planes if they showed any opposition to the beliefs of the “military junta” in power. It was absolutely harrowing to read about. Today, activist groups are still trying to connect broken families decades later (the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo still meet weekly – Google it). Eva Peron Museum
Located in a house Eva started as a shelter for women and children.
Evita’s famous dress she wore for the cover of her book! Titled “The Reason for My Life.” Eva Peron (Evita) was an amazing public figure that did so much for the people of Argentina in such a short lifetime. Among other things, this includes women’s rights, working class unions, and hospital and nursing programs. She is still revered to this day – the line of people wanting to touch her coffin and say goodbye at her funeral was so long that it went on for FIFTEEN DAYS. What an inspiration to people everywhere. SO glad we had a chance to go to this museum! Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays
It’s a beautiful garden of plants from all over the world and it’s segmented into different regions. We were glad to see some Yerba Mate plants!