“What was your favourite place? Let me guess, Buenos Aires.” – A person who asked me about my trip when I returned, and who shall remain nameless because I don’t remember who it was, I think it may have even been more than one person.
Actually, my favourite place was the Amazon jungle, I’ll do a ranking one day. When speaking of city life (calling it civilization is unfair), BA was definitely my favourite. Beautiful architecture, beautiful women, great meat, great weather, and great people. Argentinian people don’t get a lot of love in Latin America. People tend to think of them as arrogant people who think they’re Europeans, and next door in southern Brazil they have a serious grudge against Argentinians. My own experience was the exact opposite. I encountered some of the most hospitable and friendly people in this capital, with an genuine interest that rivalled that of the Colombians. I had a bit of help of course, my Spanish had significantly improved by this point, I’d gotten used to the Argentinian accent, and I knew a few locals I had met long ago in the UK.
They call Buenos Aires the Paris of South America, but I can tell you the Parisians are not so welcoming, as a whole. The only problem is the expense. Even after getting local money at good rates on the black market, BA is still the most expensive city in South America. Sometimes you get what you pay for.