Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
This was our last morning aboard the Celebrity Infinity. We woke up before sunrise to get an early breakfast and pack the last few essential items before we left. We ate in the Oceanview Cafe for the last time and watched the sunrise over the Rio de la Plata. By 7:15 we closed the door on our stateroom and were down in the theater waiting to go on our city tour of Buenos Aires.
It may seem strange that we would take the city highlights on the last day of our trip and what was really our fourth day in Buenos Aires, but its made sense at the time for matters of scheduling. Our flight home leaves at 10:30 tonight and we had to leave the ship by 10:00. We needed something to do for most of the day while also keeping our luggage secure and this ship booked excursion made the most sense when planning the trip.
After departing the ship we passed by several parks and the Obelisk of Buenos Aires on our way to the Plaza de Mayo. We got off the tour bus at the Plaza to walk around, take a look a closer look at buildings and get some pictures. We saw the Casa Rosada (Presidential Office), Metropolitan Cathedral and City Hall.
Our next stop took us to La Boca, a former dock area turned into trendy art and nightlife district. It was a Sunday morning so it was mostly closed, but we still got some nice pictures and picked up the obligatory souvenirs we forgot to get two weeks ago.
Our next stop was a Gaucho Ranch outside the city. We didn’t realize that this was on the itinerary, If we did, we would have planned the BA portion of out trip differently. But we didn’t so we went to two Gaucho Ranches on this trip.
Our tour guide had a great command of English and spoke with a refreshing frank and casual tone. She spoke volumes on the city and its history, culture and geography. It helped to keep us entertained on the hour long drive to the ranch.
The Gaucho Ranch had a similar style and approach to the one we visited two weeks ago. But this one had a larger variety of farm animals and a nicely manicured garden. We were greeted with yummy empanadas, wine and soda. And what a surprise, we had a steak lunch. Following lunch they put on a folk music and dance show. The tour concluded with the gauchos competing in a ‘ring race,’ a common game played since the 17th century.
We had a quiet and eventful ride to the airport. We were finally reunited with our luggage at the airport. The cruise company had it delivered to the airport curbside. We’re not sure if anyone was their to supervise the luggage or not. We sure hope so. We managed to get all four pieces of our luggage after fighting our through the crowd of cruise passengers.
We’ll discuss our journey home in our next post.
Today’s Weather: Mostly Sunny, High 75F Low 66F