A Walk Down El Caminito

gl+Gfh6kSDKtXT5UfURGhgOur first day in Argentina on Saturday was a blast.  Upon arriving in the morning in Buenos Aires, we set out with friends to explore the Caminito, the ” little street”. Caminito is part of the area called La Boca and is one of the most iconic parts of this beautiful city. It is full of great food, colorful homes, and Tango dancing.  We then went to a great steak restaurant along the river for dinner. 

The exchange rate is extremely favorable right now for U.S. citizens and the food and taxis are quite affordable.

We grabbed a table in the middle of the Caminito and had different pizzas and Argentinian dishes.  We then walked around these colorful and vibrant areas.  Everyone was very nice.  However, unlike many countries, there are not a lot of English speakers that we encountered. Even our hotel did not have English speaking staff. Despite this, everyone is very patient and kind as you try to use rusty Spanish from high school.  (We had the great advantage of being shown around by a wonderful local law professor as well as some Spanish-speaking colleagues who have visited Buenos Aires in the past).

The dinner at Cabana Las Lilas was quite good though more expensive. While having a great wine list and ambiance, the service was not great.  Though service is very friendly in Argentina, it can be slow and a bit spotty by U.S. standards.  Nevertheless, the food was excellent. I had the rib eye as well as some appetizers like fried cheese and Argentinian sausage.  We had an Argentinian Malbec that would have cost $160 in the U.S. but only $33 here.  It was really terrific.  While Chilean wines were the rage in the U.S., these Argentinian wines are every bit as good.

Here are some of the pictures from El Caminito:

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11 thoughts on “A Walk Down El Caminito”

  1. La Boca is cool and worth a walk at least once. I think its an amusing coincidence that Professor Turley chose Las Lilas for dinner. It has become a ritual for me and my friends when we go down to southern Patagonia to fish. There’s no way to get there without an overnight stay in BA and who would want to miss that anyway. And if you go unfashionably early by Argentine standards, say 8:00 pm, you can always get a table. How fun.

  2. Lomo, papas y ensalada simple and Gauchos with earlocks for some reason caught my attention. Taste buds revolted if I reached for something else. Que Cosas!

  3. JT if time permits, you might want to hook up with the Argentina cowboys…Gauchos.

    The guy who owns this ranch use to be a city slicker. Not anymore. Not sure what he charges, but you get a bed, 3 meals, entertainment & hang out with the Gauchos. He also speaks English.

  4. We then walked around these colorable and vibrant areas. Everyone was very nice. ….Despite this, everyone is very patient and kind.

    Which is why we need to export parasitic Americans and import Latinos on a scale of 1:10. For every American on welfare, living in housing projects and trolls our public parks during daylight hours with no effort to work, send these to, say, the Dominican Republic where we hear Americans are being killed. Import Latinos who embody the very ethos of our American past since those early settlers were largely immigrants themselves.

    While you’re at it, drop the American attitude.

    However, unlike many countries, there are not a lot of English speakers that we encountered. Even our hotel did not have English speaking staff.

    seriously JT….you sound like a Sheriff Joe Arpaio follower. Additionally Italy, France, Greece, Germany, Spain, Croatia, et al…not everyone knows English in these and other European and Slavic Countries.

    Let down your hair, bruh and learn from the Argentine people. They are a hard working group of people with a zest for life, have culture, roots and esteem many of the traditional values Americans have pissed away in exchange for the US Government feeding them swill.

    Saludos desde los Estados Unidos viejito!

    1. All Latinos are like Argentines?

      Anyway, most Germans know some English. Especially if they work in a hotel. Same with French, Italians, Greeks and Spanish. Never been to Croatia.

      And would you please just let Prof. Turley be himself? Not everybody has to let their hair down!

  5. It’s colorful with a third-world feel to it. I’m wondering if the beef is as good as advertised. Samovar de Rasputin looks like a place I’d haunt despite the tea urn thingy. A homicidal Russian mystic in Buenos Aires sure beats any Nazi refugee run biergarten. Did they ever find Raputin’s body after it got dumped in the river?

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