Arrive at any time. As there are no planned activities, check into the hotel and enjoy the city. There is much to do in this vibrant metropolis, including visiting the many museums, theatres and historical areas. Known as the ‘Paris of the Americas,’ Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Be sure to visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo, or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías or tango houses. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. Whatever you do, Buenos Aires is sure to leave lasting memories. The capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires is the ultimate cosmopolitan city. Travellers find that it has more in common with the cities of Europe than the rest of South America. Nearly 40 per cent of Argentina’s 33 million citizens live in Greater Buenos Aires, and the Porteños are justifiably proud of their home. The city is comprised of a number of distinct neighbourhoods, some of which have become top tourist draws. For many, the highlight of their time in the capital is a visit to San Telmo for the weekend antiques market and street artists’ displays. La Boca was originally settled by the successive waves of immigrants that contribute to the capital’s unique character. Its brightly coloured walls and buildings draw Porteños and tourists alike. Posh Recoleta, with its cafés, museums and cemetery, is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon. During colonial days, Buenos Aires was the seat of the Viceroy of La Plata. Almost completely rebuilt since the turn of the century, the heart of the city is the Plaza de Mayo, with the historic Cabildo (Town Hall), where the Independence movement was first planned, the Casa Rosada (Government Palace) and the Cathedral, where San Martín, the father of Argentine independence, is buried. After exploring the city, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafés and restaurants and you can begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Try the succulent bifé and parrilladas, as it may be your last chance. Dig in and enjoy!
In the morning of Day 2 you will travel an hour outside Buenos Aires to your home for the next five days. A G Adventures representative will accompany you to the volunteer project to introduce you to the project manager and to make sure you are settled comfortably. The next few days you will be busy helping out with the children in the kitchen making meals, baking bread and making cheese. Time will be spent helping out in the vegetable garden and tending to the animals including cows, ducks, geese, rabbits and pigs. Free time is spent relaxing by the pool (in summer), playing soccer and if you play an instrument you may join in on the children’s orchestra. Other optional activities can be arranged including tango lessons, fishing, hiking and bike rides. No special skills are required, but basic Spanish is recommended.
In the afternoon we say goodbye and head back to Buenos Aires. Free time and overnight Buenos Aires.