Viva Expeditions, Chimu Adventures and flights courtesy from Air New Zealand took 6 lucky Orbit Travel Agents plus an Air New Zealand representative on an in-depth look at Buenos Aires and all that it has to offer.
Left to Right – Rachel Williams, Viva Expeditions; Fiona Burns, Orbit Nelson; Sarah Crum, Orbit Dunedin; Amy Collins, Orbit Christchurch; Julie Chhour, Air New Zealand; Alison Janes, Orbit Wellington; Nadia Gordon, Orbit Tauranga.
This trip was packed with unique experiences such as the Liniers cattle market which is the major livestock trade centre of the country. Here bidding between buyers take place here daily, and the so settled final price determines the value for the whole national livestock. Some 10,000 – 13,000 head of cattle are sold here each day, 4 days a week.
Alison Jones from Orbit Wellington said, “the cattle market was such a unique experience and coming from a farming background it was good to see how the sale was run.”
The group also took to the streets of Palermo to learn the stories behind the neighbourhoods colourful street art as well as eclectic restaurants, chic cocktail haunts and quirky fashion stores and beautiful gardens. Sarah Duder from Orbit Dunedin said, "the street art was amazing – you can just wander the streets and discover really cool murals down little side streets."
They visited the countryside to check out an Estancia specialising in Polo, explored the famous cemetery of Recoleta, wandered through the colourful La Boca and enjoyed some of the cities great night time options including a Dinner & tango show and the interactive Argentine Experience.
Before flying home courtesy of Air New Zealand the group enjoyed the San Telmo markets, which offers not just a massive range of handicrafts but is also alive with street performances, food stalls and antiques.
Amy Collins from Orbit Christchurch said “I was pleasantly surprised to find so many terrific boutique fashion stores, and eateries. I wasn’t expecting that. I had assumed the majority of restaurants would be very traditional, based on meat and red wine. But there was a vast array of eateries offering delicious food so you’re certainly spoilt for choice".
Taking up a tip from one of their local guides the group also discovered one of Buenos Aires best dining spots seen below. This restaurant was called Pulperia Quilapan and is our new favourite place.
Rachel said,“we want to show agents that Buenos Aires really has something for everyone, whether they are leisure or corporate clients, and everyone was blown away by how much there is on offer and how warm, welcoming and passionate the locals are”.