This conference was also the perfect occasion to discover the city of Buenos Aires, enjoy its quiet life and pleasant architecture (at least in comparison with Bogota).
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Host of the conference, the faculty of law is located in an imposing building on the Libertador Avenue, near the Floralis Genetica, a metal flower sculpture that opens and closes with the sun.
Puerto Madero is a recently renovated dock district rich in restaurants serving traditional Argentinian food, which is basically a generous serving of delicious meat.
Plaza de Mayo
Historical heart of the city, this place has always been the rendez-vous point for popular protestation against the government. Every Thursday, mother of men who disappeared during the dictatorship.
La Boca, San Telmo
The La Boca neighborhood is characterized by its colorful though flimsy houses, originally inhabited by Italian immigrants who worked on the docks, and used to paint their houses with leftovers from the nearby shipyard. It has now a coin appearance: on the head the renovated houses of the Caminito street, attracting tourists from all-around the world, on the tail a popular neighborhoods where people still live in precarious conditions. It is also the host of the famous Bombonera stadium.
On the other hand, San Telmo was once the most exclusive neighborhood of Buenos Aires, until the wealthiest moved to Palermo. It is now famous for its flea market on sundays, and has a peculiar boheme atmosphere.
Delta del Ttigre
30 km North-East of Buenos Aires, the Tigre Delta is known for its nice houses on the water, although one can also see the remains of an industrial past.
Montevideo – Colonia
Capital of Uruguay, Montevideo is located approximately 250km at the east of Buenos Aires, on the other side of the Rio La Plata. The contrast with its almost European neighbor is striking, especially for the relative anarchy of the architecture when compared to the wide and well organized avenues of Buenos Aires. Culturally speaking though, the two cities seems similar, and many young Uruguayan travel to Argentina to do their studies.
The Mercado del Puerto is of the most typical places to have lunch, located near the docks it is packed with restaurants where you can seat on the counter and enjoy an avalanche of meat cooked just before your eyes.
Historically the Portuguese rival of Montevideo, Colonia is a little town 160km west of Montevideo. The historical city-center has kept a colonial atmosphere, carefully preserved by locals as its only touristic attraction.