Hotel Argentino La Plata
Calle 46, No.536, La Plata, 1900, Argentina
One of the better hotels
Having had a few colleagues and coworkers stay here and recommend the place, I decided to visit it. The hotel is located fairly close to the center of the city, but the streets in the area are not that appealing. But thankfully once inside, the hotel is quite nice.
The rooms are clean and comfortable. The staff is helpful too. One problem is that the WiFi connections are not very reliable and often get lost.
Unique Quality: A free cold buffet is included.
Each room has WiFi and A/C.
The 1st floor is the restaurant/bar which offers fairly good food at reasonable prices.
Directions: On Calle 46, between Ave 5 and Ave 6. About 3 blocks north of the main center.
More about La Plata
Cathedral La Plata
Have a 'mate'!
Handicraft stalls for 'gauchos'
Travel Tips for La Plata
Glyptodon means "carved tooth" (who needs translation?); the gliptodon was an animal like an armadillo, with a rigid cuirass, herbivorous and really huge (see picture); its vertebras were fused. Glyptodon lived in these lands at Pleistocene.
Glyptodon significa "diente esculpido" (¿quién necesita traducción?); el gliptodonte fue un animal similar al armadillo, con una coraza rígida, herbívoro y realmente grande (vean la foto); tenía las vértebras fusionadas. Glyptodon habitó estas tierras en el Pleistoceno.
La Plata - The Silver
Well, what can I say about La Plata!?! It was my home for about 2.5 weeks, but I did not see a lot of it, but I guess that is because there is not a lot to see.
The main Cathedral is relatively modern (I believe it was constructed in the 1970's). Otherwise there is not many tourist things to do here, but fortunately you are only an hour away from Buenos Aires.
I spent most of my time drinking Argentine tea, or yerba mate, socializing with my friends and going to the nightclubs.
But this was the starting point of my side trips to Iguazu, Ushuaia and El Calafate.
For more general thoughts and impressions, please visit my Argentina page.
(for more pictures, feel free to visit my Argentina Gallery. If you enjoy the pictures, please leave a comment.)
La Plata, capital of Buenos Aires Province
La Plata is about 60 KM south of Buenos Aires, or about an hour by car or bus. Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and lies in a federal district, like Washington DC. Around the city of Buenos Aires, you find the PROVINCE of Buenos Aires, of which La Plata is the capital. The city has about 225,000 inhabitants.
Compared to Buenos Aires, La Plata is a relatively young city, having been founded only in 1882. However, the center is quite grand, with a street design by Benoit, similar to that of Washington DC that connects the most important buildings with broad avenues and diagonals.
The highlight of the city is perhaps the Museum of Natural Sciences, with a very large and interesting paleontology section. However, the city center also has some very nice architecture like the grand cathedral, the city hall, the legislature, and the government house.
If you have seen alot of Buenos Aires and would like to see something else close and easily accessible from the capital, La Plata would be an easy day trip.
BUENOS AIRES: LA BOCA AND COLOURS
La Boca is at the south of Buenos Aires, next to the smelly river Riachuela.
It had gloriously colourful wooden buildings. I understood from my friend, Pablo that the reason the buildings were so colourful was because this region was previously populated by sailors who had to paint boats. And what did they do with the left-over paint? They painted their houses with them.
While touristy, spending an afternoon in La Boca is still pleasant way to experience the Buenos Aires culture.
It is a good locale to take snap-shots, if the sun is right.
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