I did though think it a bit rough for the Argentinians, as there was a ratio of 1 tourist to every 10 residents, but no adjustment to the allocation of immigration officials to assist and speed things along for the locals.
My first day started off cool but with sunshine and I headed off on a tour, which was arranged as part of my Chimu Adventures holiday.
We visited Plaza Mayor being allowed time to take photos of Parliament House, visit the cathedral and have a quick wander around.
We were then off to drive through the newest suburb of Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero, which is located in the old port area where there are many warehouse conversions and new towering apartment constructions. An apartment here costs around US$1 million.
Back on the main side of the river we passed the ghetto area, close to where the current port is located, and then on to La Boca to go photography crazy. The architectural style here is Italianate, with Italian migrants living in this area when they arrived. The buildings in this touristy area are painted so many contrasting colours it wouldn't be a good idea to visit here with a migraine!
With a quick drive through San Telmo, no time for a photo stop, we learnt that ST was the birthplace of the Tango. It was a dance performed by prostitutes and their clientele but it soon caught on with the upper classes as well.
We headed north towards the more affluent suburbs of Recoleta and Palermo, known for the leafy green parks and Evita's resting place, Recoleta Cemetery. Here the tour ended and I headed for La Biela, a cafe that is one of the many recommended to visit when in Buenos Aires.
One of those tidbits of information to ponder on is, when Spain took over Argentina the ratio of locals to Spanish was: one million locals to roughly six million Spanish.