We stayed 4 nights in this large modern capital. Our campsite was on a sandy parking lot next to the gondola lift in the city park. It is only 15 min to the nearest metro and the shopping area. You have to be lucky to get a camping spot here in the weekend since it is crowded with walkers/runners and cyclist who start their climb of the 880m mountain here. A senior French couple was also staying here for several days and they gave us useful advise on what to see in the city.
On Sunday morning Rudy jumped on his bike and cycled into the city. There is a river with green strokes on both sides running through the city with bicycle lanes. By luck Rudy found the nearby large shopping mall which had a Sony shop on the ground floor. There they had the lens he wanted to buy ever since leaving Buenos Aires. A Zeiss 16-70 mm lens. It does not have the same zoom range as the old, damaged lens (18 -200 mm) but it a lot better quality. With zooming in on the computer, the same effect can be achieved. The main test will be taking pictures of birds. This mostly require a large zoom lens.
We bought a 10 trip metro pass and visited the totally refurbished Pre-Columbian art museum. The museum has a large collection of pottery and other items of the different cultures which have lived along the Andes such as Nazca, Chauvin, Moche, Inca, Aztec, Maya etc. They only show the best pieces so you are not overdone with fragments but saw the complete thing. Many cultures made pottery in the shape of humans. They were mostly placed in the graves of the deceased. In Europe the pottery does not have a human shape but only humans painted on it. Maybe this is so because they did not use a pottery wheel in South America.
The city center has a few large governmental buildings and churches. For the rest the streets are lined with modern apartment blocks and shops on the ground floor. Many people roam the streets and sit in the parks. There is a lively atmosphere with street musicians and jugglers. We walked to the river and made the mistake of following its winding path all the way back to the camping which was well over 5 km.
To avoid long walks we agreed to take the metro more often. Since the museums are closed on Mondays it would be sightseeing. This did not lead to much. At one point we entered an overcrowded tube. At the next station a sitting woman wanted to stand up and move to the exit. The man next to her pushed Rudy back with a lot of apologies to make space for her. When the tube stopped they both squeezed out with the rest of the crowed and Rudy immediately noticed that his wallet was gone. We both jumped also out of the tube but of course could not spotted them in the crowed. Fortunately we carry our passports etc in a body pouch so they only had some local money and 2 credit cards which we blocked before we even left the metro station. Lesson learnt: Stand against the wall so nobody has to push you to the side to get to the door.
Naturally we were both upset and wandered bewildered the streets to finaly settle down for a seafood meal at the fish market.
In the evening Rudy took the bike out again and made a long cycle tour along the river banks. Hundreds of local people do the same. There are also runners and here and there an aerobics groups exercising on live drum music in the park. On the last day we visited a modern museum: A large 5 story shopping mall next to the new Costanera tower (300 m), said to be the tallest building in South America. We had lunch there and to top off the lazy day, took the cable car to the mountain top and spent some time sitting/relaxing on the steps of the large Maria statue. The sun was shining (like every day) and it was a pleasant 1½ hr stroll down hill back to the camper.