With press pass and match tickets in hand we jump on the Buenos Aires C-line metro and just have time to visit the Recoleta Cemetary before the press bus sets off for La Plata. The cemetary is one of Buenos Aires' most famous sights with many of the nation's most renowned and powerful individuals, including Evita Peron, burried here.
While many of the capital's central areas are every bit as affluent as any major European city, the Buenos Aires suburbs and adjacent slums are uncompromising and tell their own obvious tale of crime, poverty and hopelessness.
The police presence during the 50 kilometre journey is constant, with armed officers with shotguns posted every couple of kilometres en route, and even every 100 metres in some particularly shady looking places.
I share the journey down to La Plata with Karl Heinz from Nuremburg. Charles - as he prefers to be called - is at his second Copa America and is working freelance at his own expense for a German regional newspaper. Deep in conversation about what we might expect from the likes of Tevez and Messi, a tree branch hits our bus shortly before we reach La Plata stadium, smashing a hole in the window next to the two of us and spraying the area around us with glass. Instinctively, I dive for the floor and avoid getting hit.
As a result of this, the first thing we look for when we get to the stadium is not the press centre but instead a medical centre where Charles can get cleaned up and have the shards of broken glass removed from his hands.
Copa America 2011
A blog from the 2011 Copa America and road trip around Argentina.