Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina. There live about 3 million people, but this population increases daily with the 10 million comuters that live in the Greater Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is a city founded and built by European immigrants. This is clearly reflected in its Italian, Spanish and French influenced architecture. Many people call Buenos Aires the “Paris of South America”.
This southern capital is authentic and cosmopolitan, packed with; cinemas, theaters, art galleries, bookstores, museums, malls, and bars that invites to take a break sit and see the world pass by.
Buenos Aires City never sleeps..
Buenos Aires city never sleeps, discos, milongas, tango show, pubs and cafes, keep the city nightlife vibrant and it is not surprising to see restaurantes and cafes buzzing at midnight.
Buenos Aires stands out among other things its cuisine, a variety of restaurants to eat the best steaks, pastas, pizzas,there are options for all tastes and budgets.
The sidewalks of Buenos Aires invite visitors to tour the city…
The sidewalks of Buenos Aires invite visitors to tour the city, window shopping, or just wander through the magnificent streets by foot. Certainly the distances can become exhausting, but the public transport network complements the range of itineraries in the city: Taxi cabs, Subway, Bus, EcoBici (Eco-Bike) are all available.
Buenos Aires has a very important tourist zone, that covers this areas:
Plaza de Mayo, the main square in the city surrounded by El Cabildo, Casa Rosada (Government palace) and the Metropolitan Cathedral.
North from Plaza de Mayo, the city’s financial’s district, the so-called “Downtown”, made up from a network of pedestrian streets among them the famous Florida and Lavalle.
The Avenues with wide sidewalks are an attraction in their own, each of them has its own charm. They are Mayo Avenue; marked by its Spanish style, amazing architecture, bars and historic hotels, Corrientes Avenue of intellectual style it is chosen by book lovers, it is enlightened by theaters lights and traditional pizzerias. The Santa Fe Avenue imposes the particular ellegance of the north side with some shops, bookstores and cafes.
On 9 de Julio Avenue (the widest in the world), there is the “Colon Theatre”, that has an exceptional acoustics. Meters away there is also the Obelisk, place chosen to celebrate the victories of the Argentinian football team.
In the south there are the oldest neighborhoods of the city…
San Telmo is known for its old lanterns and cobblestone streets where weekends an extensive craft fair (on Defense street) is displayed from Plaza de Mayo to its main square: Plaza Dorrego. The Old San Telmo Market and the church of San Pedro Telmo, are two attractive places of the neighbourhood that are worth visiting.
La Boca, the first port of the city, is usually known by the picturesque Caminito and the famous stadium of Boca Juniors (La Bombonera). A little steps from Caminito, the Quinquela Martin Museum amazes visitors with its incredible art and wonderful story, totally worth a visit.
Puerto Madero, located at the east of the city, and a few meters from these very old districts, shows an architectural contrast with its skyscrapers. This neighborhood began to take shape in the 90, when restorations of the port storage buildings began. It is very neat, clean and safe, it invites to walk it by their dam’s side and to take photos at the Bridge of Women, work of the spanish artists Calatrava.
Near Puerto Madero and bordering the Rio de la Plata there is the “Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve”, with free admission, it offers a nice walk on a jungle like scenery or a bike ride.
At the north of the city are placed the most elegants neighborhoods:
Recoleta, stands for its French style, is known for its Cemetery, “Recoleta Cementry” free entrance, the so-called Plaza Francia which is a beautiful craft fair stands during weekends, and the National Museum of Fine Arts home of one of the series Le Moulin de la Galette By Vincent Van Gogh.
Palermo neighborhood has had a boom in the last ten years and has become the preferred neighborhood of many tourists. It has several sub-neighbourhoods baptized with names like Palermo Chico, Palermo Holywood, Palermo Soho sub-districts.
Chosen by radio and television productions, this neighborhood has been transformed in a residential middle class neighborhood today. It is one of the main gastronomic centers of Buenos Aires city for its variety and quality of restaurants and pubs.
Palermo’s Forests are the lung of the city, with its lakes and a large Rose Garden, and ideal places for sport or relax. In the same area is located the Planetarium and the Japanese Garden; and not so far, the Zoo and Botanical Garden, these last ones are located in an area known as Plaza Italia where is the “Rural” (Exhibition Center).
Buenos Aires does not end in the tourist area; to watch the daily life of the locals, it is very interesting to visit other neighborhoods not as touristic as Barracas, Parque Patricios, Boedo, Almagro, Caballito, Belgrano, Flores, among others. Places that can be reached easily using public transport.
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