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Buenos Aires, Argentina:

Buenos Aires

Congress Palace legislative power seat in Buenos Aires

The autonomous city of Buenos Aires is the capital of the Argentine Republic and the Tango. It is one of the most important capitals of the world and it is located along the Rio de la Plata, the widest river on the earth.

The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA) is a Megapolis of more than 15 million people, one of the fifteen largest urban agglomerations in the world and the third in Latin America.

It is an important core of financial, cultural, intellectual and artistic activity influenced by its mixed migratory waves. It has an eclectic skyline with an mixture of architectural styles ranging from art nouveau to art deco, Modern Gothic to the tallest skyscraper, or the colorful buildings in La Boca.

The city is ready to provide accommodation to millions of tourists each year. You can either choose four and five-star hotel belonging to the major chains, as well as one, two and three star accommodation, guest houses, hostels and apart hotels.

There are several options for getting around the city to the main tourist sites: buses, subways, taxis, trains, remises, and car rentals. Buenos Aires also has Wi Fi coverage ideal for travelers wishing to connect to the Internet wirelessly from their laptops. This list of Wi Fi is available in hotels, restaurants, bars, tango, exhibition centers, and more!

Buenos Aires is culture, history, modernity and nature. Enjoy all the music, dance, art, city tours, shopping and entertainment that this city has to offer.


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN BUENOS AIRES

Historic Town - May Square

Plaza de Mayo main square in downtown Buenos Aires
The Plaza de Mayo (May Square) is where the city began and it’s surrounded by historical and governmental buildings: the Casa Rosada (Pink House), the seat of national government; the Cabildo (Town Council); the Cathedral; the former National Congress, where today runs the National Academy History; the Palace of Government of Buenos Aires, banks and ministries.

Pink House and May Pyramid at May Square

In the center of the square stands the May Pyramid, a 19-meters memorial obelisk-shaped. National independence was sworn at this square as well as the Constitution of 1860. Today it’s a place for social events and the meeting point of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, who claim the disappearance of their children during the military dictatorship.

 

Cabildo seat of colonial government, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Cabildo, the former seat of colonial administration, is today a museum. It is not preserved in its original form since it was opened up for the May Avenue that is surrounded by buildings of great historical, cultural and architectural value, as the Café Tortoni, the Casa de la Cultura and Palacio Barolo.

 

Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral in May Square

The neoclassical Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral is the main Catholic Church and serves as the final resting place of General José de San Martín,  Argentina, Chile and Perú liberator.

 

At the end of Avenida de Mayo is the Congress Palace, the legislative power seat. Inspired by the U.S. Capitol, the building was made of granite marble in a Greek-Roman style. The building, located in front of the large Plaza of the  2 Congresses, has the largest dome in the city.

 

Also in the historical center you can see the Manzana de las Luces, with buildings of great historical value, as the hidden tunnels beneath the city during the colonial period, which is believed to have served as a defense of the city and smuggling; the headquarters of the National College of Buenos Aires and the Church of San Ignacio.


Puerto Madero
The English style ancient port of Buenos Aires, is today one of the most exclusive gastronomic, cultural, shopping and entertainment area. Located a few blocks from the Plaza de Mayo, the renovated docks feature a promenade ideal for strolling with a view of the Río de la Plata river. You can visit the museum Fragata Sarmiento, the Corvette Uruguay museum-ship, the "Puente de la Mujer" Women’s Bridge, the ecological reserve and the complex of restaurants and cinemas.


Retiro

The Florida Street is one of the favorite walks for tourists. Florida pedestrian street is considered the most important and expensive commercial area in Argentina. Here you can find the "Galerias Pacifico" (Pacific Gallery) shopping centre, famous for its dome and murals painted by the most prestigious Argentine artists. Inside Galerias Pacifico there is Cultural Center "Jorge Luis Borges" and a Dance Studio "Julio Bocca".

 

Florida Street ends at the San Martín Square. At the center of the square there is a bronze statue of General San Martin on horseback, and on one side of the park, there is marble memorial to the Fallen in the Falklands War. Facing the square is the Kavanagh Building, the first skyscraper in Buenos Aires. In this area you can visit: the San Martin Palace, which houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the National Railway Museum; the Centre of Historical Studies; and the Military Circle, inspired in the Louvre Museum, where the National Museum of Weapons is located. The area of "Catalinas Norte" concentrates the country’s most prestigious companies in intelligent buildings. From Retiro Railway Station and Bus Terminal you can reach within walking distance the tourist spots in the city. Opposite the railway station, in the Argentine Air Force Square, stands the former British Tower, donated by the British community for the 100th anniversary of the Argentine Independence.


Recoleta
The prestigious Recoleta neighborhood is famous for its extensive parks and squares, and the Recoleta Cemetery, where many illustrious Argentines, national heroes and famous personalities lie in their final resting place, such as Eva Peron. You will also find the National Museum of Fine Arts; Recoleta Cultural Center; Buenos Aires Design shopping center with a Hard Rock cafe as well as several restaurants and bars; the National Library; the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires; Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar; the Palais de Glace and La Biela Bar. The Recoleta Crafts Fair and Artisans’ flea Market takes place during weekends with street tango shows.


The Obelisk

 Obelisk of Buenos Aires modern monument at the heart of Buenos Aires
At the intersection of Avenida Corrientes and Avenida 9 de Julio is the Obelisk, the emblem of the city of Buenos Aires. Each of its four sides recalls a historical fact of the city: the first and second foundation, the first time the national flag was hoisted in the city, and the declaration of Buenos Aires as Argentina’s capital. Its staircase of 206 steps leads to an impressive panoramic view of the city and the Avenida 9 de Julio, one of the widest avenues in the world.

Corrientes Avenue is known for its cafés, book shops, pizzerias and theaters such as San Martín theater, the Maipo, the Paseo La Plaza, Luna Park Stadium, the Grand Rex, the Opera, the Market Hall, now a shopping center, among others. The Colon Theatre is one of the most important opera houses with the best acoustics in the world.


Palermo
In this residential area are located the forests of Palermo, where you can visit the Planetarium, the Zoo of Buenos Aires, the Japanese Garden, and the Museum of Latinoamerican Art of Buenos Aires.

Palermo is a large area with different sectors, among which stand out: Palermo Chico, Palermo Viejo and Palermo Hollywood, an area frequented by media people that is known for its restaurants, bars and nightlife.


San Telmo
It is one of the oldest neighborhoods of the city and the first suburb of Colonial Buenos Aires. This area is known for its antique dealers, "tanguerías" tango shows, historic homes and the "Fileteado" decorative and popular art. You can visit historical sites including the Plaza Dorrego with its antiques "Flea Market" on Sundays, Lezama Park where it’s located the "Museum of National History", the Penitentiary Museum "Antonio Ballve", Castagnino’s house, the painter of the Martin Fierro; The Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow style, and the "Defense Passage" mansion which recreates the colonial Buenos Aires.


La Boca neighborhood

La Boca colorful neighborhood in Buenos Aires
The famous neighborhood of La Boca, with its typical colorful veneer walls, is one of the most favorite of national and international tourist attractions. The winding street of "Caminito", named after the famous Argentine tango by the painter Benito Martín, is today an open air museum with paintings, sculptures and street performers. Walk two blocks and you will find Boca Junior Football stadium "La Bombonera".

Club Atlético River Plate Stadium, popularly known as "El Monumental" was also first established in the neighborhood of La Boca and is currently on the neighborhood of Nunez. Plenty of tourists choose to witness one of the most most marvelous spectacles of South American soccer, the classic match between two eternal rivals: Boca Juniors and River Plate.

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