Buenos Aires is nicknamed La Reina del Plata, the Queen of the Plata River in a far corner of South America. About a quarter of Argentina’s 42 million
residents live in the sprawling metropolis. Bienvenidos to the beloved capital of Argentina.
The city combines European architecture with a Latin passion for…. soccer …. juicy cuts of meat … and of course: the tango!
Buenos Aires was established as a gold and silver port in the 16th century and was named after the fair winds that blow in from the ocean.
Thanks to its fine weather, wide avenues and its classic hotels and restaurants, this South American city really is a breath of fresh air. It was shaped by European immigrants and you can see why it is nicknamed “The Paris of South America”!
The Spanish colonizers brought their trading skills to Argentina, making it one of the richest countries in the world. Since then the fortunes have faded, but its splendor remains. Buenos Aires is now one of the world’s cheapest capitals. The melancholy that comes with the city’s fading richesresonates in the sweeping lament of the tango music.
Sit down for an al-fresco lunch in the harbor of La Boca, where this famous dance originates. This colourful and vibrant neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, the many eccentricities of this former immigrant ghetto are preserved at “El Caminito“, means ‘little walkway’, the country’s most famous walkway.
its alleys lined with “conventillos”, which are small courtyards arranged like patios, restored or colored houses made of wood, and corrugated iron. It is worth walking there, because you will find elegant dancers living the music, against the backdrop of local artists and street vendors.
While in the harbor, also tour La Bombonera, where soccer legend Diego Maradona started out. la boca has a real passion for Club Atlético Boca Juniors, their stadium, nicknamed La Bombonera, is a must to feel this passion vibrate.
The city’s other neighborhoods are so diverse, that the Argentineans will likely all point you somewhere else, if you ask them what to see next. Some will send you straight to San Telmo, is one of the most touristic places in Buenos Aires. Colonial houses, picturesque and cobbled streets. You are invited to stroll and hunt in its antiques market, and take a look at the craft stalls and score souvenirs in the patio shops of rustic colonial buildings. Browse the historic neighborhood’s artisan markets for collectables and antiques, and listen to live music. The area remains one of the best preserved in the Argentine capital.
Others will recommend the redeveloped Puerto Madero, it is the newest district of the Argentina capital, completely renovated in the 90s. An impressive number of tall buildings, housing chic apartments and corporate headquarters. It is now the most desirable district of the city.
its name comes from its creator Edouard Madero.
Modern parks, and contemporary architecture complement the preserved remnants of the port’s glory days. Everyone agrees that you can’t miss the Plaza de Mayo. The most famous square in Buenos Aires. Its beautiful square surrounded by the Casa Rosada , Government House , the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo , old Town Hall built during the Spanish domination. The name Plaza de Mayo (May Square), refers to the date that Argentina became independent from Spain on 25 May 1810.
The balcony of the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace, evokes memories of the scene in the musical “Evita,” featuring a waving Eva Perón. Learn all about the country’s legendary First Lady in the Evita Museum in the Palermo neighborhood.
Her life story reads like a fairytale: a poor actress from the country who married the president, and became the heroine of the working class.
Upon hearing the news of her death in 1952, hundreds of thousands of admirers gathered on Plaza de Mayo.
The diva’s tomb is the most photographed grave in Argentina, though the resident cats of La Recoleta Cemetery do their best to steal the show.
Take a small detour to MALBA in Palermo. This stylish Latin American Art museum provides a glimpse of the past… and a warped view of 20th-century designs!
To get back to the city center, follow Avenida 9 de Julio: the world’s widest avenue. 9 de Julio Avenue, which got its name in honor of Argentina’s Independence Day, July 9, 1816.
This road has up to seven lanes in each direction. The total width of the street up to 110 m.
Test the acoustics of the impressive teatro colon. Opened in 1908 in Buenos Aires, this theater was designed by several architects, giving it a distinctive and unique appearance. There are guides who are familiar with everything about this theater, they explain to tourists and visitors how important it is. This theater is also considered one of the largest in the world, with a capacity of 2,500 people at the same time. It hosts a lot of music, opera, and dance performances, such as ballet, among others. Do not miss this opportunity, visit it, and enjoy watching one of its special shows.
Afterwards, line up for a tango show or drinks in nearby Café Tortoni, which has been a local icon for more than 150 years already.
It’s not just a coffee shop. It is one of the most representative traditional places of Argentina in Buenos Aires. The café was and still is a meeting place for a group of painters, writers, journalists and artists… They meet there to present their work and discuss their ideas.
This grand café is close to El Cabildo, the Spanish-colonial Old Town Hall. The museum was renovated in 2016.
The Cabildo National Historic Museum tells many stories related to Argentine culture, as the museum includes many traditional and war holdings, paintings, photographs, and others, dating back to the independence era. It is worth noting that the Cabildo Museum is the only surviving colonial building.
Visit the tomb of general José de San Martín, who led the May Revolution which gave the square its name.
The liberator’s statue decorates Plaza San Martín in the Retiro neighborhood to the north.
While here, pause at the sombre Falklands War Memorial before touring the awe-inspiring National Congress building.
End your day with an evening stroll in Puerto Madero. Dinner is served late at night and in this rhythmic city you can stay out to dance until the sun comes up.
It’s hard not to fall in love with the jewel in the crown of Argentina. All you have to do is look at Buenos Aires to know that every word about this city is true.