Buenos Aires Travel Guide
Introduction to Buenos Aires
Known by locals and travellers as the Paris of South America, the culture of Buenos Aires matches closely with what can be found in Europe.
While there are key differences between this city and what can be found back in the old world, it cannot be denied that Portenos have a love of life that wouldn’t be out of character in a place like Paris or Rome.
From elaborate cemeteries to restaurants that don’t come alive until very late in the evening, the city has an energy that will draw you in, making it very hard to move on to your next destination when the time comes.
Cultural Attractions in Buenos Aires
It may seem strange, but one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Buenos Aires is none other than La Recoleta Cemetery. Considered by many travel experts to be one of the top five places of eternal rest in the world, this beautiful plot is home to some of the most beautiful tombs and grave sites that you will ever see.
Some of Argentina’s most notable people, including the unforgettable Eva Peron, have been laid to rest within the bounds of this cemetery, and their unforgettable tributes to those left behind are truly works of art that will leave an impression on you long after you have exited through La Recoleta’s gates.
Spending several hours tramping around a cemetery doesn’t sound like your idea of fun? If so, then perhaps a trip to MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) will suit you better.
Opened in 2001, this museum focuses exclusively on pieces of art that have been created since the start of the 20th century up to the present day, making it an excellent place to check out this region’s best modern art.
With over a million annual visits, it’s a good idea to hit this place early or later in the day, as well as during the work week, as locals and school groups congest this place during the weekend and at midday.
If you prefer the performing arts, then you are certainly in for a treat during your visit to Buenos Aires. This city’s premier venue for Theatre, Opera, and ballet is Teatro Colón, Which is ranked by National Geographic to be the third best opera house in the world, and is one in the top five for acoustics.
Recently renovated after a multi-decade period of decline, Teatro Colón’s old world charm shines through in the present as it did well over a hundred years ago when it opened for the very first time.
Other Attractions in Buenos Aires
Those wishing that check out the official residence of the president of Argentina will want to head to Casa Rosada. Known for its characteristically pink hue, as well as being the home of the most famous first lady in modern history (Eva Peron), it is just one fabulous building in a city filled with stunning specimens.
If you’re looking for a place to begin your sightseeing of central Buenos Aires, you could hardly pick a better place than this one.
Heading south from the city center will eventually land you on the cobblestoned streets of San Telmo. This neighborhood is one of the oldest parts of town, and it is filled with Parisian-style mansions, which used to be home to this city’s wealthiest residents.
However, an outbreak of Cholera in the late 19th century resulted in the elite citizens of this city pulling up stakes and moving to barrios such as Recoleta and Palermo, thereby leaving these fabulous homes to be inhabited by the middle and working classes.
Here, there are many restaurants that underscore the diverse and rich culinary history of Buenos Aires; from pizza joints to sidewalk parrillas that serve up some of the juiciest steaks and choripan in the city, you won’t ever have to worry about going hungry.
When the time comes to burn off some of those calories that you just ingested, then make your way to Plaza Dorrego. Especially on Sundays, there are many tango dancers that put on a show for locals and tourists alike, and there are opportunities to get up and try your hand at this graceful mode of artistic expression.
Finally, there is a flea market in the Square and up and down Calle Defensa that also occurs on this day, so if you’re looking for souvenirs prior to leaving for home, this is a great place to come.
One of the most iconic sites in Buenos Aires can be found in the working-class neighborhood of La Boca. well known for its multi-colored houses, this part of Buenos Aires is well-loved by photographers.
Those looking to take in a football match during their time in Argentina they want to do so here, as the Boca Juniors have a massive stadium here, and play in front of a vigorously supportive crowd.
Getting to La Boca is not the easiest task, as it is not accessible by subway; the best way to access this part of town is by city bus or by taxi. Do not attempt to walk to La Boca from San Telmo, as street crime in this part of the city is considerably higher than in the central neighborhoods.
The main parts of La Boca is perfectly safe, but visitors should take care not to stray onto the side streets away from heavily trafficked areas.
Consider yourself a bookworm? If so, you owe it to yourself pay a visit to El Ateneo Grand Splendid, which is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Pushing a hundred years old, This building open doesn’t theater in 1919, and was converted to a cinema in 1929.
However, it became disused after a number of years, until it was leased in the year 2000 by Grupo Ilhsa, who converted it into a bookstore.
While the theater seating was removed, key features such as the fresco on the ceiling and the stage curtains have been retained, making it a truly beautiful place to thumb through a book on a rainy day.