A trip to Argentina should include a visit to the fascinating capital, Buenos Aires, the city of Culture and Football that has generated some of the most admired idols in the world. The essence of the country lies in the different parts of the city, in the smell of grilled meats and in the friendliness of its inhabitants.
Buenos Aires is known as “the most European capital of Latin America”, due to its colonial and neo-baroque architecture, inspired by the origins of its first immigrants and marked by a strong French influence in the great buildings in the urban center.
In spite of being an extensive city, almost all the main attractions of Buenos Aires are in a relatively small area of approximately 5 km, between the mouth of the Riachuelo, the River of the Silver and the Park Tres de Febrero, in the district of Palermo. But, all over the city there are tango, theaters and museums, good steaks and excellent design.
In La Boca, perhaps the most famous neighborhood of Buenos Aires, is the most colorful street in Argentina: El Caminito, overflowing with brand stores, bars and restaurants where you can watch a tango show. Florida Street is another must-see, with small tents selling typical Argentinean crafts and street shows. When it comes to shopping, you can not miss the San Telmo market, one of the city’s most beautiful old neighborhoods.
Buenos Aires is also the soccer capital of Argentina, where you can find fourteen football stadiums, among which Boca Juniors stadium, known as La Bombonera, so a visit to the city should also include a day of play.
Avenida 9 de Julio is another must-see, especially in early summer when the Jacarandas are in full bloom. The avenue is one of the widest in the world, with 140 meters and 20 lanes, and at the intersection with Corrientes Avenue, in Plaza de Republica, stands the city’s most iconic monument, the obelisk built in 1936 to mark the 400 years of foundation of Buenos Aires.
For those who enjoy graffiti, acidade is considered one of the most tolerant in the world for urban art and attracts artists from all over the world who show their art in public in the city and thus give Buenos Aires a very individual character.There are guided tours which can take tourists to the artists to watch the production of their works, sometimes in secret or hidden places.
Other places of visit pass through the cemeteries where some of the legendary figures of Argentina, like Eva Perón, rest in the cemetery of Recoleta, or Carlos Gardel, the composer of tango that rests in Chacarita. In Plaza de Mayo, stands the Casa Rosada, the palace of the Argentine presidents and is the center where all the manifestations that regularly occur in Buenos Aires take place.