Located on the southern shores of the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina, and is also its largest city. The city is often known as the “Paris of the South”, thanks to its European-style culture, and it is certainly an exciting place to visit. Buenos Aires is the birthplace of Tango music and it is also the thriving hub of the Argentine film industry. The city is one of the largest in South America.
There is plenty to see and do in this colorful city, even if you’re on a budget. Visit the galleries and cafés in the historic Recoleta neighborhood, the amazing San Tomo, or some fantastic museums including the Museo Evita and the National Fine Arts Museum. Great shopping, fine dining and exciting nightlife make this a great place to be any time of the day or night. The architecture, the people and the unique personality of each city neighborhood all add to the fantastic atmosphere.
Put Recoleta in your “must-see” list when you visit Buenos Aires. This district is one of the more expensive residential neighborhoods in the city, and there is no shortage of interesting sights. The Cemeterio de la Recoleta is one of the most popular attractions in Buenos Aires. Many of the important people in Argentina’s history are buried here, including scientists, presidents, and Eva Peron, well known as the wife of Argentine President Juan Peron. The cemetery itself is a fascinating sight with countless ornate elaborately-decorated mausoleums in a variety of architectural styles, laid out in a fashion similar to city blocks. There is plenty more to see here, including lovely grassy squares lined with cafes, and the Recoleta Cultural Center, a major contemporary art gallery.
Make sure the Palermo district is on your list, too—this beautiful XX includes stunning botanic gardens and parklands, a zoo, and some unique architecture. This is one of the best places to shop if you’re looking for designer clothing, and there is some exciting night life here too. Don’t miss the amazing Floral Generica—this amazing aluminum sculpture is a giant flower forty meters in diameter with petals that open and close in harmony with the rising and setting of the sun.
La Boca is a vibrant neighborhood with charming low houses painted in gorgeous bright colors. This area has a strong artistic tradition thanks to Benito Quinquela Martin, a well-known Argentine painter who immortalized the area in many of his paintings. See street singers and dancers on the Calle Caminito, and visit the Fundacion Proa, a museum dedicated to work by Argentine artists. Another beautiful neighborhood to visit is Retiro. Here you can see the Plaza San Martin, surrounded by ornately decorated buildings, the Monunment a Los Caidos Malvinas war memorial, and climb the Torres de los Ingleses, a tower in the Plaza Fuerza Aerea Argentina that provides wonderful views of the surrounding area.
To learn more about the history and culture of Argentina, visit one of the many museums in the city. The Museo Evita provides a fascinating glimpse into perhaps the most famous Argentine woman in history—Eva Peron. Each room in the museum focuses on a distinct stage in her life, including her political victories, such as her fight to bring the right to vote to Argentine women. The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires is home to an extensive collection of Latin American art, and history lovers won’t want to miss the Museo de Armas, a collection of weapons and military pieces from several different eras and wars.
If it’s night life you’re interested in, Buenos Aires has plenty to offer. When the sun goes down, the city comes alive all over again. See a sizzling hot Tango show with live music and dancing, visit the Casino de Tigre or the Casino Flotante—with all the excitement you’d expect in a casino including live shows, great restaurants as well as all kinds of games. For music and dancing, check out Club 69 or the Mint Lounge—live music, dancing, and fantastic atmosphere every night of the week.
With vibrant night life, galleries and museums, great dining and no shortage of activities and sights for the day time, Buenos Aires definitely has plenty to offer, no matter what your tastes.