10 fantastic things to do in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has endless attractions, places to visit and activities to do. We’ll mention ten of those that you definitely can not miss to enjoy your visit to the capital of Argentina.
The traditional city tour includes a visit to:
– Government House: also called the “Casa Rosada”, it is a place of great architectural beauty. On weekends and holidays you can take a guided tour and get to know every corner, including the presidential office.
– The Plaza de Mayo: known as “the square of the Argentinian people” because some of the most important events in Argentina’s history happened there.
– The Cabildo: at the western side of the Plaza de Mayo is this historic building, where in 1810 the creoles decided to form their own government, once the King of Spain was taken as a prisoner by the French.
– The Metropolitan Cathedral: of a Neo-Renaissance character, it is the most important Catholic shrine of Argentina. Here lie the remains of Don José de San Martín, the father of the independence of Argentina, Chile and Peru.
– San Telmo: This neighborhood of mansions is preserved in time, with its cobbled streets. Its heart is the Plaza Dorrego, where we can find old cafés and bars. The antiques fairs are famous, with objects of all kinds (books and magazines, clothing, coins, ornaments and the most varied collectibles).
– La Boca: its typical postcard features houses whose facades are made out of sheets of different colors. One of its most popular attractions is Caminito, a street where you can breathe and dance tango, and crafts and paintings are sold there.
– La Recoleta is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and there, you must visit the Recoleta Cemetery, where you’ll find the remains of major figures such as Evita Perón, Adolfo Bioy Casares and Facundo Quiroga. In the Plaza Francia you’ll find an important artisanal fair and the Buenos Aires Design mall, dedicated exclusively to design.
– Palermo: in this beautiful area we recommend visiting the zoo, the Japanese Garden, its vast forests, the Rose Garden and the Planetarium, the astronomical center of the city.
Modern Buenos Aires
For those who prefer to see how the city is changing, they could follow this route:
– Puerto Madero is the newest neighborhood of the city, it is constantly growing, and it features important and luxurious buildings, hotels, restaurants and universities. A special spot is the Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge), designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
– Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood are part of the Palermo neighborhood, and these are the areas chosen by youngsters for their outdoor bars, culinary offerings, fairs, tree-lined streets and stores with decorative objects and independent clothing designs. It also has an interesting nightlife, nightclubs and theaters.
– Las Cañitas has a varied gastronomic offer and at night you can see the main representatives of the local showbiz.
Live the Argentinian soccer!
It is without a doubt one of the most amazing experiences you can live as a traveler, whether or not you’re a soccer fan. A soccer game at “La Bombonera”, the Boca Juniors stadium, or at “El Monumental”, the River Plate stadium, is a unique spectacle worldwide. They are the two most important teams in Argentina, recognized worldwide for their international success.
Beyond the quality of the game, which makes this event different is the way you “live” the party, the fervor and passion that fans transmit with their songs, confetti and fireworks. It is something indescribable.
The nights of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is a city that doesn’t sleep. It has shows, theaters, discos, bars, cafés and restaurants that are open all night and the options are so varied that they can satisfy even the most demanding people.
It is par excellence the musical style of the city. Whoever visits it should witness a show of dance and song of a special beauty. The more daring ones can even take dance lessons. Tango is danced in couples, so it will be an opportunity to make new friends.
Outside the city, in a typical stay, such meetings take place where we can enjoy the skill of horse riders, know the history of the gaucho, ride, taste typical dishes (roasts and meat pies) accompanied by delicious Argentine wines and buy handicrafts.
Paraná Delta and Tigre
In the district of Tigre we can board a modern panoramic catamaran to enjoy the Paraná River Delta. We’ll see a labyrinth of islands crisscrossed by rivers and streams. We’ll learn about life on the islands, fauna, flora, recreation and watersports.
Buenos Aires’ Chinatown
It is located in the neighborhood of Belgrano. There we can find various shops offering oriental products and typical oriental restaurants.
Museums for everyone in Buenos Aires
The museums in Buenos Aires many and varied, among which are: the MALBA (paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and objects of Latin American artists of the twentieth century), the Museo Evita (Eva Perón), the Museo Casa Carlos Gardel, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Museo del Automóvil Club Argentino, the Museum of the Boquense Passion (a museum dedicated to Boca Juniors), the River Museum (River Plate) and many others.
Go shopping in Buenos Aires
You’ll find a great diversity of shops in Buenos Aires, for all budgets, from exclusive boutiques with the most prestigious brands (such as those in the Avenida Alvear in Recoleta), shopping centers (Dot Baires, Alto Palermo, Abasto Shopping Center, Unicenter, Paseo Alcorta and others) to outlets on Córdoba Avenue where discontinued items are sold at a lower price. Also in places like Palermo Soho you can find products from independent designers. Travelers find convenient prices and many choose leather garments for their quality and low cost.