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Buenos Aires Travel Information
Buenos Aires, one of the most important cities in Latin America and capital of Argentina, is a great cosmopolitan and multilateral conglomerate. It constitutes the financial and stock-market seat of the country, while also hosting its chief port. The city maintains intensive trade which reflects the presence of the world´s major companies, stores and shopping malls. This is why the city has an outstanding universal character that differentiates it from the rest of the Latin American capitals.
The architecture is very European, and the city also boasts an impressive cultural atmosphere, which is witnessed by several museums, exhibits, conference rooms, art galleries, movies and theaters that feature top national and international performances. The Colón Theater, one of the world´s leading lyrical theaters, plays host to a wide spectrum of musical performances spanning all genres, including of course the typical and famous Tango. The city often welcomes orchestras, bands and solo acts from all over the world.
The visitor will extol in a rather varied nightlife that continues into the wee hours of the morning. Discotheques, restaurants, pastry shops and several other attractions for all tastes are spread around the city. Nightlife by the port throbs in the pubs and bars where tango, jazz, rock and blues liven up the area.
Discotheques actually open after midnight and there are many a venue playing Latin, Brazilian and pop rhythms. Some other facilities combine restaurants and discotheques, most of them located in the neighborhoods of Puerto Madero, Palermo and Costanera Norte. The hotel network ranges from luxurious 5-star resorts owned by internationally renowned chains to very modest accommodation to suit all budgets.
Some of the amazing places this wonderful city has to offer include the Obelisk; the beautiful varieties of trees lining the Parks and lakes of Palermo; the picturesque neighborhood of La Boca with its multicolored houses on display, featuring Caminito Street where couples dance terrific tango; plus the elegant Puerto Madero.
The surroundings also offer several choices for touristic activities: exploring the Río de la Plata basin with its fabulous delta along the areas of Tigre and Escobar; sightseeing around the lofty residences of the San Isidro river shore; perhaps watching the sunsets or fishing in the lakes of Chascomús and Lobos; even going deeper in history and culture in La Plata, Luján and Martín García island.
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This neighborhood was founded by immigration since the 19th century, when throngs of Europeans arrived in Argentina 'to build America'. Full of hope they settled around the Buenos Aires port. The place combines the sensations of tango, seafood and Italian pasta. The streets are winding, lined with houses featuring high verandas and bright colors. But the real spirit of Buenos Aires lives on Garibaldi Street, in the colorful houses that gave shelter to the very first immigrants.
Caminito is barely a 100m-long pedestrian street, paved with cobble stones, and showcasing the influence of the Italian immigrants. Some artists dressed up as 'gangsters', accompanied by guitars and accordions, sing the tangos immortalized by Carlos Gardel, while some couples dance to the famous steps, drawing the attention of tourists and passers-by. This was the last "caminito" (route) taken daily by Juan de Dios Filiberto, the author of a tango that takes his name.
There are daily performances related to tango and La Boca from 10am to 6pm, enhanced by the presence of renowned painters. La Boca has been an Outdoors Arts Museum since 1959.
The Historical Wax Museum on 1261 Del Valle Iberlucea Street, recreate scenes of Argentina's history since colonial times.
Football is by far the most popular sport in Argentina, and Boca hosts one of the major clubs known throughout the world. This neighborhood is the clubs cradle and the headquarters based at the Club Atlético Boca Juniors Stadium, is the centre of passion, located on 805 Brandsen Street.
The typical Italian Canteens line Necochea Street, offering exquisite Italian specialties based on pastas and seafood in a dancing and musical atmosphere.
La Boca Public Transport:
Bus lines: 2,9,10,20,22,24,25,28,29,33,46,53,54,61,64,86,93,126,142,143,152 & 159
Palermo is an elegant residential area, fitted with wealthy-looking buildings and exclusive bakeries, also a zone of embassies and museums. French neoclassicism shows in full force around the so-called 'Palermo Chico' (Little Palermo) on the façades of mansions, such as the one housing the Spanish Embassy on 2075 Libertador Ave. and the Italian Embassy on Billinghust. This neighborhood hosts most of the chief exhibition premises in the city: Palermo's Fair Center and the Municipal Exhibit Center. In Palermo Viejo (Old Palermo), from Plaza Italia to the west, lies the oldest section which is drenched in the spirit of those who witnessed major events in history, those who became legends and characters in Jorge Luis Borge´s poetry. The area teems with excellent diners and antique shops, an ideal place to stroll about in the late evenings and bathe in the peculiar contrasts of light and shade created by the street lights.
The Forests of Palermo are the city's great green lung, nestled in between Infanta Isabel Street, Iraola and President P. Montt. Avenues. They were created under President Sarmiento in 1875 and remodeled by the French landscapist Carlos Thays. It makes for a very pleasant stroll along 25 ha of forest made up by different tree species which surround a crystalline man-made lake. Barely 10 minutes away from downtown, it is also known as February 3rd Park.
For outdoor activities and sports fans, this is the right place for trekking, gymnastics and specialized sight-seeing. There is no way to escape the perfume and beauty of 'El Rosedal', an elegantly designed garden that exhibits a wide array of roses and plant species. The 'Patio Andaluz' (Andalucian Patio) shows an arbor with a colorful majolica fountain in its center donated by Seville's Town Hall. 'Eduardo Sívori' Fine Arts Museum on 555 Infante Isabel Ave. opens its doors to the 19th and 20th century Argentine paintings. Right across from this museum stands a classical replica: 'The Kiss' by Jean Paul Baptiste Gask, who recreates a passage of Greek mythology. A crowd of visitors gather here on weekends and the pedestrian streets fill with tourists, roaming about and enjoying the sight of bridges, lights, boats and bowers.
'Paseo de la Infanta' on Infanta Isabel Ave. is the place to surround you with the delights of the local cuisine. The premises are nestled under the railroad bridges and feature modern bars, a fast-food diner and an international food restaurant that becomes a discotheque at nighttime.
A very interesting antique and second-hand fair takes place at the Flea Market on 1600 Dorrego Street everyday from 10am to 7pm. Palermo offers several places to visit: the Botanical Garden, the Zoo, The Argentine Rural Society Fair Center, the Planetarium and the Lain American Fine Arts Museum. This is a recommended itinerary to make the most of the surroundings and sunny days.
Available public transport to Palermo:
Subway Route D: Stations on Plaza Italia and Palermo.
The spirit of Buenos Aires floods this neighborhood. It spreads near downtown and treasures highly valuable architectonic and historical riches. It is the city's living cultural heritage, for it merges the architecture of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The narrow and cobblestone streets take you back to the old Buenos Aires; the colonial-styled houses with its wrought iron grills, mingle with English, French and art nouveau buildings. The place nurtures the spectrum of cultures that thrived in Argentina as a result of migratory influxes.
From 1870 and 1871, the capital´s southern sector was ravished by yellow fever. Affluent families abandoned their mansions to resettle in the northern sector. All this favored that the immigrants, largely devoted to port activities, occupied these mansions and split them in smaller quarters to accommodate more families. Something similar happened in the Monserrat neighborhood, giving birth to a peculiar housing distribution.
San Telmo is today the melting pot of history, and features one of the largest antique markets. Tango venues are typical of this area and for that reason it is one of the most visited by tourists in Buenos Aires. San Telmo has come to stand for history, colonial traditions, antique shops, tango venues and art galleries.
San Telmo's Artisan Fair takes place on Sunday from 10am to 5pm on Coronel Manuel Borrego Square. Activities here is not only limited to shopping, but also to the enjoyment of tango dancing and music. The locals fill the square with tables and stools on Saturday afternoons to play endless card games.
Outstanding spots here are: 'El Viejo Almacén' (The Old Warehouse), the National History Museum, the Live Tango Museum, San Telmo Church and Raúl Castagnino Residence.
The cobblestone streets magically illuminate at dusk to welcome every visitor who comes for the restaurants, pubs, cafés, concert and tango venues to spend some pleasant moments in these picturesque and ancient premises.
San Telmo Transport Routes:
Bus lines: 2,9,10,20,22,24,25,28,29,33,46,53,54,61,64,86,93,126,142,143,152,159.
The old port area was restored in 1991, giving birth to a new neighborhood called Puerto Madero. It features a long avenue running parallel to a canal, dotted with elegant sailboats and lined by smart glass buildings.
Four dikes have been built here, surrounded by a beautiful waterfront and fitted with 16 buildings that host top-quality restaurants. This exclusive area in Buenos Aires also features office and business buildings, joined by private residences with exquisite interiors. Dike 1 also offers a full complex of movie theaters.
The buildings were totally refurbished but preserve the original English industrial architecture of the early 20th century. Iron beams and brick façades are some of the typical features. The Port Building rises in this area, a 23.500 m² and 25-nave construction erected in 1902, declared a part of the city's historical heritage.
Several food-serving spots offer their exquisite grills, pastas, seafood and high cuisine for special gourmets. There are also many fast-food diners. The headquarters of the exclusive and traditional Argentine Yacht Club stand out in modernist architecture, a large compound that features a light house and lookout terrace, allowing for a spectacular view over Río de la Plata.
The promenade running along the canal rims leads to Costanera Sur, a place that rose to prominence after its restoration. It is ideal for an outdoor lunch complemented by the wonderful view over Río de la Plata. On weekends, its promenade, river steps, bower and pier become a popular venue. Beside the restaurants and grills, the classic 'Carritos' (Carts) are places to taste from the typical 'choripán´ (sausage sandwiches), exquisite roasts or a juicy Argentine loin.
Places not tobe missed in this neighborhood are: the Woman's Bridge, 'President Sarmiento' Frigate Museum, 'Uruguay' Corvette Ship Museum, Puerto Madero Yacht Club and the Nereid's Fountain. Costanera Sur Natural Park and Ecologic Reserve is full of a surprising diversity of plant and animal species that inhabit the ecosystem along Río de la Plata coastal area. The reserve also arranges many different internal itineraries, including places for resting and relaxing. Opening hours are from 8 am to 6 pm every day. There are guided visits on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am and 3:30 pm. We recommend doing the walk during the new moon, starting at 8:3 0pm and the walk with full moon at 8 pm. The main entrance is on 1550 Tristán A. Rodríguez Ave. Tel.: 4315-1320.
Buenos Aires Casino is a big gambling magnet. Shaped like a ship and open 24 hours, this casino lies 5 minutes away from downtown: roulettes, black jack, poker, dice and gambling machines. It has also been called the Floating Casino, located on Elvira Rawson de Dellepiane Street, South Dock, Buenos Aires Port. Tel: 4363-3100.
Bus lines: 2,9,10,20,22,24,25,28,29,33,46,53,54,61,64,86,93,126,142,143,152 & 159.
An aristocratic milieu embraces this exclusive area, characterized by historic buildings and excellent restaurants, discos and bakeries. A monks convent gave birth to the name of this neighborhood. The Church of El Pilar rises nearby, not far from the cemetery that welcomes the souls of leaders and aristocratic families. Some places endow this area with a purely cultural and artistic atmosphere: the National Library, the National Fine Arts Museum, the Palais de Glace (the Ice Palace), the Law Faculty at Buenos Aires University and Recoleta Cultural Center. Squares and avenues make for a rather pleasant walk, full of street artists, living statues and amazing performances. It is all in all, a pretty obliging residential area, invites strolling along its clean streets. Walks are recommended in the area between Alvear, Quintana and Callao Avenues; and Posadas, Ayacucho, Guido and Rodríguez Peña Streets.
This is considered the most European spot in Buenos Aires. It is traditional to sit and have a cup of coffee at one of the many outdoor candy stores in La Recoleta. Nightlife revolves around Ortiz, Guido and Vicente López Streets. Buenos Aires Recoleta Design Complex takes visitors into specialized architecture and decoration. Many bars and restaurants offer services on the terrace and some of them even feature live music. The zone crawls with sophisticated buildings, aristocratic residences and beautiful mansions, serving as embassies. Mitre and Francia Squares feature different levels and picturesque flights of steps.
Other recommendations include:
Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church, an 18th century construction shaped by the influence of the late baroque style in its interior, main altar and side chapels. The silver façade of the altar features a peculiar Inca sun, an anonymous contribution from American aboriginal cultures. Quintana Avenue allows for an interesting view of the impressive ironwork on the grills of the church located on 1904 Junín Street, declared National Historical Monument.
La Recoleta Cemetery, takes this name because in 1822 it was decided that a section of the friars' vegetable gardens were to be used to set up the cemetery that would be called 'Miserere', then named 'norte' and finally 'La Recoleta'. Its value lies in its architecture. It is possible to walk along its inner streets, but it is recommendable to do so with a specialized guide in order not to miss any details. The mausoleums and vaults, built in neocolonial, neoclassical and baroque styles, belong to the local wealthy families and many of them constitute real masterpieces. That is why, more than 70 have been declared National Historic Monuments. Leading figures of Argentina's civil and political life have been buried here; maybe the most renowned for outsiders is Eva Duarte de Perón. The cemetery welcomes visitors daily from 9am to 7pm and the last Sunday of every month, between March and November, there are guided visits for free starting at 2:30pm.
Recoleta Cultural Center on 1930 Junín Street, next to the church, used to be the residence of the local priests in 1732 and was restored in 1980, preserving the characteristic colonial-baroque style of those days. Open Tuesday to Friday from 2pm to 9pm; Saturday, Sunday and National Holidays from 10am to 9pm.
A craft and outdoor fair takes place close to this premises on Plaza Intendente Alvear on weekends and national holidays, from 9am to 7.30pm. Patio Bullrich is a rather traditional and historical building on 750 Libertador Ave, which hosts one of the best international shopping malls. An amazing range of products are on display: renowned national and international brands, music, books, jewelry, furs, leather items and clothing. Shops are open daily from 9am to 9pm. The food section offers selections from fast-food to specialties of the haute cuisine; open Monday to Friday from 10am to 12.30 am. It closes at 1.30am on Saturday and Sunday.