Buenos Aires is the cheerful and seductive capital of Argentina. Also called the “Paris of South America”, due to its pronounced European influence, which is shown in its architecture and in the wide cultural activities, it has to offer.
It is located on the banks of the Río de la Plata River. Buenos Aires consists of several quarters that prove the varied history of the city, which dates back to the 16th century. During the day, tourists may go shopping in the trendy quarters or they may have a drink in one of its countless coffee shops. In the evening, Buenos Aires will provide you an outstanding gastronomic offer, as being known as one of the best nightlife cities in the world. Buenos Aires has a wide variety of museums for those who rather enjoy cultural activities. Among them you will find the MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires) that owns works of famous Spanish American artists like Frida Kahlo, or the Evita Museum, where you will be able to know about Eva Perón’s life in detail.
The Historic City Center, mostly located in the quarters of Monserrat and San Telmo , owns the most important tourist highlights. The construction of the city started around the Main Square (the current Plaza de Mayo , Spanish for May Square), in this same area is where the Colony’s administrative institutions were placed. On the east side of the square we will find the seat of the Executive Branch of Argentine government, the Casa Rosada (Pink House). In the Manzana de las Luces (Block of Lights) you may watch the hidden tunnels that went all over through the city in colonial times and you may also visit the building of the former Deliberating Council, which operated from 1894 to 1931. Every Sunday, the Antiques Market is set up in the San Telmo area. There are a large number of tourist sites in the quarter of Recoleta, and many of them of huge cultural value. In this area you may find the main seat of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts), the Biblioteca Nacional (National Library), the Centro Cultural Recoleta (Recoleta Cultural Center), the Facultad de Derecho of the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Faculty of Law of the Buenos Aires University), the Our Lady of Pilar Basilica, the Palais de Glace , the La Biela Bar and the Recoleta Cemetery, where the remains of several national heroes and other important people rest.
Near the city center, we find the quarter of La Boca, full of culture, history and tourist attractions. To name a few: Caminito Street, the legacy of Quinquela Martín in the area of Vuelta de Rocha, its artists, museums, theaters, “la Bombonera” (stadium of the Club Atlético Boca Juniors Spanish for Boca Juniors Athletic Club), its promenade and port, the old shuttle bridge that dates from the beginning of the 20th Century, the traditional “conventillos” (tenement houses) and the neighbors. All this makes of this neighborhood a must in every visitor’s agenda.
Buenos Aires, the charming city which was created by the contribution of immigrants from Europe and other places, is not only a great choice itself, but also it may open the door to visit other places in Argentina.