June 29, 2017

Buenos Aires Travel Guide

For centuries Buenos Aires has been the gateway to Argentina. As the country’s capital and largest city, it lies on the southern shore of the Rio de la Plata. Knick named the “Paris of South America,” its rich European flavor is evident in the culture as well as the architecture. The locals are frequently regarded as some of the most beautiful people in the world. The Portenos (Buenos Aires locals) are very proud of their European heritage and this is displayed in their lifestyle.

 

When you think of Argentina, two activities probably come to mind: Football (Soccer) and Tango. A huge passion for Argentinians, the city of Buenos Aires has the highest concentration of Football teams in the world – most of which compete in the major league.

 


 

The country’s National Dance is the Tango. Both music and dance, it’s without a doubt the most popular part of Argentine pop culture. Born in the suburbs, particularly in the brothels of the Junin y Lavalle district, it was not respected by high society until the 1920s. The dance’s crisp kicks and sensual moves are an amazing sight to behold.  There are great dinner shows throughout the city where you can enjoy this very synchronized dance while also enjoying a nice juicy steak. But if you don’t care for that, just go to Florida Street and La Boca. There you can find street performers who will be more than happy to put on a show for you. Just be sure to give them a small tip afterwards – this will ensure the continuation of the pastime.

 

There is much to see and do in Buenos Aires but I’ve narrowed the list down to some of the best. The city is divided into 48 barrios, or neighborhoods, which are then grouped into comunas, or communes. Each neighborhood is small and unique with its own characteristics of color and form. Two of the most popular are La Boca and Recoleta.

 

La Boca is often portrayed as a symbol of Buenos Aires. After painting their barges, old port dwellers splashed the remaining paint on the sides of their tin houses giving La Boca its unique claim to fame. This can be best seen on El Caminito which is the neighborhood’s most famous street. Here you will see the rainbow of bright colors which make it a very popular tourist attraction and an excellent place to snap some memorable photos.

 

Recoleta is a well known residential district and one of the most expensive places to live in Buenos Aires. Tourists flock to its cafes, galleries, and the nightlife. However, the cemetery is the most popular attraction. Having been compared to Pere Lachaise in Paris, Recoleta Cemetery hosts many former presidents and most famously, Eva “Evita” Peron. It is a compact maze of granite, marble, and bronze making it a great place to take a quiet stroll.

 

 

If you’re in the mood for some shopping, be sure to check out Calle Florida (Florida Street) It’s a pedestrian strip that’s packed with tourists, shoppers, and performers. It’s probably one of the best spots in the city to people watch and you’ll often see Tango dancers perform right in the middle, creating a road block in the traffic of pedestrians.

 

Another popular street is the 9 de Julio Avenue. Its name honors Argentina’s Independence Day of July 9, 1816. The main landmark along the Avenue is the Obelisk of Buenos Aires. A monument that resembles that of the Washington, the Obelisk was built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city.

 

Be sure to visit the Plaza de Mayo. Spanish for May Square, it’s the main square in all of downtown Buenos Aires. Several of the cities most popular landmarks are found here, but the most popular is the Casa Rosado or “Pink House.” The Casa Rosado has played a key role in much of Argentine history and has served as a podium for many figures including Eva Peron who rallied political demonstrations there. In the 1998 film “Evita,” Madonna sang “Don’t cry for Me Argentina” from the balcony.

 

As one of South Americas most cosmopolitan cities, Buenos Aires has much to offer. Whether you’re going to enjoy the food, atmosphere, or just to watch some soccer, you won’t be disappointed with this European flavored Capital.

 

 

 

——————–Buenos Aires Travel Tips——————–

 

When to Go
In terms of weather, spring (September to November) and fall (March to May) are the best seasons to visit Buenos Aires.

 

What to See
– Plaza de Mayo
– Casa Rosada
– La Boca
– Calle Florida
– Puente de la Mujer
– Recoleta Cemetery
– Obelisco
– Puerto Madero
– Floralis Generica
– Watch a Tango Show

 

What to Eat
Argentina is known for it’s superb quality of beef. The “bife de lomo” and “bife de chorizo” are both excellent. I recommend medium-rare, which is typically the temperature that it is served. Other popular dishes include “milanesa” (breaded meat) and “empanadas.” The most popular meal is “el asado” or “parrillada”, a mixed grill of steak and other cuts which no visitor should miss.

 

What to Drink
Wine in Argentina is excellent. The most popular beer is Quilmes. No visit is complete without trying Mate.

 

What to Buy
The top four things to buy in Argentina are Leather, Cashmere Sweaters, Cigars, and Wine. But you’ll also find an endless variety of beautifully handcrafted goods. A Mate Cup makes for a perfect gift or souvenir.

 

Language
Spanish

 

Currency
Peso
One Peso equals 100 centavos.

 

Tipping
In restaurants just add 10% to the bill. For taxi drivers, it’s usual to round up to the nearest peso.

 

 

Comments

  1. Thanks for this informative insight into our beautiful city! Good tips and advice you have provided for travellers

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