Why you should go to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a top tourist destination, and is known for its preserved Spanish/European-style architecture and rich cultural life. You can find everything from huge parks and historical museums to modern museums and a nightlife comparable to Miami.

The capital of Argentina held the 1st Pan American Games in 1951 as well as hosting two venues in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Buenos Aires will host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics and the 2018 G20 summit.

The city is completely multicultural, being home to multiple ethnic and religious groups. Several languages are spoken in the city in addition to Spanish, contributing to its culture and the dialect spoken in the city and in some other parts of the country. This is because in the last 150 years the city, and the country in general, has been a major recipient of millions of immigrants from all over the world, making it a place where several ethnic groups live together and being considered as one of the most diverse cities of Latin America.

The most popular tourist sites are found in the historic core of the city, in the Montserrat and San Telmo neighborhoods. Buenos Aires was conceived around the Plaza de Mayo, the colony’s administrative center. To the east of the square is the Casa Rosada, the official seat of the executive branch of the government of Argentina.

The Casa Rosada

To the north, the Catedral Metropolitana which has stood in the same location since colonial times, and the Banco de la Nación Argentina building. To the south is the Congreso de la Nación (National Congress), which currently houses the Academia Nacional de la Historia (National Academy of History). To the northwest, you find the City Hall.

9 DE JULIO AVENUE

The most important street is the 9 de Julio Avenue, with an obelisk at the end. The avenue is the widest in the world. Its name honors Argentina’s Independence Day, July 9, 1816.

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9 de Julio Avenue

The avenue runs roughly 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the west of the Río de la Plata waterfront, from the Retiro district in the north to Constitución station in the south. The avenue has up to seven lanes in each direction and is flanked on either side by parallel streets of two lanes each. Through the centre of the avenue runs one of the city’s Metrobus (Buenos Aires) (Bus rapid transit) corridors, which stretches 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) and was inaugurated in July 2013. There are two wide medians between the side streets and the main road.

LA RECOLETA

Something I think it’s incredibly weird is that one of the most famous touristic sites of the city is the… cemetery!

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La Recoleta Cemetry’s entrance

La Recoleta is the name of the main cemetery of Argentina and the neighborhood where it stays. There’s a 5-star hotel right in front of it and people actually pay extra money to stay in a room with view to the cemetery…

By the way, there’s a tunnel that goes right under the place… For me, it couldn’t get any creepier!

PARKS

Now, on a happier mood, the city has over 250 parks all around! The largest concentration are on the city’s eastern side in the Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo and Belgrano neighbourhoods.

My 2 favorites are the Bothanical Garden and the Japanese Garden.

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Bothanical Garden, in Palermo

The garden, which was declared a national monument in 1996 holds approximately 5,500 species of plants, trees and shrubs, as well as a number of sculptures, monuments and five greenhouses.

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Japanese Gardens, in Retiro

The garden is full of  flora of Japan, such as sakura, katsura, momiji and azalea. The park, however, also features complementing species native to South America, notably tipa and floss silk trees.

The lake you can see in the picture above is populated with carp. Small numbers of epiphytic bromeliads of genus Tillandsia can be seen as well as one orchid of the widespread and diverse genus Oncidium.

The park has a Japanese Peace Bell and a large ishidoro, together with other granite sculptures. A Japanese Buddhist Temple is maintained on the grounds and the Institute also hosts regular cultural activities for the general public.

FREDDO

That’s the name of one of the most famous ice cream parlors on the world. It’s delicious!

You can say they’re the latin version of Haagen Dazs.

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Theatre

Buenos Aires has over 280 theatres, more than any other city in the world. Because of this, Buenos Aires is declared “World’s capital of theater“. The city’s theatres show everything from musicals to ballet, comedy to circuses.

The Teatro Colón is the third best opera house in the world by National Geographic.

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Teatro Colón

The Cervantes Theatre has two famous rooms: The Guerrero Salon, that can seat 860 spectators, including 512 in the galleries. And a secondary hall, the Orestes Caviglia Salon, that can seat 150 and is mostly reserved for chamber music concerts. The Luisa Vehíl Salon is a multipurpose room known for its extensive gold leaf decor.

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The Guerrero Salon, at the Cervantes Theatre

Nightlife

The Florería Atlántico is a bar located near the Sofitel Hotel, at the Recoleta area, that embraces the multiculturalism of the city, with italian, spanish and polonese feels. From the outside it may not look like it, but it’s one of the best places in town to have a good time.

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The Victoria Brown Coffee and Bar is 2 places in one. During the day, you can enjoy good coffee going through a small door on the street. But when the night comes, people can pass through the big door on the back of the place and see an amazing bar.

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Victoria Brown Coffee and Bar

That’s it for today’s post. If you want more posts about Buenos Aires or if you have been there and have an opinion, please, tell me in the comments bellow. Thanks for reading.

See you in the next post.

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