Take a trip to Buenos Aires
The Argentine capital, considered to have the most theaters and art galleries in the world, will surprise you with its incredible cultural wealth. Without a doubt, its multicultural history has made it one of the most popular places in South America. Buenos Aires, where the tango was born, is easily visited on foot or by bicycle. A great effort has been made to increase the number of bicycle paths and above all to make many of its tourist sites pedestrian-friendly. Among the most festive neighborhoods: Palermo, center of fashion stores, Recoleta whose architecture is reminiscent of Paris or the picturesque San Telmo, with its cobblestone streets. For a breath of fresh air, go to the banks of the Rio de la Plata river where a natural park (Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur) has been set up, where you can observe about 300 species of birds and walk around the ponds. In contact with the Porteños (name given to the inhabitants) or accompanied by a tourist guide of Buenos Aires, you will have to take your time to discover this city so endearing whose gastronomy is recognized worldwide.
Tour guides in Buenos Aires
Five ideas for guided tours in Buenos Aires
Located in the southeast of the vast agglomeration, the Barrio de la Boca was originally a neighborhood founded by the Italian immigrant community and more specifically the Genoese who arrived in the country at the end of the 19th century. Tourists flock to the area, as it is full of attractions. Starting from the triangular square of Vuelta de Rocha, you will reach the pedestrian street of La Caminito, a real open-air museum of painted houses, works under the influence of the artist Benito Quinquela Martin in the late 1950s. It has become a place where artists come to exhibit their work, and there are many restaurants and tango dancing places. From this street, you can go to a soccer match in the mythical La Bombonera stadium, the club of Boca Junior where Diego Maradona, the legend of a whole people, started his career.
Plaza de Mayo
The history of Argentina’s independence began in the heart of the Monserrat neighborhood. Between the old Plaza del Fuerte and Plaza de la Victoria, once separated by a building and renamed Plaza de Mayo, the Revolution of May 25, 1810 took place. In its center, the Pyramid of May, emblem of the Revolution and, all around, tourist places among which:
– Casa Rosada: founded in 1898, it is the executive headquarters of the nation, where the offices of the Presidency are located. Visits are possible on weekends.
– Metropolitan Cathedral: It was built at the end of the 17th century. It is characterized by a large facade of twelve Greek-style columns and an interior with Spanish inspiration.
– Museo Nacional del Cabildo: built in 1580 and once used as a colonial administration, it now exhibits documents, paintings and objects from the Revolution.
Avenida 9 de Julio
In the heart of Buenos Aires, there is an avenue with the dimensions of a highway, 140 meters wide. The long Avenida 9 de Julio stretches from north to south, starting at the Plaza de la Constitución and ending at the Avenida Libertador. Its name recalls the anniversary of the country’s independence in 1816. Bordered on both sides by trees and several small plazoletas, you can walk along it and discover many monuments:
– The splendid French Embassy, in Belle Époque style.
– The Constitución train station, built in 1917 and considered one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.
– The obelisk of the Plaza de la República, erected in 1936 and 68 meters high, one of the symbols of the city.
– The Colón Theater, built at the beginning of the 20th century, offers opera and classical dance performances.
The most authentic corner, because it has kept its old-fashioned charm, is undoubtedly the suburb of San Telmo, not far from the port. Its name comes from a Dominican monk of the XVII century, San Pedro González Telmo, who blessed the sailors arriving from Europe. Today it is a maze of cobblestone streets surrounded by old houses that delight travelers and, in some places, on the walls, beautiful street art paintings. There is no shortage of places to visit, starting with the covered market that turns into a huge flea market every weekend. You can visit the National Historical Museum in Parque Lezama and, in Pasaje Defensa, you will be immersed in the world of an 1880 mansion turned antique store. Right next door, on Calle Defensa, which is closed to traffic on Sundays, a popular fair is held with hundreds of artisans selling their work. San Telmo has a bohemian atmosphere with, never far away, music groups or tango dancers that you will come to listen to, or even accompany, on the beautiful Plaza Dorego and its multitude of terraces, bars and pubs.
Florida street is the most popular shopping avenue in Buenos Aires. It is surrounded by the Galeria Güemes and its stained glass dome, the famous Galeria Pacifico shopping mall dating from 1889 and the Kavanagh Building, a prestigious building 120 meters high and 29 floors high, all in the Art Deco style. In 1913, the street became pedestrianized during the day, and in 1971, traffic was permanently banned. After the crisis of the 2000s, it became once again the central meeting point of the microcentro. You can start your journey at Calle Rivadavia and continue north to Plaza San Martín. Avenida Florida has all the attractions of a lively and dynamic street. Stores and stores of all kinds, stalls, cafes and restaurants of all styles and for all budgets. Artists and shows in every corner and, of course, tango exhibitions.