An energetic port city and the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Here, residents proudly flaunt their European heritage, while modern skyscrapers cast long shadows over colonial architecture, Old World Cafes, treasure-filled shops and smoke-filled Tango bars, where the passionate national dance is the best expression of the elusive spirit of Argentina.
Each neighbourhood in this lively city is intimate and unique; here are our top 5 recommendations for Argentina travel experiences you need to have when in Buenos Aires:
This rainbow coloured district has become a popular attraction for visitors in and of itself. Alive with music, laughter and tango dancers, a visit to La Boca transports travellers head-first into the vivacious energy of South America. Some top things to see and do here include walking along the cobblestoned El Caminito, watch tango dancers at the Feria de Artesanos Caminito and watch a soccer match La Bombonera Stadium – one of the most popular soccer stadiums in South America.
La Casa Rosada
Visit the Avenida de Mayo and Plaza de Mayo, which is surrounded by La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House). Known for its unique pink colour, the palace has been at the focal point of much of Argentina’s history. Take a guided tour of the Casa Rosada (offered in both English and Spanish) so you can uncover all of the palace’s secrets.
One of Buenos Aires most impressive buildings is the Metropolitan Cathedral. The Cathedral is the primary Catholic Church in the city and is also the home of the Archbishop. Consecrated in 1791, The Cathedral also includes an elaborate mausoleum with the body of General San Martin, the nation’s founder, and the country’s memorial to the Unknown Soldier.
Set foot towards the widest avenue in the world to see the Colon Theatre, also known as Columbus Theater or Teatro Colon; the pride of Buenos Aires. Considered one of the most exceptional opera theatres globally, the Colon Theatre main hall can seat over 2500 people and the four galleries can accommodate 1000 more.
Located in the neighbourhood of Recoleta, atop a hill is the above-ground Recoleta Cemetery. Considered one of the most unusual cemeteries in the world, the site was declared a public burial place in 1822. The cemetery is the burial site for Argentina’s most famous figures, including Eva ‘Evita’ Peron; the nation’s iconic first lady.
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