Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires was founded on the bank of the La Plata River and was named after the patron saint of sailors for the good wind or buen aire. The vast capital of Argentina is ripe with European ethnicity and culture. Buenos Aires is a huge city composed of neighborhoods, or barrios. The older ones surrounding the city center are the most famous and attract the most tourism. 

Downtown Buenos Aires has the feel of many European cities with its wide streets, historical architecture and numerous pavement cafes. The city was built by French, Italian and Spanish immigrants and the Porteños (locals) still regard themselves as more European than South American. Ritzy modern neighborhoods, grand parks, modern shops and boutiques mixed with the cities renowned barrios make Buenos Aires an irresistible destination for millions of travelers each year.

Climate in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires has a temperate climate that is characterized by hot summers and mild winters. Summer takes place between December and February where high temperatures reach the mid 90’s. June through August make up Buenos Aires winter months where low temperatures may reach the upper 30’s. Rain falls heavier in the spring and autumn but is common year round.

Activities in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the birthplace of the tango and the dance is celebrated for two weeks each year during the Tango Festival. Corrientes Avenue and the numerous 'milonga portena' or dance salons host travelers and locals whose experience range from beginner to expert during the festival. The festival is immediately followed by the World Tango Championships where some of the world’s best Tango dancers battle it out for the Dance World Cup.

The Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival takes place at the ND Aneneo cultural space and is attended by almost 40,000 spectators annually. The festival has existed since the 1960’s but a more formal version of the event was established in 2002. 

The Argentine Polo Cup has been held every year since 1893 making it the fifth oldest sports championship in the world. The Argentine Open is held each year at Palermo Stadium and is regarded as the world’s most grueling polo tournament of the year.

The Vinos y Bodegas Wine Exhibition is held each year at La Rural exhibition centre. Representatives from more than 100 of the country’s wineries or bodegas attend the event organized by Argentinean Association of Sommeliers. The exhibition is attended by more than 50,000 people annually and offers wine pairing events, lectures on the trends in wine making, sommelier demonstrations and courses, guided tours of wineries, and more.

ArteBA is a contemporary art fair that has been hosted at La Rural exhibition center for 22 years. More than 81 galleries from around the world take part in the event that is attended by over 120,000 visitors during the five day event. ArteBA has become one of the most important events in the world for promoting Argentine and Latin American artists.

Sightseeing in Buenos Aries

The Cementerio de la Recoleta is home to the tomb of Eva Perón, the actress married to Argentina's President Juan Perón and the subject of the musical Evita. 

The Palermo Viejo district is made up of charming cobblestone streets, bookstores, bars and boutiques and is home to the Caminito pedestrian street's arts and crafts in La Boca. 

Cathedral Metropolitana houses the tomb of General José de San Martin, the revered hero who liberated Argentina from the Spanish. The mausoleum is "guarded" by three sculptures, each a life-size female figure representing Argentina, Chile and Peru, respectively. The mausoleum also houses the remains of General Juan Gregorio de las Heras, General Tomas Guido, and the Unknown Soldier of the Independence. 

Casa Rosada is Argentina’s Presidential Palace which began as a simple fort in 1594 but was demolished and rebuilt in 1857. The pink building is a National Historic Monument of Argentina and currently houses a basement museum of presidential artifacts.  

Avenida 9 de Julio is claimed to be the widest avenue in the world, honoring Argentina's Independence Day which falls on 9th July. The avenue is 416 ft. (127m) wide and consists of 18 lanes of traffic, nine on each side. A 67-metre-tall obelisk marking the heart of Buenos stands in the middle of the street and can be climbed by tourists to capture a view of the Avenida 9 de Julio from one of four observation windows. 

Cuisine in Buenos Aires

Argentina is famous its parrillas (steak houses) known for the best, juiciest, tastiest and most tender steaks. Spanish Italian and Japanese cuisine is also prominent in Buenos Aires. Local fare can be found at numerous al paso (walk through) places in the city that sell hot-dogs (panchos), beef sausages (chorizos), and milanesas (breaded, fried cutlets).

Travel to Buenos Aires/Passports

Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport is the main gateway for travelers going to Argentina and is consistently voted among the best airports in South America by Skytrax. Direct, cheap flights to Buenos Aires from the USA land at the airport, which is located 22 miles (35km) to the south-west of the city. The streets of Buenos Aires are constructed in a grid pattern making it easy to get around. The city is serviced by an efficient, widespread and cheap public transport system that consists of buses and an excellent underground rail service called the Subte. The bus network covers the city but can be confusing to tourists due to its enormous size and numerous routes. A valid passport that is good for at least six months beyond the date of departure from Argentina is required.


 

 

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