Sixteen Reasons to Travel to Buenos Aires
In a vibrant city full of history and fascinating culture, these are the reasons why Buenos Aires is one of the most important cities in South America and a place to put on top of your bucket list.
THE TANGO: This sensual ballroom dance with marked rhythms, geometrical postures and figures, along with colorful attires and the sound of a tango orchestra behind is a must see when visiting the city. You can go to a tango show and enjoy a wonderful dinner in one of the too many renowned tango show venues such us Esquina Carlos Gardel.
EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURAL INFLUENCE: In the early 1900s, Argentina was a very rich country with a prominent elite group. President Alvear started a renovation of the city, bringing architects from France to design parks, avenues, boulevards, palaces and buildings that can currently be seen all over the city. Besides the immigrant wave and all the influences that they brought making the country so European with buildings, traditions, food and cultural beliefs, this massive architectural movement is also the reason why you will run into a palace very often while walking around. To name a few of the thousands of examples, Palacio Duhau, Faculty of Engineering, The Congress, Barolo Building, The Government House, The French & Brazilian Embassies, Villa Ocampo, Parque Thais, Plaza Alvear, Nacional Museum of Decorative Arts, The Court House and Teatro Colón, the opera house, will take your breath away!
PUERTO MADERO & ITS RESTAURANTS: This urban neighborhood runs along the riverbank and the unique brick buildings with a British dock-style similar to the ones in Liverpool, holds offices, trendy condos and high quality restaurants with different types of cuisine. Yacht & Rowing Clubs, a ship tail museum, Puente de la Mujer by the Spanish architect Calatrava and 5 star hotels are some of Puerto Madero points of interest.
SAN TELMO FLEA MARKET: This market takes place in a very old and traditional neighborhood in Buenos Aires every Sunday around Plaza Dorrego and Defensa Street. Artisans display their goods and antiques on the streets along with tango dancers and musicians that offer a brief show for the public passing by.
RECOLETA CEMETERY: This is not a simple graveyard. It is the 3rd most important cemetery in the world, containing, sculptures, monuments and graves of notable people, including Eva Perón. You can walk it by yourself or take a private tour to hear the stories and biographies of important souls buried there.
CAMINITO – LA BOCA: This southeast neighborhood of Buenos Aires still retains the colorful houses of the first Italian immigrants. On the pedestrian street named Caminito, you will see these multi-colored facades as well as tango dancers and artisan street vendors.
TRADITIONAL CAFES: . The idea of cafe and restaurants with outdoor seating comes from the 19th century, emulating Parisian cafes. The oldest place in town is Café Tortoni, opened in 1858. In some of these cafes the waiters and bartenders are dressed in tuxedo jackets and bow ties like back in time. You can enjoy delicious pastries and the famous Dulce de Leche.
SHOPPING STRIPS & MALLS: Argentina is well known for its leather goods and great wine, especially the Malbec. Shops are along streets, avenues and fancy malls. Main shopping areas are: Florida Street, Santa Fe Avenue, Galerías Pacífico, Paseo Alcorta, Patio Bullrich.
SOCCER PASSION: go see a game or simply take a tour to a soccer stadium. La Bombonera- Boca Juniors Club in La Boca Neighborhood and Estadio Monumental River Plate in Nuñez are the most important soccer teams/clubs.
OUTSTANDING CUISINE: If you go to Argentina you have to eat steak. It is one of the most delicious in the world due to the land, pastures and grass fed animals. Also, because of the multicultural heritage, Italian, Spanish and French food can be found in any menu. There are restaurants all over the city but Puerto Madero, Palermo, Retiro and Recoleta are the neighborhoods that group most of them per square feet. You should also try the popular beverage called “Mate” which is a sort of hot green tea served in a special recipient with a straw.
GREEN AREAS, WIDE AVENUES & BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBORHOODS: With a population of 3 million and 203 km2, Buenos Aires has a lot of parks and green areas to go for a jog, bike ride, boat ride or simply sit down under a centennial and leafy tree. El Rosedal, Plaza San Martin, Plaza Francia, Plaza de Mayo and Costanera Strip are the most important and beautiful ones containing sculptures and monuments. 9 de Julio Avenue is the widest in the world, divided by boulevards. Santa Fe Avenue, Callao Avenue, Alvear Avenue, Avenida de Mayo, Figueroa Alcorta Avenue and Libertador Avenue are not only the longest in the city but also so picturesque that you cannot miss driving along them.
CHURCHES: Argentina’s main and official religion is Catholic. It holds very old churches, Cathedrals and Parishes from the foundation times to contemporary ones. The most important ones, considering their architectural relevance are the Metropolitan Cathedral, Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church, Inmaculada Concepción de Belgrano Church, Luján Basilica, Santísimo Sacramento Church and Santo Domingo Church. The religious scene in Argentina is very strong, specially being the current Pope Argentinean, with weekly masses and pilgrimages.
SAN ISIDRO & ITS HISTORIC COLONIAL HACIENDAS: San Isidro is one of the oldest, fanciest and more affluent neighborhoods in the Great Buenos Aires area, located 30 minutes north from the capital city. The iconic historic area with cobbled streets contains important buildings from the colonial times and the 18th century such as The Cathedral, Pueyrredón Museum, Villa Ocampo, San Isidro Athletic Club, Quinta Los Ombúes and more.
THE ESTANCIAS: These ranches or colonial-style haciendas in the countryside involves a full day visit. Most of the Estancias offer packages with shows, horseback riding, a full menu with barbecue, gaucho demonstrations and outdoors activities. You can also stay in a suite to enjoy the peaceful Pampa land. Prices can be a little high but it is totally worth it. The Estancias are all over the country but if you are visiting Buenos Aires, take a 2-hour ride to get to one. La Bamba, El Ombú de Areco, Villa Maria, La Candelaria are the most visited ones.
THE NIGHTLIFE: you can find a variety of Night Clubs, Discos, Bars and Music Venues along the city that never sleeps. Correct. People eat dinner between 9pm and 11pm and the young ones party until 6am in the morning.
HOSPITALITY & FRIENDLY PEOPLE: Anywhere you go, people will make you feel like you’re at home and will care about your needs, making sure that you are well attended, entertained and fed! With mostly Italian and Spanish descendents, people bring family values and friendship to a top level. Visitors and tourists will be treated in a very friendly and homey manner and will make sure that you leave the country with a great impression.
There is no single soul who visited Buenos Aires that doesn’t want to come back one more time, fascinated by the unique life experience, the people, the food, the culture and the amazing architectural beauty.
So what are you waiting for?