Buenos Aires travel
Few cities can compare to Buenos Aires, Argentina. With attractive architecture, some of the coolest cultural activities in South America and delicious cuisine, the city is an invigorating mix of the old and the new; the refined and the raw. And did we mention Buenos Aires’ cracking nightlife? To help you get the most out of your stay, here we present our five-minute Buenos Aires guide to help you decide where to begin exploring this fabulous city.
1. The Recoleta Cemetery
Might seem like a somewhat morbid choice for Buenos Aires tourism, however the cemetery is full of intricate marble statues and the full pomp and ceremony you would expect to find in the final resting place of some of Argentina’s most famous children. The collection of impressive stonework is as evocative as it is aesthetic, making it a popular tourist attraction. The district of Recoleta is also the place to see and be seen when you’re done. Where: Avenida Pueyrredón. When: daily, 7.00am to 6.00pm. How much: free entry.
2. The Plaza de Mayo
Buenos Aires’ main square, the Plaza de Mayo is in many ways the heart of the city, politically as much as socially. As well as being an attractive space in its own right, the Plaza de Mayo also contains the iconic Casa Rosada (“Pink House”) - the president’s office, with its famous balcony – and the Cabilodo, the old town hall which is now a museum.
3. The Teatro Colón
The Teatro Colón, or “Columbus Theatre” is an opera house. Not only is it, acoustically speaking, up there with the world’s top five, the building itself is also an architectural jewel, both inside and out. Marble, stained-glass and ceramic opulence represent our Buenos Aires guide at its best. Where: Av. Libertad, 621. When: guided visits available every 15 minutes from 9 am to 5 pm. How much: $ 110 (30 pesos for residents of Argentina; free for the under six. 50% discount on Mondays for concessions.
4. The Obelisk
Situated on the Avenida 9 de Julio, purportedly the largest avenue in the world, the Obelisk is emblematic of Buenos Aires. Although the actual structure may not be of great interest, the Obelisk pins a central point into Buenos Aires, which has been compared with places like Times Square or Picadilly Circus. Where: Av. 9 de Julio.
One of the great delights of Buenos Aires travel, of course, is simply strolling through its district – the artistic San Telmo district, the colourful La Boca, trendy Palermo, Mataderos with its famous Fair and so forth. We haven’t had space to mention them all here, so in the meantime you can help keep other travellers (and us, of course!) informed by leaving your comments on the top sights of Buenos Aires below.
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