The capital of Argentina combines a Parisian ambiance with a Latin passion for soccer, art, tango, meat, wine and nightlife.
Head to Buenos Aires to discover grand, tree-lined avenues that fan out into charming neighborhoods, each packed with cultural, historical and gastronomical delights. Admire Spanish colonial buildings and enjoy affordable steaks, tango shows and beauty treatments in this city also known as the “Paris of South America.”
Start your exploration of this fascinating city at the Plaza de Mayo, the main square. This was the site of the 1810 revolution that led to the country’s independence. Today it remains the hub of much of the city’s activity. Tour the pink presidential palace Casa Rosada and Spanish-colonial Cabildo (Town Hall). See the tomb of the region’s liberator, General San Martín in the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Visit nearby Puerto Mader, a district of the capital that lies along the Río de la Plata (Silver River) and represents many of the latest architectural trends. Stroll south to historic San Telmo to enjoy traditional artisan markets, architecture and museums.
Take a taxi or bus to the north to see the La Recoleta Cemetery. Among its impressive mausoleums is the tomb of Eva Perón, Argentina’s former "Spiritual Leader.” From leafy La Recoleta, it isn’t far to fashionable Palermo, a neighborhood that is further divided into the areas of Soho and Hollywood. Find nature in the Buenos Aires Zoo and Botanical Garden.
Head to the Río de la Plata and the southern port of La Boca. In La Boca, see the colourful houses of the Caminito Museum and watch a game at the La Bombonera stadium.
Follow the wide thoroughfare Avenida 9 de Julio back to the Obelisco, a national historic monument. The huge pillar is illuminated at night. Dinner is served late and in Buenes Aires you can party until the sun comes up.
The Argentines are well-known for appreciating the good things in life. They love partying and fill their capital with street performances and graffiti art. Order “parrilla” (grilled meat) with wine from Mendoza or ”choripan" (chorizo baguette) to enjoy the authentic flavors of this fascinating city.