Buenos Aires Journals

Buenos Aires: Frozen Tango

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A travel journal to Buenos Aires by SeenThat

La Recoleta Cemetery Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina More Photos
Quote: Tango dancers in the main junctions compete with loud tango music emanating from the neighboring music shops, short skirts and high heels represent the hopes for a better tip, and nearby barbeque joints add an additional sense to our experience: Argentina’s capital is a constant challenge to all our senses.

Caminito Pedestrian Street/La Boca District

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Attraction | "La Boca"

Barrio de San Telmo Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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People living in Buenos Aires refer to themselves as "Porteños," recognizing thus the port vital role in the city’s life. Among the several neighbourhoods on Buenos Aires waterfront, La Boca is the most distinctive and colourful. The name means "The Mouth" and refers to it being the meeting point between the Riachuelo (a small stream of waste delimiting the city to the south) and the mighty Rio de la Plata.The port is not longer the main attraction but it still shapes the neighbourhood. La Boca’s wood and zinc shanty houses were built by the Italian immigrants who worked in the port and are coloured in a myriad of bright patches. The place looks as if a rainbow ...Read More

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Caminito Pedestrian Street/La Boca District
Calle Caminito
La Boca, Buenos Aires 1166

La Recoleta Cemetery

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Attraction | "Recoleta Cementery"

La Recoleta Cemetery Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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A list of a city’s attractions can serve as a gauge of its health. The Recoleta Cemetery appears high on any such list of Buenos Aires. Greek temples, pyramids, and chapels coexist peacefully in the La Recoleta Cemetery, the most fashionable place for rich Argentineans to be buried in. Ornate mausoleums in a myriad of styles and separated by streets, avenues and trees create an eerie and intriguing sight. Few would argue this cemetery is one of the most extraordinary ghost cities in the world. However, they are a macabre reminder that Buenos Aires splendor is buried away in a remote past.SurroundingsStill alive citizens favor the neighborhood as well, as the many...Read More

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La Recoleta Cemetery
Junín 1790 Recoleta District
Buenos Aires, Argentina 1116
+54 (11) 4804 7040

Subte: Roaming Buenos Aires Underground

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La Recoleta Cemetery Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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A strong, hot wind carrying a heavy stench of burned oil entered through the old styled, open windows of the underground train car. A minute before that, I reached the boarding platform through a wood-escalator; they would be outdated even in a museum. Both memories became my most vivid ones of Buenos Aires; they reflected that metropolis tired character.Buenos Aires subways network - locally known as subte - provides the most efficient way to travel between its central attractions. Inaugurated in 1913, this underground train was the first in South America and still keep...Read More

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Barrio de San Telmo

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Attraction | "San Telmo"

Barrio de San Telmo Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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The best time to visit this picturesque neighborhood is on Sunday mornings when Tango dancers make their convoluted way through its huge flea market. Most of the houses belong to earlier centuries and its streets are still paved with cobblestones.HistoryAristocratic families inhabited San Telmo until the yellow fever epidemic in 1871; then they moved to La Recoleta and the new immigrants took their place, the former mansions were transformed into "conventillos" hosting hundreds of newcomers. Nowadays, the neighbourhood has been restored and is a fashionable center for artisans, artists, dancers and tourists.TangoThis dance is distinc...Read More

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Barrio de San Telmo
Defensa 1200
Buenos Aires, Argentina 1065

Buenos Aires: Watching a Frozen Tango

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La Recoleta Cemetery Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Tango dancers compete with loud tango music emanating from the neighboring music shops for the travelers attention; short skirts and high heels represent the hopes for a better tip and nearby barbeque joints add an additional sense to our experience; Argentina's capital presents a dichotomy of attractions and dangers.ClimateDue to its closeness to the ocean, the local weather is unpleasant during the winter and the summer; both are accompanied by a high humidity that spoils any chance of enjoying the city.ScarsThe bank buildings in downtown show the signs...Read More