Overview Buenos Aires

Visiting Buenos Aires

Often called the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires is a vibrant Latin American city infused with European influence and its eclectic charm, popular among tourists worldwide for its history, art and architecture. Buenos Aires is a city where every corner tells a tale of the past or represents the height of modernity, and nowhere is the tight bond between the past and present more clearly represented than downtown at the Plaza de Mayo. Apart from being an excellent vantage point for people watching, the plaza is a political and historical hub at the heart of the city’s government where historical buildings and landmarks abound. The neighborhood of Recoleta also holds fast to its roots as the gathering place for the city’s aristocracy. The Recoleta Cemetary is an expansive necropolis with historical relevance as the final resting place for many of the city’s departed elite including Eva Peron. It remains a draw for visitors who come to imbibe in its rich history while appreciating the architecture of its many tombs and mausoleums. Known as the birthplace of Tango, it is no surprise that art and... Read More Often called the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires is a vibrant Latin American city infused with European influence and its eclectic charm, popular among tourists worldwide for its history, art and architecture. Buenos Aires is a city where every corner tells a tale of the past or represents the height of modernity, and nowhere is the tight bond between the past and present more clearly represented than downtown at the Plaza de Mayo. Apart from being an excellent vantage point for people watching, the plaza is a political and historical hub at the heart of the city’s government where historical buildings and landmarks abound. The neighborhood of Recoleta also holds fast to its roots as the gathering place for the city’s aristocracy. The Recoleta Cemetary is an expansive necropolis with historical relevance as the final resting place for many of the city’s departed elite including Eva Peron. It remains a draw for visitors who come to imbibe in its rich history while appreciating the architecture of its many tombs and mausoleums. Known as the birthplace of Tango, it is no surprise that art and culture are the pulse of the city’s vitality. Buenos Aires has the largest concentration of active theaters is South America, but few are as well known as Teatro Colon. The multi-thousand seat theater, has hosted the biggest names in opera, theater, music and dance since it’s opening in the late 19th century. The exceptional nature of this Euro-Latin culture is also on display at Museo National de Bellas Artes. The museum’s 32 exhibit halls showcase works by notable European artists like Renior and Money as well as collections by Argentinian artists. So once you’ve booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travels to Buenos Aires.    Close

Stories and Tips Buenos Aires

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Food

Written by LenR on 22 Mar, 2010

Take an appetite with you to Buenos Aires. We knew little about Argentine cuisine before arriving in the country but quickly came to enjoy what was available. Most Argentines eat a light breakfast, usually bread and tea, maté or coffee, a large lunch and then…Read More


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Ferry to Uruguay

Written by LenR on 23 Feb, 2010

The terminal near downtown Buenos Aires is very modern and like a small airport or cruise ship terminal. There is a baggage check in area, a nice area with tables, a snack bar, and a couple of shops. When we entered the terminal there was…Read More


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Airports

Written by LenR on 23 Feb, 2010

The three airports in Buenos Aires are the J. Newbery AeroPark, Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport and the Comandante Espora Aero Station, in Bahía Blanca. The most important of them, the Ezeiza International Airport, is located 34 km from the city and serves international airlines…Read More


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Trams

Written by LenR on 23 Feb, 2010

Buenos Aires was once known as the City of Trams. It had one of the most extensive networks in the world with over 857 km of track, but most of it was dismantled during the 1960s in favour of bus transportation. Despite this there are…Read More


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The Subway

Written by LenR on 23 Feb, 2010

The Buenos Aires Metro (known as Subte) is a mass-transit system that serves mainly the inner city. The first station of this network was inaugurated in 1913 it and was the first of its kind in the entire Southern Hemisphere. The network expanded rapidly during…Read More


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Buildings

Written by LenR on 22 Feb, 2010

We found that San Nicolas has its fair share of interesting buildings. We generally found them by just wandering the interesting streets but since leaving Buenos Aires I have discovered a little more about them. Here are three worth seeing.Basilica de la Merced.Nuestra Señora de…Read More


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Theatres

Written by LenR on 22 Feb, 2010

Buenos Aires has a reputation as a city with intense theatre activity. Plays are constantly being presented throughout the city's three circuits: official, commercial and independent. The official circuit which includes the General San Martín Theatre, Colón Theatre and Nacional Cervantes Theatre, is of most…Read More


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Street Markets

Written by LenR on 18 Feb, 2010

One of the pleasures of Buenos Aires is its open-air markets, many of which combine shopping with entertainment. The bargains that you may find are often accompanied by the wonderful, romantic sounds and sights of tango dancers or musicians putting on a show. There are…Read More


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Eva Peron

Written by LenR on 18 Feb, 2010

Eva Peron remains a controversial figure in Argentine history. Attractive, and highly vivacious, both her friends and her enemies agreed that she was a woman of great personal charm. Her supporters have elevated her to popular sainthood, and the sympathetic portrayal of her in the…Read More


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Dog Walkers

Written by LenR on 18 Feb, 2010

No-one can visit Buenos Aires without seeing one of the city’s most characteristic sights: the paseaperros or professional dog walkers. Most residents live in apartments but this doesn’t stop them from wanting a dog as a pet. During the week when people are working, the…Read More


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