The city of Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. As per the Spanish language, Buenos Aires means "Fair Winds" or "Good Air." This beautiful city offering good air has several enthralling venues, cultural events that attract thousands of tourists every year. Buenos Aires was voted as the most desirable city to visit after Bangkok, Thailand, by travellers.
Palermo in north Buenos Aires is a chic neighbourhood divided into three parts: Alto Palermo, Palermo Chico, and Palermo Viejo. Alto Palermo is famous for its museums and beautiful parks. Palermo Chico has mansions located behind the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA). And Palermo Viejo is home to boutiques, cafés, bars, and cobble-stoned streets.
Located in Palermo, this garden covers a few acres of open space and a myriad of tree-lined walkways. The central greenhouse is often the location for rotating art shows, with young artists standing next to their artworks to promote it. There are various plants from all over the world. It also has numerous statues, fountains, a museum, and a library inside.
Address: Av. Santa Fe 3951, C1425 CABA, Argentina
This Catholic cathedral was completed in 1862, and it is one of the most appreciated attractions in the city. Three statues represent Liberty, Commerce, and Labour, along with seals of the nation's neighbouring countries. Its renaissance elements include the tiled dome and the architectural floor plan of a Latin cross, comprised of three naves, divided by pilasters and interconnected chapels. Paintings and sculptures of European artists from the 18th century and the baroque Altarpiece from Alto Peru are its highlights.
Address: San Martín 27, C1004 CABA, Argentina
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San Telmo is famous among locals, especially on Sundays for the street fair and flea market. Wander through San Telmo's cobbled streets, sit and enjoy local delicacies and coffee at cafés or traditional restaurants. On Sunday nights, watch artistic tango and folklore shows and exhibitions in Plaza Dorrego, the birthplace of 'Tango'. The square is surrounded by giant old houses of the 19th century, converted into antique shops and restaurants.
Address: Humberto 1º 400, C1103 CABA, Argentina
La Boca's Caminito street has many street-side stalls, buskers and hawkers selling arts and crafts. One can take a river cruise or a rowboat ride to observe old buildings, bright coloured facades etc. You can get a chance to watch the Tango dancers performing on the streets. Since La Boca is popular for football, you must visit the La Bombonera Stadium, where the buildings are painted in bright colours.
Cancha de Boca (La Bombonera Stadium)
It is one of the most famous stadiums for soccer lovers. Situated on Brandsen street and founded in 1940, it is popularly called "La Bombonera," i.e. the candy jar. One can watch the soccer-related murals painted by Benito Quinquela Martin at the entrance hall.
Address: Brandsen 805, C1161 CABA, Argentina
Remembrance Park (Parque de la memoria)
Remembrance Park is a historical place situated near the Río de la Plata estuary. It is a memorial to the victims of the military regime during the Dirty War.
Plaza de Mayo
Founded in 1580 by Juan de Garay, Plaza de Mayo is the main square in Buenos Aires. The city's first monument, Piramide de Mayo, is situated at its centre. It is flanked by some important institutions such as the Casa Rosada (Pink Government House), Banco de la Nacion (Nation's Bank), Catedral Metropolitana, Cabildo (Town Hall), and Bolivar streets. The square is famous as the political centre of Buenos Aires as well as Argentina. The financial district of the city, La City is situated just beside the plaza.
Address: Av. Hipólito Yrigoyen s/n, C1087 CABA, Argentina
Obelisk (Obelisco de Buenos Aires)
The Buenos Aires Obelisk (Obelisco de Buenos Aires) is the iconic landmark of the city. It was built in 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first foundation of the city. This pencil-like column stands a striking 220ft (67m) tall and marks the spot where the nation's flag was first flown. Now, the venue has become a meeting place for political demonstrations, musical performances, and celebrations.
Address: Av. 9 de Julio s/n, C1043 CABA, Argentina
Recoleta Cemetery (Cemiterio de Recoleta)
It is the oldest and most aristocratic cemetery located in the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires city. It features more than 6400 tombs and mausoleums of some of Argentina's most influential and important persons, including Independence patriots, Presidents of the Republic, military people, scientists, and artists.
Address: Junín 1760, C1113 CABA, Argentina
Completed in 1923, this 22-story, the remarkable and luxurious building was designed by Italian architect Mario Palanti. Today, it is used as offices and headquarters of different businesses. The basement and ground floor symbolise hell; floors 1-14 represent purgatory, and 15-22 represent heaven. It was the tallest construction in South America for several years. The beautiful structure was declared a national historic monument in 1997. Don't forget to catch the views of Buenos Aires city-centre from the top floor.
Address: Av. de Mayo 1370, C1085 CABA, Argentina
Buenos Aires City Zoo
Founded in 1875, the zoo is one of the most well-preserved areas of Buenos Aires. The zoo is home to over 2,500 animals belonging to 350 different species, including doves, penguins, monkeys, white tigers, elephants and zebras. It has an open precinct for bears and a cage for condors. In 1988 an aquarium and an air-conditioned penguin colony were inaugurated here.
Address: Av. Sarmiento 2601, C1045 CABA, Argentina
Designed by famous landscape artist Yatsuo Inomata and constructed by Isakari (engineer) in 1979, this lovely park is filled with fish ponds, large stands of bamboo, a beautifully crafted arched bridge, and a traditional Japanese tearoom. There is an artificial lake filled with exotic fish, and it occupies the garden's five-acre area. Unlike most green spaces in Buenos Aires, this place is sheltered by thick foliage. The plants, over 150 different species, are brought from Japan.
Address: C1425EWN Buenos Aires AR, Av. Casares 3450, C1425 EWN, Argentina
Casa de Gobierno
Officially known as the Casa de Gobierno (i.e. Government House) or Palacio Presidencial (i.e. The Presidential Palace), is the city's first fort built in 1580 by Garay. In 1882, an archway was constructed to unite its twin structures. It is also called the Casa Rosada because of its pink overtones on one side of the building. The building is notable for its sculpture and rich furnishings in halls and libraries. The Museo de Los Presidentes, with historical memorabilia from former leaders, is in the basement.
Address: Balcarce 50, C1064 CABA, Argentina
Catch metro to Plaza de Mayo, Cathedral, or Bolivar to reach Cabilda located opposite the Casa Rosada on the Plaza de Mayo. This fascinating building was used as the government house during the colonial times of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate. Changing the guard every hour outside the building is a popular attraction of the venue. Today, Cabildo features a museum that displays interesting architectural relics, religious icons, and watercolour paintings by Enrique Pellegrini.
Address: Bolívar 65, C1066 CABA, Argentina
Rojo Tango is the most luxurious venue to enjoy the tango shows. The tango performances take you on a journey from the roots of tango to the modern day.
9 de Julio Avenue (Avenida 9 De Julio)
This is the world's widest boulevard with a width of 460ft (140m) and 12 lanes of traffic. Construction of this avenue began in 1937 and was completed in 1980. Its name honours Argentina's Independence Day, 9th July 1816. The landmarks along the avenue include Palacio Ortiz Basualdo, Teatro Colón, The Obelisk and Plaza de la República, Statue of Don Quixote and Constitución station and Plaza Constitución.