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The city of Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. As per Spanish, Buenos Aires means "Fair Winds" or "Good Air." This beautiful city offering good air has several enthralling venues that attract thousands of tourists every year.

A large variety of cultural activities are organized in the city. According to a survey by New York based travel and tourism publication Travel + Leisure Magazine in 2008, Buenos Aires was voted as the second most desirable city to visit after Bangkok, Thailand by travelers. Also, some new tourist circuits are developing in and around the city.

  • Palacio Barolo:

Completed in 1923, this 22-storey, remarkable and luxurious building, was designed by Italian architect Mario Palanti. Today, it is used to accommodate offices and headquarters of different businesses. Designed in accordance with the cosmology of Dante's Divine Comedy, the building has 22 floors, divided into three sections. The basement and ground floor symbolize for hell, floors 1-14 represent the purgatory, and 15-22 stand for heaven. It is 100 meters tall. 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 of Palacio Barolo.

Address: Avenue de Mayo 1370, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tel.: +54 11 4383 1065

Fax: +54 11 4383 1065

Website: Palacio Barolo

  • Catedral Metropolitana:

This Catholic cathedral was completed in 1862 and it is one of the most appreciated attractions in the city. There are three statues representing Liberty, Commerce and Labour, along with seals of the nation's neighboring 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 Martin 27, Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires 1004, Argentina.

Tel.: +54 11 4331 2845

  • Botanical Garden:

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 of rotating art shows, with young artists standing and sweating next to their artwork, to promote it. There are various plants from all over the world including many from Argentina and other parts of South America. It also has numerous statues, fountains, a museum and a library inside. It is the best picnic spot for all family.

Address: Av. Las Heras, at Plaza Italia, across from the subway entrance, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tel.: +54 11 4831 2951

  • Plaza de Mayo:

Founded in 1580 by Juan de Garay, Plaza de Mayo is the main square in downtown 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 of Argentina. The financial district of the city, La City is situated just besides the Plaza.

Address: Avenida de Mayo 800, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, 1084, Argentina

  • Buenos Aires City Zoo:

Founded in 1875, city zoo is one of the most well-preserved areas of Buenos Aires. One can appreciate 2,500 animals belonging to 350 different species which include doves, penguins, monkeys to white tigers and zebras. It has an open precinct for bears and a cage for condors. Also there are some elephants. In 1988 an aquarium and an air-conditioned penguin colony was inaugurated here.

Address: Avenida Las Heras esquina Avenida Sarmiento, Buenos Aires, 1425, Argentina

Tel.: +54 11 4011 9900, +54 11 4011 9999

Website: Buenos Aires City Zoo

  • Japanese Garden:

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. This place feels especially intimate because, unlike most green spaces in Buenos Aires, it is sheltered by thick foliage. The flora is composed of over 150 different species, the majority of which have been brought directly from Japan.

Address: Waldman, 2966 Casares, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tel.: +54 11 4804 4922

  • Casa de Gobierno:

Officially known as the Casa de Gobierno (i.e. Government House) or Palacio Presidencial (i.e. The Presidential Palace), Casa de Gobierno 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 statuary and rich furnishings of its halls and libraries. Visitors can also find the Museo de los Presidentes, with historical memorabilia from former leaders in the basement.

Address: Balcarce 50, Buenos Aires, 1064, Argentina

Tel.: +54 11 4344 3600

  • Cabildo:

Catch a metro to Plaza de Mayo, Cathedral or Bolivar to reach Cabilda located opposite to the Casa Rosada on the Plaza de Mayo. This fascinating public building in Buenos Aires was used as the government house during the colonial times of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate. Changing of the guard every hour outside the building is a popular attraction of the venue. Today, Cabildo features a museum inside, that offers some interesting architectural relics, religious icons as well as watercolor paintings by Enrique Pellegrini.

Address: Calle Bolivar 65, Rivadavia, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tel.: +54 11 4334 1782

  • Obelisco:

Founded in May 1936, Obelisco is well-known as the symbol of Buenos Aires city. It was built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first foundation of the city. Now, the venue has become a meeting place for political demonstrations, musical performances and celebrations. This 70 meters high tower has 200-hundred-step stairway inside. At the nights, it brightens up with white lights.

Address: Av. Corrientes and Av. 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires 1043 Argentina

  • Cancha de Boca:

It is one of the most popular stadiums in soccer lovers. Situated on Brandsen street, it was founded 1940 and popularly called as the “La Bombonera” i.e. the candy jar. It is the address of a famous soccer club. One can watch the soccer-related murals painted by Benito Quinquela Martin at the entrance hall.

Address: Brandsen 805, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tel.: +54 11 4309 4700

  • La Recoleta Cemetery:

It is the oldest and most aristocratic cemetery located in the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires city. It features the tombs and mausoleums of some of the most influential and important persons of Argentina, including Independence patriots, Presidents of the Republic, military people, scientists and artists. This place is worth visiting.

Address: Calle Junin, Plaza Francesa, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Website: La Recoleta Cemetery

  • Plaza Dorrego:

Located in San Telmo, Plaza Dorrego is famous as the birthplace on ‘Tango’. On Sundays, one can watch the different artistic tango and folklore shows and plastic artist’s exhibitions also. The square is surrounded by some old big houses of the 19th century which have been today converted into antiques shops and first class restaurants. Several museums are located nearby the square.