Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina is one of my favorite cities in the world, at the level of Madrid, Paris or Rome. I have visited it many times during the years and every time I like it more. This is the number one spot on Argentina Tourism.
Collage of the Capital of Argentina
The most European city in South America
It is the largest city in Argentina with a population of 3 million in the city itself and about 13 million in the whole metropolitan area. It is also considered the second largest city in Latin America after São Paulo Brazil. It is located on the western shore of the estuary of Rio de la Plata.
It is an important port and from that comes the famous nickname to all its inhabitants, Porteño. For many Argentineans being Porteños is being somebody very special.
Buenos Aires is a thriving World Capital
A different version of Spanish
If you took Spanish 101 in School, don’t feel bad if you don’t understand when Argentinians speak. The Argentinean Spanish is somewhat different from the rest of the Latin American countries with a huge influence of Italian in intonation and words. If the Porteños speak Lunfardo, then you are totally out. It is a slang understood only by them.
Buenos Aires is an autonomous city separated from the Province with the same name. It was built using the plans of the city of Paris and because the large number of European immigrants during the years it is in my opinion more an European City than a Latin American one.
La Casa Rosada seat of the Executive Branch of the Government
The Casa Rosada or the Pink House, is the official seat of the executive branch of the government of Argentina, and of the offices of the President. The President normally lives at the Quinta de Olivos, a compound in Olivos, Buenos Aires Province.
Its characteristic color is pink and is considered one of the most emblematic buildings in Buenos Aires. It also has a museum, with objects related to the presidents of the country. It has been declared a National Historic Monument of Argentina.
Avenida 9 de Julio
This is the widest avenue of the world. To cross it from side to site you have to pass many street islands. It was built by eliminating complete blocks of residents to both sides.
Plaza de Mayo
This is the main square in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was the scen of the 25 May 1810 revolution that lead to Independence. It is the center of political life in the capital and in the whole country.
This is a colonial building with arches, in front of the Casa Rosada is the resplendent former Spanish town hall. The guards outside the building are members of the revered Regimiento de Patricios which was formed in 1806.
This is one of the top Opera Houses in the world. It is a seven floor Italian Style building with superb acoustics to enjoy the performers. It is a huge old piece of architecture.
Alvear Monument in the important neighborhood of La Recoleta
This is an upscale neighborhood of the Capital of Argentina. It is elegant and refined with outdoors cafes and beautiful homes of exceptional architecture. The church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, located here, is considered a National Monument. The main street here is Alvear Street great for window shopping and home to famous Alvear Palace Hotel Buenos Aires.
The neighborhood was built around the Recoleta cemetery where the unforgettable Evita Peron is buried together with her family. This is an elaborate cemetery with mausoleums replicating Greek Temples, Pyramids and famous Chapels.
The Pedestrian Mall of Calle Florida in Buenos Aires
The beginnings were in 1880 when this street became an exclusive address for affluent Buenos Aires’ wealthy. It became the most important artery in the city. With the years as the business improved, the elite moved to other neighborhoods and as per the merchant’s request it became a pedestrian mall.
This is the most renowned Pedestrian Mall in South America. The one-mile long street is lined by beautiful buildings built on the 20th Century. The mall is famous for its gem, fur and leather stores. Today it is a tourist attraction great for an afternoon stroll.
Barrio La Boca the Soho or Greenwich Village of Buenos Aires
This is a working-class district originally for Italian dock workers and with the times developed into a colorful art center. The houses are painted in colorful contrasts of vivid colors as a change to the otherwise elegant city. The pedestrian mall “Caminito” is the inspiration for the famous tango “Caminito que el tiempo ha borrado….”. Museo de Arte de la Boca is located here.
El Viejo Almacen Tango Club
This is Argentina’s most famous tango Club, considered to be more authentic than others. I is located ina 200 year old building, that started as a warehouse, Almacen in Spanish, converted into a Hospital and in the early 1900s it was transformed into a Tango bar. It is a must visit for tourists.
This is home to the Jardin Botalnico Carlos Thays, the Jardin Zoologico, the Rosedal or Rose garden, the Hipodromo and the Planetarium.
It retains the colonial flavor of the years of colonization. It is now a working-class neighborhood with cobblestone streets, antique shops. It features every Sunday an Open Antique Market in the main plaza. It also has a few bars where you may learn to dance the tango.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
This is a fine museum with significant artworks by European masters From Renaissance days. It also houses a vast collection or Argentinean paintings and sculptures of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Cafes are a tradition of Buenos Aires, and what a better place than café Tortoni to enjoy you coffee and cake in such a famous places that dates to the middle of the 19th century.
In the evenings is a fashionable district with fashionable clubs and expensive restaurants. During the day is a booming shopping and business area.
The Capital of Argentina, amazing Buenos Aires is full of surprises. I mentioned just a few to start your appetite.
Map of Buenos Aires the Capital of Argentina
images for capital of argentina
rosada by diego delso
obelisco by mr. ticke
cabildo by carlos ravazzi
colon by barcex
rec9oleta by galio
florida by gov of bue
boca by diego delso
museo by lars curfs
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