Glamorous and gritty, Buenos Aires is two cities in one. What makes Argentina’s capital so fascinating is its dual heritage—part European, part Latin American.
Buenos Aires is one of the most tourist cities of Argentina, offers all the benefits of a big city such as bars, restaurants, malls and shopping streets. The special charm is due to places like La Boca and Caminito Street. Other highlights include the Casa Rosada and La Bombonera stadium.
First-time visitors tend to associate Buenos Aires with tango, steak, and wine—that trifecta of local passions—but the Argentine capital’s French buildings, Italian food, and Spanish nightlife also tell the story of a city with one foot in Latin America and the other in Europe. It’s much more than “the Paris of South America”–although it was rebuilt in the early 20th century and modeled after Paris and Madrid, when you travel to Buenos Aires you’ll see that the city buzzes with a passion that is entirely its own. Culture, cuisine and shopping are just a few of the highlights of Buenos Aires travel.
Porteños (the city’s residents) are passionate, opinionated and – once you get past their hard-city facade – very friendly. I love walking among them along the busy avenues, taking in the street life and often the craziness that goes along with it. This is a very special place, beautiful in its own unique way, resilient and creative. It’s the kind of city travelers fall in love with, dream about and then move to!
The financial and commercial areas of Buenos Aires are home to many interesting local sights and you can’t miss the home of the Argentinean’s favorite past time, the numerous massive soccer stadiums throughout the city. Buenos Aires has a lively multi-cultural blend of generations-old families of a heavily European-South American blend and we will travel through their neighborhoods to give you a feel for the city and the people who call it home. Discover architecture in historic neighborhoods like La Boca, San Telmo and Montserrat.
Things Not to Miss in Buenos Aires
• Watch a tango performance at legendary clubs like Café Tortoni and Tango Porteño
• Take a tour of Casa Rosada, the presidential palace
• Pay a visit to Eva Perón’s grave in the Recoleta Cemetery
• Stroll through the colorful Caminito street in La Boca
• Hang out with the hippest locals in Palermo Soho’s cafés and boutiques.
• Wandering among the Art Deco and Art Nouveau mausoleums that fill the stunning Recoleta Cemitery — especially in the early morning (it opens at 7 a.m.), when no one’s there except for the cats and the women who feed them.
• A late-afternoon stroll through Palermo Chico, the exclusive neighborhood of French-style mansions that house embassies, TV celebrities, and the merely wealthy. Finish with a stop at the Floralis Genérica, a giant metal flower sculpture in the United Nations Plaza that opens and closes with the sun.
• Staying up late. Dinner starts at 9:30 p.m. at the earliest, and nightlife begins at midnight. You’ll have a lot more fun if you pretend you’re a Porteño (as locals are known) for at least one evening.