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Buenos Aires

For travelers who just can't decide – Buenos Aires really does have it all.

It's sitting slap-bang between a distinctly Latin culture, with indigenous peoples, gauchos, and hot blooded 'porteños' (local inhabitants of Buenos Aires), and a very obvious European influence. Having lived through a glamorous heyday which earned it the nickname 'Paris of the South', Buenos Aires is heavily influenced by immigrants from Italy and Spain who arrived mostly in the 1800s.

Nowadays, the city is getting hipper, hotter, and more expensive, relative to other South American destinations, by the minute. Neighborhoods which were previously run-down suburbs have been transformed into bubbling melting-pots filled with some of the world's greatest designers, chefs, musicians and cinematographers. The country's greatest cultural exports are still tango and football, but you're just as likely now to find locals speaking English and Portuguese and attending hip-hop classes and bikram yoga.

The economy has recovered from the devastating 2001 crash like a phoenix from the flames. Corruption and inflation still exist, but both government and banking are more stable and the wars and dictatorships which marked the city's history for so long seem well behind it. Neighborhoods like Palermo and San Telmo are the latest to flourish from investment and tourism, while the financial district of Puerto Madero is now home to towering glass offices of huge multi-national companies' regional headquarters.

The city is not without it's problems however, and overflowing 'villas' or slums are never far away. The city, like the county itself, is full of contradictions (Argentina has a 97% literacy rate yet one in ten people live below the poverty line) and rich touristic neighborhoods have become magnets for petty crime. Neighborhoods like La Boca and Microcentro should be avoided at night, and yet Palermo is a fantastic place to dance until the early hours of the morning.

Buenos Aires will not disappoint when it comes to gourmet pleasures. The restaurants of Buenos Aires are a carnivore's paradise, with affordable parillas or grill houses serving up the world's best steak (ask any local) and chorizo (giant pork sausage). The drink of choice is Mate during the day and in the evenings Malbec red wine from Mendoza flows. Or check out one of the hip cocktail bars popping up around town.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires ranges from international hotel chains to boutique bed and breakfasts and cheap, cheerful hostels. If you're arriving in Summer, try to find somewhere with air conditioning or a pool – there's no beach nearby and the hot months are really scorching.

Buenos Aires' museums, city plazas and parks will keep the visitor immersed in Porteno culture.

For shopping, there's something for every budget. Young designers sell their creations in small warehouse spaces, established names have chic boutiques, and retro fashion and cheap basics can be found in flea markets every weekend. The large shopping malls and department stores will comfort any homesick westerner, though the place to be really is Avenida Florida – for great shopping and even better people-watching.

And remember, Buenos Aires, like New York, is not just a city – it's also the name of the province that includes a peaceful river delta, estancias, polo ranches, small seaside towns and serene, flat pampas. If you can pull yourself away from the throbbing pulse of life in the city, get out and explore!

Practical info

Population: 3,050, 728 (city only. Greater Buenos Aires has about 12 million people)

Tel codes: +54 (Argentina) 11 (Buenos Aires) 15 (cellphones)

Altitude: 368 feet/ 112 meters

Temperature: Average July 11ÂşC/53Âş F Average January 25Âş C/77Âş F (though it can climb to 90!)


Neighborhoods in Buenos Aires: Caballito, Villa Crespo, Once, Retiro, Flores, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Barracas, Las Cañitas, Near Buenos Aires, Tigre and Abasto.

Other places in Argentina: Valle De Iglesia, Puente Del Inca, Fuerte Esperanza, Villa General Belgrano, Tolhuin, El Huecu, Las Leñas, Sierra De La Ventana, Mburucuyá and Sarmiento.







18 Oct 2011

Museums of Buenos Aires

Museo de Arte Latino de Buenos Aires (MALBA)

117010 Established in 1995 with the mission to collect, conserve, study and present the art of the region, MALBA has become one of Buenos Aires' most popular and important museums. This is a great ...
Museum
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Evita Museum

129260Eva “Evita” Duarte Perón, one of the most important women in Argentina’s history and forever immortalized on stage and in film, has her own museum in Buenos Aires—Museo Evita. Built by the ...
Museum
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Casa Rosada

Eva PerĂłn must be the most controversial former figure of Casa Rosada; hers was the only portrait vandalized while the museum was undergoing restoration in 2007. Slices run across the eyes and neck ...
Museum
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Malba: Colleciòn Constantini

The newest and most prestigious addition to Buenos Aires' impressive array of museums is the Museo Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (Malba). Opened in 2001 and personally stocked and financed by ...
Museum
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo

117011Step into the luxury of early 20th century Buenos Aires high society at this palatial residence converted into a museum. In a way, it is more like a time capsule than a museum. The property was ...
Museum
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Naval De La Nacion

This museum is run by the Argentine Navy (founded by an Irishman, Admiral William Brown) and contains a collection of navigational instruments and scale models of boats. There are also navy and ...
Museum
Tigre, Near Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo De Arte Moderno De Buenos Aires

The Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA) is located in a former tobacco warehouse right in the heart of San Telmo. The museum exhibits the work of contemporary Argentine artists (artwork ...
Museum
San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Penitenciario

The building for this darkly themed museum was built in 1760 as a convent, then it became a women\'s prison in 1974, before eventually settling as a museum – the logistical next step in its ...
Museum
San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Mitre

You\'ve seen him on the $2 peso bill, and the B line of the Subte is named after him, but if you want to learn more about Bartolomé Mitre then spend a while at this museum, inside a grand mansion ...
Museum
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo De La Policia Federal

You may find yourself the only patron of this often overlooked museum but this only adds to the creepy atmosphere. For anyone interested in gory crime scenes, drug busts, illegal gambling and ...
Museum
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Top Things to See and Do in Buenos Aires

Casa Rosada

120687Going through every shade of pink since it was first painted this color during the presidency of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento in 1870, the Pink House on Plaza de Mayo is the headquarters of the ...
Culture and Arts, Historical Building
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Caminito

128184You can't visit Buenos Aires without making an afternoon pilgrimage to the La Boca barrio and its best-known street. It's certainly the city's most colorful walkway, both literally and figuratively. ...
City Walk
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Recoleta Cemetary and Plaza Francia

116902Behind elegant neo-classical gates in a quiet corner of northern Buenos Aires lies a city in miniature. Avenues of cypress weave past stately yew lined mausoleums bearing ornate facades of granite ...
City Park
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Feria de San Telmo

117024Put on a smile and head to San Telmo on Sundays for the festivities of the feria, a neighborhood-wide flea market offering antiques, artesanias and good times for all. Stroll down the cobblestone of ...
City Walk
San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza De Mayo

117018Plaza de Mayo is the most historically significant spot in Buenos Aires, and perhaps its number one tourist destination. Plaza de Mayo has been in the same location and at the political heart of ...
City Plaza
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Teatro ColĂłn

The majestic 1908 structure on Plaza Lavalle known as Teatro ColĂłn is among the five largest theaters in the world. Though the stage of this 3000 people theater has seen performances by great ...
Culture and Arts
Congreso, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Academia Nacional Tango

School, museum, gallery, library, publisher and performance venue, the Academy is dedicated to tango in all its forms. The impetus for its creation in 1990 was the idea that the tango has been one ...
Museum
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tango Show at Cafe Tortoni

While Café Tortoni still pulls an even distribution of locals and tourists, the tango shows offered by the long-time establishment are clearly geared toward the latter. Don't be surprised if a ...
Entertainment
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Latino de Buenos Aires (MALBA)

117010 Established in 1995 with the mission to collect, conserve, study and present the art of the region, MALBA has become one of Buenos Aires' most popular and important museums. This is a great ...
Museum
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jardín Botánico and Zoológico

Founded in 1898, the botanical garden's lush canopy provides examples of trees and plants from all over the world. With its main entrance facing plaza Italia, the Jardín Botánico ...
City Park
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Best Eats in Bs As

Cabaña Las Lilas 2

This is one of the heavyweights in the steak championships and these guys really pull out the punches. Meat comes from the restaurant\'s private ranch outside the city, and a huge selection of free ...
Restaurant
Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bice

You'd think that a city with so many people of Italian descent would be brimming with pasta options. And Buenos Aires is. But with the focus squarely on pizza (you can satisfy your craving for a ...
Restaurant
Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Parolaccia Trattoria

Warmth, cordiality, personalized attention, along with a well taken care of kitchen of noble ingredients make La Parolaccia a unique place in which everything down to the smallest details are ...
Restaurant
Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Kansas

For travelers yearning for good ol' BBQ pork ribs, Kansas is the place. One of the city's few restaurants specializing in North American fare, some say its BA's sole option for a decent Caesar salad. ...
Restaurant
Las Cañitas, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Asia De Cuba

ENTREES: $15 - $30 Scruffy twenty-something backpackers will probably want to avoid Asia de Cuba, one of the most exclusive clubs in Puerto Madero. However, if you are older and have a bit more cash ...
Restaurant
Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Desnivel

Locals and tourists alike know this is one of the best parrillas in San Telmo. Greeted at the entrance by slabs of raw meat and smoke, you’ll certainly eat well in this no-frills establishment. ...
Restaurant
San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bar del Gallego

In a neighborhood where posh cafes and restaurants always seem to be either coming or going, Bar del Gallego is a true Palermo institution. This family-owned breakfast and lunch spot offers up a ...
Restaurant
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Natural Deli

At Natural Deli, health food lovers will finally find refuge from the greasy pizzas and endless empanadas that define the streets of Buenos Aires. In a well-lit interior furnished with mahogany wood ...
Restaurant
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Café Tortoni

104514BA's legendary café culture is best exemplified by the Tortoni. In business since 1858 and laden with history, everyone from well-known literati to the most recognizable names in tango have graced ...
Restaurant
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nuestra Parrilla

Located about a block and a half from San Telmo's Plaza Dorrego, this tiny storefront grill serves up cheap, fast and tasty parrilla favorites ranging from choripan (chorizo on bread - $1)–perhaps ...
Restaurant
San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires' Best Lodging Options

Avenue Hostel

Buenos Aires is not necessarily a city for the sightseeing obsessed, but if your priority is being in close proximity to the major tourist attractions (Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, etc.) without ...
Hostel
San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hostel Inn Buenos Aires

Set in an old three-story mansion in historic San Telmo, Hostel Inn Buenos Aires is a quality choice for those in tune with the Hostelling International philosophy, namely live, funky party hostels ...
Hostel
San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires Hotel de Diseño

Internal Services included in the rate: -Breakfast in the Design Club without time limit -Welcome Drink -Computer with Internet access -High Speed Internet connection in the rooms -Internet Wireless ...
Hotel
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Circus Hotel & Hostel

Circus Hotel & Hostel uniquely combines hostel prices and atmosphere with the infrastructure and elegance of a boutique hotel. The relaxed, fun environment at a reasonable price makes Circus the ...
Hotel
San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Complejo Tango Hotel Boutique

A small and friendly thematic hotel in Belgrano, Buenos Aires, offering special packages including dinner, tango shows, and tango lessons. ...
Hotel
Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hotel Sur y Despues

The hotel has five rooms. One complete apartment, one loft, two standard rooms and one single room with two beds. The hotel is located in a newly renovated house. All the rooms have private ...
Hotel
San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Caserón Porteño

Daniel and Cinthia, the lovely family of this marvelous house, will welcome you with hospitality and warmth. The bed and breakfast boasts a great garden and patio, with bright and cozy suite and ...
Hotel
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires Hostel Clan

Hostel Clan is built in a Colonial-style house, with very spacious rooms, five to six bed dorms and single rooms. Super breakfast and free Internet access included. Great bar (Ruuesday's). ...
Hostel
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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