Buenos Aires is the capital of one of the most important nations of South America: Argentina.
The land of contrasts, between past dictatorships, wars and economic crises, however, has always been able to get up again, offering the world different personalities, like the late lamented Evita Perón, the current Pope Francesco, and also sports personalities like Diego Armando Maradona and the most recent, Leo Messi.
Buenos Aires travel guide
This brief introduction helps to understand the tenacity of this people, whose passion and vitality is expressed even throughout the streets of the capital.
Chaotic and full of contrasts, Buenos Aires knows has no middle ground: either you love it, or after a while you prefer to escape.
But what are the things to do and see in Buenos Aires? Here’s a taste!
Colors, tango and a lot of soccer, this is La Boca, named so because it is located on the mouth of the Riachuelo river.
It is the most famous neighborhood of Buenos Aires, renowned for pictures that immortalize the many brightly-colored houses, and also for its’ lively streets, where tourists and locals mingle in the everyday life of these places.
La Boca is a rather degraded neighborhood, but we assure you that it is worth to visit, and admire the beating heart of the Argentine capital, and also fully appreciate the contrasts that we have talked about.
Walking through what is called “il caminito”, you will discover the love for soccer and their local team, Boca Juniors, which is like a religion, just as well as the figure of Diego Armando Maradona who grew up in these places and is well admired.
There are numerous places where you can taste Argentinean meat , watch tango shows and many gift shops, that will allow you to take home many memories of an experience that should not to be missed.
Plaza de Mayo
Is the main square of Buenos Aires, the heart of the city and the seat of the most important political buildings and places of worship in Argentina. From the square, in fact, you can easily reach the Cathedral of Buenos Aires, built in 1752 and located right in front of it.
It is also the seat of government (Casa Rosada) and many other places that are crucial for the life of the country.
Plaza de Mayo had become sadly famous, in the late seventies, with gatherings taking place every Thursday with the mothers of the young people who disappeared during the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983.
The theater, Colon is a huge theater, among the largest in the world, known for its representation of numerous operas.
The wonderful architecture, elegant and bombastic, make the theater not just a place to have wonderful shows, but a veritable monument of rare artistic interest.
It is located at Cerrito 618 °, in a neighborhood where art theater and film making are the masters. Built in 1908, the theatre has a style that is very much appreciated, sober, fine and never flashy, as well as its interior, with sculptures and furniture of rare splendor.
Here, have performed artists with immense historical value: from Strvinskij to Callas, up to our Luciano Pavarotti.
Recoleta and the Tomb of Evita Peron
Buenos Aires is one of those cities that needs to be discovered little by little.
There are so many neighborhoods and each have its own characteristics. Recoleta is a neighborhood among the oldest of the metropolitan city of Argentina, particularly famous for the church of Nuestra Senora de Pilar, and especially for its cemetery.
The Recoleta Cemetery is to Argentinians, what the Pere Lachaise is for Parisians.
Monuments of wonderful workmanship host famous people, among all, we point out the tomb of Evita Peron, the destination of many pilgrimages by tourists and Argentinians themselves.
These, of course, are just some of the attractions of Buenos Aires, but – as I said – it’s nice to discover this city a little at a time, visiting and living it without too many schedules.
You will find several museums, we point out in particular the MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires), but also businesses and restaurants where you can taste the local dishes, like the tasty meat for which Argentina is very famous for, and also the empanadas and much more.
It is clear that Buenos Aires is not a place that can please everyone, however, it is equally clear that it is a place that must not be missed on the notebook for anyone who really loves traveling and discovering new and folklore reality.Categories: Guides
Localities: Argentina, Buenos Aires, South America
Travel Themes: Art and Culture