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Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Continent:  South America   

Country: Argentina  

Population: 12,741,364 (2010)                                                                                            

Dialing Code: +679

Time zone: ART (UTC -3)

Language: Spanish

Buenos Aires is Argentina’s big cosmopolitan city. Its center is the Plaza de Mayo Lined with architectural masterpieces such as the 19th century Casa Rosada, the iconic balconied presidential palace.

It is the capital of Argentina and is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Rio de la Plata on the continents Southern coast. The name “Buenos Aires” is literally translated as “fair winds”. The city is considered an “alpha city” and is ranked as one of the best in Latin America.

This awesome City is also a top tourist destination known for its preserved Spanish/European Style Architecture and rich cultural life. Several languages are spoken in the city in addition to Spanish due to millions of immigrants from all over the world.

In Microcentro, the business district, shopping thoroughfare Florida Street leads to Plaza San Martín, a busy park. Elegant Recoleta is home to upscale shops and La Recoleta Cemetery, with the ornate graves of Eva Perón (a famous former First Lady) and other Argentine luminaries. San Telmo has cobblestone streets and a popular antique fair. La Boca, the Italian quarter, offers colorful Caminito alley and La Bombonera football stadium. Palermo’s leafy streets are lined with hip boutiques, restaurants and bars. Classic Buenos Aires experiences include shopping for leather, dining at a parilla (steakhouse) and dancing the tango.

Information & Facts

Activities

Buenos Airport is an edgy Latin American metropolis with opinionated and very friendly if you can look past the “hard city” façade. From colourful La Boca to the upscale sweep of Recoleta, Argentina’s largest city is filled with contrasts. World class art galleries, perfectly manicured parks, pretty squares are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to familiar sights around the city.

With lots of activities to kickstart your adventure and sights to see, the golf course at the challenging Jockey club is a must stop for golf lovers. Looking for variety? Visit the argentine ranches for some horse riding fun or float in a hot air balloon above the city. Here you can have amazing views of the countryside whilst you spot animals

You can also partake in the sport of Polo, Buenos Aires has many organized competitions all year round. Other top sights and places of interest include: La Recoleta Cemetry, La Boca, Plaza del Mayo, Teatro Colon Buenos, Malba, Casa Rosada and more.

Climate

Buenos Aires is a year round destination with hot summers (Dec-Feb) and mild winter months (Jun-Aug). During the summer most residents head down to the coast. March and April are the best months to visit

Eating Out

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Porteños (Buenos Aires natives) live for food. Meal times are sacred and locals spend an age around the table, especially in the evening. Most don’t eat until 22:00, and many restaurants won’t start service until 20:00, so be prepared to change your dining habits when you’re in the city.

Although steak is a big deal, a food revolution in recent years has seen a boom in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine in the city too.

Getting Around

The best way to get around is by bus or the underground. You can also hail yellow taxis from the pavement or call the taxi company. Traffic in the city center is heavily congested hence driving is not recommended, unless you are visiting the countryside. 

Kids Attractions

Buenos Aires is a kid friendly place. It is common to see kids out with their parents at parks, ice cream shops and local events. Public transportation goers happily give up their seats for small kids.

While Buenos Aires' adult-friendly activities, like tango and polo, are more well known, the city has plenty of things to do for families with children. One unique experience is the Tierra Santa theme park – a Biblical inspired attraction where kids can get their picture taken with Roman soldiers, view scenes in the life of Jesus and eat Middle Eastern food. Otherwise, the Argentine capital has many beautiful outdoor places where kids can roam, including the tranquil Botanical Garden and the wild Ecological Reserve. 

There are also some Buenos Aires activities that kids will enjoy as much as their parents, such as a tour of the Colon Theater opera house. It is much more fun than sitting through an opera itself. Visitors are regaled with interesting stories while viewing opulent rooms. The gondola rides in Puerto Madero can no doubt be made romantic, but they can also be fun for the family. Both kids and their parents will enjoy being on the water and having a different view of the area.

Language

A lot of languages are being spoken with Spanish being the most widely used language in communication 

Money

The Argentine currency is the peso, and it has the same symbol ($) as the dollar. It is easy to exchange money in Buenos Aires, there are 'casas de cambio' (money exchange booths) and ATMs throughout the city, and most banks will also exchange foreign currency.

Night Life

Highly famed for its tango, the city offers more with its exotic party scene. The popularity of the leafy Palermo neighborhood is the place to be when it comes to nightlife and the trendiest bars, clubs and restaurants.

Buenos Aires brims with cultural offerings too. So whether it’s ballet and opera, or art and an evening concert, there is plenty to pass the hours.

Restaurants

Natives love food. Meal times are sacred and locals spend a long time around the table. The restaurants are world class and have a wide array of different cuisines to choose from.

Places of interest include: La Bourgogne, La Cabana, Unik, Olsen, Unik, Azema Exotic Bistro, Don Julio, Il Nonno Bachicha, Dada and Artemisia.  

Shopping

Sophisticated shopping in Latin America is mainly done in Buenos Aires. Quality leather items, silver jewelry, wines and the odd tin of Dulche de Lechmous e can be purchased.

Visit the famous shopping strip Calle Florida and the Calle Marceloo T de Alvear. Palermo Viejo is also full of boutiques and ethnic crafts can be purchased at the Arte Etnico Argentino.

San Telmo and La Boca are  filled with great spots for picking up souvenirs. San Telmo is perfect for picking up tango-themed gifts, while La Boca has plenty of shops selling vintage football shirts for both Boca Juniors and the national team.

Sightseeing

Lovers of football can feast their eyes on te colourful Barrio neighborhood, best known for its football team, Boca Juniors where the legendary Diego Maradona played. The Ultra modern Museo De Arte Latino americano De Buenos Aires building houses a fine collection of art and has earned a reputation as one of the world’s foremost modern art galleries

San Telmo, Cementrio De Recoleta , Museo Evita, Jardin Japones, Puerto Madero are also nice spots to visit.

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