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Things To Do in Buenos Aires

Updated on August 7, 2013

The Bustling Argentine Capital

Buenos Aires is a charming metropolis full of diversity, culture and beauty. Tourists around the world are becoming more and more attracted to the “Paris” of South America where people are warm and friendly, the meat is considered to be the best in the world and Latin rhythms such as Cumbia and Reggaeton make you want to move to the rhythm, cheering you up in any situation.

The huge obelisk standing in the middle of the widest street in the world is amazing to see. Millions of very well dressed people from everywhere walk up and down the avenue with the scenario blending in perfectly around them. Tourists enjoy tango shows in La Boca, spend a nice sunny day in the parks in Palermo or admire the glamorous book store Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid with its balconies, decorated ceiling, ornate carvings and red stage curtains.

Buenos Aires Design Shopping Mall

Recoleta

Recoleta is is one of the most expensive districts in Buenos Aires. Here, tourists can admire the architecture the Faculty of Law and visit the cemetery where famous citizens such as Evita Perón are buried. Great restaurants and cafés can be found in this district as well. The Hard Rock Café is located in the premium shopping center Buenos Aires Design and should be of interest for those collecting their famous t-shirts.

Casa Rosada

Downtown

The Casa Rosada, the government building where the Republic’s president works, is located in the downtown area as well as other important national buildings which are definitely worth a visit. Demonstrations usually take place in front of the Casa Rosada on Plaza de Mayo. The public square has been the meeting place of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo who lost their children in 1978, when abductions took place under the military dictatorship.

Florida street is a pedestrian zone bustling with commercial galleries such as the exclusive shopping mall Galeria Pacifico as well as shops and restaurants. You will also find the Kavanagh building, the first skyscraper in Buenos Aires. The Colon Theater, one of the world’s most famous opera houses and the Obelisk on the avenue 9 de Julio can equally be found in downtown Buenos Aires.


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Pilgrims and Animal Lovers Go to Luján

The city of Luján belongs to the province of Buenos Aires and is located 68km northwest from Buenos Aires city. Plaza Belgrano is an enormous plaza that offers a breathtaking view of the famous Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Luján, which is a gorgeous church in the neogothic style to which six million people make a pilgrimage to every year.

Tourists interested in wildlife or those looking for some peace and tranquility in the countryside can visit the zoo in Lujan. At the zoo, visitors can ride, pet, feed, play and even swim with the wild animals, which is something only very few zoos in the world offer. Among them, you will discover elephants, camels, monkeys, lamas, deer, tigers and lions. Many farm animals walk around freely such as ducks and ponies. Animals are raised since their birth and are familiarized with humans being around them all the time. Dogs living with them serve as an example of what kind of relationship they should have with humans. They take dogs as their parents and copy them, seeing humans as friends, and not as threats. The key is to keep them friendly and calm. The animals are very well feed and never forced to follow their natural instincts which would make them hunt for food. Visiting the zoo is definitely worthwhile and will make a stay in Buenos Aires unforgettable.

Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero is the newest district in Buenos Aires where restaurants, shopping malls and luxury accommodations have been constructed. The Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve is located on the Rio de la Plata riverbank on the east side of Puerto Madero. For visitors interested in escaping the bustling city life of Buenos Aires, this is the perfect spot. Nature lovers are able to watch birds, catch some fresh air and cycle.

San Telmo

Buildings and baroque churches can be admired in San Telmo, the oldest district of Buenos Aires. An antique fair can be visited on Sundays at Plaza Dorrego as well as a number of second-hand and antique shops on Defensa Street.

Palermo Viejo

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Palermo

Palermo is the largest and greenest district of Buenos Aires. Its parks, woods and lakes were designed by a French landscape architect in 1874. Today, people enjoy it on sunny days to picnic, cycle, inline skate and jog. Those interested in sports might find it interesting that the world’s most important Polo matches take place in Palermo.

No matter what you are looking for, the city and the province of Buenos Aires can definitely offer it. Whether opting for sightseeing, shopping, dining, picnicking or escaping into nature, opportunities are endless and your stay will definitely be out of the ordinary. In order to prepare for a trip to Argentina’s capital, it is recommendable to learn some basic Spanish. Many people don’t speak English, especially taxi and bus drivers, which is why knowing some basic phrases helps a lot. Que tengas un buen viaje!

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      Sailor 2 years ago

      That's really thinking at an imspisreve level

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      Jennifer Madison 5 years ago from Lohmar

      Thank you Thomas! It is nice to hear that you enjoyed working in B.A. I recently came back from Patagonia and it was yet another face of Argentina. The country is definitely a gem and there is so much to see and experience, it is astonishing.

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      ThomasBaker 5 years ago from Florida

      Jennifer - well done. I lived and worked in B.A. for some time. You got all of the relevant areas to visit. I used to ride horses in Palermo. I think that Palermo is the most beautiful part of the City, and I hope to go back and visit really soon.