Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Buenos Aires is the most populous city and capital of Argentina. Its moniker as the “Paris of South America” is a bow to the European influence on its culture. Buenos Aires is a world class city with a significant tourism industry. The city is divided into 48 districts, referred to as “barrios”. Microcentrois the downtown area, home to most of the historical sites and pedestrian shopping areas.La Bocais picturesque with its buildings bursting with vivid colors.Palermois a hip, residential neighborhood with trendy bars, restaurants and boutiques.Boedois the main location for Tango, cultural centers, libraries and theaters. Each of the 48 barrios maintains its own unique identity.
The second largest performing arts theater in the Southern Hemisphere (after the Sydney Opera House), Teatro Colon, is a massive building of traditional architecture and bears a visit whether to catch a show or tour the facility. The Obelisco, the famous monument of Buenos Aires is located on the same street, 9 de Julio, said to be the widest street in the world. Recoleta Cemetery is the final resting place of many of Buenos Aires’ most famous and wealthy (including Eva Peron) where the remains of entire families are held in ornate mausoleums with intricate carvings. A quiet stroll through the cemetery affords an escape from the hustle and bustle just outside the walls.
Shopping on the famed avenues Calle Florida and Avenida Alvear offers incredible selections of international fashions in boutiques mingled with stately mansions. The Plaza de Mayo is the most important area of the city for historical significance. The Plaza faces Casa Rosada, the presidential palace housing a museum of memorabilia related to Argentine leadership over the ages. The balcony where Eva Peron made many of her famous appearances overlooks the Plaza. The Plaza has been the scene of numerous important gatherings and political protests throughout Argentine history. The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires displays an extensive collection of Latin American art in all its forms. Puerto Madero provides moorage for the Fragata Escuela Presidente Sarmiento, the first ship designed specifically for training purposes that first set sail from Buenos Aires in 1899. The grand old lady now functions as the Museum of Sea Navigation.
Tango is the national dance of Argentina. The annual Festival Buenos Aires Tango and the Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino attract dancers and their fans from around the world for weeks long competitions, exhibitions and instruction. Tango halls are spread throughout the city but Tango dancers can be found dancing in the streets almost any time of the year.
Buenos Aires hosts music festivals, including the annual Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, stages world championship sporting events, is the home of the “Cathedral of Polo”, presents every type of restaurant with many offering excellent selections of local wines, maintains one of the largest Jewish communities in the world and is a popular destination for gay travelers.
Do yourself a favor and add a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina to your list. Your dream of visiting a world class city with every type of entertainment option combined with a rich history and culture can come true when you follow through on your plans.
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