Buenos Aires

 

Known as the ''Paris of South America'' , the capital of the country has a lot to offer to its visitors. Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city with an outstanding European architecture and exciting nightlife. Famous for its colorful “Caminito” neighborhood and being the birthplace of “Tango”, the city has always something going on for everyone’s taste. Famous for its wide avenues, world-class restaurants, mouth-watering “asado” and fabulous fashionistas, Buenos Aires is a fantastic destination. Pretty much like New York, Buenos Aires is also a city that never sleeps, the capital’s nightlife is as impressive as its passion for soccer/football! The city is also home to a vast cultural life where museums, art galleries and theaters hold international shows and on-going exhibitions.

 

The best of the city

 

It is really difficult to try to summarize the best of the city in a short list, there is so much to see, do and EAT that visitors always have a feeling that they have missed “something”. But, there are definitely the “musts” in the capital:

 

Eating and drinking: “Parrillas” (steakhouses) will welcome its hungry customers with “empanadas” (turnover meat pie), “chorizo” (sausage) and a juicy “asado” (Argentinean trade mark steak). Do not miss a good breakfast or “merienda” (afternoon snack) at a local “cafetería” (coffee shop) in a laid-back atmosphere, with outstanding waiting service and delicious “facturas” (pastries).

 

Mind you: do not order your coffee “to go”, coffee time in Buenos Aires is to be enjoyed, over a good chat, in good company or reading the newspaper. Do not leave Buenos Aires without trying “dulce de leche” (caramel)!

 

Architecture: Italian, Spanish and Parisian-inspired architecture is displayed all along Avenida de Mayo. A must see is Teatro Colón (Colon Theater): stunningly beautiful theater home to some of the world’s most important artists.  It is not only the main opera house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but also ranked the third best opera house in the world and is acoustically considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world. The city’s land mark, in the middle of 9 de Julio Avenue is the Obelisco.

 

Tango: Buenos Aires is without doubt the birthplace of Tango. For an authentic tango experience, visit the city’s “Milongas” (tango clubs at old-fashioned venues) and immerse yourself in the “2 x 4” (the 2 by 4 rhythm is the base of Argentine Tango).

 

Football/Soccer: If there is one thing Argentienans are famous for, that is: THEIR PASSION FOR FÚTBOL (soccer). Buenos Aires is home to the country’s top 2 arch-enemy teams: River and Boca, both with mouth dropping stadiums (“Bombonera” for Boca and “Monumental” for River) and long rivalry history.

Climate

 

The proximity to the River Plate and sea-level location make the city humid, so the summer heat and winter chill are felt more acutely. Spring and autumn are ideal times to visit – gorgeous weather and lots going on. Although it never snows in Buenos Aires, it does get cold and summers are pretty hot, too. Bear in mind that the southern hemisphere's seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere's.

 

How to get to Buenos Aires

 

Buenos Aires has the country’s busiest international airport, Ezeiza International Airport, about 35 km (20 mi) south of Buenos Aires.

There are taxis, private cars (remises), couches (Manuel Tienda León) and private services such as SylverStar transport.

 

Reasons to visit Buenos Aires:

 

-Architecture: Museums, Caminito, Avenida de Mayo, Obelisco, Cabildo, Colon Theater

 

-Food&Drink: Asado, empanadas, vino, facturas

 

-Entertainment: a city that never sleeps with its night life, tanto, “fútbol”

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