Buenos Aires, Argentina
Vacations, Tourism and Travel to Buenos Aires
Without sounding too arrogant, locals like to boast that apart from possessing refined aesthetics, Buenos Aires also offers a high standard of living, cultural richness, parks, entertainment and a number of recreational and leisure activities, all found in an atmosphere plagued with a love of style and authenticity. It is for this reason that this city is considered the "Reina del Plata" (Queen of Rio de la Plata -the river-).
The bohemian air, that is at times both modern and nostalgic, is also very contagious. Fill yourself with the desire to explore every nook and cranny as you walk through this city's fantastic streets, neighborhoods immersed in traditions that are made up of a mix of cultures that instill baroque sensations. Buenos Aires was built with many visions of the world in mind, by the many immigrants that arrived to this commercially strategic point many years ago.
This is why this city is aptly considered the "Paris of South America." Its architecture, its intellectual and cultural openness, the eclectic ambiance of its streets, the high standard of living and its gastronomical influence are some of the details that make this city seem a lot more Old World than it actually is.
This is definitely one of the most important and spectacular cities on the planet, with traces of multicultural influences wherever you look. It opens its doors to the visitor, anxiously waiting to show off its charm and easily seducing even the most hard of heart. This city, a singular beauty, is one of the most European cities on the American continent in many respects.
Buenos Aires: A Cultural City
The capital of Argentina offers the world the opportunity to have a multicultural experience that can be both enriching and memorable. Formed by immigrants from all parts of the world, in particular from Europe, Buenos Aires has been constructed using a great mosaic of architectural, cultural and social possibilities. Spanish and Italian influences have, by in large, created a lifestyle and a social interaction that have lasted all these years.
Recitals, concerts, shows, expos, fairs, exhibits and other cultural events mix with the upbeat and sometimes crazy nightlife. The bohemian ambiance of a nostalgic Buenos Aires, tango and the "milongas" (musical genre typical of Argentina, Uruguay and of the Gauchos), their dancers and those slaves to the two-four rhythm, the open air cafes, the beautiful parks and avenues, monuments, neighborhoods, casinos, frigates and a numerous array of attractions all make Buenos Aires a very sought-after city by tourists.
Life in Buenos Aires is life of a capital city, filled with contrasts and is a bit more high paced than provincial living. The cuisine is known internationally and in particular the cuts of meats that have no rival, the wine, pasta, pizza, pastes and other such delicious dishes. "Dulce de leche" (a sweet, milk-based sauce) and "alfajores" (dulce de leche sandwiched between two cookies) are two of the most popular desserts.
Brief History of a Great City
The best thing to do before departing to Buenos Aires is to take some time out to navigate through the chapters of its history. The city was founded twice. The first time was in 1536 by the Spaniard Pedro de Mendoza. Five years later, however, the settlement was trampled by indigenous troops.
At the end of the 17th century, after defeating the Portuguese settlement on the shores of Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires was garnering more prestige. With the danger of Portuguese expansion in South America, proliferation of smuggling and the opportunity of obtaining an easy access by way of the Atlantic, the Spanish Crown established the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. Leather production and livestock incremented and, little by little, the capital was consolidated as a new possibility for immigrants and was the desire of European forces.
At the end of the 19th century, the city took on a new air. Thanks to economic prosperity and the centennial celebrations of independence, there was a grand upsurge of urban development never before seen. It was actually the first Latin American city to have underground transport, installed in 1914.
The 20th century was also an era of social struggle and profound transformations in the paradigms of Argentina. In 1994, Buenos Aires finally obtained its own constitution and an autonomous government, starting a new era for the capital.
The climate of the city is normally warm, with temperatures oscillating between 64 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. The winters are cold, on the other hand, normally between 37 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers are more hot and humid and normally hit the low to higher 80 degrees. Please take note that winter in the southern hemisphere takes place when it is summer in the northern hemisphere, with the winter months occurring from June to the end of September. Summers happen during the northern hemisphere winters and are normally from December to March.
The capital of Argentina is flanked by Rio de la Plata on one side, the Riachuelo bordering it on the south and the rest of the perimeter is closed off by Circunvalacion General Paz. To get to Buenos Aires by air, fly in to the International Airport of Ezeiza, located on the outskirts of the city. The capital has various metro lines and more than 100 bus routes. The general population reaches over 11 million inhabitants.
Buenos Aires is a city filled with attractions. One thinks of the tango, the milonga, the sensuality in relation to this city. This metropolis irradiates beauty and seduction to the tourist, leaving them punch-drunk with love that emanates from every nook and cranny. The area called La Boca will immerse you in this world of glamour, with diverse tango and milonga clubs wherever you go.
Another important attraction is La Recolecta Cemetery, found in Barrio Recoleta. Around the cemetery, you can find the most fashionable bars and restaurants in the capital, as well as a younger crowd that takes pleasure in the city's nightlife. El Obelisco, a 220-foot tall obelisk located in Plaza de la Republica, is one of the main landmarks of the city. The previously mentioned plaza is located on Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest street in the world at a whopping 153 yards.
It also has a religious theme park called Tierra Santa (Holy Land). Relive passages from the Bible while you take an interesting tour through the different scenes that make up the Old and New Testament. There are other lovely attractions that bring you closer to nature, like the Botanic Garden, the Zoo and the Japanese Garden, located in the beautiful area of Palermo. So if you are looking to learn more about Buenos Aires, visit the most important neighborhoods of the city.
The Neighborhoods of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is a city made up of 48 official divisions, each with its particular history, style and identity. The majority of these divisions formed from the old parishes that had been established in these zones, mainly during the 19th century. The neighborhoods that can be found in the south of the city are of a higher economic level while those to the north are those that have more infrastructural development and have a better accommodated population.
The most important neighborhoods, as well as the most attractive for tourists are: Centro, La Recoleta, Palermo, Belgrano, San Telmo, La Boca and Puerto Madero. There are the best in museums, cafes, bars, restaurants, parks, theaters, shopping centers, avenues, monuments and attractions. The style of each area is notable and each displays its identity and own atmosphere.
Don't think twice: come to Buenos Aires and live it up!
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