Travel Destination: Buenos Aires

From The Road2Argentina Blog

Whether you’re looking to study abroad in Buenos Aires, or simply interested in a short getaway to the south, here’s some general information about this great city and what it has to offer!

Overview: Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina, the southernmost country of the South American continent, together with its neighbor Chile. A cosmopolitan city, Buenos Aires is known for its European (particularly Italian and Spanish) heritage, mixed with its native history dating back to the early colonization and exploration of the continent. Often referred to as the “Paris of South America”, Buenos Aires is far from being a carbon copy of a European city moved to the American continent, but rather an incredible mix of Europe and South American flavor.

When to go: Buenos Aires is a great destination for practically any time of the year. The climate is rather mild during most of the year. Except for a couple hotter months in January and February, it is generally rather comfortable year-round. There is such a wide variety of things to see and do in this South American capital city that there is no wrong time to come!

Recommended trip duration: Depending on the experience you are looking for, anywhere from one week and beyond! The major tourist attractions can be seen in about a week, while a deeper, more cultural appreciation of the city will take much longer (you are never really done!), and it’s nearly impossible to get bored!

What to see: Apart from the obvious Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada, the most notable neighborhoods to visit in Buenos Aires are Palermo, Recoleta, San Telmo, La Boca, and the modern Puerto Madero.

Plaza de Mayo

  • Casa Rosada, the ‘pink house’, the house of government, well-known for the speeches given by past presidents from the balcony
  • Madres de Plaza de Mayo – every Thursday afternoon, mothers and grandmothers of people who were kidnapped and “made disappear” during the last dictatorship meet for this demonstration.

La Boca

From The Road2Argentina Blog
  • El Caminito, one of the most colorful and well-known streets in Buenos Aires, lined with colorfully painted houses and tango dancing in the streets. Very tourist-oriented, but worth a trip to see, as it is an emblematic area of the city’s immigrant history.

Recoleta

  • Recoleta cemetery, where many famous Argentines, such as Eva (Evita) Perón, were put to rest.
  • Plaza Francia artisan fair, where you can buy hand-made jewelry, accessories, leather goods, Argentina souvenirs, and more! (weekends only)

Palermo

  • Palermo Viejo, the area of the neighborhood where many trendy restaurants, bars, and shops are located. The center of the action is Plaza Serrano, where an artisan fair is also held on weekends.
  • Jardín Zoológico (Buenos Aires Zoo)
  • Jardín Botánico (Botanical Gardens)
  • Jardín Japonés (Japanese Gardens)
  • Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Forests)

San Telmo

  • San Telmo antique and artisan fair, on Defensa Street. You can start at Plaza Dorrego, the heart of San Telmo, and just follow the stands! (Sundays only)
  • Plaza Dorrego is also a great place to see live acoustic music on weekend nights over a beer or glass of wine.
  • Antique Shops are available all week-long for antique-lovers!

Puerto Madero

From The Road2Argentina Blog
  • Puerto Madero is the newest neighborhood of Buenos Aires, located on the old docks of the city that fell into disuse and transformed into an upscale neighborhood that is the site for luxurious restaurants and hotels, as well as offices for large international companies.
  • The Ecological Reserve lies just to the east of the port and is the city’s largest green space housing numerous flora and fauna you might not expect to see in the city.

Useful Links

Restaurants in Buenos Aires: http://www.guiaolea.com
Getting around in Buenos Aires: http://www.comoviajo.com
Bus Tours of Buenos Aires: http://buenosairesbus.com
Language Exchange Group: http://www.spanglishba.com
Long-distance Coach Sales:  http://www.plataforma10.com

Thanks to past-roadie Olesea Voloshin for the wonderful photos of Buenos Aires!