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Discover Buenos Aires Argentina

Discover Buenos Aires

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Founded in 1536, Buenos Aires became the Argentinean capital in 1862, 42 years after Argentina received independence from Spain on the 9th July, 1816. Today it has a population of approximately 3 million people (Greater Buenos Aires has nearly 13 million) and strongly resembles a European city with its tree-lined streets and large squares.

Day 1  - Your first day in Argentina


Buenos Aires is by far the most European city in South America. Its architecture, streets, squares and fashion conscious population sometimes give you the feeling of walking around a Spanish city rather than a South American one.

One of the best streets which illustrate this is Avenue 9 de Julio, which is the widest avenue in the world and has 10 ten traffic lanes! This street in the Microcentro (city centre) is possibly the best place to see the Portenos (locals) go about their day to day life.

East of this street is Plaza de Mayo which dates back as far as 1580 and has been the scene for many important political events in the past. The square is complimented by buildings of historical significance including Catedral Metropolitana, and two of the city's most popular museums, Casa Rosada and Museo Cabildo.

Half way up (or down) Avenue 9 de Julio is Plaza de la Republica. You cannot miss this square thanks to the Obelisco which stands 67 metres high right in the centre. To the left and right of the square is Avenue Corrientes which is lined with ticket offices selling discounted tickets for theatres, tango shows and more. If you fancy extending your activities into the night this is where to begin.


Day 2  - La Boca


Buenos Aires is encircled by many barrios (suburbs). The best known of these is La Boca, which is south of Microcentro. When this neighbourhood was being developed, most of the houses were built by the local workers on the docks, many of whom were of Italian descent.

The most famous street in the area, thanks mainly to the numerous brightly coloured houses which line it, is Calle Caminito. There is always a buzz around this street, with street performers and tango dancers congregating daily to entertain passer-bys.

Two museums in La Boca which attract tourists just as much as the multi-coloured houses are Calle Museo Caminito and Museo de Bellas Artes Quinquela Martín. The first is an outdoor museum on Calle Caminito, while the latter is dedicated to the fine arts.

Having seen some tango dancing in one of the many bars dedicated to the Argentine dance, you may want to have a go at the dance yourself! You can book lessons with highly quailified teachers who do their best to make you an expert in one evening! Once booking yourself on to classes, you are picked up from your accommodation at 8pm and brought to a tango class where you can learn the basic moves and get a feel for the dance. Once the class is finished, also included is evening dinner.


Day 3  - On your bike!


An alternative way to see Buenos Aires is on a pushbike! There are two tours to choose from, visiting different areas and attractions around the city. The first tour is the classical tour which goes to many of the city’s main historical attractions along with some of the neighbourhoods. The new tour, on the other hand, visits the city zoo and botanical gardens, Plaza Italia and more. You just need to decide which one interests you more!

As the city bike tours depart at either 9.30am or 2.30pm and take approximately four hours to complete, whether you decide to go either in the morning or the afternoon you should have a few hours to spare at some stage during the day. There are various ways in which to kill these hours, although one of the more enjoyable is a visit to Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, which is the museum of fine arts. Situated on Avenue del Libertador which is at the top of Avenue 9 de Julio, there are both permanent and temporary exhibitions on display, showcasing collections from different Argentinean artists.

And if art isn’t your thing, close to the city centre is an area known as San Telmo. As this is Buenos Aires’ artists quarter, everywhere you look you can see antique shops and every Sunday there is an artists fair here at Plaza Dorrego. Many of the city’s tango bars are in San Telmo also.


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