Travel Guide – Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Travel Guide – Buenos Aires Argentina

Buenos Aires brings together the South American flair and the passionate latin culture which can be found in this beautiful city. It’s packed full of wonderful architecture including the styles of the French and Italians with some Spanish flavours thrown into the mix.

Home to over 13 million people, travellers will find no shortage of amazing things to do and awesome traditional places to dine and shop. Most hotels and hostels are located centrally in the city and are close to plenty of shops and culturally significant sites.

No matter where you choose to stay in Buenos Aires you’ll be knee deep in culture and have more than enough options of fun things to do fill out your day in one of South Americas biggest cities.

Centro Cultural Kirchner

This cultural centre stands on the site of the former central post office and was created through the vision of Nestor Kirchner, sadly he died in 2010 before he could see the completed project that is now named in his honour. The structure that exists today covers an entire city block, stands up to 8 storey’s high and contains art galleries, auditoriums and spaces to host events. The highlight of the cultural centre is the Ballena Azul, a 1,800 seat concert hall that contains acoustics that are described as world class.

There are free guided tours (in Spanish) at 2 pm and 3.30pm every weekend, the centre is free to enter with several exhibitions for you to visit. There are also a host of activities held daily such as yoga, dance classes and concerts. You’ll need to check online for tickets and prices as they fluctuate.

Cementerio de la Recoleta

You may be surprised that one of the biggest attractions in Buenos Aires is, in fact, a cemetery. This city of the dead houses some incredible statues and mausoleums containing former military héroes, past leaders of the country as well as some of Argentinas most influential politicians.

A wander through the cemetery won’t just give travellers an insight into the history of all of the city’s most famous faces and families, but also the stunning designs that families use to celebrate the dead. Spectacular headstones and huge family mausoleums.

You can join a free tour which is conducted in Spanish every day except Monday at 11 am, they are also at 3 pm on the weekends. Maps of the major attractions are also available at the entrance.

Palacio Barolo

The Palacio Barolo is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, its design was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. It is 100 meters high, this is in reference to each canto in the story, there are 22 floors to recognise the verses for each song and the building is structured to divide heaven, purgatory and hell. Once you have booked a tour you can ride the elevator dating from the 1920’s for a view of the surrounding city from the lighthouse on the rooftop.

The Palacio Barolo was the tallest building in the city of Buenos Aires when it was built in 1923, its run of being the tallest buildings was shortlived though, in 1936 it was overtaken by the Edificio Kavanagh. In addition to the tours, you can attend musical recitals and wine tasting sessions.

Casa Rosada & The Presidential Museum

One of the must-see attractions in Buenos Aires is the Pink House or the Casa Rosada. It is also called the Casa de Gobierno (the House of Government). It is the office of the President of Argentina and is now a historical monument housing a museum relating to former Argentinean Presidents.

The museum, surrounding areas of the building and the gardens are open at the weekend when you can visit famous landmarks such as the balcony where Eva Peron addressed the crowds. You can also visit the presidential offices where you will agree that the architecture is wonderful. There are some tours conducted in English, all are free.

San Telmo Markets

The San Telmo Market is an outdoor weekend market that has anything from clothing to antiques, housewares, souvenirs and local crafts. There is nothing better than spending a few weekend hours perusing the stalls while eating local snacks such as alfajor or empanada.

Being a local market, most of the trinkets and food you’ll find are cheap, but certainly not nasty. Some of the best gift shops and foods in the city can be found in the San Telmo Market and it’s absolutely worth taking a look.

San Telmo is one of Buenos Aires’ oldest neighbourhoods or barrios. It has some beautiful cobblestoned streets housing an assortment of wonderful old houses and churches alongside modern spaces hosting contemporary art and cafes.

Conclusion

A visit to Buenos Aires with its wonderful collection of ancient and modern architecture is best shown with the Kirchner Cultural Center’s modern designs when compared to the traditional South American culture surrounding buildings such as the Palacio Barolo.

Argentinean presidential history is best observed with a visit to the Recoleta Cemetery and to the museum and offices housing the current Argentinean president at the Casa Rosada. You can then complete your visit with some souvenir hunting at the San Telmo market.

No matter what you choose to do in Buenos Aires you’ll be so intrigued by the city’s astonishing culture, from a blend of Spanish and other euro influences as well as traditional indigenous influences, the diversity in the city makes it one of the most beautiful city’s in South America and certainly Argentina.


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