Going to Buenos Aires on your first visit and need a quick introduction to this charming capital? Read on!
Buenos Aires is a very large city so if you are wondering how many days you will need to spend in this vibrant South American capital, to see all the major attractions – our recommendation would be at least 4-5 days, for your first time.
1. The Candy-Colored El Caminito
This gorgeous area is a true open-air museum gem. Probably the most famous place in Buenos Aires – this is the number one touristic attraction, and for a very good reason! Walk around this bright neighborhood, take in the sights, along with a hundred of pictures, then have a cup of cappuccino, or a glass of wine in one of the cozy sidewalk cafes and watch the street performers. It’s a good place to start your sightseeing tour of BR.
2. Recoleta – It’s (Still) All About Evita!
Recoleta is famous for hosting what is probably the most famous cemetery in the World – Cementerio de la Recoleta. Even though many people associate Recoleta with this cemetery only – it is more than that. Recoleta is also a gorgeous neighborhood, filled with some of the most beautiful architecture in Buenos Aires, that really justifies the nickname that this city has been given – ‘The Paris of South America’.
Do pay a visit to the cemetery, as it is one of the most beautiful (and historic) cemeteries in the World. Evita was buried here after all, and if you do know a little bit about her and have any admiration, or at the very least some respect for her – you will be shocked when (and if) you actually find her tomb. Once you’ll get there – you will see.
3. Avenida 9 de Julio – the Main Vein of Buenos Aires
This 140 meters wide, half a mile long, 12 lanes deep, avenue is one of the most important places in Buenos Aires. In the middle of this avenue is a beautiful Obelisco which was inaugurated there in 1936. In another part – is the building of the Ministry of Health where a portrait of Evita lights up the night from two sides every evening. Please note – it takes a certain physical skill (or luck) to cross this avenue in one light, due to its wide length.
4. Estadio Boca (La Bombonera), or Don’t Mess with the Messis
La Bombonera is literally translated as “The Chocolate Box”, and it is the most famous football (U.S. – soccer) stadium in Buenos Aires, built in 1940. This stadium is still being used for some important matches today, and it also holds a very interesting museum, called Museo de la Pasion Boquense. Argentinians are very passionate about football (as well as the rest of South Americans). And even if you are not a big fan of football – you probably heard of the most important and famous Argentinian players – Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi.
5. Tango With Me!
When you come to Buenos Aires, the heart of Argentina, you are simply forbidden to leave it without seeing at least one local tango show. Argentina is the motherland of tango, even though the dance itself has… African roots. So book your tickets in advance, and come prepared to sip a glass of wine, or three, and indulge in this sensual, vibrant, and energetic show. Here’s one site that we would recommend for you to check out with the different shows, timetables, venues and ticket prices: http://www.bsas4u.com/en/tango-shows.html
6. Puerto Madero – Women Rule the World!
This beautiful neighborhood is located around the dock area where ships still sail to nearby and faraway lands. The most famous sight in this area is the Puente de la Mujer (translated as ‘Woman’s Bridge’). Come here in the evening time to take a stroll around the area and enjoy the gorgeous lights around the bridge. Puerto Madero is also filled with many restaurants, bars, and even a yacht club, however this area is on a pricey side.
7. Floralis Generica – From Dusk Until Dawn
This futuristic flower made of aluminum and steel is a site to see. Get there at least 45 minutes before sunset (or sunrise, if you’re an early bird) and you will be a witness to an interesting phenomenon of this flower closing its petals. What’s so interesting about that? Well, the flower operates purely on an electrical signal, which is performed automatically without any human intervention. You will also notice a crowd coming here every evening just to enjoy this awesome ‘flower’ show.
8. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes – Here’s the Art Thou
Buenos Aires has no lack of beautiful and historic museums. This particular art museum holds a number of very famous and important works by the World-recognized painters, such as: Picasso, Goya, El Greco, Rembrandt, Berni, and others. The museum is also open until late hours, and has a free admission.
9. Museo Evita – Don’t Cry For Me, Buenos Aires
If you want (and you should) get to know Evita (or Eva Perón) a little bit closer – this is the place for you. This small but very important museum holds a nice collection of memorabilia that used to belong to this amazing woman. Some of her gorgeous dresses, jewelry and shoes that she wore during a number of key events, are included in this collection too.
No photography is allowed inside.
10. Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA) – a Look Back in the Present Time
This is one of the newest museums in Buenos Aires, opened only recently in 2001. Start your visit from the top and make your way down, and you will discover some of the coolest modern works of art that are definitely worth a visit. Frida Kahlo, Fernando Botero – are just some of the famous names that you will find here.
Bonus: The Best View in Town – Galeria Güemes
Location: Torre Mitre, 14th floor. This “secret” place is only operational during limited hours so check this website before coming here, or better yet – give them a call.
To get here – take an elevator up and you will be greeted by a receptionist from whom you can buy your (inexpensive) ticket. This place is not very well-known and therefore you shouldn’t encounter any crowds, so shall we keep it a secret then?
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