From those statements made by the Mexican writer Rosario Castellanos, majesty and immensity are the perfect adjectives which accurately describe the fulfilling experience Buenos Aires offers to the world. From Tango nights in San Telmo to endless walks under a starry sky in Puerto Madero. Beyond Tango, wine and meat, Buenos Aires also tells the story of a Latin American and cosmopolitan city with its numerous French buildings and Italian dishes. After the 2001 economic crisis, Buenos Aires reemerged as a low cost chic destination, where the biggest fashion stores and lifestyle placed it as Argentina’s most classic and avant garde town. Although considered the “South American Paris”, Buenos Aires is a city where the dream ends and a world of gastronomy, art, dance, theatre, music and movies begin.
Argentina’s vision is similar to the one of Río de la Plata: huge in width and large but moving with such majesty that it seems motionless.
TangoIn the milongas, learn this vibrant and playful traditional dance.
CaminitoAn open-air museum of almost 150 meters long, surrounded by color painted walls.
ObeliskA traditional architectural symbol
Best time to go: All year long.
However, November and March are not as hot as the summer months so you will find all the locals in the city. They don’t leave Buenos Aires until their summer holidays (December – February).
» Location: River Plate coast.
» Airports: Ministro Pistarini. Ezeiza (EZE), international. Jorge Newberry (AEP), domestic.
» Principal neighbourhoods: Palermo, Recoleta, San Telmo, Puerto Madero, Monserrat, La Boca.
» Electricity: 220 volts.
» Flight times to:
Bariloche: 2:20 hr.
Iguazú: 1:45 hr.
El Calafate: 3:20 hr.
Mar del Plata: 0:55 hr
What to wear
Humid summer » Jan-Feb
A T-shirt, shorts, sun lotion and a good pair of shoes will do to have a good time.
Cold winter » July
A cotton peacoat, a jacket and a scarf can not be missing.
Don’t forget an umbrella and raincoat for spring and fall heavy rains.
Must See / Do
» Sightsee Florida street and watch a Tango show.
» Have a typical Argentinean barbecue.
» Take a picture in the Pink House (Casa Rosada).
» Walk through Corrientes avenue and finish up in the Obelisco.
» Visit La Boca and its popular street Caminito.
» Share “mate” with a “porteño”.
» Have a typical “alfajor” and a coffee with a dash of milk in Café Tortoni.
» Afternoon visit to the exclusive Palermo Chico making a final stop at Floralis Genérica.
» Go around the riverside promenade and taste a “choripán”.
» Sunday visit to Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo.
» Visit to Tigre and Río de la Plata’s delta.
» Go Shopping to Aguirre street between 600 to 900 number (major national brand sales)
» Visit the Art-Deco and Art Nouveau mausoleums in Recoleta cemetery.
» Stay late: In Buenos Aires dinner time starts at 9:30pm and nightlife at midnight.
» Taste an ice-cream in Freddo, Volta or Persicco stores.
» Walk around Puerto Madero and take a picture with the Woman’s Bridge (Puente de la Mujer) on the background.
» Buy bits and pieces in Plaza Serrano.
» Get out of the city and visit a typical Argentinean farm in the outskirts.
» Visit the Bellas Artes and Malba museums.
Places to Eat
» La Cabrera. Asado.
JA Cabrera 5099, Palermo Viejo. (+5411) 4831 7002
» El Cuartito. Pizza.
Talcahuano 937, Retiro. (+5411) 4816-1758
» Cabaña las Lilas. Asado.
Alicia Moreau de Justo 516, Pto. Madero. (+5411) 4315 1010
» Las Pizarras. Bistró.
Thames 2296, Palermo. (+5411) 4775 0625
» La Brigada. Asado.
Estados Unidos 465, San Telmo. (+5411) 4361 5557
» Pasaje Arévalo. Cocina de autor.
Arévalo 1502, Palermo. (+5411) 4775 7759.