Nicknamed the Paris of South America for its architecture and a rich European heritage, Buenos Aires is one of the most visited cities in the world.

Buenos Aires

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With almost 3 million inhabitants, Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and, without a doubt, one of the most important in South America. As a result of its ease and proximity to Brazil, Buenos Aires is chosen as the first international trip for many people. In addition, in recent times, the devalued exchange rate against the real is also another factor that attracts the attention of those who want to visit the city. Therefore, for those who want to visit the city of tango, we have separated a list with the main attractions in Buenos Aires.

Main attractions in Buenos Aires

The Rio de la Plata borders a large part of the city and is part of the soul of Buenos Aires. The revitalization processes of Puerto Madero and Riachuelo are proof of this. In addition, a good part of these banks is occupied by large parks, which invite for long and pleasant walks.

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The city can be explored in just a few days if you want to take a classic tour of the main districts such as colorful La Boca, elegant Recoleta or the historic San Telmo district. But Buenos Aires can also be explored in many days. That's because, in addition to the neighborhoods, dozens of parks, museums, restaurants, nightlife options and shops await you in the Buenos Aires capital.

Certainly the oldest residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires, San Telmo exudes a special historic vibe. In addition, it is one of the most important centers during the 19th century. San Telmo has preserved many of Buenos Aires' architectural landmarks, museums, antique shops and old churches that today serve as a backdrop for business, cultural events and day-to-day activities. day.

Caminito, on the other hand, is synonymous with tango and football. That's because it's a wonderfully colorful neighborhood, located right next to the old port of Buenos Aires. For sure, the attraction is one of the main postcards of Buenos Aires and has its houses and taverns in full color. In addition, Caminito maintains the tradition of tango through all the streets of the place and the Italian roots. Today La Boca is one of the most important cultural centers and tourist attractions in Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires traditionalism

Surprisingly, Buenos Aires has a multitude of points of interest and some are very traditional among tourists, especially for those on their first trip.

Therefore, Buenos Aires is always a good destination, whether in summer, winter or even in times of economic crisis. We Brazilians have the advantage of being able to buy more Pesos with our Real and, if you plan correctly, the ticket can cost less than R$1,000.00.

Also, the trip can be a weekend getaway, a slightly longer holiday, or a whole week. But the most important thing is to know the essence of the place without leaving out the main tourist attractions, which in this case combine the weight of history and the charm of postcards.

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Things to do in Buenos Aires:

Buenos Aires

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– Plaza de Mayo

It has become the most important political landmark in Buenos Aires since Independence from Argentina, which was declared in 1810. People with different political ideologies gather here in massive political demonstrations, such as those organized by Evita Peron or the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. Plaza de Mayo is also home to important local and national government houses such as the Casa Rosada (Presidential House), the Cabildo (which was the Government House during the colonial period) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, among other magnificent buildings.

– San Telmo

Certainly, this neighborhood is one of the most reminiscent of Buenos Aires life in the 19th century. The site was home to aristocratic families until around 1870, when a yellow fever epidemic forced residents to move to the northern part of the city. Soon the streets were taken over by poorer people who began to build the conventillos, also found on the Caminito.

In addition, walking around San Telmo you can see colonial mansions and other historic buildings, such as the Church of San Pedro Telmo, which used to be the center of the region. Other highlights are: the antiques fair that takes place on Sundays at Praça Dorrego; the Mercado de San Telmo, which has been in operation since 1897 selling fresh food; and the famous statues of the Mafalda gang, a character by Argentine cartoonist Quino.

– Caminito

Located in the neighborhood of La Boca, next to the La Bombonera stadium, this 400-meter street has its origins in the 19th century with the passage of a train line. At the time, the houses, called conventillos, were painted in different colors because the paint left over from the city's port was used. In 1928 the place was abandoned by the residents and only in 1950 it underwent a revitalization process with the painter Boca Quinquela, who named the street in honor of the tango “Caminito” of 1926.

As a result, the place has become a symbol of the city, with its open-air art exhibitions, shops in the conventillos and tango shows in the middle of the street. Other highlights for those visiting the area are the Teatro de la Ribera, the Fundação Proa Cultural Center, the Wax Museum and the Quinquela Martín Art Museum.

– Puerto Madero

The port was built at the end of the 19th century, but it was soon abandoned and only resumed in 1990. During this period, the site began to undergo a process of revitalization and large hotels, luxurious buildings and famous restaurants arrived. Nowadays the place is one of the postcards of Buenos Aires with its bridges, floating casinos and tango shows. The most famous spots are Ponto da Mulher and the restaurants Cabaña las Lilas, Siga La Vaca, La Caballeriza, La Bistecca, Il Gato, Gourmet Porteño and La Parolaccia.

– Calle Florida

For sure, this is the main shopping hub of Buenos Aires with its 10 blocks. Here you can find stores of different famous brands in addition to Galeria Pacífico, a shopping center built in 1894 with national and international establishments.

In addition, the street is a historic landmark of the city, as it was the first to receive pavement and electric light and to become a large pedestrian street. The first records of Calle Florida date back to 1582, when it was called San José.

– Teatro Colón

It was opened to the public in 1908, after being under construction for 18 years, being the first building in the Buenos Aires capital to be inaugurated with electric light. At the time, Colón was the third largest opera house in the world and the second in capacity, with its 2800 seats. A guided tour of the space takes visitors through the building's various dependencies and shows off details. One of these details is the place that is almost in the basement of the audience from where the widows watched the plays, as it was not considered correct for them to be seen in an entertainment venue.

Surprisingly, Teatro Colón is still considered the opera with the best acoustics in the world. One of the factors responsible for this is that the entire audience sits on top of a 2-meter high gap, which amplifies the sound.

– Rosedal

Undoubtedly, this tour, located in the neighborhood of Palermo, is among the darlings of tourists. This is because the garden has the largest collection of roses in Argentina, with more than 100 species and 180,000 rose bushes, and was considered a National Historic Landmark in 2011.

Inaugurated in 1914, the Rosedal has 34 thousand m² and has different attractions among the colorful flowerbeds. Among them pedal boat rides, the Greek bridge, which crosses the lake and offers a beautiful view of the park, and the Poets' Walks, which take visitors to busts of important names such as Dante Alighieri and Jorge Luis Borges.

Recently, the region gained another tourist spot. As a result of the renovation of Arcos del Rosedal, restaurants of different origins, such as German and American, gave rise to a gastronomic center.

– tiger

Located just 17.5 miles (28 km) north of downtown Buenos Aires, this beautiful and colorful city lies in the exotic Paraná Delta. Tigre's outdoor activities range from taking a tour of the stunning islands of the Delta del Tigre, walking around the charming town, or going for a rollercoaster ride at Parque de la Costa amusement park.

– Carlos Gardel Corner

Going to Buenos Aires and not visiting a tango house is like going to Paris and not visiting its cafes. That's why Esquina Carlos Gardel is one of the most sought after in the city and guarantees a night filled with great food along with fine wines and lots of tango.

- Pink House

The building was built at different times throughout the 19th century, and today it is the seat of the Executive Power, where the President of the Republic works. Also called the Government House, it offers free guided tours of about an hour that pass through the main rooms. They are the Patio das Palmeiras, the Salon of Argentine Women, the Salon of Latin American Patriots, the balcony overlooking the Plaza de Mayo where politicians make their speeches, and even the Presidential Office. But be aware that the visit must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Other places to visit in Buenos Aires:

  • Chinatown
  • Tortoni coffee
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • Boca Junior Stadium
  • River Plate Stadium
  • Cathedral Church
  • Botanical Garden
  • Japanese garden
  • El Ateneo Bookstore
  • Malba Museum
  • Museum of Humor
  • Palermo Zoo

How to get to Buenos Aires:


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By airplane

The city has two airports. Aeroparque Jorge Newberry, which usually receives domestic flights and flights from neighboring countries, is five minutes from downtown. The Ministro Pistarini International Airport, known as Ezeiza, receives tourists from all over the world and is 15 minutes from downtown. In addition, to get to the place of accommodation, there are taxi and bus services at the airports.

Finally, the Latam, Goal, Blue, Argentine airlines, Qatar Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Emirates are the companies that offer flights departing from Brazil.

By bus

In addition, due to the proximity to our country, some companies offer the bus route departing from the entire southeastern region of Brazil. THE North Crucero , for example, makes trips from Florianópolis, Curitiba, Foz do Iguaçu and Rio de Janeiro. THE JBL Tourism runs the routes between Buenos Aires and the following cities: Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Uruguaiana, Alegrete, São Paulo.

By car

The road most used by drivers is the road that connects Foz do Iguaçu with Buenos Aires. Leaving São Paulo it is necessary to take Castelo Branco to the triple border and then take Route 12 to the city of Posadas and from there take Route 14 to Buenos Aires.

Of boat

Finally, if you are in neighboring Uruguay, you can reach the Buenos Aires capital in a few hours by boat or bus. The trip also allows you to stop in one of the oldest cities in Uruguay, the charming Colonia de Sacramento. See how to travel between cities here.

Best time to visit Buenos Aires:

Buenos Aires Theater

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Surprisingly, Buenos Aires is a year-round destination, so it depends on whether the traveler is looking for cold or heat. During winter, temperatures are between 19°C and -5°C, in summer the thermometers hit 35°C.

The capital of Buenos Aires is beautiful during the spring, very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter, with rain. In autumn the leaves turn orange and drier and the weather is very pleasant. Furthermore, from November to March the average temperature is 23º and from June to September it is 12º. As in Brazil, in the Southern Hemisphere winter occurs in June, July and August and summer during the months of December, January and February.

But, the most pleasant temperatures are in spring and autumn, when the days are warmer and the nights are cooler. Temperatures are usually between 13°C and 24°C.

Where to stay in Buenos Aires:

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