By its eclectic urban fisonomy, intense cultural, gastronomic, and night life, green areas, fashion, cleaning, order, efficient public transportation, and with the first underground in Ibero-America, is the city that receives more visitors in South America, where they spend the most, and very attractive for the meeting tourism.
Eugenia García Medina/Photos: José Pedro Morales; Translator: Itzel Trujillo
The vibrant Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, capital of the Argentine Republic, enamors from the first moment, and conquers as one walks it, by its multiple attractions, mixture of architectonic styles, skyscrapers, theatres, parks, plazas, and intense agenda of activities of all kinds, cultural, and sports displays, and infrastructure.
Declared Cultural Capital of Latin America, is the most visited city of South America, chosen by Unesco as The City of Design in 205 and as World Capital of The Book in 2011, besides being designated as host for the Youth Olympic Games 2018, among other achieved awards and titles.
CABA, abbreviated, also call Federal Capital, for being seat of the government, and Baires among the youth, is one of the 24 federal entities, independent from the province of Buenos Aires.
By invitation of the local Tourism Office, managed by our correspondent Sandra Kan, we set out to explore the city, of European features but with Latin taste.
Borthers naturally from south to north with the Riachuelo and the Río de la Plata, extending from the western side, on a plain divided in 48 districts, with approximately three million inhabitants that added to the metropolitan area population call the Great Buenos Aires, exceeds the 10 million people.
Living the Tango
The San Telmo district, one of the most old in the city, where the first square begins and leads to Puerto Madero, characterized by its churches, markets, antiques, the Mafalda monument, El Zajón de Granados -historic site guarded from the time- and the Corrientes avenue, for the music and books lovers.
And as the Tango is an icon of Argentina, we didn’t let pass the opportunity to enjoy in the district the first class show in the dinner-show offered in La Ventana, of Gala de Tango, and Esquina de Gardel. The first includes a tango class with professionals arriving an hour before the show, to which manager, Flavio Sanguinetti, we thank for his attentions and hospitality.
Puerto Madero in an important gastronomic zone, and it can be cross by the vanguardist Women Bridge, to give to the South Coastal.
The Obelisk, locates in the 9 de Julio, and consider the widest avenue in the world, near which is found the Teatro Colon –unmissable icon of the city- and the Plaza Lavalle, is consider the starting point to tour the Historic Centre and other routes.
Down the avenue Roque Sáenz (North Diagonal), towards the port, is reached to the historical Plaza de Mayo, where the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Government Palace of the city, the Cabildo National Historic Museum and of the May Revolution and the house of Presidential Government, better known as Casa Rosada, are located.
In the Centre for Touristic Information, of Florida and North Diagonal, you can purchase the pass for the Touristic Bus, valid for all the day, touring the most meaningful sites of the city. In reverse, by the Mayo and Belgrano avenues, can be reach the National Congress Plaza, among the districts of Montserrat, Balvanera, and San Nicolás.
To move in the city, founded in 1580 by Juan de Garay, you can do it in collectives, taxis, train, metrobus, underground (inaugurated in 1913, first tube in Ibero-America), remises (car service with driver, with similar characteristics to the taxi’s), and rental of cars, as well as bikes from the public transportation system.
La Boca, Recoleta, and Palermo
To the south, the district of La Boca, with La Bombonera stadium, house of the worldwide acknowledge football (soccer) team Boca Juniors, and the singular set of multicolored houses, a symbol of the place, in which street Caminito it can be observed in full daylight dancers, musicians, painters, living statues. Towards the inside barracks, Constitution, and Parque Patricios can be found.
In the northwest by the Alvear avenue, of buildings with French style architecture, the historical district of Recoleta is reached, with the Church of the Pilar, the graveyard converted into a touristic attraction by the people that rest in there; plazas, and parks where people practices activities; the planetarium, botanical garden, zoo garden, and the Argentina Rural Society (expos and fairs enclosure); racecourse, polo field, regatta lake, municipal golf course, the Monumental Stadium, and the airpark Jorge Newberry, next to the North Coastal.
During our stay overnighted in the Hotel Lois Suite Recoleta, which services are of quality for business trips, highly recommended, for which we thank the attentions to its Commercial Manager, Federico Elmer.
We also visited the Panamerican Hotel, with whom Marketing Manager, Carla Alemanni, we shared a big moment for her peculiar joy, and we lunched; in the hotel you eat lusciously. In company of the host and of Juliana Estévez and María Laura, from the Tourism Office of the City Of Buenos Aires, we toured the facilities, showing us “the jewel” of the hotel: a suite in the 24 floor with a beautiful sight to the obelisk.
To the west the found Palermo, where we also visited the Home Hotel, receiving us Patricia, its owner. Enter in it is like being home, by its homely and cozy design. The more we move in; more it surprised us the warm, and the incorporation of the green areas.
To enjoy more the district, we dinner in the Peugeot Lounge, that distinguishes for having in the entrance a car of the French brand; professional attention, and good food under the management of Adrian Arburu, and Sandra Castillo in Public Relations.
Beyond the districts of Almagro, Villa Crespo, and Chacarita (where it’s located the famous graveyard of the same name).