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10 Things To Do in Buenos Aires

By Edited Jun 9, 2016 0 0
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1. Soak in the history at Plaza de Mayo

Located in the Monserrat barrio, a Spanish word meaning neighborhood, Plaza de Mayo is known as the political heart of Argentina.  This plaza was the backdrop for the May Revolution which led to Argentina’s independence from Spain.  In the center of the plaza stands the Piramide de Mayo, an obelisk erected to commemorate Argentina’s independence.  On the eastern edge of the square is the Casa Rosada which is the executive mansion and official office of the President of Argentina.  The Casa Rosada balcony is famously known to be the place where Eva Peron would address the adoring crowds.  The western edges of the square are flanked with government and financial buildings including the Banco de la Nacion that displays the beautiful architecture of the famous Alejandro Bustillo.
 
Casa Rosada
 
2. Lay flowers at Eva Peron's grave in Cemeterio de la Recoleta
La Recoleta Cemetery is located in the Recoleta barrio and contains some of Argentina's greatest people including presidents, Nobel Laureates, and of course Eva Peron.  Eva Peron was the first lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952.  As first lady, Eva championed for labor and women's rights and started the Female Peronist Party, the nation's first large-scale female political party.  At the age of 33, Eva Peron lost her battle with cancer and was given a state funeral.  In 1976, she re-entered pop-culture with the release of Evita, a musical depicting her life.
 
3. Teatro Colon
Teatro Colon is the city's main opera house and is located in what is technically the San Nicolas barrio, but it is usually referred to as El Centro or the City Centre.  This opera house is considered to be one of the best concert venues in the world.  It is over 100 years old and has undergone a $100 million renovation which was completed in 2010. 
 
4. Stroll through the Sunday Market in San Telmo
San Telmo is one of the oldest barrios in Buenos Aires and is characterized by its colonial-style buildings.  On Sundays there is a market in San Telmo square that is full of local artists, vendors and even the occasional tango dancers.  The square is surrounded by cafes, antique shops and cobblestones streets winding through some of Buenos Aires' most beautiful treasures.  The surrounding streets of the Sunday market are usually lined with empanada carts and other local cuisine.  Street food is one of the best ways to get a delicious and cheap meal while traveling
 
5. Take in some tango
With its close proximity and intricate footwork, Argentine Tango is one of the most stunning and passionate dances.  Born at the end of the 19th century in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, it quickly gained popularity and became an international hit.  Catch a glimpse of tango on the streets of San Telmo or stop in for one of San Telmo's many shows.
 
Tango
 
6. Eat Steak and Drink Malbec 
Argentina is known for their steak and a variety of wine called Malbec.  Cows were first brought to Argentina in 1536 by the Spanish Conquistadors and ever since then Argentine beef has become a major part of the local culture.  From asado, a word meaning barbecue which is considered to be Argentina's national dish, to the history of the gauchos, or the South American equivalent of a cowboy, beef runs deep in the Argentinian way of life.  The Mendoza region of Argentina is about a 2 hour flight from Buenos Aires and produces Argentina's most highly rated Malbecs. This type of wine is generally full-bodied with robust tannins and pairs perfectly with an Argentine steak. 
 
7. Enjoy the artwork at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de BA (MALBA)
The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires is located in the Palermo barrio and houses an extensive collection of artwork from South America's modern artists. The museum also maintains a cultural center that screens films and hosts cultural activities. 
 
MALBA
 
8. Bike the Avendia 9 de Julio
Avenida 9 de Julio is the widest avenue in the world and its name commemorates the Argentinian Independence Day.  This avenue runs perpendicular to the Avendia de Mayo that connects the Plaza de Mayo to the Plaza del Congreso.  The Teatro Colon and many other historical landmarks, as well as popular shops are located on this massive street.  In addition, the city has built separate bike lanes and has plans to make the city more bike-friendly in general, so biking the avenue is a great way to take in the sights.
  
9. Let La Boca Dazzle Your Eyes
La Boca is a barrio on the south-east side of Buenos Aires and is most known for its colorful buildings.   It is said that La Boca is the birthplace of the tango and the the streets are usually lined with artists and performers. 
 
10. Day Trip to Colonia
Colonia del Sacramento is one of the oldest towns in Uruguay  and is just a short boat ride from Buenos Aires.  Cobblestone streets and colonial buildings line the historic quarter which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Colonia is a direct contrast from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires and is beautiful get-away for the city locals. 
 
Lighthouse in Colonia
 
Buenos Aires is a historic, culturally rich, and vibrant city with a little something for every traveler.  If you're planning to go take this list with you!  If you've been, I would love to hear your thoughts and if I've missed something, leave a comment!
 
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