As the music “Ciudad Mágica” of Tan Biónica says, Buenos Aires is a city where it is possible to move around.
In a tour of Caminito street, passing through La Bombonera you can go to Puerto Madero, which points to the historic neighborhood of San Telmo or the famous Casa Rosada and a little further away you will reach the Obelisk. But, Buenos Aires goes beyond Corrientes Street and invites us to enjoy how much it has to offer.
History “Santa María de los Buenos Aires”
Legend has it that the name of the city has its origin in the Virgin “Bonaira”, that is, Virgen del Buen Aire, originally from Cagliari, Italy.
Currently, Buenos Aires is the Latin American capital that is characterized by its similarities with different cities in Europe (Paris, London, Rome). In any corner you can find a European feature. That is due to the great immigration at the beginning of the 20th century.
There they settled the first immigrants from Italy, from the region of Genoa called Xeneizes (Zenèixe) and for that reason the nickname to the fans of the Boca Juniors team, famous for the La Bombonera stadium.
It is impossible to walk through the Boca and not be amazed by the impressive architectural work with its blue and yellow colors. On game days, everyone says that the Bombonera, because of its structure, “does not tremble, it beats like a heart”.
Continuing towards El Caminito, this small corner became famous for Filiberto’s tango, which was inspired by this La Boca trail. Today is one of the main tourist attractions of Buenos Aires.
With its traditional “conventillos” (typical houses of immigrants), this passage of 400 meters is of great cultural value. The variety of colors that mark those houses, painted with the inks that were left over from the works of the port were transformed into souvenir shops and restaurants that sell the authentic Argentine “asado”. Like, for example, “Gran Paraíso”, a place where you eat rich, at a good price. Sometimes there is a waiting line, but you can take the time to take a tour of the stores.
For those looking to save money, also at the Caminito you can try the “choripán” (bread with chorizo and salsa criolla), while you watch the tango presentations, which the couples perform there, to the cap. The photos with the dancers are charged, but it is surely a nice memory of this charming place.
Caminito at night is not recommended for security reasons. In addition, it is a place where tourists have to pay more attention to their personal items (wallets, cell phones, photographic machines, among others).
The Art Factory
Also located in the region of La Boca, the Usina de Arte, a space of culture and art of the government of the city of Buenos Aires.
With free entry, the Usina offers what is avant-garde in music, dance and other artistic expressions, which makes it an interdisciplinary site of culture and leisure.
Puerto Madero, best known for its streets with the names of great Argentine women, its luxury restaurants and the main headquarters of one of the largest private universities in the country, the Catholic University of Argentina (UCA).
Walking through Puerto Madero, is an almost obligatory rite for those who do tourism, given that important sites such as the Puente de la Mujer, the old school ship, now the La Sargata Frigate Museum and the Casino, are some of the tourist spots to be visited. .
Also in Puerto Madero is the Ecological Reserve, which is the largest green area of the city (350 hectares). The environmental park gathers more than 575 species of plants and also has a beach in front of the Río de la Plata. Over there you can ride a bike, hike, run or rest.
Through Puerto Madero you can find sculptures such as the “Monument to Fangio (legendary Argentine motorist) between the streets Juana Manso and Azucena Villaflor. There is also the “Monumento al Tango” (Av. Calabria and Azucena Villaflor), as well as “La Fuente Monumental Las Nereidas ” (Av. Achaval Rodríguez) by the Argentinean sculptor Lola Mora, inaugurated in 1903, an icon of the neighborhood. Finally, there is the “Monument to Spain”, inaugurated in 1937, by the sculptor Arturo Dresco, which symbolizes the union of the Argentine people with the Spanish, located on Av. España with Av. Costanera Sur.
They stand out, the museums and galleries, Faena Arte Center, Museums of Calcos (Reliefs) and Comparative Sculpture, Museum of Humor, National Museum of Immigration (MUNTREF) and the Art Collection Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat.
Without forgetting, that Puerto Madero is a place to visit day and night, where the lights give new meanings to the bars and restaurants, such as “La Bisteca”, “Siga la Vaca”, “La Parolaccia” that stand out for the good quality and offers.
Close to Puerto Madero, where one can walk, there is the historic center of San Telmo, with its tanguerías and antiques. This neighborhood keeps many art galleries, historical temples, bars, street murals, the Paseo de la Comicatale (Mafalda, Isidoro, Patoruzú, Clemente, Gaturro, among others), the paths with tall jacaranda trees and also the Museum National Historical
It is a bohemian atmosphere, full of antique shops and rustic restaurants. On Defensa Street, which crosses Plaza Dorrego, tourists are attracted by the flea market and the antiques and art fair, where street performers present their works.
San Telmo is one of the main neighborhoods related to tango shows, mainly in restaurants, with its vast variety of meals, shows and tango and milonga classes. As a suggestion is “La Ventana” located on Balcarce Street, in the middle of the Historic District, with good food, shows and tango classes every day.
The Microcentro, is characterized by being a neighborhood of many administrative buildings, banks, shops, government organizations and residential areas. In the Microcentro there is a bit of everything in the middle of a lot of history to know.
One can mention the Plaza de Mayo, with the expressive Casa Rosada and next to the majestic Cathedral, and opposite the Cabildo, which is located precisely on the important Avenida de Mayo, with its neoclassical and Nouveau art buildings. Undoubtedly, this is one of the places that most reflect the influence of European architecture in Buenos Aires. The avenue keeps historical events such as the May Revolution in 1810, as well as the Café Tortoni cultural center, famous not only for its historical beauty but also for its tasty chocolate churros.
Nearby is the Obelisk, icon of one of the largest avenues in the world, on July 9, which takes us to the elegant and pedestrian street Florida, with its brand stores, leather shops, and Galerías Pacífico. Walking a little, we find the Teatro Colón, the Embassy of Brazil and the Embassy of France, which impact the influence of French architecture in the capital of Buenos Aires.
Next to San Telmo and Microcentro is the Historic Quarter of Monserrat, with the churches of San Francisco, Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Montserrat, the Convent of Santo Domingo. There is also the historic Manzana de las luces, the National College of Buenos Aires and the Barolo Palace.
One of the main characteristics of this neighborhood is that, through Avenida de Mayo, the Government Palace (Casa Rosada) joins the Congress of the Nation, declared in 1993 as a “National Historic and Artistic Monument”, for being constituted as reference of the Argentine cultural identity.
Recoleta is one of the most elegant places in the city, both for its architecture and its historical context. The aristocratic character of the palaces, residences and squares, define an architectural group, composed of the Cemetery, the Cultural Center, the National Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Engineering, the Church of Pilar among other areas of historical and cultural interest.
Recoleta is also one of the places to eat, where you can highlight:
- La Pecora Nera – Near the Recoleta cemetery, this restaurant offers optimal menu options with medium prices.
- Alvear Gril l – serves tasty food. It has an excellent wine list. The attention and the price are worthy of the Michelin stars he owns.
- Hard Rock Café – Restaurant of the Hard Rock network, serves Mexican food, sandwiches, etc. Nice place but the food is expensive.
With its construction that mixes the Gothic and Baroque styles, Palermo is currently a neighborhood that stands out as one of the main tourist poles of the federal capital. Actually, this neighborhood is divided into different “Palermos”, like the Forests, with the Rose Garden, the Planetarium, the Japanese Garden, the Ecopark and the Botanical Garden.
Also Palermo Chico (Barrio Parque), with its palaces, embassies, residences and where the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires – Malba, center of contemporary art is located. In another sector of the neighborhood is “Palermo Viejo (Soho)”, with the design houses, independent theater rooms and a large number of restaurants and bars, mainly in Plaza Serrano, Plaza Armenia and surroundings. They highlight “Te mataré Ramírez”; “Mundo Bizarro”, “Antares” among other bars that make Buenos Aires night more pleasant.
Finally, this “Palermo Hollywood”, with its television production companies, TV channel, and also many restaurants and cafes, always populated.
The 7 tours presented serve as a screen to show a great city, which day or night invites us to know it
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