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Classical music has its preferred site in

the Colón theater and there are also places in Buenos Aires exclusively devoted to Jazz.

By the 1920s Buenos Aires was a favoured destination for immigrants from Europe, as well as from Argentina’s provinces and neighbouring countries. In the 1970s, the city suffered from the fighting between left-wing revolutionary movements and the right-wing paramilitary group Triple A. Following a 1993 agreement, the Argentine Constitution was amended to give Buenos Aires autonomy.

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On May 25, 1810, while Spain was occupied with the Peninsular War, the criollo citizens of Buenos Aires successfully ousted the Spanish Viceroy and established a provisional government. May 25 is now celebrated as a national holiday. Formal independence from Spain was later declared in 1816. The Obelisk The Pink House The Cabildo

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The Obelisco de Buenos Aires is a modern monument placed at the heart of Buenos Aires. It was built in May 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first founding of the city. It is located in the center of the Plaza de la República (Republic Square), the spot where the Argentine flag was flown for the first time in Buenos Aires, at the intersection of Nueve de Julio and Corrientes avenues.

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Casa Rosada (The Pink House) officially known as the Casa de Gobierno (Government House), is the official seat of the executive branch of the Government

The city of Buenos Aires was first established on February 2, 1536 by a Spanish expedition led by Pedro de Mendoza. A second and permanent settlement was

established in 1580 by the Spaniard Juan de Garay. He dubbed the settlement ‘Santisima Trinidad’ and its port became “Puerto de Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires.” Shopping Centres Shopping Circuits

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Alto Palermo, Buenos Aires Design, Paseo Alcorta, Patio Bullrich, Spinetto, El Solar de la Abadía, Abasto de Buenos Aires and Village Recoleta .

The most famous stores in the city have locations in these huge malls where restaurants, cafes and movie theaters can also be found. Some of the most important shopping centres are:

The Cabildo de Buenos Aires is the public building in Buenos Aires that was used as the government house during the colonial times of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate. The building situated in Plaza de Mayo was subject to various modifications since it was planned in 1603 and today it is used as a museum.

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of Argentina. It sits at the eastern end of the Plaza de Mayo. The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral also overlooks this important square.

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The city has several shopping circuits, each offering different articles: antiques in San Telmo, books in Corrientes Avenue, leather items in Retiro neighbourhood, souvenirs in La Boca. The avant-garde in objects, clothes and decorative elements is in Palermo Viejo neighborhood. Palermo Hollywood, Las Cañitas, Barrio Norte and San Telmo are also circuits to buy clothes, shoes, accessories and gifts. There are also beauty parlors and art galleries.

From its exquisite cuisine to a never ending nightlife, from a vast cultural offer to a wide range of sports, from a lovely European-style architecture to an incredible shopping experience, Buenos Aires is a radiant city with something to offer for everyone.


Some of the most notable museums in the city are: The National Museum of Fine Arts in Recoleta and MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires) in Palermo. The most important galleries are: Proa Foundation, in La Boca; the Recoleta Cultural Center and the Palais de Glace.

is a cosmopolitan eclectic city that surprises with its contrast of melancholic tango neighbourhoods and modern high-rises. The city is huge and diverse, showing a great variety of cultures and habits inherited from the different immigrants who arrived after the World War.

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The official circuit embraces General San Martín Theatre, Colón Theatre and Nacional Cervantes Theatre. Classic plays and innovating versions of the universal theatre and lyric are constantly presented there. Avenida Corrientes is the focus of the commercial circuit where musical comedies, tango shows and local versions of worldwide plays are presented. The independent circuit, also known as “teatro off” or alternative circuit is concentrated within the Abasto, Palermo and San Telmo neighbourhoods.

The most traditional Tango places, known as Milongas, are in San Telmo and Abasto. The Argentine Folklore is enjoyed in peñas where you will find musical shows, classes and dancing, typical food and drinks.

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A nice way to see the city is to travel by bus, called 'colectivo' by locals. It is one of the fastest and cheapest means of transport.There are more than 100 different routes which run all over the city and connect all neighbourhoods within the city and the suburbs beyond.

The hotel industry in Buenos Aires is very developed and it covers the whole city and the suburbs. Some of the most luxurious hotels are located in Puerto Madero and Recoleta. The main chains of three- and four-star hotels worldwide offer their services in the city. You may also choose one-, two- and three-star hotels. Some hotels offer ‘Apart Hotel’ services, consisting of a private apartment inside the hotel that include all the hotel services.

Aires. It dates from 1730 and is situated 110 kilometres away from the City of Buenos Aires. In Areco, you can visit the historical centre and stay in a ranch or country house, where you can eat a traditional barbecue. There are also parks and museums to visit in the area.

These fully furnished apartments are an ideal option for those wanting to experience a homely atmosphere during their stay in Buenos Aires. Most of them are located near the city centre or in nearby neighbourhoods like Recoleta,

Belgrano or Barrio Norte.

Tigre is a city situated 30 kilometres north from Buenos Aires city. It is located on the bank of the last stretch of the “Río Paraná”, where the delta is formed. The Puerto de Frutos, a market of craft products, is an important attraction in the historical downtown. Visitors can visit different museums and also enjoy a ride on ship, practise nautical sports and go on tours. Delta San Antonio de Areco Estancias

In the early days these establishments were responsible for making Argentina one of the biggest meat and grain producers in world. Estancias also give tourists the opportunity to stay as a guest in order to experience the unique gaucho

ranch culture. Being in such a beautiful natural setting makes it an excellent place for all types of outdoor activities, including horseback riding on trails or, for the more adventurous, with the gauchos on a cattle drive. Airports and Harbour Ferry Buses Trains and Underground

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Puerto Madero district.

pasajeros de la cuidad de Buenos Aires - Terminal Fluvial’ is located in

connects the port of Buenos Aires with the main cities of Uruguay, (Colonia del Sacramento, Montevideo and Punta del Este). The port called ‘Puerto de


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from the city centre by highway. Just five minutes away from the city centre, the domestic airport called ‘Aeroparque Jorge Newbery’ connects the city with the rest of the country. The city is also an important destination for international cruise lines. The harbour, called ‘Terminal de Pasajeros Benito Quinquela Martín’ is located a few blocks from the city centre.

San Antonio de Areco is a typical town of the province of Buenos

The international airport called ‘Aeropuerto Internacional de Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini’ is located twenty minutes away

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places offering international dishes. Restaurants called ‘posadas’, bars and cafes are popular in San Telmo, where a variety of ‘minutas’ and ‘picadas’ are served. Corrientes avenue is the ideal place to taste an excellent pizza. There are also restaurants often referred as ‘Parrilladas’ that strictly serve barbecued meat and chicken.

foreign investment led to a massive regeneration effort, recycling and refurbishing the west side warehouses into elegant houses, offices, lofts, private universities, luxurious hotels, bars and restaurants.

Puerto Madero is a district that occupies a significant portion of the Río de la Plata riverbank and represents the latest architectural trends in the city. In the 1990s, local and

The Buenos Aires Zoo, renown for its collection and the Hindu Revival elephant house, covers 18 hectares in the Palermo district. The Zoo has an aquarium (with seals, penguins, sharks, and tropical fishes,) a reptile area, and a walk that reproduces the environment of a subtropical jungle. The institution’s goals are to conserve species, produce research and to educate the public. Hotels Short-term apartments Bed and Breakfasts and Hostels

Buenos Aires offers a wide range of bed and breakfasts and it also has a very inexpensive and friendly network of hostels. This is the best option for those with a limited budget as well as those who travel alone.

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The Japanese Gardens (Jardin Japones) is situated in the Palermo neighbourhood. It was designed and built by the engineer Isakari and the painter Yatsuo Inomata in 1979. It is a classic Japanese style site with many trees, plants, artificial lakes and wooden bridges. Palermo Woods Japanese Gardens Botanical Gardens Buenos Aires Zoo

There are five underground routes known as 'Subte' running from several different neighbourhoods and ending in the city centre. It's the fastest way of moving around the city. It connects the main avenues, many tourist attractions and train and bus stations.

Palermo Woods (Bosques de Palermo) officially known as Parque Tres de Febrero (Park Third of February) is a green zone of 25 hectares located in the neighborhood of Palermo. It is known for its groves, lakes, and rose gardens (El Rosedal). The city planetarium, Planetario Galileo Galilei, is located inside the park. Facing the rose garden across an Edwardian-style bridge, is the Eduardo Sívori

Plastic Arts Museum.

most important cemeteries. Nightlife is also very active and trendy, with the pedestrian passage RM Ortíz (Recoleta Village) known for its outdoor dining, pubs and cinemas.

‘Asado’ (barbecue), ‘bife de chorizo’, pasta and pizza are among the favourite dishes. “Minutas”, which are fast-prepared dishes, include “milanesa” (breaded meat) with chips, empanadas and sandwiches. Also famous are picadas (an ensemble of plates containing cubes of cheese, pieces of salame, olives, peanuts, and other regional products). Popular desserts are ‘flan con dulce de leche’ ( a type of firm egg custard with caramel) and ice-cream.

Puerto Madero has the most exclusive restaurants. Palermo Hollywood and Las Cañitas, are the fashionable gastronomic

Barrio Norte. This typical ‘French architecture-style’district is known for its squares, parks, cafés, galleries and the La Recoleta Cemetery (Cementerio de la Recoleta), one of Argentina’s Recoleta is part of the area known as

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San Telmo is the oldest neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. A fairly well preserved area in the constantly changing Argentine metropolis, it is characterized with a number of colonial buildings. Cafes, tango parlors and antique shops line up the cobblestone streets, which are filled with artists and dancers.

Mate is a traditional infusion prepared by placing dried leaves and twigs of the yerba mate plant in a small cup, also called mate. Hot water is poured into the cup and the drink is sipped through a metal or cane straw called a bombilla.

The Botanical Gardens (Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires) is located in the Palermo neighbourhood. This triangular shaped garden has a surface of more than 7 hectares and it hosts 6,000 vegetal species. It also has a botanical library, three style gardens (a French, a Roman, and a Japanese,) a herbarium, 5 hothouses, a big English style house and many sculptures. Traditional dishes and drink Typical foods Bars and Restaurants

La Boca is located in the city’s south-east near its old port. It retains a strong European flavour, with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa. It is known throughout the sporting world as the home of Boca Juniors, one of world’s top football clubs. La Boca is a popular destination for tourists visiting Argentina, with its colourful houses and pedestrian street, the Caminito, where tango artists perform and tango-related memorabilia is sold. Other attractions include the La Ribera theatre, many tango clubs and Italian taverns, as well as La Bombonera, home of Boca Juniors. La Boca San Telmo Recoleta Puerto Madero

‘Empanadas de carne’ (meat pasties), ‘locro’ (a type of succulent stew prepared mostly with corn grains), ‘pastelitos dulces’ (fried pastry filled with regional sweets) and ‘tortas fritas’ (fried dough with sugar). Traditional desserts are ‘vigilante’ (policeman’s dessert) made with ‘dulce de membrillo’ (quince sweet) and ‘queso fresco’ (creamy cheese) and ‘Arroz con leche’ (rice pudding).

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