Buenos Aires is nicknamed La Reina del Plata, the Queen of the Plata River in a far corner
of South America. About a quarter of Argentina’s 42 million
residents live in the sprawling metropolis. Bienvenidos to the beloved capital of Argentina. Buenos Aires combines European architecture
with a Latin passion for…. soccer …. juicy cuts of meat … and of course: the tango! Buenos Aires was established as a gold and
silver port in the 16th century and was named after the fair winds
that blow in from the ocean. Thanks to its fine weather, wide avenues and
its classic hotels and restaurants, this South American city really is a breath
of fresh air. Buenos Aires was shaped by European immigrants and you can see why it is nicknamed “The Paris
of South America”! The Spanish colonizers brought their trading
skills to Argentina, making it one of the richest countries in
the world. Since then the fortunes have faded, but its
splendor remains. Buenos Aires is now one of the world’s cheapest
capitals. The melancholy that comes with the city’s
fading riches resonates in the sweeping lament of the tango
music. Sit down for an al-fresco lunch in the harbor of La Boca, where this
famous dance originates. The many eccentricities of this former immigrant ghetto are preserved at “El Caminito”, the
country’s most famous walkway. While in the harbor, also tour La Bombonera, where soccer legend Diego Maradona started
out. The city’s other neighborhoods are so diverse
that the Argentineans will likely all point you somewhere else if
you ask them what to see next. Some will send you straight to San Telmo,
to score souvenirs in the patio shops of rustic colonial buildings. Browse
the historic neighborhood’s artisan markets for collectables and antiques
and listen to live music. Others will recommend the redeveloped Puerto
Madero. Modern parks and contemporary architecture
complement the preserved remnants of the port’s glory days. Everyone agrees that you can’t miss the Plaza
de Mayo. The balcony of the Casa Rosada, the presidential
palace, evokes memories of the scene in the musical
“Evita,” featuring a waving Eva Perón. Learn all about the country’s legendary First
Lady in the Evita Museum in the Palermo neighborhood.
Her life story reads like a fairytale: a poor actress from the country who married the president and became the heroine of the
working class. Upon hearing the news of her death in 1952, hundreds of thousands of admirers gathered
on Plaza de Mayo. The diva’s tomb is the most photographed grave
in Argentina, though the resident cats of La Recoleta Cemetery
do their best to steal the show Take a small detour to MALBA in Palermo. This stylish Latin American Art museum provides
a glimpse of the past… and a warped view of 20th-century designs! To get back to the city center, follow Avenida
9 de Julio: the world’s widest avenue.Test the acoustics
of the impressive Teatro Colón. Afterwards, line up for a tango show or drinks
in nearby Café Tortoni, which has been a local icon for more than
150 years already. This grand café is close to El Cabildo, the
Spanish-colonial Old Town Hall. Its central bell tower looks out over the
Metropolitan Cathedral, also on Plaza de Mayo. Visit the tomb of general José de San Martín, who led the May Revolution which gave the
square its name. The liberator’s statue decorates Plaza San
Martín in the Retiro neighborhood to the north While here, pause at the sombre Falklands
War Memorial before touring the awe-inspiring National Congress
building. End your day with an evening stroll in Puerto
Madero. Dinner is served late at night and in this rhythmic city you can stay out to dance until
the sun comes up. It’s hard not to fall in love with the jewel
in the crown of Argentina. All you have to do is look at Buenos Aires
to know that every word about this city is true