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She sits within the River Plate in European allure and South American eclat. Buenos Aires is the perfect city for any big lights sybarite.
Recoleta is the neighborhood that best personifies Buenos Aires. With its' luxurious hotels, fashionable shopping circuits, extravagant cuisine and fun nightlife attractions, Recoleta has everything a true bon vivant traveler is looking for. In the heart of Recoleta sleeps the famous Recoleta Cemetary where the most elite names of Argentine history rest in pictoresque sepulchres. If getting lost within tombs is not your thing, then step out and walk through the "hippie fair" filled with aristry and souvenirs from local artists and artesans. If not, just lay on the neatly cut grass mounds of any of the Recoleta parks overlooking Buenos Aires most fabulous avenue, Avenida del Libertador.
San Telmo is a compendium of historic Buenos Aires, where the old paved streets still whisper of horse carriages and colonial elegance. Best known for its unique antique stores and vanguard art galleries, San Telmo is a must for anyone who visits Buenos Aires for the first time. Have an espresso in the main square, visit the historical museums and churches, or just wander around watching the agile street performers trying to catch your eye for a few coins. A jewel not to be missed.
The abandoned docking area of Buenos Aires was revalued a few years back, turning it into a posh attraction for anyone searching for excellent cuisine. From exquisite local "asado" to sushi bars to italian pasta, one can select from a wide range of gastronomical specialties from the best chefs in South America. Also recomended for a Saturday afternoon stroll through the dikes. Currently, hosting the renowed Cow Parade where argentine artists turn an icon in Argentina's economy into works of art viewable by the general public.
Palermo is the largest residential area in all of Buenos Aires. Being such a large city, this makes Palermo a truly important region. A few sub-neighborhoods are Palermo Hollywood (where a few television stations are situated, and where all the stars hang out for drinks or dinner in its pubs and restaurants...hence the name), Palermo Soho (which offers a wide range of gastronomical alternatives, literary cafes, and vangauard in fashion and design), Las CaÃÂ±itas (a must for the glamorous Buenos Aires nighlife with it's hip bars and pubs), and Palermo Viejo (a more residential area characterized by its Sunday fairs of art and fashion). Palermo is the destination most young travelers seek.
People who are intrigued by tango must visit La Boca. Watch the sexy tango silouhettes dancing in the streets of El Caminito with the brightly colored buildings. Go for a tango-show dinner, where the best tango dancers mezmerize the audience while you enjoy an amazing traditional meal. A definite tango-stop to make.
Believe it or not, Buenos Aires has it's own natural reserve. On the banks of the River Plate, behind Puerto Madero, lies an oasis from the concrete walls of the city, where one can hike, trek, jog, ride a bike, birdwatch, enjoy the venegatio or just relax. This land is highly valued by real estate companies whom to all frequent intentional fires are blames on by all Buenos Aires citizens.
For art enthusiasts, this fairly new museum holds the largest latin american art colection in South America. The museum holds regular film festivals and movie circuits where young artists and art lovers assemble for a midnight cultural gathering for an extremely reasonable price.
This is a fairly small but charming Japanese Garden, constructed by the large japanese community in Buenos Aires. Perfect for enjoying the silent ponds exuberantly filled with koi which can be fed if you buy the little brown paper bags with koi food. Many tranquil readers have been seen sitting under the lush cherry blossoms, having succesfully found the perfect spot for reading-time. If you're a sushi junkie, such as I am, you'll never taste better sushi than in the Japanese Garden restaurant. This is one of my favourite corners of Buenos Aires.
An hour's ride from the center of Buenos Aires, lies a traditional river town dating back to the beginning of the 19th century. Some of the most prestigious rowing clubs lie on the banks on the river's canals, which today is highly contaminated, but still worth the trip. If you take a boat ride in and out the small canals, you'll be able to feast your eyes on this South American rural version of Venice (sans the Reinassance art and architecture) where river homes, hotels, restaurants, schools, and even a park can only be reached by speed boat. The current favorite spot for casinos and amusement parks and huge real estate contracts.
This magnificent building dating from the Belle Epoche era of Buenos Aires, where the frech taste for art, culture, fashion and architecture was at it's peak, lies in the middle of Palermo. Be it for its dazzling horse races, watching the people that congregate there, the expensive restaurants, or the majestic Baroque architecture, the Hipodromo de Palermo is an attraction that must no be missed.
Buenos Aires has been recently procclaimed the Gay Capital of South America, recieving thousands of gay tourists drawn by its' friendly open nightlife and hotel service. A new perspective on enjoying this colossus city.