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Buenos Aires: Day Trips
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Here is a collection of Buenos Aires top attractions and places to visit. Don't miss what is worth, prepare yourself to discover the hot tourist spots in the City
Recently divided between Palermo Hollywood, Palermo Soho and Palermo Viejo, Palermo is the biggest and the most classic Buenos Aires neighborhood and one of the best locations to stay for a tourist with a plenty of furnished apartments, hostels and exclusive house hotels. Full of beautiful colonial houses adorned with romantic balconies, trendy windows of designers stores, fancy restaurants and nice pubs is always a nice place to eat, to shop and to walk around between its small cobbled streets bordered by huge and leafy trees.
Plaza Cerrano - Palermo
Palermo Hot Tourist Spots:
Plaza Serrano: Restaurants, pubs, crafts and urban designers market at the weekends. Location: between streets Borges 1600 - Honduras 4700 - Serrano 1500.
Botanic Garden: This national monument is almost 170 years old and is carefully designed with more than 5.000 species of plants, beautiful sculptures and winter-houses. Location: Plaza Italia - Santa Fe 3900 – Las Heras 4000.
Bosques de Palermo: The park and its area around are the city lung. Decorated with rose gardens, groves and lakes is a perfect place to enjoy a tour at any season. At the park north eastern side you can get to the Rio de la Plata and its also beautiful waterfront promenade called Costanera Norte. Location: Avenida Sarmiento – Avenida del Libertador 3500 to 5000 – Avenida Costanera Rafael Obligado.
This waterfront part of the city is Buenos Aires trendiest architecture and entertainment neighborhood. Founded in the 19th Century and rescued in the 90s after years of decadence, Puerto Madero was converted in an elegant four docks area surrounded by elegant restaurants, a floating casino and tall buildings where most important argentine companies are located in.
Puerto Madero Hot Tourist Spots:
Womans bridge: locally called Puente de la Mujer, this contemporary urban sculpture designed by Santiago Calatrava became an important tourist attraction since its asymmetrical shape and elegant aesthetics resemble to the locals a woman dancing tango. Location: Puerto Madero dock 3.
Ecological Reserve: Behind the architectonic explosion of Puerto Madero lies the Costanera Sur or Southern waterfront promenade with the Ecological Reserve, a place to enjoy one of the most beautiful Buenos Aires landscapes and enjoy its nature richness through the different trails that lead to the Rio de la Plata shore. Location: Tristan Achaval Rodriguez Avenue 1500.
Located at the south eastern side of the city close to the old port of Buenos Aires, La Boca is being for years synonym of tango and football. Adorned with colorful houses and taverns, the neighborhood jealously keeps the influence of the first Italian settlers and remains today as one of the most important culture center and tourist attractions of Buenos Aires city.
Caminito - La Boca
La Boca Hot Tourist Spots:
Caminito: Received this name from a famous tango tune composed by the prominent figure Carlos Gardel. More than a single street, Caminito is an open air tango museum and art market that will enraptured your senses with its houses originally painted in bright colors and the plenty of typical restaurants, tango dancers, artists and musicians exhibiting their abilities to every people walking around. Location: Avenida Pedro de Mendoza 1800.
Boca Juniors stadium: Better known as La Bombonera because its resembling with a chocolate box, the Boca Juniors stadium represents the passion Argentines feel by football and the eternal faithfulness sworn to their team. Is not a remarkable spot because of the building aesthetics but because the uniqueness of the atmosphere created inside. Location: Brandsen Street 800.
It is the oldest residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires and was its most important during the 19th Century. San Telmo became one of the architectonic treasures of the city with its many museums, antique stores and old churches that nowadays are framing the busy neighborhoods cultural activity and a and attracting crowds of tourists at any season.
Plaza Dorrego - San Telmo
San Telmo Hot Tourist Spots:
Plaza Dorrego: Located at the heart of San Telmo, maintains its original colonial structure and design offering one of the most authentic experiences to tourists and locals. During the weekends the central square is reserved to the flea and antiques market and at the afternoon becomes an open place to spontaneous tango dancers. Location: Between Defensa and Humberto 1o Streets.
The name means small center as represents Buenos Aires downtown area and concentrates most of the businesses, banks main offices and governmental institutions. The European architecture and its energetic activity are the main characteristics of this area that vibrates until midnight especially on Fridays, when businessman change their ties by a glass of beer in the many Irish pubs and taverns located in the area.
Microcentro Hot Tourist Spots:
Florida Street: It has been pedestrian only since 1913. Starts at Avenida de Mayo and continue less than 1 Mile (1Km) until the beautiful Plaza San Martin in Retiro. Surrounded by shopping malls like Galerias Pacifico, brand stores, leather and souvenirs stores, Florida is an interesting place to observe Buenos Aires daily activity and to enjoy a day of tourist shopping. Location: Florida St. Some find it reminiscent of 42st in NYC during the seventies and eighties; seedy and potentially dangerous.
Avenida de Mayo: It connects Plaza de Mayo with Plaza Congreso in a beautiful 10 blocks path of neoclassic and art nouveau structures that reflect the European influence of the city. Named after Buenos Aires foundation in 1810, keeps the most important memories of the Argentinean history with places like the Café Tortoni or the Cultural Center of Buenos Aires. Location: Avenida de Mayo, from 500 until 1400.
9 de Julio Avenue & the Obelisk: The widest avenue in the City and probably one of the widest in the world is one of the places you surely would not miss in Buenos Aires. With the obelisk elegantly standing at the 9 de Julio with Corrientes junction, this avenue is a wonderful place to take a walk at day or at night and enjoy tourist landmarks such as the Colon Theatre, the French Embassy and other sculptures and monuments placed in its sidewalks. Location: 9 de Julio Avenue from 1300 to 500.
Plaza de Mayo
Became the most important political scenario of Buenos Aires since the Argentine Independence in 1810. People with different political ideologies are continuously gathering in this place to participate in massive demonstrations like the organized by Evita Peron or by the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. The May Square congregates city majors landmarks such as the Presidential House called the Casa Rosada; the Cabildo o Government House during the colonialism; the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires, between other magnificent structures. Location: between streets Hipólito Yrigoyen 300, Rivadavia 300, Balcarce and Bolívar streets.
Plaza de Mayo
Is a high class residential and commercial district full of French style buildings and other historical constructions. Recoleta is one of the most expensive and elegant neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and one of the most popular between tourists. Its central square Plaza Francia is an important meeting point, surrounded by coffee shops, restaurants and other hot tourist spots like the Del Pilar Church, the Palaise de Glace or the University of Buenos Aires Law Faculty and is continuously offering different cultural activities and a colorful craft market at the weekends.
Recoleta Hot Tourist Spots:
Cemetery of Recoleta: More than a cemetery, this place is a museum of art that dates from the year 1800. In the Cemetery of Recoleta are lying the remains of the most influential and important personalities of the Argentine history including the populist Eva Peron. Its marble mausoleums are dedicated to entire families and their descendants and adorned with sculptures and other outrageous monuments resembling the opulence of the Argentine high class. Location: Junin Street 1700
Recoleta Cultural Center: The building was donated to the city by the Franciscans in 1716 and since its renovation in 1980 it operates as a cultural center and one of the most popular venues of the city. Location: Junin Street 1930.
This is not the real name of the neighborhood but the way how locals call the area around due to the imposing presence of the Congress Palace. Its a middle class neighborhood with a strong commercial activity that will let you a taste of what is going on in the real Buenos Aires.
Plaza Congreso Hot Tourist Spots:
Congress Palace: Its impressive construction makes of this palace one of the greatest city master pieces of architecture. Built at the beginning of 1900, the Congress covers a set of three squares called Plaza Congreso which begins where the Avenida de Mayo ends. The Congreso square is adorned with several monuments and sculptures and became the second most important political scenario for Argentines as many demonstrations either begin or end there their path to the Plaza de Mayo. Location: Entre Rios/ Callao Avenue and Rivadavia Avenue 1700. Corrientes Avenue: Is one of the main avenues of Buenos Aires. Its central location cross the 9 de Julio Avenue in the intersection with the Obelisk and forwards straight to the downtown. Corrientes is a place with a strong relevance in the Porteño culture and nightlife embracing all sorts of theatres, tango, libraries and Italian pizza houses that until late at night entertain the citizen of Buenos Aires. Location: Callao Avenue 400, Intersection with Corrientes Avenue at 1700 until 800.
A residential northern neighborhood of Buenos Aires, inhabited by an upper middle-class population that keeps the leafy aesthetics of the city creating a nice quiet place to live. Belgranos main thoroughfare is the Cabildo Avenue, a very busy street with all kind of shops, corner cafes and grocery stores to enjoy a day of city shopping.
Belgrano Hot Tourist Spots:
Belgrano Square: Is the central square of the neighborhood, surrounded by the Belgrano cathedral popularly called "La Redonda" or the "the rounded one" because its circular shape, the Enrique Larreta Museum House of Spanish Art, the Yrurtia House Museum and the Sarmiento Museum. The square is an important meeting point especially on weekends where artists open a craft market there. Location: Juramento Street 2200.
China Town: Is not officially a neighborhood and not completely Chinese as its first settlers from Far East were Taiwanese immigrants, preceded by Chinese, Korean and Japanese that moved there at the middle of the 80s. With the time it became a place addressed to keep their ancient culture, religion and food and even though is small, still counts with a plenty of grocery stores, Asian restaurants and other typical stores. Location: Juramento 1600 and Arribeños 2100 intersection.
Although is not in Buenos Aires City but already in the Province, at only 17,5 miles (28 Km) from the northern side of the City lies this beautiful and unique town at the Parana Deltas shore. Tigre offer different type of attractions to the tourist. You can either take a tour through the Delta Islands, walk around the town to enjoy the special atmosphere of the river or get an exciting journey at the Luna Park or the Casino.
Tigre Hot Tourist Spots:
Tigre Museum: It was originally build to be a Social Club and it certainly became an important meeting place for rich and famous. Its beautiful structure stands at the Lujan River shore at the end of the Paseo Victorica.
Puerto de frutos: Received this name because it used to be a fruits and vegetables port. many years ago. Nowadays it is a poor quality craft market that condenses many artists of the area exhibiting their best made for tourist wood works and decorative articles in other materials founded in the area. Avoid weekends as many Argentines make this a weekend adventure and it is uncomfortably crowded.
While in Buenos Aires, there are some side trips that are worth trying:
Colonia (Uruguay): Even though it's in a neighbouring country, it's usually a side trip from Buenos Aires. This small city located across the river in front of Buenos Aires, has remained an old colonial town (at least part of it), which makes it really charming. Getting there is really easy: Buquebus boats depart from Darsena Norte (between Puerto Madero and Retiro). You can also buy your tickets in advance from one of the Buquebus offices in the city at 850 Cordoba Street. Note that there are fast boats (1hour ride) and slower ones (3 hours). Usually Colonia is an all day long side trip, and you could even spend a night there. More than that is not necessary, unless you are headed towards another Uruguayan city such as Montevideo or Punta del Este. Do book in advance as the ferries get very booked up. Arrive at ferry min 1 hr beforehand as this IS an international departure.
Tigre and Parana Delta: A very popular destination, even among "porteños", is actually a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Eventhough there are some pre-arranged tours that may take you there, it's really easy (and safe) to go on your own. Just head for Retiro Train Station, and ask for a ticket to Tigre. It costs no more than 1 peso each way. This is a commuter's train, but it is the best line in city. Tigre is the last station, about a 50-55 min ride. Another way to go would be to get a train to B. Mitre (departing from Retiro also, but it has a lower frequency) or any bus that takes you there, and then use the "Tren de la Costa". This line runs almost paralell to the first one, but has a more touristic view. It isn't as cheap, but the good thing about it is that you can get down at any station you want (San Isidro with its Cathedral and its cobblestone streets might be a good option if you feel like exploring these Buenos Aires sorroundings), and then hop on the train again heading to Delta Station (which is roughly 300m. away from Tigre Station).
What to do there? Well, Tigre is mostly about water, but not all. Walk by the coast to get a view of the area, with it's old houses, rowing clubs and restaurants, and then catch one of the many boat services for a tour at the river's delta. Many of them offer lunch at small restaurants on the islands (these restaurants are often called "recreos"). Ask for special activities, such as rowing or water skiing.
As said, not all is water. If not into that, the local craft's market, called "Mercado de Frutos" might be worth a visit. Tigre is more about open-air kind of fun, but if you get tired of the sun, the recently opened Museo de Arte de Tigre (the local Fine Arts Museum) offers a small but beautiful collection of some of the best Argentine artists. Plus the building itself is an old piece of art. Last but not least, you could get lucky at Trillenium Casino, not far from there.
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