Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America”, is the capital city of Argentina. Caldwell Travel’s own Kate Godfrey recently spent three months exploring the wonders of Argentina, including significant time in Buenos Aires. Below she shares some of her favorite experiences, and some suggestions for rounding out a quality Buenos Aires vacation.
Here are some of the highlights of a Buenos Aires vacation:
Plaza de Mayo: The main square in Buenos Aires where the process for independence from Spain began in 1810. Also home to the Casa Rosada (Pink House) where the president’s offices are located, and the Cabildo, the colonial city council building, now a museum.
San Telmo Market: On Sunday’s the San Telmo market comes alive with vendors hocking their wares: antiques, antiques and more antiques. Don’t forget to take your time and enjoy the 19th century architecture in this neighborhood.
Plaza Francia Artisan Market: Each weekend this large plaza comes alive with artisans selling their handmade items. Lots of variety and good souvenirs to be found here.
La Boca: A vibrant neighborhood on the river, La Boca is home to the famous Caminito, here you can see the pastel colored houses and shops, as well as tango dancing in the street.
Recoleta Cemetery: The final resting place for many famous and wealthy Argentines, including Evita. The size and design of the elaborate marble mausoleums are astounding.
Tango dancing: The national dance of Argentina was born on the streets of Buenos Aires in the late 1800’s. If you are lucky you may see street performers dancing tango. If not I highly recommend a visit to a milonga or a coffeehouse like Café Tortoni.
Food and drink: Argentine steak, dulce de leche (milk caramel), empanadas, oh yes, and lets not forget the wine. The Malbec made in Argentina is excellent. If you want to try and be a true Argentine you can drink the yerba mate tea, a national staple.
Art: There are two excellent art museums in Buenos Aires: MALBA (Latin American Art of Buenos Aires) features a large collection of Latin American modern art. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts) is home to a nice collection of more traditional pieces, many from Argentina, but a healthy collection of European paintings as well.
This article only scratches the surface of what you can see and do in Buenos Aires. And while you’re in Argentina you can take a side trip to an estancia (ranch), see Iguazu Falls or go to Mendoza to taste some Malbec wine straight from the source. When you’re ready to book your vacation to Buenos Aires, Argentina contact us and we’ll help you plan your dream Argentine vacation.