There are few places like Buenos Aires, in Argentina. It's an impressive cosmopolitan city that looks a bit like Paris or Madrid but with a Latin American touch. It is a city full of life with busy avenues, gorgeous stores and modern restaurants. It is a very cultural and artistic city too with several museums, theaters and street art. And if you ever get tired you can also enjoy its many parks and walks.
We fell in love with this amazing city almost since we left the boat from Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. And after spending 5 days exploring it this is why we fell in love with Buenos Aires:
- A city full of History - This is something that no one can take from Buenos Aires. History. Museums, sculptures and street names make us travel in time while visiting the city. We specially enjoyed taking photographs at the famous Casa Rosada and walking around Recoleta Cemetery with its fine and elaborate mausoleums.
- Remarkable museums - Buenos Aires is full of great museums and we spent several hours viewing videos, admiring paintings and learning the city and country History. Our favorite museums were: Museo del Bicentenario that shows 200 years of the Argentinian History through awesome videos and pieces of art, Museo Evita that explains the life and achievements of Eva Perón, Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco with a great art collection from 16th to 20th century, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes with 12,000 pieces of art and the National History Museum with tons of information about Argentinian and Buenos Aires History.
- Astonishing buildings in every corner - Recoleta neighborhood is very famous for its old and gorgeous architecture but the truth is that you can find incredible government buildings, private houses, churches and cathedrals everywhere. Europeans have left a significant impact in Buenos Aires specially at the turn of the 20th century when the city was the place to see and be seen. One of our favorites was Barolo Palace, a representation of Dante Divine Comedy and in the past the highest building in Buenos Aires (we actually did the tour inside the building having the opportunity to admire the spectacular views of the Congresso and the city. The Catedral Metropolitana located at Plaza de Mayo is also impressive not only from outside but even more from inside.
- A touch of modernity surrounds the entire city - Buenos Aires is not only about History but also about Modernity. All around the city you can see new and modern buildings (like the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires or MALBA which we honestly didn't like the expositions inside but the building is quiet nice), contemporary sculptures (like Floralis Genérica built in 2002 by Eduardo Catalano) and the notable bridges and streets (like Puente de la Mujer designed by the Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava).
- A paradise of cultural life - Concerts, theaters, operas, tango... you name it! Buenos Aires has tons of cultural events for everyone. The Colon Theater is the main cultural and artistic place in the city and one of the most important places in Latin America. We also visited Teatro Nacional Cervantes (including its small museum with free entrance) and of course we went to a tango show (we chose Señor Tango, one of the oldest shows in Buenos Aires).
- Colorful historical barrios - San Telmo and La Boca are the most typical neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and the best part is that you can discover them just walking around. Great typical coffees, tourist shops, colorful houses and old squares and streets are just a few reasons to visit these neighborhoods. Then you will find another city dimension completely different from Recoleta or Palermo neighborhoods. We really enjoyed Plaza Dorrego for its coffee terraces and the well-known El Caminito for its life and colors.
- Great spots for dinner or just for a coffee - Something we really like in a city is to find a great place to stay for a while relaxing, drinking a coffee or eating an awesome meal. For us it's part of the trip and Buenos Aires has hundreds of places where you can "feel" the city and its people. And not only you can find these typical old bars and restaurants but also modern and more cosmopolitan ones like Le Pain Quotidien (C/ Jeronimo Salguero, 3075) or Farinelli (C/ Arroyo, 900).
Next stop: Sierra de la Ventana (Argentina) ~ 565 km south from Buenos Aires and 2,540 km north from Ushuaia