Buenos Aires, nicknamed Baires, is the capital of Argentina and one of the largest
cities in South America. It's located where the Rio de la Plata delta meets
the southern Atlantic. The Rio de la Plata is the widest river in
the world at this point. The people of
Buenos Aires refer to themselves as portenos - people of the
port. The city has been founded by a variety of European
immigrants. Many immigrated to avoid the world wars in
Europe. This gives Buenos Aires a central European ambiance and
architecture, which is not typical of the rest of South America. In fact, the city is often referred to as the Paris of South America.
The hottest months are January and February when humidity can also be
very high. Expect average summer highs of 80 F (26 C) and average
lows of 70 F (20 C). In the winter months temperatures are
moderated by the Atlantic ocean and can hover just above freezing.
Expect average winter highs of 60 F (15 C) and lows of 50 F (10
C). Rainfall is spread farily evenly throughout the year. Spring and fall are the best times of year to visit Buenos Aires for
Buenos Aires is served by two major airports:
Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza International Airport (EZE)
is located about 30 minutes southwest of the old downtown area.
Cabs can be purchased at a booth in the airport and they then escort you
to the vehicle. You pay the cashier, not the cab driver.
This is a convenient introduction to the city, but will cost slightly
more than wandering the entrance to the airport for an available
ride. A less expensive but more time consuming option is to take
the shuttle bus with Manuel Tienda
The Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP) is located along the Rio Plata river about
10 minutes from downtown. This is the domestic airport used to
access locations such as Iguazu Falls. Local cabs, charging by the
meter, are an easy and affordable option.
The subway is extensive and inexpensive, but doesn't cover La
Recoletta or La Boca. It's easy to catch a cab around the city. Make sure the
meter is running.
National Congress and Plaza, (c) Can Stock Photo Inc. / AchimHB
Our hotel indicated the water was safe to drink in Buenos Aires and
we did so without problems. Other tourists also indicated they had
no problems with tap water. However, our guides in Buenos Aires
recommended sticking with bottled water as a precaution.
Plaza de Mayo (May Plaza) is the most important plaza in the city and
the site of the May 25, 1810 Argentinean independence revolution. The plaza is
surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Pink House housing the president's office), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Cabildo town hall,
the May Pyramid and the white scarf
paintings on the plaza by the Mothers of the Disappeared in
remembrance of children who disappeared during the civil war in the
late 1970s and early 1980s.
Plaza San Martin - Enjoy this large park in the downtown
area. Walk along the shops of Florida street and enjoy a large
selection of individuals ready to "cambio" US dollars into
pesos at black market rates. This area is an excellent choice
for accommodation with its shops, restaurants and proximity to
attractions such as Recoleta, Teatro Colon, Plaza de Mayo and San
Telmo. At the lower edge of the plaza, visit the eternal flame in
tribute to soldiers who died attempting to regain the Malvinas (Falklands).
Avenida 9 de Julio - one of the widest streets in the world
with up to 14 lanes of traffic. It includes the Obelisk in Plaza de la Republica.
Colon Theatre - one of the most highly regarded opera houses in
the world and the pride of Buenos Aires.
Recoleta - one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city
which is home to elegant shops, excellent restaurants and open air cafes
under the gomero trees.
Recoleta Cemetery - visit the grave of Eva Peron (Evita). This
cemetery is walled in stone and is similar to those in New Orleans.
Puente de la Mujer - the Woman's Bridge at Puerto Madero in the
downtown area. This footbridge is also a swing bridge that can be
rotated to allow small ships to pass.
San Telmo - the oldest district of Buenos Aires. Visit
the Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Church, the busy San Telmo Market on
Sundays and Dorrego Square.
La Boca - along Caminito St, just south of San Telmo are
brightly painted buildings established by Italian immigrants.
Restaurants and street entertainers perform brief tangos to generate
Palermo - a residential quarter with diverse attractions such as
the Buenos Aires Zoo,
Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens, the Monument to the Spanish and the
Planetarium (Planetario Galileo Galilei).
Tierra Santa - a religious theme park.
Parque Norte (water park) and the adjacent Memory Park
(Parque de la Memoria - Costanero Norte) built in memory of the
civil violence of the Dirty War in the late 1970s.