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Plaza de Mayo and the Cabildo City Hall, Buenos Aires
Plaza de Mayo

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.

Weather:

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 good weather.

   

Transportation:

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 Leon.

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, Buenos Aires, Argentina

National Congress and Plaza, (c) Can Stock Photo Inc. / AchimHB

Drinking Water:

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.

Things to see and do in Buenos Aires:

Consider a walking tour or a bike tour in Buenos Aires.

  • 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.

  • El Ateneo Grand Splendid - the world's most beautiful book store, with a coffee shop on a former theatre stage.

  • National Congress and Congressional Plaza.

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Boca

  • 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 income.

Casa Rosada, Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Casa Rosada, (c) Can Stock Photo Inc. / fla

La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Recoleta, (c) Can Stock Photo Inc. / evgeshag

Things to see and do near Buenos Aires:

Palacio de Tribunales, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palacio de Tribunales,  the Paris of South America

Savor the Tastes of Buenos Aires:

Puente de la Mujer, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Puente de la Mujer

Buenos Aires Tours:

Hotels in Buenos Aires:

Take That Vacation Recommendations for Buenos Aires:

Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) - including a list of hotels with a shuttle.


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