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Buenos Aires is a large, sprawling metropolis with an incredible amount of history for its age. As the capital of Argentina, it has a number of very important buildings and historical sites, but it also has attractions that are younger. While you could spend months in the city and never get bored, there are several key things you should try to see during your stay.

The microcentro, or the city center, is probably the most logical place to begin exploring. This area is all hustle and bustle during the day, as it is home to the financial district and the political district. The famous Obelisk stands tall on Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world. Plaza de Mayo is one of the most important plazas in town, home to the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace. Nearby is Museo de Cabildo, which is all remains of the arches that originally surrounded this important plaza. Also stop by the Catedral Metropolitana, which houses the remains of José de San Martín, one Argentina’s most famed liberators. Florida, a busy pedestrian street that runs through downtown, is a shopaholic’s dream. If you don’t like to shop, at least come for the people and entertaining street vendors.

The microcentro is also home to the Teatro Colón, which is under renovation at the time of writing. When open, though, it is quite a grand sight to see, as are the ballets, plays and operas housed there. Palacio del Congreso stands proud just south of the theatre, which is an elaborate version of its American counterpart, designed to resemble Washington’s Congress building. Tours of the interior can be arranged, simply contact the Palacio.

Heading west will put you in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires’ newest neighborhood. Old port buildings have been delightfully refurbished and are now home to delicious restaurants and beautiful new apartments. On the eastern edge is the Reserva Ecológica, which can provide a nice break from the city as you stroll or bike through the lush landscape.

Southwest of Puerto Madero sits famed San Telmo, the historic district of the city. Here you will find preserved old buildings, crumbling cobblestone streets, funky clothing stores, and more antiques than you can imagine. The main square, Plaza Dorrego, hosts an antique fair on Sundays, and thousands of people flock to see the antiques and the goods of various artists that line the streets. For great food, fabulous people watching, passionate tango in the streets and the ultimate souvenirs, don’t miss this one.

La Boca is situated further south, and is known for Caminito, a pedestrian street lined with vibrantly colored metal buildings. Take care in this area; it is not recommended to stray from the beaten path, even during the day. There are also a couple great museums to see here: Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca and Fundación Proa, which features contemporary art at its finest.

Hop north of the microcentro and you’ll find yourself in another world, where wide, tree-lined avenues meet with world-class shopping. That’s right, you’re in Recoleta, the most posh neighborhood in town. Don’t miss the extraordinary 19th-century French architecture and the quaint cafes. This neighborhood is also home to Cementerio de la Recoleta, the high-walled cemetery, where some of the richest and most influential Argentines are laid to rest, including Argentina’s beloved Evita Perón. There is a weekend outdoor fair on the surrounding areas, as well as the Centro Cultural Recoleta and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Palermo is just north of Recoleta, and is chock-full of expansive green parks and gardens, grand embassies and boutique shops and hotels. Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays is lovely for a relaxing afternoon. The Jardín Zoológico gives you an up-close view of animals from around the world. In addition, the Jardín Japonés can give you that moment of zen, and has an excellent restaurant on site.

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), is home to some of the best Latin American art in the world. Museo Evita is also worth a look. While in the area, don’t miss the world-famous Campo de Polo or the Hipódromo for some classy sporting events. The Planetario has amazing astronomy shows daily.

See this Buenos Aires Travel Guide for more information on these plentiful areas. There’s so much to see in this enchanting city, but it’s worth every minute.

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