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Top 10 Highlights of Buenos Aires


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Top 10: Highlights of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a vibrant, bustling city, with more than plenty to do for visitors and locals alike. But in a city with so much to do, it can sometimes be overwhelming knowing where to start exploring. Here, you have a list of the Top 10 Highlights of Buenos Aires — things that simply can’t be missed while in the Paris of South America.

1. Plaza de Mayo

Plaza de Mayo is the plaza in front of the Casa Rosada, where the president of Argentina conducts her (or his) business. The plaza has long since been a ground for political demonstrations, celebrations, and other gatherings. Centrally located, it regularly has banners hung, with demonstrators taking a stance for various causes. This is also where the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo have historically marched once a week, calling for government help in finding the desaparecidos of the Dirty War of the late 20th century.

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2. Cementerio de la Recoleta

World-renowned for its stoic, solemn beauty, the Recoleta Cemetery is an above-ground cemetery where Argentina’s most important and affluent deceased are buried. Each tomb is distinct, and they are organized like a miniature city, with various “streets” running through the cemetery. Highlights include Evita’s always-decorated tomb, as well as various other important historical figures.

3. Teatro Colon

Teatro Colon is, without a doubt, the most impressive and grandest theatre and opera house in all of Latin America. Considered one of the top 5 opera houses in the world, it has recently gone under a four-year restoration, and reopened during the bicentennial celebrations of 2010. Stunningly beautiful and unmatched in acoustics, it has been performed in by the most famous opera stars and musicians in the world, and its program continues to draw music lovers from all over the world.

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4. San Telmo

Considered the historic district of the city, San Telmo was the first neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Its streets are narrower, buildings older, and today it is filled with bohemian boutiques and brimming antique shops. The neighborhood really comes alive on Sundays during the Feria de San Telmo, an outdoor artisan market, but it is good to visit any day of the week.

5. Avenida de Mayo

This street is another important historic point in the city. Here, you can see some of the city’s finest architecture, with Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Belle Époque being the stars of the show. There are many quaint cafes and eateries along here — some of the oldest in the city — with a sprinkling of bookstores, all making for a great afternoon stroll.

6. MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires)

One of the most important cultural points of the city, MALBA is considered to have one of the best collections of Latin American art in the world. Their permanent collection in and of itself is noteworthy, but they regularly have incredible exhibitions, with a variety of artists. They also offer other resources and events to the community, such as educational seminars and film screenings.

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7. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

The other major museum of the city (among many), the National Museum of Fine Arts is just that: a collection of some of the finest art in the world. Many international artists from throughout history are represented here, and this museum also offers a variety of cultural events.

8. Avenida 9 de Julio

As the widest avenue in the world, this important artery is difficult to miss. It is lined with some of the city’s most important hotels, restaurants and theatres, but really is just incredible in its sheer size. It also has a great energy to it, as during the day it is always bustling with activity. It is a great starting place for exploring the city.

9. Tango

While this is not a specific place, it is something that must be enjoyed while in the city of Buenos Aires, the original home to this internationally celebrated music and dance. Milongas and theatres are spread throughout the city, and you will have no problem finding a show or class to satiate your thirst for the passionate tradition.

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10. Tigre

Okay, so this is not actually in Buenos Aires. But the small delta town of Tigre is just an hour north of the city, and is a great little getaway from the bustle of the city. It makes a wonderful day trip, and the fresh air will do you well.

For more information about the above places, and other Top 10 lists, please visit this Buenos Aires Travel Guide.

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