Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and one of the largest cities in South America. Quality of life in the city is usually ranked high and the per capita income is one of the highest in the region. It's also one of the most visited cities in the region in part because it's a popular jumping off place for travelers hoping to explore all of South America. It is a wonderful first glimpse at Latin American culture, and is an excellent city in its own right. The city has impressive European-style architecture and many theaters, sporting venues, and concert halls. There is really no shortage of activities for visitors.
Buenos Aires's climate is humid subtropical. The summers are humid and the winters are mild. January is the warmest month and the temperature averages about 77 degrees Fahrenheit with the highs climbing into the mid to high 80s. Spring is between September and November and fall is between March and May. These times are mild but unpredictable with frequent thunderstorms in the spring months. Winters are mild and temperate. There may be a frost in the suburban areas and heavy fog is common. July is the coolest month with temperatures averaging around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
As a large, cosmopolitan city, there are many sights and attractions around town. Casa Rosada is the country's government house. The Plaza de Mayo in the front is also worth a visit. Other notable landmarks include the Obelisco, Confiteria Ideal, Palacio Barolo, Casa de la Cultura, Libreria La Calesita, and La Botica del Angel.
Buenos Aires has many colorful and eclectic neighborhoods, so it is best to divide your visit into the different districts that you wish to visit. Be sure and allow yourself enough time to just wander around the area and get a feel for each neighborhood's character and personality.
Buenos Aires is a large city that has been divided into 48 different districts. Only a fraction of them are of particular interest to travelers. Microcentro is the downtown area and has many historic sights and shopping areas. San Telmo is a quaint area with cobblestone streets and colonial houses. It also has a great nightlife scene. La Boca is a brightly colored historical neighborhood, and Palermo is a popular area for its restaurants, bars, and clubs. Recoleta is one of the more expensive parts of the city and has many French style buildings. Other popular neighborhoods include Belgrano, Almagro, Boedo, Caballito, Congreso, San Cristobal, Puerto Madero, Once, Retiro, Tribunales, Coghlan, and Villa Urquiza.
In addition to the endless supply of sights that you'll find throughout Buenos Aires, there are some great activities that are worth checking out as well. If you can, definitely try to go to a football (soccer) game. The two home teams, Boca Juniors and River Plate, are world famous. Tango lessons are also a popular experience while you're traveling in Buenos Aires. There are also some great places to watch tango experts perform, with one of the best being Confiteria Ideal. The city also hosts many great wine events and festivals throughout the year. Spas are also abundant and many are worth a relaxing visit while you're in the area.
Food and Dining
Argentina is known for its beef. Asado, or steak barbecue, is best tried at a parrila. These are restaurants that specialize in roasted meats and the quality is usually quite high. Prices range from incredibly high to simple and cost friendly.
Buenos Aires is a large, cosmopolitan city with a wide variety of food options. You can find Italian food almost anywhere but sushi, Asian fusion, and vegetarian restaurants are also quite common.
Italian and Spanish food is tied closely to the area's culture. Pizza and empanadas are common meals and should not be missed while you're in the area.
Although Buenos Aires is quite large, it does have a great public transportation system that is efficient and fast. The system includes a metro, buses, and a commuter train. The metro system is small but well connected to tourist destinations. Buses are farther reaching, but slightly less efficient than the metro. Do keep in mind that the system gets quite crowded during rush hour. The commuter train connects the city center with the nearby subrubs and provinces. The system is convenient for locals but does not help tourists much.
Walking is an easy option in Buenos Aires as well. The city is laid out in a grid pattern so it is easy to orient yourself. Taxis are an option as well, but they are often slower than the metro as traffic can be quite congested. They are relatively cheap though.
By backpackguru on Oct 28, 2011 in Entertainment
There are some great parks and green spaces in Buenos Aires. One place worth checking out is the promenade in Palermo. There are plenty of places to walk as well as a nearby lake with paddle boats for rent. There's also a beautiful, large, flower garden which is free to explore. If you're looking for a quiet place to relax there's a golf course that is a place to escape the chaos. The Japanese garden and botanical gardens a pretty, but can be lous because they're near some major roads.