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What to see in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Attractions

Meaning 'fair winds' in Spanish, Buenos Aires has several enthralling attractions. Most sightseeing is best done by day, for aesthetic and safety purposes, and walking is the best but by no means only mode of transport in this intriguing city.

Visit the Cementerio de la Recoleta, home to the tomb of Eva Perón, the actress married to Argentina's President Juan Perón and subject of the musical Evita, or wander under the magnificent facades of the downtown area, particularly enjoyed for its marvellous old European buildings. Enthusiastic sightseers can take a paddleboat from the promenade in Palermo and stroll through the beautiful flower garden.

An absolute must for those refined travellers of culture is a trip to the Palermo Viejo district, with its charming cobblestone streets, bookstores, bars and boutiques. Another must would be an afternoon spent exploring the Caminito pedestrian street's arts and crafts in La Boca or a visit to the National Immigration Museum for a taste of history. Enjoy watching tango dancers in the cobblestone streets and take a tour of the La Bombonera Stadium.

Visitors wanting to catch a show can do so at the Recoleta Cultural Center. Built in 1732, it was originally a convent connected to the Basílica del Pilar. Today it is a cultural centre hosting concerts, live performances and screenings. The historical building also houses sculptures, paintings and photographs in different exhibitions, providing a fantastic sightseeing experience for any visitor to this exciting city.


Sitting opposite the Casa Rosada on the Plaza de Mayo, the Cabildo is an old colonial building fronted by rows of breathtaking arches. Construction began in 1610 and ended in 1894,…

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Casa Rosada

The famous Casa Rosada is iconic, rousing images of fiery political rallies or the tragic romance of Eva Peron. The Italianate-style mansion is front by palm trees and fountains,…

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Cathedral Metropolitana

Situated in the Plaza de Mayo, the neoclassical Cathedral Metropolitana houses the tomb of General José de San Martin, the revered hero who liberated Argentina from the…

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Floralis Generica

Floralis Generica is a working metal sculpture located in the United Nations square in Recoleta, composed of stainless steel, weighing 18 tons and measuring 76 feet (23m) high.…

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La Boca

Situated in the south-east of Buenos Aires at the mouth of the Riachuelo River, La Boca is the most colourful neighbourhood or barrio in Buenos Aires, original home of both football…

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La Recoleta Cemetery

An unlikely tourist attraction, La Recoleta Cemetery is well worth visiting to see its magnificent display of monuments and the ostentatious tombs of Argentina's rich and famous.…

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Nueve de Julio Avenue

At 416 feet (127m) wide, spanning the width of an entire city block, Avenida 9 de Julio is claimed to be the widest avenue in the world. Named for Argentina's Independence Day…

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Plaza Dorrego

Plaza Dorrego lies in San Telmo, the bohemian artists' quarter of Buenos Aires and the birthplace of tango. The tiny square is surrounded by elegant houses, now mostly converted…

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Teatro Colon

The Teatro Colón opened in 1908 and is one of the largest performing arts theatres in the southern hemisphere, second only to the Sydney Opera House in Australia. It was…

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