Buenos Aires, the beautiful capital of Argentina, is quite similar to a European metropolis, except for its South American twist. Buenos Aires, which means good airs, invites its visitors to experience a city filled with Spanish flair and fun. Visitors may come for up to 90 days without a visa to experience all Buenos Aires has to offer. Its people, the porteños, meaning that they come from the port, therefore they are mostly descendants of immigrants, are friendly and accommodating.
Buenos Aires is situated on the western shore of the Rio de la Plata, and more importantly, on the southeastern coast of South America. There are four distinct seasons in Argentina, and because of its tropical climate, there is quite a bit of rainfall year-round.
The city itself is divided into 48 districts, or barrios, each with its own specialty, and the public transportation system in the city is the most efficient way to get around.
In order to fully experience what Buenos Aires has to offer its tourists, one must focus on the most important of the 48 barrios. For example, the most touristic area of Buenos Aires is the microcentro, where you can walk down Florida Street, the most famous pedestrian street in the city, perfect for window-shopping. You can also head down to la Boca, a beautiful, colorful neighborhood, filled with plenty of urban scenery and street art. In San Telmo, there are many colonial style houses, which is why it is the oldest barrio in the city. There are plenty of churches to visit here, and the underground nightlife is definitely something to experience. Palermo is a more residential district, but has many restaurants and bars for you to enjoy Argentinian delicacies throughout your stay. There is also a large botanical garden in Palermo that surrounds a lake for paddle boating or simple relaxation. Another great park to see is the Parque Tres de Febrero, which features a beautiful rose garden and lake.
Make sure to see some of Buenos Aires’ most popular attractions, like the Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada, a government palace, the Colon Theater, and the Recoleta Cemetery. El Puerto de Buenos Aires is a great place to see day and night for its contrasting street life.
Lastly, go out for some local fun at a milonga, a tango dance club, particularly at Maldita Milonga, a club that has live music.