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What You Should Know More About Buenos Aires
· Buenos Aires is considered to be relatively safer however it is still advisable for you to avoid carrying excess cash with you in the public areas.
· Do not flaunt your cash or valuables in the public areas.
· Do not leave your important documents or valuables in the hotel room.
· Make sure you book a hotel only where there is a facility of room safe available.
· Do not let anyone deceive you.
· Carry at least one proof of your identity with you at all times.
· Do not leave your VISA or passport carelessly.
· Do not entertain the touts.
· Make sure you check for the quality of the street food before you begin eating it.
· Do not try and get over friendly with the strangers.
· Keep yourself away from all forms of drugs.
· Do not indulge in physical or verbal fights with anyone.
· Make sure you adhere to the local rules and traditions.
· If you buy bottled drinking water, make sure you check for the seal.
· Do gather enough information before you travel to any new destination.
· In case you are going to a restaurant, check online for the dress code applicable.
· Make sure you negotiate the fare before booking a cab or a taxi.
The legal age for drinking in Buenos Aires is 18 years.
Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada
Belle Époque of Buenos Aires is evident in the magnificent old colonial buildings that are found in the Plaza de Mayo. It was established in the 16th century, this magnificent plaza which is two block long has been the stage for several important events in the history of the city right from the uprising of Spain in 1810 to continuation of the vigils that were organized by the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo whose children surprisingly disappeared during the reign of the military junta from 1976 to 1983. A major section of the area is pedestrianized including the prominent Lavalle Streets and Florida along with the several attractions that can easily be included in the fun walking tour of the area. This sightseeing attraction really has a lot in store to keep you engaged.
The Recoleta Cemetery and Museums
Fashionable Recoleta gets its name from the Franciscan convent which was built around the year 1716 however it is majorly known for its astonishing burial ground. The Recoleta Cemetery has largely been popular amongst the tourists and the locals alike who are majorly drawn to the cemetery for the several elaborate mausoleums which serve as the final resting places for an authentic Who's Who of famous Argentines including the illustrious souls such as Eva Perón which has now been mummified in the Duarte family tomb. After you are done exploring the cemetery you can check out the res of the Recoleta which has a variety of craft shops, cages, gardens, and other attractions such as Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco. This indeed is one of the best places to see in Buenos Aires.
La Boca and the Caminito Street Museum
One of the most colorful neighborhoods of Buenos Aires' is La Boca. It is a favorite hunt for the artistic and the creative types. Many of you who can actually take their art outside as well as the onto the streets to decorate the balconies and patios here with the incredible sculptures of the tango dancers and the other characters. One significant tourist attraction here is the Caminito Street Museum. Exploring this museum can be a great fun for the visitors. It is a colorful pedestrian friendly zone which has functioned as an art market and an open air museum ever since 1959. Make sure you take a guided tour to ensure that you get all the necessary insights.
THE DIVERSE NEIGHBOURHOODS
Just like every other big city, there are a variety of distinct neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires. You really ought to make the most of your holiday time in Buenos Aires by exploring the various neighbourhoods here. What you’ll notice by the end of your tour is that every neighbourhood of Buenos Aires is distinctively unique. The Barrios are so unique that it is easy for you to find something for everyone. Love art? Head to the vibrant and colourful streets of La Boca. Love football and tango? Buenos Aires caters to that as well. If you wish to check out the impressive tourist attractions of Buenos Aires, go check out the political hub of the city that is the El Microcentro. El Microcentro has a variety of historic buildings to keep you entertained. Monserrat and San Telmo delight the tourists with their old cobble streets, Spanish colonial buildings as well as the antique stores. Recoleta is an affluent city which is majorly popular for its European-style buildings. Palermo on the other hand lures the world with its fashionable shopping boutique, tranquil lush parks as well as the bustling café scene. Lastly, Puerto Madero is a home to open air and modern docks.
Given the distinctive European architecture and the large open boulevards, there’s simply no surprise in the fact that Buenos Aires is fondly referred to as the ‘Paris of the South’. This beautiful city is alluring in every respect. You can join a free walking tour in the morning. This tour will lead you to the heavily European inspired neighborhoods of Retiro and Recoleta.
THE CAFÉ SCENE
The café scene of Buenos Aires is sheer brilliance. You can find a number of little cafes from around the city. To explore the best cafes of the city you must check out the affluent Palermo neighborhood.
Amongst the cityscape of Buenos Aires, you’ll come across a variety of lush spaces for you to sit back, relax and unwind in the sunshine of this green city.
THE STREET ART
Both the foreigners as well as the locals treat this city as a canvas. And yes, it is simply fantastic. There are almost negligible regulations on the street art in Buenos Aires. This is the reason why you’ll come across a variety of artistic works and murals all across the city. Many even regard the city as an outdoor museum. A lot of the artworks of the city present football, political views, history and pop culture of the city.
The exceptionally passionate and intense dance form, Tango is the symbol of Argentina. This sultry dance form is very well expressed and truly alive in the city. You can catch a glimpse of Tango in the restaurant performances especially if you are in the La Boca. Tango bars are also a common thing in the city. Join in the fun and partake in one of the tango classes which are a great thing to do all round the city.
Markets and the shopping scene of Buenos Aires is indeed top rated. On the weekends, a number of open air markets are organized. These are scattered all round the city. From these markets, you can collect handicrafts, art, antiques and of course the food. One must visit market of Buenos Aires is the San Telmo Street Market which is organized on every Sunday.
Argentina is the foodies haven. And when we say it, you have to believe that food here is THAT good. Right from choripán to steak, empanadas and pizza, there is just myriad of delicious food options available for the food lovers to indulge in when in the city. More so, for people with a sweet tooth, there are a variety of options for you to try – the alfojores, sweet medialunas, the dulce de leche flavoured everything and of course the ice creams.
Thanks to the humongous range of Italian migrants, Pizza today has become a representative of Buenos Aires. You can find a massive range of restaurants all round the city and the pizza lovers here continually argue over which one is the best. You can basically get three key types of pizza. This depends on how thick you like your pizza to be – thick, medium or the thin crust that is cooked on the baking stone. Served with abundant cheese, once you finish eating a true Buenos Aires pizza, you better join the annual marathon or renew your gym subscription.
The locals of the Buenos Aires travel all round the city on colectivos or bondis buses that are an object of both love and hate here. Their trajectories are indeed mysterious. More so, the time you’ll have to spend waiting at the bus stop may seem eternal however the ease of access, dirt cheap prices and the connectivity assured, will definitely make you opt for the public transport here. Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina has a subway ever since 1919. It is the first city to have a massive underground railway system.
THE CITY NEVER SLEEPS
Many say that one city of the world that never sleeps is New York. Think again because anyone who has ever walked past Times Square post 3:00 AM knows that it is a mere exaggeration. On the other hand, Buenos Aires is literally the city which has something or other to do, no matter what time of the day it is, all through the week. One neighborhood of the city which loves the night so much is Porteños. Do check out the nightlife when here. Whether you are at home or in a restaurant, dinner is never served before 10:00 PM. Post that it is party time. Most of the times, people don’t even reach the nightclubs before 3:00 AM.