City Spotlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina, on the western shore of the Río de la Plata.  The city is one of the largest in South America and has a population of around 3,059,122.

 

Pedro de Mendoza discovered the city in 1536 and it was originally called Ciudad de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre (“City of Our Lady Saint Mary of the Fair Winds”).

 

City Spotlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Buenos Aires’s name translates to “fair winds” or “good airs”.

 

City Spotlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

48 districts or neighborhoods make up Buenos Aires.  With some of the popular ones being Microcento, La Boca, and San Telmo.  La Boca is a colorful neighborhood with houses that have rich vibrant colors.  So with its picturesque senary it makes for a top place for tourists.

 

City Spotlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

The neighborhood of Microcentro is downtown and close to the main historical spots.  Also, it has places to shop and is well catered to tourists.

 

City Spotlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

San Telmo has colonial-style houses with cobblestone roads which consequently help make up its European feel.  The businesses that line the cobblestone streets are cafes, tango parlors, and antique shops.  Also, the streets are full of artists and dancers.

 

City Spotlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

The capital city is also home to the Buenos Aires Underground.  It was open in 1913 making it the oldest underground system in the Southern Hemisphere and consequently the oldest in the Spanish-speaking world.

 

City Spotlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Often called the Paris of South America due to the amazing architecture.  It makes for a great place for photos and inspiration.

 

City Spotlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

So this might be why the city is a creative paradise with a major art scene and around 300 active theaters.  That is more theaters than Paris, London, and New York.

 

City Spotlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Football (soccer) is also very popular in Argentina and the country is famous for its football players and teams.  Buenos Aires and the surrounding suburbs are home to more than 15 Primera league teams.  The two most popular are Boca Juniours and River Plate.

 

City Spotlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

The national dance of Argentine is the Tango.  As a result, you can learn the dance at one of the many dance studios in the city.

 

City Spotlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

You can also catch a ferry to Montevideo the capital city of Uruguay to see another one of South American’s amazing cities.

 

City Spotlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Buenos Aires is full of things to see and do along with so much to eat and drink.  It is no wonder the city is the second most visited Spanish-speaking city in the world.

 

City Spotlight: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

If you are looking to pay the city a visit make sure to download our free Survival Guide.  Do not miss out on opportunities while you travel by getting lost in translation.  The guide is full of essential phrases and words to help you get the most out of your trip.  All in a handy ebook that you can have at the ready on your phone.

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