Places to Visit and Things to Do in Buenos Aires
Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see in and around Buenos Aires...
Coasts and rivers
Buenos Aires and Greater Buenos Aires offer a range of tourism attractions to satisfy any tourist's requirements. The widest river of the world - Río de la Plata - is one of the main outdoor attractions, and there are protected areas or ecological reserves along the coast, as well as scenic waterfront drives and recreational parks.
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The city also has several green parks, of which the largest is Palermo Woods (Bosques de Palermo), with a natural combination of lawns and wooded areas as well as two artificial lakes.
While in this area it is worth visiting the Planetarium, an observatory and museum that offers events for people of all ages.
The Tigre delta
Located some 30 Km north of Buenos Aires city, the Tigre delta is a unique location for all types of outdoor activities. This vast network of interconnecting streams and rivers, with its hundreds of small islands, offers an excellent destination for day trips and weekend outings. Tigre is ideal for water sports such as sailing, rowing and water skiing. Social clubs and restaurants on the islands provide opportunities to spend the day relaxing beside one of the many rivers or streams.
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The city of Buenos Aires never sleeps, and offers a wide variety of venues and events to suit all tastes: bars, restaurants, sport stadiums, theatres, cinemas, cultural centres, tango houses and religious venues.
For those interested in shopping, Buenos Aires has large shopping centres and malls, as well as internationally known brand shops.
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Top Tourist Attractions
Caminito, La Boca; A street in the neighbourhood of La Boca, on the south side of Buenos Aires City, where all the houses are painted in different colours. It is a favourite place for tourists and locals alike. Artists and craftsmen exhibit and sell their products on the street.
Recoleta Cemetery: Located in the aristocratic area of Recoleta, it was the city's first cemetery. It is famous because presidents, national heroes, politicians, scientists, artists and high-ranking military officers are buried here.
Obelisco (Obelisk): A monument that symbolises Buenos Aires city. It is located at the intersection of Av. 9 de Julio and Av. Corrientes, and was erected on the four hundredth anniversary of the foundation of Buenos Aires.
Colón Theatre: Located at Cerrito 618, the Colón is one of the most important opera houses in the world and considered acoustically as one of the best. Most of the world's best-known directors, singers, and dancers have performed on its stage.
National Museum of Arts: The main fine arts museum of Argentina. It is located at Av. Libertador 1473 in the Recoleta neighbourhood.
Café Tortoni: The oldest café in the city. Located on Av. Mayo 825, it was founded in 1858 and since then has been the obligatory venue for celebrities, politicians, artists and tourists.
Plaza de Mayo: The main square of Buenos Aires, surrounded by government and historic buildings such as the Casa Rosada (National Government House), the Cabildo, the Palace of the Government of Buenos Aires City and the Cathedral. Its name comes from the date Buenos Aires declared independence from Spain on 25 May 1810. Each Thursday the madres de la plaza de mayo (the mothers of the 'disappeared' children) still march around the square, campaigning for a full account of what happened during the dictatorship of 1976-1983.
Zoológico (Zoo): Situated in the Palermo area on Av. Sarmiento and Av. General Las Heras, the Zoo includes an aquarium, a reptile area and a subtropical jungle.
Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden): Very close to the Zoo, this green area of Buenos Aires was designed by French landscape architect Carlos Thays. It hosts around 6,000 plant species, with a botanical library, different styles of gardens, a herbarium, hothouses and many sculptures.
Galerías Pacífico: One of the finest buildings in Buenos Aires, located on the classical pedestrian street of Florida at its intersection with Av. Córdoba. It was the first headquarters of the National Museum of Arts and later redesigned to include a shopping mall, although its fine architectural details have been retained.