Buenos Aires is a city like no other. Famed for being the “Paris of South America”, you will be amazed by its bustling cafes, romantic parks, rich culture, and dreamy architecture.
For most travelers, Buenos Aires is the entryway to Argentina and will set the tone for the rest of your unforgettable South American experience. The city that never sleeps will enchant you with its many weekend ferias or markets, great food, historic sites, plazas, and museums.
Adventuretects has the perfect itinerary for you, and it starts right here:
1. La Boca & Caminito Street
La Boca is a neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Today, a photographer’s dream, this vibrant part of Buenos Aires will leave you breathless. From racy tango sessions on the streets to an explosion of color, culture, and food. The most action, however, is happening in Caminito – the famous “open-air museum”.
A bit of history goes a long way. Though La Boca had a less than glamorous start, it’s managed to create a bohemian dream. Originally, La Boca served as the local shipyard. Dockworkers, who were mostly from Italy, were too poor to afford anything more than narrow shanty houses and made use of bits of leftover paint to stop any rust.
After a cultural revival in the ’50s, the area became home to many local artists and evolved into what it is today. They took inspiration from what it was, and today you can still see the corrugated iron walls and colorful paint jobs. It is by no means rich in terms of money, but it definitely is in terms of the arts.
2. San Telmo Market
This isn’t your usual Weekend Market. San Telmo is famed for being something of a mix between a functioning market and a lively street party. Along the 13 cobblestone streets of San Telmo, you’ll see a neighborhood transformed as soon as the first stall starts setting up.
With its unique antiques, souvenirs, original art pieces and energy, the San Telmo market attracts over 12 000 curios visitors each week.
This Argentinian street affair is not to be missed.
3. El Rosedal De Palermo
If you want to have a truly authentic experience, take a picnic blanket, round up your friends and books, some good Argentinian street food, a warm maté to share and book a paddleboat. You can spend the whole day exploring, lazying about and if it gets late, check out the latest show at the planetarium.
4. Recoleta Cemetery
5. Walk Around the Famous Plaza de Mayo
Walking around you’ll pass the Casa Rosada – or Pink House – the official office of the President of Argentina; you’ll also see the Cabildo, which use to be the town council hall back in the colonial era and now serves as a museum; the city’s main Cathedral is also along the Plaza de Mayo.
Many locals, tourists, and travelers have spent a lovely afternoon just walking by, relaxing in the plaza and going into the historic buildings, you won’t regret it either.
Buenos Aires is simply unforgettable, and what makes it so memorable is the rich history, the friendly local porteños (people of the port) and mesmerizing culture.