There is something magical about Buenos Aires that captivates you from the moment you step in. This beautiful city known for its European-style architecture and is the capital of Argentina. It is the most visited city in South America.
Baires (how the locals called the city) is considered one of the most multicultural cities in Latin America. It is the home of millions of immigrants from around the world. The people along with gorgeous architecture, romantic streets, and delicious food, makes this magical city a must place to visit.
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The first time I visited Buenos Aires, I came with a group of my high school senior class. It was during a serious economic depression in the country. Although we visited breathtaking places and had the most amazing experiences, the thing that impacted me the most about Argentina was its people.
Argentinians are the friendliest people that I have ever met. They are also very passionate about their country and culture. One morning while walking Avenida Corrientes, I was stopped by an old woman trying to sell me some candy. While I inspected her yummy goods, I genuinely asked if the candy sales was her source of income to bring food to the table. She was outraged by my question and boldly told me before leaving: “We are in crisis right now. But Argentina will come back to shine.”
During my stay, I noticed that every Argentinian that I met was passionate about their culture. It was so intense that I actually felt jealous to not feel the same way about my own heritage. When asking a new friend why he thought that Argenitinians were known in the world as arrogant people, he said: “I think there is fine line about being very proud of your country and being arrogant that can easily be misunderstood.” I never forgot his answer. More than ten years later, I still think Argentina people are the sweetest and friendliest people in the world.
One of my favorite experiences in Buenos Aires was walking along Avenida Corriente, the street that never sleeps. This avenue gives you a nice glimpse of the local culture and delicious food. Make sure to stop by the cafes and try chocolate churros, empanadas and alfajores. Of course, you need to try an asado (a wide range of meats and sausages) and mate (a traditional tea).
Places to Visit in Buenos Aires
As the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the Obelisk is to Buenos Aires. The Obelisk is a historic monument built in 1936 to commemorate the city’s 400th anniversary. This iconic sight is located in the intersection of two busy avenues so pedestrians need to be very careful when walking there. The best times to visit the Obelisk is in the evening when I think you can capture the best photos.
This Opera House opened in 1908 and is considered to be one of the best concert venues in the world.
The Pink House (La Casa Rosada)
Located in the Plaza of Mayo. It’s the current seat of government and a iconic sight of the city.
Plaza de Mayo
The main square of Buenos Aires is known to have hosted major political events in the history of Argentina including the marches of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo and a group of moms looking for their children who disappeared thirty years ago. If you are in Plaza de Mayo on a Thursday, you’d see the march.
Visit neighborhoods La Boca, Recoleta, Palermo, San Telmo and Puerto Madero.
Beautiful areas of the city characterized by 19th-century architecture and history.
Visit Streets Caminito, 9 de Julio, Florida, Avenida de Mayo, and others. Those streets do tell stories about Argentina’s history.
Although Buenos Aires homes amazing places to dine out, Señor Tango was the most impressive to me. It is not only a place to eat delicious food but to experience a tango show, a must see if you are in Buenos Aires.
I can’t wait to see you again “Mi Buenos Aires Querido” (My Beloved Buenos Aires)