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Presiding over the historic town of San Isidro in the northeast region of Buenos Aires Province, the San Isidro Cathedral is the crown jewel of suburban Buenos Aires. It is a popular pilgrimage site for those taking the famous Train of the Coast (Tren de la Costa) along the Rio de la Plata.
With a legacy dating back to the 1890s, Café de los Angelitos is one of the most historic and atmospheric tango venues in Buenos Aires. Once a favorite hangout of tango legends Carlos Gardel and José Razzano, the café was immortalized in their 1944 song “Café de los Angelitos.”
Get acquainted with the vibrant café culture in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires at one of the city’s most iconic cafés: Café Tortoni. Opened in 1858 by a French immigrant, the café became a popular haunt of tango singers and literati, and even today you can catch a live tango show in the evenings.
Less than one hour from Buenos Aires, Parque de la Costa is one of Argentina’s leading amusement parks. With more than 50 attractions—which range from gravity-defying rollercoasters to classic carousels—there’s something to appeal to both thrill seekers and toddlers.
Once the tallest building in South America, the towering architecture of the Barolo Palace (Palacio Barolo) in Buenos Aires has stood the test of time. Built by Italian architect Mario Palanti in 1923, the building’s fanciful style was inspired by Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, a poem in three parts that in turn represent Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven.
At Temaiken Biopark—the only AZA accredited zoo in Argentina—more than 7,400 animals representing 300 different species live in enclosures that represent their natural habitats. Unlike traditional zoos, there are no bars or cages between you and the animals, only natural barriers such as moats or hedges.
Dazzling shoppers on Buenos Aires’ central Florida Street, Guemes Gallery (Galería Güemes) is one of the city’s finest gallerias, recognized for its elegant art nouveau–style architecture. The shopping arcade’s domed atrium towers 285 feet (87 meters) over downtown BA and offers panoramic city views from its 14th-floor observation deck.
With a variety of midrange and upscale international brands, Galerias Pacifico is one of Buenos Aires’ most atmospheric shopping centers. Inspired by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, the beaux arts building was constructed during the 1890s as the Argentinean headquarters of Le Bon Marché.
With a history dating back to 1969, El Viejo Almacen de Buenos Aires is one of the city’s oldest tango shows. An atmospheric 18th-century building, the intimate venue hosts nightly performances featuring a cast of 20 tango dancers, live musicians, and a variety of tango styles.
From the nomadic gauchos of the Pampas to the skilled champions of polo, Argentina’s illustrious equestrian history draws horse lovers from all over the world. One of Buenos Aires’ principal equestrian venues is the art nouveau–style Argentinean Palermo Hippodrome (Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo).
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One of Buenos Aires’ oldest public squares, Plaza San Martin is a pocket of greenery, shaded by ancient jacaranda and magnolia trees. This area bridges the gap between the central Retiro train and bus station and the lively shopping hub of Florida Avenue.
With almost 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of forested trails, lakes, and flower-filled gardens, the Palermo Woods (Bosques de Palermo)—also known as February 3 Park (Parque Tres de Febrero)—is one of Buenos Aires’ largest and most picturesque green spaces, dominating the northern district of Palermo.
The largest of Buenos Aires’ two main stadiums—the other is La Bombonera (home to the Boca Juniors)—Monumental Stadium (Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti) is the home stadium of the River Plate football (soccer) team. This venue also hosts home matches of Argentina’s national team.
Red wine and red-hot tango are two of Argentina’s top exports, and few places do both as well as El Querandi, one of the most famous tango venues in Buenos Aires. The historic restaurant and wine bar is popular with tourists, who frequent the legendary dinner tango shows, and serves up an acclaimed menu of Argentine cuisine and local wines.
The cultural heart of the historic San Telmo barrio, Plaza Dorrego is the second-oldest square in Buenos Aires. Today the colonial square remains a lively hub of bars and cafés, with many historic venues holding tango shows and live music. On Sundays, the plaza hosts the vibrant San Telmo antiques market.
Buenos Aires’ Chinatown (Barrio Chino) has been a popular gathering place for the city’s Taiwanese and Chinese immigrants since the late 1980s. Tucked in the heart of the Belgrano residential area, the small 4-block area is a colorful ode to the city’s Asian population and a foodie hot spot.
With its tree-lined walkways, pretty gazebos, and weekend handicrafts market, Lezama Park (Parque Lezama) offers a welcome respite from the busy streets of downtown Buenos Aires. Marking the border between San Telmo and La Boca, it’s a scenic spot for outdoor activities and picnicking on a sunny afternoon.
The San Telmo Market (Mercado de San Telmo) is a historical indoor market in the eponymous neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Every Sunday, the area around the market hosts the city’s most famous street fair, the Feria de San Telmo, when hundreds of vendors line the streets surrounding Plaza Dorrego, most of them dealing in one-of-a-kind antiques.
Art lovers will find plenty to appreciate at the Buenos Aires National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes), Argentina’s top fine arts collection. With 24 galleries devoted to pre-20th-century European art, the museum is a trove of works by famous names such as Renoir and Picasso, as well as the world’s largest collection of Argentinean art.
The Evita Museum (Museo Evita) is devoted to Eva Perón, the subject of the stage and film musical of the same name and one of Argentina’s most polarizing historical figures. A series of exhibits, including personal effects and memorabilia, chronicle Evita’s life, from her childhood through her political career.
Covering 18 acres (7 hectares) and housing 5,500 plant species from six continents, the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanico Carlos Thays) offers an idyllic escape from the city's busy streets. Highlights include a Roman garden, a formal French park inspired by the Palace of Versailles, and an art nouveau greenhouse that was designed for the 1889 Paris World’s Fair.
Gaze up at the Paz Palace(Palacio Paz), and it’s easy to see why many consider Buenos Aires to be the Paris of South America. The mansion, designed to be the private residence of La Prensa founder Jose C. Paz, was built between 1902 and 1914 by French architect Louis Sortais. Paz died in Monaco in 1912, but while he never got to live in the palace he’d commissioned, his wife and children did.
When it was built, Paz Palace(Palacio Paz) was the largest private residence in Buenos Aires, complete with 140 rooms and 40 bathrooms spread throughout its 129,000 square feet (12,000 square meters). All the construction materials and furnishings — marble, chandeliers, wood tiles and gold gilding — were imported from France.
Today, the palace serves as the headquarters of the Military Officers’ Association social club and also houses the National Museum of Armaments. English-language tours are offered weekly, allowing visitors to get a sense of just how opulent the palace was, as it still contains much of its original furnishings and fixtures.
The rivalry between the River Plate and Boca Juniors soccer teams is one of the fiercest in football. By showcasing photos, jerseys, and silverware from the club’s long history, River Plate Museum (Museo River Plate offers insight into one half of the epic rivalry.
Named after the tango pioneer who helped bring the dance form to the masses, the grandiose Esquina Carlos Gardel is one of the most atmospheric venues to watch a tango performance in Buenos Aires. The theatre’s interior oozes Belle Epoque splendor and is adorned with chandeliers, red-velvet curtains, and ceiling murals.
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