Destination guide: Buenos Aires
Discover Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires offers endless attractions for travelers including its characteristic neighborhoods, diverse cuisine, variety of cultural shows and countless iconic sites that tell of a captivating history.
La Casa Rosada
The Palace of the Argentine government is located on Balcarce Street in the heart of Buenos Aires and is easily identified by its pink color. The palace is home to the Historical Museum that houses the prized personal possessions of several former presidents of the republic. It is one of the most famous buildings in the capital, and is situated near the Buenos Aires Cathedral and historic Plaza de Mayo. The building is open for free guided tours on weekends and holidays from 10am to 6pm.
This historic monument stands 67.5 meters (221 feet) high and can be found in the Plaza de la Republica between the streets of Corrientes and 9 de julio. It was built in 1936 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the city's founding. The site is commonly used as a meeting point for public demonstrations. With the country's bicentennial in mind, the government named the space "Punto Obelisco" (or Obelisk Point) where electronic billboards have become a tourist attraction. The area is a blend of graceful tradition and sustainable technology, resulting in a space with high visual impact.
Plaza de Mayo
Plaza de Mayo is a focal point of day-to-day life where Argentine people have celebrated victories and observed solemn ceremonies for decades. The plaza was named in honor of the May Revolution which ended on May 25, 1810 when locals refused to recognize the sovereignty of the Spanish crown and established a local government, the Primera Junta. The plaza is located near quintessential landmarks such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Casa Rosada and the Banco de la Nación headquarters, among other government buildings.
Barrio San Telmo
Wedged into an area of 1.3 square kilometers (0.5 sq. mi.) and bordering on the neighborhoods of Montserrat, Puerto Madero, Boca, Barracas and Constitución, this neighborhood housed aristocratic families during colonial times, and was later populated by European immigrants. This is one of Buenos Aires' oldest neighborhoods and a bohemian haven where visitors can revel in the abundance of tango and candombe music.
Barrio de La Boca
This neighborhood is located at the mouth of Río de la Plata on the southeastern edge of the city. The "la Bombonera" soccer stadium can be found here (home to the Boca Juniors football club) along with "Caminito", a well-known Buenos Aires walkway where countless artists perform and sell souvenirs.
Several sectors of Buenos Aires specialize in a wide variety of cuisine including Puerto Madero's exquisite dishes served with a view of Río de la Plata; Recoleta neighborhood with its restaurants located along the Ortiz pedestrian walkway; Palermo Viejo with its range of cafes, bars and restaurants; Las Cañitas where you can catch up with friends in a quiet bar or a club; and finally the Costanera Norte neighborhood and Costa Salguero events center where guests can eat, dance and attend a variety of events.