Buenos Aires, Argentina


August 3, 2007
Included in Las Leñas Basic Package

Trip Includes—
Arrow 4-star Hotel (double occupancy)
Arrow Transfers

About Buenos Aires—
Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and its largest city and port. It is located on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of the South American continent.

Strongly influenced by European culture, Buenos Aires is sometimes referred to as the "Paris of the South America".

After the internal conflicts of the 19th century, Buenos Aires was federalised and removed from Buenos Aires Province in 1880; its city limits were enlarged to include the former towns of Belgrano and Flores — both are now neighbourhoods in the city.

Tango music was born in the suburbs, notably in the brothels of the Junín y Lavalle district and in the arrabales (poorer suburbs). Its sensual dance moves were not seen as respectable until adopted by the Parisian high society in the 1920s, and then all over the world. In Buenos Aires, tango dancing schools (known as academias) were usually men-only establishments.

Map Buenos Aires

The most popular tourist sites are found in the historic city core, comprising Montserrat and San Telmo. The city was originally constructed around the Plaza de Mayo, the administrative center of the Colony.

  • Avenida de Mayo
    Avenida de Mayo links the Casa Rosada with Congress building. On this avenue there are several buildings of cultural, architectural and historical importance, such as Casa de la Cultura, the Palacio Barolo and Café Tortoni. Underneath the avenue, the first subte (metro) line (Línea) in South America, was opened in 1913. The avenue ends at Plaza de los Dos Congresos, which features a number of monuments and sculptures, including a signed copy of Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker".

  • Manzana de las Luces
    The Manzana de las Luces area features the San Ignacio church, the Colegio Nacional Buenos Aires, and the old city council building (1894 to 1931). This area has hidden tunnels, which crossed the city during colonial times.

  • San Telmo
    In the neighbourhood of San Telmo, Plaza Dorrego holds an antiques fair on Sundays, complete with tango shows. There are several religious shops formed by the church of Nuestra Señora de Bethlem, Parroquia de San Pedro Telmo and Museo Penitenciario "Antonio Ballve". To the south stands the Museo Histórico Nacional on Parque Lezama.

  • Recoleta
    In the barrio of Recoleta are located a number of tourist sites including the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Biblioteca Nacional, the Centro Cultural Recoleta, the Faculty of Law of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, the Basílica Nuestra Señora de Pilar, the Palais de Glace, the Bar La Biela and the Cementerio de la Recoleta, where the remains of Eva Duarte de Perón can be found.

  • Retiro
    In the barrio of Retiro, the Estación Retiro can be visited. There are several monuments in this neighbourhood including the Guerra de Malvinas, the General San Martín, Torre de los Ingleses, and the Kavanagh Building, one of the tallest in the city.

  • Palermo
    The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires is located in the barrio of Palermo, and is one of the most important in the country. In this neighbourhood can also be found the Bosques de Palermo, the Planetary and Buenos Aires Zoo.

  • Avenida Corrientes
    Another important tourist site is Avenida Corrientes. In this avenue, theaters like Teatro San Martín, Paseo La Plaza and the stadium Luna Park can be found. At the intersection of this avenue with Avenida 9 de julio, the Obelisco, the emblem of the City of Buenos Aires, is located. Mercado de Abasto, which is currently a shopping mall, is also on this avenue.

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