Plaza De Mayo, Buenos Aires

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  • it is worth a few hours

    by hotrod10 Written Dec 27, 2014

    I travel to BA 5-6 times a year. I love the people: the food: and the weather. After 20-30 trips I can say that I have been robed several times. heres a little advice.
    Leave your wrist watch at home.carry a cheap watch with no band in your pocket
    The scams are so many its hard to remember.but lets try
    Taxis scams are my favorite. Taxis are so inexpensive and convenient in all of my trips I have never bothered to take a bus or metro. Now in the taxi is a meter in the front window right side and it says the number of passengers and the rolling price. If you get in a taxi and the driver neglects to turn on the meter politely say sir you forgot to turn on your meter. 9 out of 10 times he will say I am so sorry and immediately turn it on. If he and says something like dont worry its all electronic....This is the time to take action.pull out your camera Always keep it in your pocket just for things like this. Take a picture of the meter then a picture of the driver then a picture of his yellow id card thats hanging on the back of his seat.... when you get your destination and he demands a ridiculous fee for the trip.
    calmly ask how he came up with this fare. If he gets nasty, get out of the cab and at the top of your lungs scream polica polica help thief.. and say this over and over.... I have done this only one time but it works..

    I have had this scam happen to me. OK so I look like a tourist, I am a tourist. I love to walk through the parks taking pictures of the beautiful monuments but be alert for the mustard scam. out of no were someone squirts mustard or wet flour on you then tries to help you clean it up...they go strait for the wallet that you should never be carrying. no wallet no passport leave them in your room.

    The most used peso currency is a 100 peso bill. Lotsa counterfeit 100 peso bills. If you give someone a 100 peso bill and they say oh I am so sorry but this bill has a small tear in it you are about to be scammed. look at the bill and say this is not the bill I gave you...its easy to recognize the bad bills. have your hotel clerk show you.......Saying the bill that you gave him was bad because it had a tear should be a slap in the face alert that something is wrong.....

    I travel alot. travel is my life. I have been scammed many times it will happen to all of us. Just use your wits and minimise your losses and above all dont get hurt. traveling to most countries is very safe but no different than the usa you must use common sence. tour during the day, if you visit night spots thats part of your wonderful experience. if you dont feel comfertable walking the streets have the establishment call you a taxi.

    Never stop traveling and experiencing other cultures...this to me is what life is about

    If you need info on other countries or tips to stay safe just emal me vicandrews@sbcglobal.net

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    Historical square

    by xaver Written Apr 28, 2013

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    This is the main square in Buenos Aires and around it you find some important buildings such as the Casa Rosada (palace of the government), the national banck, the cathedral. It was built in 1580 and it always had a special part in the history of the city and the country itself. In 1945 there was a huge union protest to obtain the rescue of Peron who, later became president of the country. From the seventies it is the place where any Thursday the mothers of the “desaparecidos” meet up to commemorate their disappeared kids.

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    PLAZA DE MAYO

    by draguza Written Nov 30, 2012

    Founded by Juan de Garay in 1580, this is the original center of the city. The city's first monument, Pirámide de Mayo, is situated at its center. Important institutions flank the plaza: the Casa Rosada (President's Pink House), Banco de la Nación (Nation's Bank), Catedral Metropolitana and Cabildo (Town Hall). Internationally known for the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, women gather here in a silent vigil, every Thursday at 3p to claim justice for their "disappeared" during the military rule in the 1980s

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    Center of Buenos Aires

    by TexasDave Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The President's 'House' the Casa Rodada, and Plaza de Mayo in back of it could be termed the center point of Buenos Aires, not geographically, but in practical terms. All of the Subte underground train lines start close to here and many of the large tourist sites are close by.

    This has also been the scene of many important political events, including the public speeches given by Eva Peron and the demonstrations by mothers of the 'desaparecidos' during the dirty war.

    Try to be in the neighborhood at the top of the uneven hours of the clock starting at 9:00 and you'll see the changing of the Presidential Guards- nowhere near as impressive as at Buckingham Palace but sill neat to watch.

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    Beautiful square full of history

    by jlanza29 Updated Mar 25, 2011

    Comparable to the Zocalo in Mexico City....this beautiful and gracious square in the middle of Buenos Aires has everything a tourist is looking for when visiting this big city. The National Cathedral, the Casa Rosada and various cafes and restaurants line this square. Entrance to the cathedral is free but a donation is accepted as for la Casa Rosada, one must have a foreign passport to receive a ticket for entrance to this great palace.....worth the trip to it.....just be careful and don't show up during a planned protest....this is where major protests against the government happens in Buenos Aires.

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    Estatua del General Belgrano

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 17, 2011

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    Located in Plaza de Mayo is an equestrian statue of one of Argentina’s greatest heroes. The statue of Manuel Belgrano. Manuel Belgrano is mounted on a horse and is holding a flag of Argentina.

    Manuel Belgrano was an important figure in Argentinean history. He was a scholar, a lawyer, politician and economist and military leader. After the Spanish rule was overthrown he was appointed general by the first autonomous government of Argentina. He led many battles which prepared the country for many victories. He was also one of the many leaders of the Argentine Declaration of Independence.

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    Plaza de Mayo

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 17, 2011

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    Plaza de Mayo is the major square in Buenos Aires and has served as the center for many political rallys. The "plaza" was named after the May 1810 revolution that led to the independence of Argentina.

    The square is quite beauitful and is flanked by many of the city's major landmarks like the the Casa Rosada at one end and El Congreso at the other as well as El Cabildo, Piramide de Mayo, Statue of Belgrano and the Cathedral Metropolitana just to name a few.

    The plaza also has some nice walking paths, benches and fountains. We enjoyed a nice afternoon checking out the various landmarks.

    Nice viiew looking towards Casa Rosada Fountain (turned off)
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    Plaza de Mayo- Then and Now

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 20, 2010

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    All around this area are historical monuments and buildings. Most of the buildings seem to date back to the 18th century and are quite grand.We gazed skyward and started clicking our cameras in typical tourist fashion and as usual we couldn't capture all.

    Its unforunate ,however,the city seems to be plagued with graffetti and nothing is spared .Not even these magnificant monuments. Once again we see trash everywhere and even more disturbing are the homeless digging through it searching for food.

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    Political activity happens here and history made!

    by spidermiss Updated Jul 16, 2010

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    The Plaza de Mayo has the historical and political connections with its buildings and monuments. The Casa Rosada is the government house and renowned for Evita's speeches for the crowds. There is the Cabildo, the only colonial-era building, the Catedral Metropolitana and the Piramade de Mayo linking to the first anniversary of Buenos Aires independence. The Plaza is where the Madres (de Plaza de Mayo) protested about the dictatorship (1976-83) and still protest weekly on various political and social issues.

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    Plaza de Mayo

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 16, 2008

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    The Plaza de Mayo is known for the May 10, 1810 revolution that led to Independence from Spain.

    Several of the city's landmarks are located around the Plaza de Mayo: the Cabildo, the Casa Rosada, The Metropolitan Cathedral, the May Pyramid and the financial district.

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    Plaza de Mayo

    by barryg23 Updated Sep 10, 2008

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    Plaza de Mayo is a huge square in central Buenos Aires and is home to some of the city´s most important buildings. As the city's main square, it's always busy and is a good place to begin exploring the city.

    Buenos Aires' cathedral, the president´s home and the central bank are all on the square as well as the Cabildo building, associated with the 1810 revolution. Plaza de Mayo is a popular place for marches, the most famous of which takes place every Thursday afternoon, with the Madres de los Desaparecidos (Mothers of the Disappeared) marching around the monument with pictures of their children who disappeared during the Dirty War in the 1970s.

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    Start in the centre

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Sep 8, 2008

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    In Buenos Aires that really means the Plaza de Mayo, where you'll find a whole host of significant buildings, monuments and a silent but potent reminder of the dark days when the country was ruled by a dictatorship of generals and fear, torture and murder was the stuff of daily life for many. The ring of painted white head scarves and the weekly protest of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo (the mothers of the "disappeared", the thousands of victims of the dictators who were kidnapped, tortured and killed by the regime) carries on the tradition of the plaza being the place the people of Buenos Aires have come to to express their joy, their anger and their despair at the events that shape the life of their country.

    If the Madres de Plaza de Mayo symbolise an unresolved sorrow, the Piramide de Mayo, in the centre of the square , is a symbol of freedom and hope. It was erected in 1811 to celebrate the revolution that gained the city its freedom from Spain.

    It's a beautiful square, with fountains and lots of trees as well as open spaces. With places to sit and watch the world go by, the inevitable hawkers and gawkers, several of the city's major buildings around the perimeter, t it really is the heart of the city.

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    city center

    by mindcrime Updated Aug 21, 2008

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    This was the first place I visited in the city. It was an early Saturday morning and I wondered where is everyone. Then I remembered it was Easter so everyone was away. I lived near by so I passed through the square many times.

    There is a small Obelisk in the square the Piramide de Mayo that was built to mark the first anniversary of the city’s independence from Spain that was back in May 25, 1810. The square is famous among the tourists too because there are several interesting building around like:
    -Banco de la Nacion. It was built in 1939 by Bustillo
    -Casa Rosada. It’s the presidential Palace and probably one of the favorites for the tourists because of its remarkable pink color!.
    -The Catedral with its strange exterior like a greek temple!
    -the Cabildo. The old town hall that was built in 1764

    This square is used for several demonstrations of the locals through out the year. One to be noticed is the one that take place every Thursday the last years from the ‘Mothers of Plaza de Mayo’. These women protest for the disappearance of their husbands during the military period in the 70s that a lot (maybe thousands) of people had been kidnapped and probably killed. What’s more Evita organized mass demonstrations here back in the 50s.

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    Pretty City Plaza

    by mircaskirca Updated May 23, 2008

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    Many of Argentina's most important historical events took place at the Plaza de Mayo. Located in the heart of 'old' Buenos Aires, it has been the central point of political life, protests and national celebrations over the years. Several of the city's major landmarks are located around the Plaza: the Cabildo (the Old City Hall) and the Catedral Metropolitana are vestiges of the colonial period and on the other side of Plaza de Mayo is the Casa Rosada (Pink House), the presidential palace. At its centre stands the Piramida de Mayo, the oldest national monument of the city, erected in 1811 to mark the first anniversary of the May 25 Revolution.

    Towering palm trees give the Plaza a wonderfully tropical feel. There are fountains and benches and the plaza always full of people. Plaza de Mayo remains the political heart of Buenos Aires, serving as a forum for protests with many camping out here overnight. Mass demonstrations are very common here. Today the Plaza probably owes most of its fame to the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, the women who have demonstrated here since 1976. They show up in the square every Thursday at 3:30pm seeking information on the deseparecidos, their loved ones who vanished during the Argentina Dirty War. It's an absolute must-see for understanding Argentina's recent history.

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    Two in One View-Casa Rosada & Plaza de Mayo

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 4, 2008

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    Our city tour paused at the main square--Plaza de Mayo--the tall monument in the photo commemorates the May Revolution of 1810 which led to Chile's independence from Spain (1816). It is the site of much political turmoil in past and recent years.

    The Casa Rosada seen in the background (The Pink House) is an executive administrative building where the President works. It also contains the personal items of former Presidents of Argentina. Hours are Tues.-Fri. 9 am-6 pm; Sun. 3pm-6 pm.

    The Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (city council) are located near this square, also.

    Casa Rosada (background); Plaza de Mayo (monument)
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    Mar 31, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    hello i just came from visiting Argentina Chile and Easter island march 2013 . i loved Argentina its very romantic city ,i hoped to fall in love with an Argentinian girl but i was un lucky ,you see iam romantic and i ven danced the tango ,i hope to come by again to Argentina and dance the tango and drink wine from argentina and dance a tango with with a nice Argentinian girl and talk to her in my broken Spanish and look into her eye and say wow i am a luckiest guy]
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