This is the main city of the province of Buenos Aires. There we live them called of buenos aires, that name itself due to that we live flanking the port of Buenos Aires. The laughed main is the laughed at the silver, the but wide of the world. The fame of the of buenos aires is not the best there outside, they say that we are conceited, believed, loudmouthed, rapid and some as many things but. Good after all, the inhabitants of each country and city they have its own also. Removing that I believe that we do not bother anyone, we go to our air and do neither we disturb the to walk newspaper of the world, or if.
This city offers a very various cultural scene, from Monday to Monday the 12 months of the year, whether free spectacles, payments, outdoors, in stadiums of soccer, in bowling, in bars, etc. Here nobody is bored, if one lives inside the limits of the city, is very easy and economic to be moved. It can do it in collective, that costs 0.25 ctvos of dollar, in subway that costs the same thing by each trip. Also there are taxis and rentals during the 24 hours, with a price but high. There are many museums by visiting, the half of them free, other to a very reasonable price and the less to more expensive prices. They are the museums of the city.
To level movies they are every year premiering some new festival, like that of political movies, this the international one, the national one, that of the diversity, that of culture, that of the children, that of the immigration, the amateur, etc. All weekends touch different artists in the south flank, groups of folklore, of tango, and artists recognized. Other times assemble a setting in the middle of the 9 of July, for the public in free form to receive visits of Argentine artists that live abroad of the size of Borenbeim, Fito Páez, Gustavo Santolalla, etc. Or to carry out events of ballet, of festivities, of marathons, careers of bicycles.
There are festivals all Sundays of the different communities of the world, from Europe, Asia, Africa and America. This the stop gay that gathers to the people but original and creative that one have, parading with its coaches, clothes and small attires. The festival of the tango, that hard as a month and hundreds of presentations, fibs and tangos by the center of the city are carried out. Dancers of all parts from the world come to participate of the dance, and so that they see that there is not I accommodate, many times win foreigners or mixed couples of Argentines and foreign. The majority they are free, other one must pay to participate.
Without including the fairs of weekends as that of San Telmo, the plaza lamb harbors all the antique shops that sell their objects in since assemble in the plaza Sundays. And along the street defense that this cut one upon I traveling, are all the artisans, with their works exposed to the sides of the street until arriving at the plaza of May. The fair of slaughterhouses, another very traditional place Sundays, is to go early for obtain a good place, there is dance, show in alive, horse race and craft fair. In Palermo hollywood, is another place half a fashion and bohemian middle, where there is localities with national and international marks, with.
This tower is located in Retiro area of Buenos Aires and was originally named the Torres Ingles.
The tower was built by British residents of Buenos Aires to commerate the May Revolution of 1810. The name was officially changed to Torre Monument after the war with England over the Malvinas Islands in 1982. As I mentioned in a previous tip the Malvinas War still has a very emotional impact on the people of Argentina.
Known to most of the world as the Falkland Island war, in Argentina its called the Malvinas War. Although the war took place in 1982 it still has a large emotional effect on the Argentinian people. This is the monument to the Argentinians who lost their lives in the war. It is located in Plaza General San Martin.
Covering over five acres the Japanese Gardens in Buenos Aires are one of the largest Japanese Gardens in the world. If you grow tired of the crowds in the pedestrian shopping areas and just want a place within the city that is beautifu and relaxing the gardens are a perfect choice. You can walk across the man made lake, feed the koi, and just enjoy the beauty. The gardens are open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM. I have a travelogue on the bottom of the page with more pictures from the gardens.
The botanical gardens in Buenos Aires are very beautiful. They are located in Palermo, where we were staying, so we were able to walk to them with no problem. They are on a triangular shaped lot on Sante Fé Avenue, Las Heras Avenue and República Árabe Siria Street. We walked through the acres of beautiful plants and statues. The gardens were designed by Carlos Thays and opened in 1898 and are now a national monument. The gardens are 18 acres in size.
Like the Ricoleto cemetary, we saw many feral cats in the cemetary. I was curious about why there were so many cats. When I returned home I did a little bit of internet research and found some information on the cats. There had been several attempts to remove the cats from the gardens but all were unsuccessful. Now a group of volunteers feed the cats and care for them. They receive care and free veterinary services from Instituto de Zoonosis Luis Pasteur.
Standing at the very center of Plaza de Mayo is the Piramide de Mayo. It was created by Francisco Cañete. I have looked at many VT pages and other travel sites and always marvel at the wonderful photos taken of local people. I always plan to try and take some of these wonderful kinds of photos when I travel. But I always get side tracked with monuments and satutes and come home with a photo chip full of them. Once again I was fascinated with this statue in the plaza and had to come home to research who created it, when it was made, why its there, etc. If you looked closely at the bottom left of the photo you will see part of a small tent. There were several protests going on in the plaza the day I was there and there were tents erected for the protesters to keep shaded.
The Plaza is one of the must see tourists sites in Buenos Aires. Maybe you will find some fascinating people in the area to photograph. If so let me know so I can look at your photos.
The monument to General Manuel Belgrano (Argentina) in Plaza de Mayo,was created by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse and Manuel Santa Coloma. I love to see equestrian statues whenever I travel. Buenos Aires has many. This one is located near Casa Rosada in Plaza de Mayo. The entire Plaza is full of things to see. It is considered the heart of Buenos Aires. I stood in the Plaza for quite a while taking photo's, watching people, and enjoying the moment.
Located at the eastern end of Plaza de Mayo you will find the Casa Rosada. Its also known as the Government House or the Presidential Palace. The Plaza and the entrance to the building has been the scene of many political rallies. The balcony is the one made famous by Eva Perone as she addressed the citizens of Buenos Aires. Its also infamous for Madonna having filmed her scene from Evita from the balcony. Most Argentinians and all of Buenos Aires are not found of the film or the fact that Madonna was chosen to play Eve Perone. So thats not a good topic of conversation. There are several stories about why its painted pink. Some say it was painted pink in contrast to the White House in Washington DC. Others say the leader at the time mixed the two colors of the political parties (red and white) to come up with the color. Still its rumored that originally cows blood was used in the paint to protect the building from the humidity. I love when there is not one story but several to chose from. It makes if much more interesting than just plain facts.
Puerto Madero is the most recent developed area of Buenos Aires. It now is very trendy with many upper class restaurants, high rises, walkways and the beautiful Puente de la Mujer bridge or the Bridge of Women. All of the streets in the newly developed are given womens names. The area reminded me of many of the inner harbor areas here in the United States that have been redeveloped and opened for tourism. It makes for an interesting walk in the afternoon but it is not a place I would want to spend a lot of time exploring at great length. The area is still being developed and there are many cranes and buildings that are works in progress in the area.
Located on 9 de Julio Avenue, the Obelisk is one of Buenos Aires icons. Every guide book, probably every VT page about Buenos Aires, will have a picture of the Obelisk. It reminded me very much of the Washington Monument in Washington DC, although much smaller in size. It is not opened for climbing. Sitting in the middle of a very busy intersection, the spot is a great place for a tourist to be hit by a car while taking a photo. Trust me on this fact.
The monument was built here in the Plaza de la República in 1936 to commerate the 400th anniversary of Buenos Aires.
It is impossible to go to Buenos Aires and not be shadowed by the memory of Eva Perone. There are monuments, street names, and references to her all over the city. Her life and her work mean so much to the people of Argentina. While in Buenos Aires I did a lot of reading on Eva Perone. I too became fascinated with her legacy and her story. Her grave in Cementerio de La Recoleta is a tourist attraction. People in large groups assemble at the grave to pay their respects even now over fifty years after her death. I had to wait my turn in the crowd to get close enough to take a few pictures.
Her body was mumified and left on display for the people of Buenos Aires. A later ruler of the country wanted to wipe out her memory and had the body moved to an umarked grave in Milano, Italy for many years. The body was eventually found many years later and returned to her husband Juan Peron who was living in Spain. When her returned to power her body was eventually returned to Argentina. It now has found a resting place, but there are stories about building a memorial to her and moving her body once more.
Our main reason for going to La Recoleta was to see the cemetary and also to look for the grave of Eva Perone. The cemetary is massive. It looks like a mini city once you go inside the gates. You will need to purchase a map from the person standing outside of the gates in order to get around the cemetary. Its very beautiful with many carvings and marble statues to Argentinian heros. It took us a while to find our way around the cemetary but we did eventually find the grave of Eva Perone. There are many feral cats living in the cemetary. You will see them in the sidewalks, laying on the monuments, and just about every where you walk.
There are guides to help you but we had problems communicating with them due to the language barrier. Buy the map and test yourself. You will eventually find what you are looking for.
Our first day in Buenos Aires was one of adventure. We mentioned to our hosts at the bed and breakfast that we wanted to go see San Telmo. They both told us no, not on Saturday. Go there on Sunday for the street market. Instead go to Recoleta instead. There was a street market there also although not as large, in any sense of the word, as San Telmo. Carlo immediatly lead us out of the house and down to the street corner to catch a bus to Recoleta. The bus arrives and Carlo puts us on the bus and bids us goodbye. The only problem was we had never used the busses in Buenos Aires. We had no idea how much it cost, what direction we were going in or anything else. We found out as the bus driver kept telling us to drop out coins and move on. The bus cost us .90 peso or about .30 cents American. A man from New Mexico who also spoke Spanish had fun watching us trying to talk to the other people on the bus for directions on which stop we wanted. Finally he said I am from New Mexico and speak English I can help you.
So we found ourselves at the beautiful Basilica just before entering the cemetary to see the grave of Eva Peron. The Basilica was built in 1732 and is considered a national treasure. Its well worth a visit, just get some directions first. Its much easier that way.
For Hard Rock Cafe souvineer collectors the Buenos Aires Hard Rock Cafe is very near the Basilica. I got my Hard Rock tee shirt the first day in Buenos Aires.
A fun thing to do in the Buenos Aires area is to go on a gaucho experience on a ranch. Most major hotels or tourist agencies can set this up. One of the of the best known ranches, or estancias turisticas is called Don Silvano's and is located about 60 kilometers west of the city near San Antonio de Areco. As any American who has visited might suggest, Buenos Aires is a bit like New York, a bit like Paris, and yet has a style all its own. And, just outside the city, it starts to look a little like Wyoming. Well, the gaucho experience is a chance to experience the part that is like Wyoming (only with a Spanish flair). You can ride horses, watch a cowboy show, watch and participate in dances, and have a great bbq lunch, and most of the people there seem to be South American, not North American, so it gives you even more of the interesting local experience.
That is the one thing that is certain. La Boca is extremely colourfull and what a pleasure to be able to walk around and have codak moments every 3 seconds.
La Boca is a picturesque sector of the city with lots of history, legends and beautifull places to photograph. Homes here are built from wood, zinc sheeting and even from the boats that they work one. It is said that painting the front of the house in different colours comes from the paint left over when painting their boats. This is what gives La Boca its characteristic appearance and a tradition that is still alive today.