Those who have travelled to North America, Europe, Australia, and Far Eastern countries, find that Buenos Aires, in South America, beckons. According to the Travel and leisure magazine, readers voted Buenos Aires to be the second and most desirables city to visit after Bangkok.
Buenos Aires (literally translated Good Air) is the third largest city in South America after Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, both in Brazil.
It was established by conquistador Pedro de Mendoza February 2, 1536, as a port city and trading centre. Today it is the capital, most important, and largest city in Argentina with a multitude of sites worth exploring.
Argentina was large trading partner of Spain, but essentially exploited for more than three centuries before the English attacked Buenos Aires in 1806 and again in 1807, but were repelled by the local militia.
In 1810 Argentineans were able to establish their autonomy taking advantage of Spain’s military weakness at the time.
The French and Italian have largely influenced the city’s architecture. Most immigrants are of Italian origin, mainly from southern Italy, along with some Spaniards, Scandinavians, English and Asians.
The city including suburbs has a population of 13 million, and inhabitants call themselves portenos (people of the port).
Attractive, wide avenues are planted with evergreen trees that help make all very pretty.
Casa Rosada, the home of the president, Plaza de Mayo, Teatro Colon, one of the most attractive opera houses in the world, the Cabildo, seat of the National Congress, National Museum of History, the Obelisk, and many parks are the most important and interesting sites. The Botanical Gardens and the zoo are definitely must-see grade sites.
The newly built French design metro offers comfortable and efficient transportation, in addition to taxis, minibuses and other means or transportation.
The modern skyline of Buenos Aires shows architecture at its best. While buildings are tall and modern they seem to be in harmony with the environment.
Tango, one of the most enduring dance styles to date, was invented in the brothels (every port city has many brothels) and in the poor suburbs of Buenos Aires. Early tango styles were called tango criollo, now there are many including Argentine, Uruguayan, Ballroom and Finnish tango. All are somewhat different, but no less appealing and attractive to both participants and spectators. Several schools offer short or extended training sessions to locals and visitors. It is fun to participate in one, and experience the excitement of dancing with a local who masters the moves.
is famous for its steak houses and high-quality beef expertly prepared. These days, travelling to Buenos Aires and Argentina is not only exciting but financially lucrative. Everything appears to be a bargain to western tourists because of the exchange rate.
When in Buenos Aires
everyone should try at least a few fine malbec wines from Mendoza`s Uco Valley, a torrontez from Famigila Zuccardi, and Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux style blend from Catena Zapata. You will not be disappointed.
Several airlines fly into Buenos Aires from most major cities in Europe and North America, particularly convenient flights originate in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.
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