|Buenos Aires has an important port for both Argentina and for Latin America and in recent years the port area has been redeveloped to make it more attractive for both the residents and the visitors. Head to Puerto Madero to see this newly developed waterfront district which is a pleasant place for a waterside walk. New shops and restaurants and being opened here all the time.
One of the most popular tourist districts is San Telmo. There are many hotels, shops and restaurants here catering for the tourist and the huge Sunday market which takes place in the Plaza Dorrengo is extremely popular with both locals and visitors. The Plaza Dorrengo itself is the second oldest plaza in Buenos Aires and the rest of the week is actually quite a quiet and sedate place good for a relaxing drink or meal in one of the restaurants which line it.
Often in the evenings the Plaza Dorrengo comes alive with people dancing the tango – the national dance of Argentina!
In the Palermo district of Buenos Aires you’ll find many of the city’s parks and most exclusive restaurants. There are also many boutique and other shops here too, particularly along Avenida Santa Fe and Alto Palermo, as well as the El Solar shopping mall with shops, food and cinema.
The Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanico) is an nice garden to walk around with many attractive flowers and a 19th century glass house. Close by to this neighbourhood you’ll also find polo fields, golf courses and the Palermo Lakes.
The Recoleta district is another upscale area of Buenos Aires, and is famous for being the home of the rich and the dead! There is a very large cemetery here (Recoleta Cemetery) where you will find the grave of Eva Peron, amongst others. It’s an interesting place to wonder around as there are many elaborately designed tombs because the cemetery has been built on marshland and the bodies would otherwise have floated to the surface!
Also in this district is the National Fine Arts Museum (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes) which is said to be well worth the visit and has works of some well-known impressionists.
To get out of Buenos Aires for a day, there is an old historic steam train which makes the trip to the town of Capilla del Senor. This is a country town and quite different in many respects to the city, plus the journey there is fun and interesting and you get to see more of Argentina than you otherwise would have done staying just in the city.