Buenos Aires is a vibrant city with over three million inhabitants, rich in culture, food, dance and nightlife. In BA…love is in the air, known as the “the Paris of South America,” its European inspired architecture, fashion and customs is like no other city in Latin America. The birthplace of tango and Mecca of Fútbol is sure to please, whether for a week or month, BA will make you feel at home. In BA there’s always something to do, from street markets to the carnavalcelebrations of the summer, BA will leave you with memories and stories to tell.
San Telmo Market
If you’re looking to do some shopping during your stay in BA, you don’t want to miss the San Telmo Street market. Handmade and hand crafted items from apparel to gifts for family and friends are available at really affordable prices. Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Plaza Dorregoand the outlaying streets are filled with crafts and Antique booths.
Buenos Aires is the birthplace of the world famous Tango, this romantic and sensual dance is the epitome of Argentine Culture. Make your way to one of the exciting Milongas, Tango lesson and show; they are plentiful throughout the city. Enjoy a nice dinner, Tango lesson and show all in one place. If you´re not that experienced in dancing Tango don’t worry, at the Milongas there are instructors who teach in both English and Spanish. If you want to experience the true culture of Argentina, you have to learn to dance the Tango!
Top Milongas to check out:
1. (Thursday) Nino Bien
Humberto 1st 1462, 1stFloor
Club Villa Malcolm, Cordoba 5064
3. Milonga 10
Club Fulgor, Loyola 828, Villa Crespo
Plaza De Mayo
If you enjoy history, then Plaza de Mayo is the place for you. The plaza is the epicenter for the Argentine government, both past and present. La Casa Rosada sits in front of the plaza, this is were the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, does her work in what is like the White House of the U.S.
Plaza San Martin-Retiro
The architecture in Buenos Aires is marvelous. Many buildings in the city are European inspired, no wonder why BA is deemed “the Paris of South America.” Plaza San Martin represents the old aristocracy in Buenos Aires. The entire plaza is surrounded by Palacios built by the elite of Buenos Aires during the turn of the 20th century. Amazing English, French, Greek, Italian and Spanish inspired structures will leave you in pure amazement. Today most of the palaces are owned by the Argentine government due to the economic crisis during the 1920s. The history and beauty of them all is still very prevalent today.
Carnaval is an experience that you’ll never forget. It’s a celebration of the pride and traditions of each barrio throughout Buenos Aires. Women, men and children in costume dance to the beat of the drum, kids and adults spraying one another with foam; it’s pure entertainment. Much like the Carnaval tradition of Brazil and other South American countries, thousands of people from all over the world flock to experience the Carnaval celebrations in the city of Buenos Aires and Argentina’s Northern Provinces.
Plaza Serrano- Soho Palermo
The nightlife in BA is always exciting. Whether you´d like to dance at a club or have a drink at the bar there are tons of options for your taste. Plaza Serrano is a great place to check out any time of the week. Located in the barrio of Palermo, Plaza Serrano offers great bars and restaurants that´ll keep you busy into the early morning hours.
The busy city life can be a little overwelming sometimes, take an escape to the north of the province to Tigre! Just an hour north of the capital city by train, Tigre offers a great get away for a day. The Tigre Delta has beautiful islands and rivers that can be toured by boat. There´s also an open market that offers handmade crafts and great fashion at low prices.
Javon M. Dobbs is the 2013 CEA MoJo in Buenos Aires
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