There’s nothing like making a grand entrance into a grand city. Ferrying from Uruguay to Argentina is like changing universes. The quaint ambiance of Colonia transforms into a spellbinding concrete jungle in a matter of 45 minutes. It’s skyline is flooded with buildings that extend beyond what the eye can see. Buenos Aires is one of those cities (like São Paulo) that seemingly goes on forever. Luckily, some of the most popular tourist attractions are conveniently located near one another—but don’t let that fool you; the week I spent in Buenos Aires was not NEARLY enough in order to see and do everything the European-influenced city has to offer. From what I did manage to experience, however, I was completely captivated.
Instant happiness. Everything about the colorful neighborhood, from the painted cobblestone to the bright houses and school, makes you smile. The once immigration gateway turned into a landfill, has now become a top commemorative tourist attraction thanks to artist Benito Quinquela Martín, who dedicated his work to the neighborhood, La Boca. Today, you’ll find tango dancers and street vendors among the museums in El Caminito (the little path), showcasing Argentine culture and history.
Although it’s name isn’t anything impressive (ship port), the views and venue of the popular puerto distinguish another unique characteristic of Buenos Aires. While strolling down the waterfront, Río de la Plata, it’s impossible to miss the signature bridge, Puente de la mujer (Women’s Bridge). The impressive structure of the bridge sets the tone for what to expect from the rest of the city. You can also visit different museums in the area while taking in your surroundings.
La Casa Rosada & Plaza de Mayo
Absolute musts! Sublime architecture, rich political history and breathtaking views. La Casa Rosada (The Pink House) is our White House and, although arguably salmon, it has some of the most stunning architecture in the city. The best part? La Casa Rosada welcomes its visitors to learn about the house’s transformation and history in its (free!) underground museum that was built around the original framework. One of the most interesting, intricate and educational museums I’ve ever stepped in, hands down.
Plaza de Mayo (May Plaza) is a hallmark of Buenos Aires. The legislative building sits at the crown of the ~3-block plaza, which is covered with green spaces, statues of prominent figures and artsy sculptures. Gazing at the plaza from the far side of the legislative building, it seems like a breath of fresh air in the middle of the jungle.
What makes Buenos Aires extraordinary is the incredible architecture you will discover around nearly every corner, unique character each neighborhood offers (San Telmo is the BEST) and the simple fact that there will always be more to explore in the boundless city.
Avenida 9 de julio (notorious breathtaking views!), San Telmo neighborhood, Plaza naciones unidas (Florales genérica), and Palacio de aguas corrientes (downright jaw-dropping architecture)!
Obviously, there is SO MUCH MORE to see and do in this astounding city, but this should at least get you there and through your first few days.