¿Y fue por este río de sueñera y de barro
que las proas vinieron a fundarme la patria?
A mí se me hace cuento que empezó Buenos Aires:
La juzgo tan eterna como el agua y como el aire.
Jorge Luis Borges
The city of Buenos Aires is the cosmopolitan gateway to South America. Modern, dynamic, bustling with activity and full of history, this great capital of the Argentinean republic has preserved, throughout time, old traditions and unforgettable small corners. You will be surprised to find several similarities with cities as Barcelona, Paris or Rome. However, Buenos Aires is better known for its world-renowned culture than for its famous monuments: for its ambience, the very different personalities of each of its neighborhoods, the kindness of its people and its ample offer of cultural events as well as shopping opportunities.
Its inhabitants, as well, are proud of its uniqueness. The book readers in the outdoor cafés, the dancers in the smoky tango bars and the passionate citizens discussing government and football on the street-corners are all part of the essence of Buenos Aires.
The city is broken up into little barrios, or neighborhoods, each one with its own personality. The beautiful and prestigious Recoleta, trendy Palermo, commerce-minded El Centro (downtown), timeless San Telmo, rebuilt and picturesque Puerto Madero, and colorful La Boca, all indelibly contribute, with its own architecture, to define the Buenos Aires' culture and way of life.
The financial, economic and stock market headquarters are located here; also the main port of the country. There is a lot of business activity: reflected in many stores of world's leading brands and shopping malls.
Buenos Aires offers endless attractions: monuments, churches, museums, art galleries and theatres; squares, parks and gardens; modern commercial centers and antiques fairs; modest and high class hotels, typical restaurants and international cuisine, all of this accompanied by the charm of the ever present tango.
Shopping in Buenos Aires is an experience. Anything you can get in London, Rome or Tokyo, you can get in Buenos Aires, and at a fraction of the cost, plus there are many native products, such as leather goods, that you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Best buys in Argentina include leather, fur, wine, and antiques.
Nearby, you can choose between many natural trails such as the Tigre and Delta navigation or a visit to the Ecological Reserve, minutes from downtown.
And just a few miles away you can be closer to the Argentine traditions visiting any of their ranches. The estancias range is wide and diverse: from extensive, traditional cattle ranches, farms and plantations to elegant villas and country houses. Argentine Ranches can be found all over Argentina. You will have the wonderful opportunity to experience a real life working ranch and enjoy some other activities including horse riding (from novice to experienced), fishing, hiking, bird watching, to name but a few.
To get to deeply know Buenos Aires, there is nothing better than to explore the incessant and heterogeneous night life. Many people consider Buenos Aires night as one of the most vibrant, active and interesting in the world. In the "city that never sleeps" the night has its own attractions. Everything can be a pretext for the entertainment, from bookstores open late hours, the bars and the pubs, cinemas, full restaurants and the plan to keep the night going at one of the city's many discos, or you could enjoy a play at an alternative underground theatre. Buenos Aires Night Life offers multiple options to live it up, and enjoy no matter how young or old you are.
There are no particular days; it can be any of the week, or on Friday and Saturday as the most sparkling of them.
Long considered the premier cosmopolitan destination in Latin America, Buenos Aires hit rock bottom in 2001 with the peso crisis. But the crash has actually had a rejuvenating effect on the country’s soul. The peso has regained some of its former strength and this city’s glorious social scene has come back to life with vengeance. Old cafés are once again full of patrons, and new restaurants, bars and shops are opening at a rapid pace.
Fashion is back. It’s the perfect time to come and experience this fantastically unique Latin city and revel in its revival.