Travel to Buenos Aires and get to know the port of "good winds” and European aesthetics
On the southeast coast of south America lies Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and one of the largest ports of the Atlantic Ocean. Beautiful, modern and cosmopolitan, the city of the "good winds”, as the locals call it, highlights its rich history and dynamic character through the aura of the European air, which ideally shaped the cultural profile of the city and justified the reputation of Buenos Aires. The city that combines uniquely the passionate soul of Latin America with the sophisticated intellect of European culture.
Colors, aromas and melodies of Argentine tango spring from every corner of a city that never rests and invites every visitor to experience its diverse personalities. History, tradition and culture mixed in streets, squares and temples, revealing a special mosaic of architectural aesthetics and artistic profile. But also, of the obvious social contradictions which, however, give more charm to the Latin metropolis of Argentina.
The ride begins in the Plaza de Mayo, the urban core of the city with the pyramid de Mayo, the imposing Cathedral José de San Martín, as well as the presidential palace (Casa Rosada) of Evita Perón,
reminiscent of the glorious moments of recent Argentine history and becoming moving after the passion of the people that embodied its soul in it. Emblematic buildings, such as the Oppera teatro Colon, are transformed into symbols of cultural sophistication, while there are times when they resemble scenes of fairy tales.
A walk in San Telmo reveals the bohemian, stately character of the city's oldest district. Traditional and picturesque streets (El Caminito) reflect colors. Vitality and rhythm in La Boca, the district of warm, hospitable people. Retiro and Recoleta, of high society and elite, beat the pulse of the commercial life of the city.
Wide boulevards, such as the 9 de Julio and Corriente, lead to amusement parks, (parque tres de febrero) and the exuberant Palermo, the district of sweet melancholy and romance, standing on the picturesque slope of the River Riachuelo. In Buenos Aires, the port of favorable winds and of European culture, sensations, emotions and dreams find a way to renew themselves and undoubtedly offer one of the most interesting cocktails of impressions, images and travel experiences of Latin America.
Food and local cuisine
The local cuisine of Buenos Aires is very rich in dishes with meat as their raw material. Many asados dominate, which you can try in a good parrilla. Juicy meat fillets, as well as sausages (chorizo, pork or veal) are highlighted as top choices.
Tira de asado (chops) with chimichurri sauce (with olive oil, garlic and parsley) and Casserole dishes (guiso) also have their place of honor. Guiso de lentejas (with lentils), or guiso de mondongo (with patsa) pose on the top of the list. Try empanadas, (famous meat pies, with minced meat, chicken and corn, cheese and onion or ham and cheese). The dishes are accompanied by mate, the national infusion of the country, in its warm or cool version (terere).
Best time to visit Buenos Aires
The ideal period for your trip is spring and autumn. Bearing in mind that Argentina is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are opposite to those of Europe, so the months of March – May (autumn) or September-November (spring) are proposed for a pleasant journey.
How to use transportation in Buenos Aires
Transfer from/to Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires International Airport, Ministro Pistarini, is located 22 km SW of the city. Transportation to and from the airport is achieved by bus (518, 8, 51 and 39, leading to Ezeiza railway station). Alternatively, drive by taxi (20m) or by shuttle bus.
Transportation in the city is done through a perfect transport network. Choose the metro (6 lines), buses, (colectivos), trams or the extensive rail network. Use a taxi or a walking route in the city centre.