The country’s capital, Buenos Aires, is known as the Federal District or The Autonomous City. It is the cosmopolitan center of the country and offers a large range of cultural activities.
This is the land of the “gauchos” and of tradition, but it also has a busy industrial and commercial life.
Tourism in Buenos Aires centers on its history, reflected in its architecture of French and Italian origin, with numerous museums, theaters, cultural centers and shopping malls. Rural tourism offers the chance to take part in typical cattle range and hunting activities including lodging in characteristic Argentine “estancias” (ranches), and enjoying the bracing Pampas air of the plains, whilst awaiting a chance to savor the traditional and delicious “asado criollo” (Argentine barbecue).
Other interesting options are mini-tours to towns such as Mercedes, Pilar, San Isidro, Tigre and Luján, or fishing in the local lagoons of Buenos Aires.
Adventure tourism in Tandil and Sierra de la Ventana, rounds up the tourism offer of Buenos Aires.
CAPITAL FEDERAL (FEDERAL DISTRICT)
This is an enormous city, and impossible to visit in its entirety in a short space of time, therefore it is essential for you to organize your tour itinerary carefully, so as to try to miss as little as possible.
You can start your tour in the symbolic centre of the city, “Plaza de Mayo”, and visit the different surrounding buildings such as the “Casa Rosada” ( Pink House), the Congress, the “Banco de la Nación” (National Bank) and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Crossing “Avenida de Mayo” you will find the famous and emblematic “Cabildo” (the old Town Hall). This short walk ends when you get to the neoclassical Legislature Building with its 90 meter-tall tower, its clock and its belfry.
Later, walking down “Bolivar” and “Alsina” streets, you will get to the “San Ignacio” Church, the oldest church in the city and, continuing down “Alsina” up to “Perú” street, you will come to the old University of Buenos Aires building, where you must not miss a visit to the Arts Fair.
This tour can be followed by a visit to the “Boca”. Its quintessence is the “Caminito” area, with its narrow streets and alleys and colorful corrugated tin-walled houses, almost an open-air museum. You should not miss a visit to the “Pedro de Mendoza” School Museum.
Another Buenos Aires district you must visit is “San Telmo”, a residential neighborhood since the beginning of the 19th Century, with its recycled buildings, Tango Bars, original stone-paved streets, and “Plaza Dorrego”, surrounded by antique shops. It is especially interesting on Sundays because of its Fair, where all sorts of interesting articles can be purchased.
A walk around “Plaza Francia”, crossing “Avenida Libertador” and visiting the “Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes” (National Arts Museum), is another possibility offered by this immense city. Also, walking down “Avenida 9 de Julio”- the widest street in the world - you can admire the “Obelisco” (Obelisk), the city’s original symbol.
There are neighborhoods or districts for all tastes; some are better to visit during the day and others, at night. Currently, the following areas are very much in fashion: the “Recoleta”, where you will find everything associated with art and decoration; -“Palermo Soho” and “Hollywood”, well-known for their bars; and “Puerto Madero”, which has been completely recycled, with its shops and restaurants, on the banks of the “Rio de la Plata”, (River Plate) - the widest river on earth.
There are many options, so it is very important that you plan your trip efficiently, so as to cover as much as possible.