Top 5 Things to Do in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, where tango combos keep time in crowded dance halls and taxis swap lanes across some of the world’s widest avenues. With spectacular museums, lovely open spaces and rich architecture brimming with history, this Argentinian city is as warm and welcoming as it is energetic.
Avenida 9 de Julio
The grandest of Latin American avenues is flanked by dozens of cultural highlights, the biggest of which is Teatro Colon. Take care when crossing its 12-lane width, which takes a few traffic-light cycles to accomplish. El Obelisco, its central monument, commemorates the 400th anniversary of the capital’s founding and doubles as the site of concerts, performances and rallies.
Plaza de Mayo
This square has seen post-World Cup soccer victory dances as well as the deafening silence of the Mothers of the Placa de Mayo’s weekly marches. Like spokes on a bicycle, some of the most important avenues in Buenos Aires radiate outwards from the Plaza. Go back in time in the Casa Rosada museum, which contains artifacts from the city’s original fortification.
Cementerio de la Recoleta
A monument and metaphor for a country’s fortunes—both gained and lost—la Recoleta contrasts impeccable mausoleums with crumbling marble tombs. Located in the upscale northern barrio, Recoleta Cemetery has been the burial place of choice for Argentina’s elite since the mid 19th century. Tombs are visited via labyrinth of streets and narrow passage-ways. Evita lies embalmed within a modest family vault.
Having celebrated its centennial under scaffolding, the grandest of all Latin American opera houses opened in 2010 after an exhaustive restoration. El Colón is arguably the most beloved building in all of Argentina and with its size, near-perfect acoustics and stately elegance, it ranks among the world’s top opera houses.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
The modest scale of Argentina’s national fine art museum belies a wonderfully curated permanent collection, which ranges from imposing Rodin bronzes to oils depicting the mythical Argentinian Pampa. The museum holds great works by many international artists. Founded in 1896, it now preserves over 12,000 pieces of art.