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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Discover the beauty and charm of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina

It’s impossible not to fall in love with Buenos Aires, the Latin American city that never sleeps, the Paris of the Southern Hemisphere. Day or night, at any hour, Buenos Aires always offers an array of activities, many of which are free.

Every single barrio of Buenos Aires has its own history and identity that makes it unique. In this section I’d like to share with you some of my own personal highlights.

The port area of La Boca still preserves the same traditional houses or conventillos where recently arrived European immigrants could rent a room for the entire family and share the remaining facilities -patio, bathroom, water-tank, etc.- among the other tenants. No trip to the area would be complete without visiting Caminito, an outdoor museum where artisan crafts are sold along cobblestone paths, especially the classic fileteado porteño (hand-painted signs with ornate lettering). Along the way, the Museo Quinquela Martín and the Fundación PROA, a renovated old mansion, are two key pieces for understanding and appreciating modern and contemporary Argentine Art. Next, a visit to Museo Boquense, where apart from revisiting the history of the popular football club Boca Juniors and its most famous ex-player and fan, Diego Armando Maradona, one can also attend the Superclásico, a matchup between eternal rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors. Last stop: the bustling yet cozy restaurant El Obrero, which offers fantastic asados and other traditional dishes, served abundantly and at reasonable prices.

A little to the north, in the San Telmo neighborhood, one can also find some of the best parrillas in Buenos Aires: El Desnivel and La Brigada. Although locals frequent them on a daily basis, both are just as famous for their meat as for their high-profile international clientele, like Francis Ford Coppola and Bono from U2. Down amidst the narrow streets of San Telmo, visitors are greeted with the hanging balconies and faded mansions, erected in bygone days of splendor, as well as antique shops, the traditional Sunday street fair, the Museo de Arte Moderno, which houses national and international exhibits of top quality, and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, specializing in geometric art. Together with the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, the three museums form the essential triad for any art lover. Other must-see attractions of the area include the Iglesia de San Ignacio, built by Jesuits inspired by the Chiesa del Gesú of Rome, and the Librería de Ávila, one of the oldest bookstores in South America. Specializing in Argentine literature, the writer Jorge Luis Borges was among its notable patrons. Headed towards the center of town one comes across the port area Puerto Madero, famous for its concentration of culinary establishments and its lively nightlife, all housed along the river in old-fashioned storehouses and horse stables like one might find in London.

Slightly to the east of the tourist zone is the Parque Natural-Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur: an area of about 360 hectares of wild vegetation made up of marshes, swamps, and dry lakes that the visitor can cover on foot or by bicycle as they discover some of the 200 species of birds and 50 species of butterflies that inhabit the park. Night tours are organized every Friday just before the arrival of the full moon. There’s no better way to finish up a great and eventful day in the city that never ceases to surprise.

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