Buenos Aires, Argentina, City Information

Buenos Aires is Argentina’s largest city as well as the country’s economical, political and historical hub. It sits one-third of the way down the east coast, a short boat ride away from Uruguay. Buenos Aires proper includes many neighborhoods and about 3 million people, however, it feels like the city never ends as neighboring cities have grown and expanded out of it. Buenos Aires now feels like a very large city close to 9 million people.

Most inhabitants of Buenos Aires are descendants of immigrants from Europe, often Spain and Italy. For most of the 20th century, Argentina sustained a strong economy and for these reasons, Buenos Aires has a very cosmopolitan vibe. There are numerous theaters, concerts, restaurants and clubs that are always busy and hosting events.

Certain areas of the city are known for their cultural aspects. La Boca was settled by Italians from Genoa, and it still has a strong sense of Genoese pride. It is also home to the world famous futbol club, Boca Juniors, and these famous houses:

Argentina Buenos Aires La Boca colorful houses
La Boca

Palermo is where you will find shopping malls, upscale restaurants, and world-class parks. It’s a great place to walk around and is considered one of the nicer areas of the city.
Recoleta is a very small neighborhood, also noted for its upscale restaurants and neighborhoods. The main cemetery (a large tourist destination) with the same name is also in this neighborhood.

Argentina Buenos Aires Recoleta Cemetery
Cementerio de La Recoleta

Perhaps the most visited barrio in Argentina, especially by tourists, is San Telmo. San Telmo is filled with rich history, and there are many hotels. It is also where the famous Sunday Market is held on Calle Defensa.

Flea market on Defensa Street - San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 16.10.2011
Calle Defensa Market

Downtown Buenos Aires, or the Microcentro, is where most government agencies and businesses are located. It is bustling with activity and people on any given day.Argentina Buenos Aires Government Buildings

Transportation in Buenos Aires includes taxis, buses, and the subte (subway). All forms are fairly inexpensive, but the subte is probably the most efficient way to get around. Click here for a map of the subte.

Additional information on things to do in Buenos Aires can be found in this article from The New York Times, or at TimeOut Buenos Aires.