If you only had one day to tour around Buenos Aires…what would you do? Here’s our selection of the must see places, within a day, that would give you a glimpse of Buenos Aires
Let’s start with the BA typical view: The Obelisco on 9 de Julio avenue. We have always considered this as the widest avenue in the world (counting its two boulevards). Along Av.Roque Sáenz Peña (Diagonal Norte) you get to Plaza de Mayo, the city founding center. The sites and buildings bearing the greatest historical relevance are there. You may observe them by taking a walk around the square:
- Cabildo (Bolívar 65)
- Metropolitan Cathedral (San Martín on the corner of Av. Rivadavia)
- Casa Rosada (Pink House) (Balcarce 50)
- Palacio de Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (City Hall building) (Bolívar 1).
From Plaza de Mayo, you can walk on to San Telmo, one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the city. Churches, markets and museums are also included in the business circuit of antique shops. The main ones are along Defensa street. They offer a wide variety of furniture, sculptures, glassware, silverware and toys, usually from Europe or Argentina. If you visit San Telmo on a Sunday, do not miss Plaza Dorrego, the oldest in the city after the Plaza de Mayo, where a traditional antique flea market is held. Clothing, linens, magazines, records, dishes, lamps, ornaments can be found here. Around Plaza Dorrego, mimes, tango singers and dancers display their skills on the streets. Surrounding the plaza, a number of bars and restaurants complete the walk.
If you head south, you’ll reach La Boca. The ride is about 10 minutes by bus (152 or 86 bus lines run on Paseo Colón, under Lezama Park) or by taxi.
Caminito street is a kind of outdoor museum: painters, musicians, dancers, living statues, and street performances. An ideal place to get lost in the crowd and remember that no stages are needed to perform the comedy of life.
You can continue and stroll around Puerto Madero: the newly recycled old city port has now become an important gastronomic area. Lunch here, with a view to the river could be a great idea, specially if you’ve been walking nonstop…
Then, 130 or 93 bus lines take you from Puerto Madero to Recoleta: one of the most distinguished areas in the city. You can visit the Cemetery, where you can see, among others, Eva Perón, Adolfo Bioy Casares and Facundo Quiroga´s vaults. A historic fact: Domingo French, immortalized in school history books along with Antonio Beruti, both exhibiting light blue and white ribbons in May Revolution, was buried there in 1825. Another site to visit: Church of Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Junín 1898).
You can finish your hectic day by Walking around Palermo large parks or get back to the Palermo Viejo area. Window-shopping and ethnic food are two options to conclude a bustling day in Buenos Aires.