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Top 10 Attractions in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires obelisk
Buenos Aires Obelisk; source: Dalibor Ribičić, Wikimedia Commons

The “Paris of the South” has enough attractions to keep tourists busy for weeks, but is easily manageable if you only have a few days on your hands. The top 10 Buenos Aires attractions can be condensed into just one weekend or spread out for the entire course of your stay. You decide.

1. Start your tour at the Obelisk, which for many stands in as a symbol of the city, built to remember the first foundation of Buenos Aires.

2. The Obelisk can be found at the center of historic Plaza de Mayo, a stage on which many of the dramatic events in Argentina’s modern history have played out. The central plaza saw Eva Perón shouting from Casa Rosada’s lower balcony in 1945 and numerous power struggles in the following decades.

These days, the square hosts a peaceful vigil by Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo) every Thursday.

3. Sports fans will find themselves in the right city. One of the top attractions in Buenos Aires is La Bombonera, the famed stadium of Club Atlético Boca Juniors. Here, soccer is a near-religious sport and the national pastime.

4. For a more relaxed experience, The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) is the perfect place to spend a cool winter’s day or escape the heat of summer. The museum is home to Argentina’s largest national fine art collection in the ritzy Recoleta neighborhood and counts as a definitely must-see. It’s also free!

5. If art is what you’re looking for, continue on to La Boca’s Fundación Proa, a stately silver art gallery that’s recently been renovated. It’s housed in a recycled building on La Boca’s scenic riverfront.

6. One of Buenos Aires’ top attractions is no doubt the Cementerio de la Recoleta, where all the rich families in Buenos Aires have their final resting places. Be sure to visit the tomb of Eva Perón, the daughter of an aristocrat and beloved First Lady.

7. The oldest barrio in Buenos Aires—San Telmo—is best visited on Sundays when tourists and locals alike flood in to attend the weekly street fair and flea market to catch a tango performance in the lovely plaza.

8. The Palermo promenade is a beautiful green area in the northern part of the city containing a large lake where you can rent paddle boats on, in addition to seeing botanical, flower and Japanese gardens.

9. When considering beaches to crash in the hot summer, San Clemente del Tuyu should be at the top of your list. Just miles away from Buenos Aires and the first stop on the coast district, it is home to the biggest ocean resort in all of South America, Mundo Marino.

10. Known as the “City Without Haste”, Mar de Las Pampas is a forested settlement where resorts, charming cottages and renowned restaurants nestle in a quaint city grid surrounded by nature just a skip away from the capital. Finally, it’s located right on the beach.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
February 17, 2020

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