The Teatro Colon is Argentina’s major opera house and one of the city’s finest structures. You should venture into this section of the city, even if you are not interested in the arts, just to capture a photo of the Teatro itself. The sheer enormity of the building is overwhelming and at night the Teatro looks even more impressive and should you be able to afford a ticket, the shows are a must-see. The building is currently being refurbished so you should check it out before the original structure disappears altogether.
Cerrito 618, Buenos Aires 1010
This cool district is located by Buenos Aires’ waterfront, once a busy port in the early part of the century. A major regeneration project has now transformed the area into luxurious homes, apartments, office blocks and hotels. The port has a selection of stunning residential high-rises and office blocks that look amazing at night when lit up, and makes for a perfect evening of strolling should you find yourself close to the docks.
If you are staying in BA for more than 4 days, use one of them to go to Colonia in Urugauy. You catch a ferry that takes you up the River Plate. It takes about 90 minutes.
Colonia is a World Heritage listed town and you can see why as soon as you get there. Cobbled street, picture perfect houses and a natty little light house to climb.
For lunch go to the yatch club and get a table outside. Sit back and enjoy whatever Chef recommends.
Colonia could easilly be the most charming town in the world I can't recommend it enough.
The neighbourhood in the port area from which Boca Juniors derive their name was the point of arrival for the countless numbers of immigrants who came to Argentina, particularly Italians. There is an artists fair as well as Italian cantinas to relax in. Go for the beautiful coloured houses and because this is where Maradona grew up.
Barrio La Boca
The cemetery at Recoleta rightly draws the crowds, but the far larger necropolis at Chacarita is fascinating. It was created as a result of the city's yellow fever epidemic in 1871. Although it is officially for "ordinary people", you can see the vaults of such former icons as tango great Carlos Gardel and former president Juan Domingo Peron (his wife Evita, paradoxically, is over at Recoleta).
Two minutes' walk from Federico Lacroze underground station or "subte".
The government mansion, Casa Rosada, stands at one end of the small park. Outlines of human figures are painted in white, each has a name and the date when that person 'disappeared'. On Thursdays, the mothers of the disappeared come to the square to demonstrate silently.
At 6pm everyday the Grenadiers march out of the Casa Rosada. They goose-step out of the main entrance, across the road into Plaza de Mayo where they take down the Argentinian flag from its pole.
The final resting ground for generations of Argentina's elite. An eerily peaceful mini-city of the dead, featuring marble and stone mausoleums coronated with angels blowing stone trumpets and life-size likenesses of the illustrious departed. Ironically, this is where Evita Perón, who fought the country's oligarchy so fiercely, rests, in the Duarte family vault, under three layers of thick steel to guard her coffin from would-be desecrators.
Junín, 1760; Tel: 4803 1594
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