ABOUT BUENOS AIRES
The suburban neighborhood of Tango and Milonga, invites us to meet one of its more distinguished neighbours; Carlos Gardel. The life and work of this mythical figure is reproduced in a typical house where the “Morocho del Abasto” lived, until his trip to France. Here stands the Carlos Gardel’s Museum. The course through this artist’s life continues on Carlos Gardel Street, where it’s monument is located.
The “Abasto Market” that still preserves its antique facade, has become an attractive shopping center with lots of different proposals, one of them is the “Museo de los Ninos” (the kid’s museum) where children have a wonderful place to play and enjoy.
Abasto is the place chosen by tango lovers who want to be involved with its history, and dance the rhythm of its magic; “El Museo del Tango” (The Tango Museum) waits its visitants to delight them with the charm of the 2x4.
Concentrated in the biggest green spaces of the city; it is famous for its “Rodesdal” (Roses Garden), its “Jardin Japones” (Japanese Garden), “El Jardin Botanico Carlos Thays” (The botanic Garden names Carlos Thays), and the Zoo. Nearby, it is “La Rural” a fairground where every year an exhibition of agriculture, livestock and industry takes place. Palermo also has an astronomical center: “Planetario Galileo Galilei” (Galileo Galilei Planetarium). In this zone there is also the “Museo de Artes PLasticas Eduardo Sivori” (Museum of Plastic Arts Eduardo Sivori); “El Campo Argentino de Polo” (The Argentine Polo Field) and “Hipodromo de Palermo” (the Palermo Racetrack) We can also find the exclusive gastronomic pole called “Las Canitas”
Centre for banks, commercial offices, theatres, cinemas, cafes shops, hotels and restaurants. It is the civic centre for the national and local governments.
“La Plaza de Mayo” is the most well known Argentine square in the world. It was the historical scenery for the most important political changes. The “Piramide de Mayo” first monument built; to commemorate the 1810 revolution. The National Executive Power of the city functions. There are guided visits for tourists. A tourist primordial walk is “Avenida de Mayo”, it was the first avenue of Buenos Aires. It was the stage for presidential parades, carnivales and crowded burials. Another avenue known worldwide is 9th July Avenue, which took its name from the date of the Argentine Independence 1816, it is also the widest avenue in the world.
“El Obelisco” is situated on it, built in 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first Spanish settlement in the “Rio de la Plata.” Corrientes avenue is considered a traditional “Portena” street and it is famous for its theatre, cinemas and bookshops. Inside the cultural life of the city, the “Teatro Colon” is known because its excellent acoustic and because it is the biggest lyrical theatre in Latin America.
This new neighborhood of Buenos Aires, bounded by Av. Juan B Justo, the streets Paraguay, Dorrego, and Niceto Vega, is in constant growth. The inaugurations of shops are ongoing. Catering establishments highlighted by their original styles, with decorations and advanced eccentrics dishes. Most have garden and terrace. In this picturesque place of the city, you can find many theme bars, nightclubs, art galleries, independent theaters, antique houses and various workshops.
This heart of Palermo Soho brings us to Julio Cortazar Square, in Gorriti street between Serrano and Honduras. We could say that it is the meeting point to being the touring area, its hops, old houses and sunny afternoons.
On weekends we travel the square and watch the exhibition of visual artists, crafstmen, and musicians who show their work.
Today, the area of Palermo is characterized by continuity of shops dedicated to fashion and cuisine, especially in the last hours of the night.
San Telmo has a wide variety of historical sites, such as “Plaza Coronel Dorrego” where the antiques fair of San Pedro Telmo opens from 10am to 5pm; Castagnino’s house, where he lived since 1968, who is famous for his illustrations of Jose Hernandez, Martín Fierro. The Russian Orthodox Church was built in 1904 in a muscovite style from the XVII.
The Lezama Park is where you also find the “Museo Histórico Nacional.” It was declared a Historical Monument. One typical thing in the zone is “El Pasaje de La Defensa,” an old house from the late past century recreated the colonial Buenos Aires.
Today, it is a traditional place where Argentines and foreign tourists may take a walk. Every Sunday, around eight thousand people fill the square and a great variety of objects are offered in the 270 stands of the fair. On Sundays, in the surrounding streets of the square, you can see different artistic tango and folklore shows in addition to plastic artists exhibitions. The fair is in the heart of the traditional San Telmo neighbourhood where many of its old big houses of the 19th century were recycled to become antique shops and first class restaurants.
It was the first port City of Buenos Aires. Since 1938, La Boca has its own Fine Arts Museum, which exhibits Argentinians most important figurative artists, like Quinquela Martín.
In 1940, Boca Juniors Stadium was inaugurated, sheltering one of the most popular football teams of Argentina. There you will find the “Museo de la Pasion Boquense” (Boca Juniors Museum, where this legendary and popular club history becomes true, .That year, Avellaneda Bridge, which acts as a transfer bridge joining the city with the Buenos Aires province through Riachuelo, was replaced by a new one for light transit. As for entertainment, De la Ribera Theatre was built in 1971.
Among the historical sites, Vuelta de Rocha stands out. It was the settlement for the army, created by the admiral Guillermo Brown during the wars for Independence. Also interesting is the Wax-Historical Museum, an exhibition of wax life-size figures.
The port was born and died as what it was, but revived as the biggest refurbishing process of the city; the recycling of its abandoned docks turned into lofts, offices, elegant restaurants and Art places.
Puerto Madero is the last official neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, the less inhabited and the most expensive of the city. It has museums such as the Fragata Sarmiento Museum, which takes it name from the President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, who was the founder of the Naval School; and Corbeta Museum, which is the oldest ship in Argentina, which arrived in 1874. Puerto Madero also has exclusive places such as the Yacht Club of Puerto Madero, situated in front of dock number 4, where the first international navy operates nowadays.