Sway this way Buenos Aires

Make your hol­i­day a colour­ful fi­esta in the Ar­gen­tinian cap­i­tal!

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First im­pres­sions of Buenos Aires, the Ar­gen­tinian cap­i­tal, can feel like a whirl­wind full of bustling bar­rios and colour­ful mi­lon­gas (tango sa­lons).

Take a closer look and you’ll see a vi­brant city filled with im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture and a no-non­sense at­ti­tude. Down­town streets have the air of grand Parisian boule­vards. This Euro­pean in­flu­ence ex­tends to the ma­jor thor­ough­fare Av­enue 9 de Julio which stretches more than 12 lanes across! The tree-lined av­enue is an ex­cel­lent van­tage point to view the city and the 67m-high Obelisco Mon­u­ment.

A short walk away, you’ll find one of the most fa­mous build­ings in South Amer­ica, the Casa Rosada, or pink house. The of­fi­cial res­i­dence of the Ar­gen­tinian pres­i­dent, the 19th cen­tury man­sion be­came fa­mous as a set­ting for the mu­si­cal Evita.

LIKE THE NIGHT LIFE

Buenos Aires lives for the night. Cafes and restau­rants typ­i­cally be­gin to fill up at 9pm, with bars, clubs and the tango sa­lons swing­ing well into the wee hours. What­ever sound you’re af­ter, the late-night crowd grav­i­tates to the live mu­sic venues all over the city.

Be sure to head to the San Telmo neigh­bour­hood for tango lessons, ex­cel­lent day­time mar­kets and a dis­tinct col­lec­tion of his­toric build­ings and churches. Af­ter dark, hang around and en­joy its many restau­rants and cafes – the nightlife scene here is leg­endary. The en­ergy in­fuses the an­i­mated city streets with a live­li­ness that lingers from evening till dawn.

CUL­TURE CAP­I­TAL

Another pop­u­lar barrio (neigh­bour­hood) is Reco­leta. This af­flu­ent area is home to beau­ti­ful French-style build­ings, up­mar­ket restau­rants and invit­ing out­door green spa­ces. The Na­tional Mu­seum of Fine Arts is lo­cated here, as is the fa­mous Reco­leta Ceme­tery. While the appeal of a ceme­tery as tourist at­trac­tion might seem strange to some, its or­nate mon­u­ments and the no­table tombs of Eva Perón and other politi­cians, celebri­ties and artists are def­i­nitely worth a look.

The colour­ful square on the Caminito in the La Boca neigh­bour­hood

Take tango lessons

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