About Buenos Aires, Argentina
Established in 1580 by the Spanish conquistador Juan de Garay, Buenos Aires is the second largest city in South America. Alive with tango – the national dance of Argentina – the city of Buenos Aires plays host to a multicultural population of almost 3 million residents and is truly the city that never sleeps. Buenos Aires is widely regarded for its rich culture and European architecture, and the city of “Fair Winds” as Buenos Aires loosely translates to in Spanish, has often been said to combine traits of London and Paris.
Popular Destinations in Buenos Aires
Located off the coast of the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires is bustling with activities and events throughout the day. Here are some of the attractions in Buenos Aires that are not to be missed:
La Boca: A neighborhood of Buenos Aires with rich European flavor, La Boca is home to the famous soccer club Boca Juniors, who plays from the Estadio Alberto J. Armando stadium, also affectionately known among the locals as La Bombonera (“The Chocolate Box”). Located near the southeastern corner of Buenos Aires, La Boca is popular for its colorful and lively houses, as well as the iconic Caminito street notable for its tango memorabilia.
Obelisco: The Obelisco de Buenos Aires, or the Obelisk of Buenos Aires, is a historical landmark in the Plaza de la Republica. Constructed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first settlement of the city in 1536, the Obelisco towers over 220 feet, and marks the center of the nightlife and entertainment in the city akin to Times Square in New York.
Casa Rosada: One of the most remarkable buildings in Buenos Aires is the Casa Rosada, or the Pink House. Completed in the 1880s, the Casa Rosada is the executive residence of the President of Argentina, and also goes by its official name Casa de Gobierno, or the House of Government. Located east of the Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada is an impressive landmark not to be missed.
Plaza de Mayo: The site of the 1810 revolution that led to the independence of the nation from Spain in 1816, the Plaza de Mayo, or May Square, is widely regarded as the political center of Argentina. To this day, the Plaza de Mayo remains associated with many political events, demonstrations and organizations, including the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. Surrounding the Plaza de Mayo are some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including the Casa Rosada, the Cabildo, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the current city hall. Located at the center of the Plaza is the Piramide de Mayo, or the May Pyramid, which is the oldest national monument in Buenos Aires.
Cementerio de la Recoleta: The Cementerio de la Recoleta, or the La Recoleta Cemetery, is among one of the most beautiful and remarkable cemeteries in the world. Located on a 14-acre site, the La Recoleta Cemetery contains the graves of many notable personalities, including a descendant of Napoleon, several Nobel Prize recipients, as well as many of the former presidents of Argentina.
Luxury Lodging in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is an upcoming travel destinations for tourists and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury accommodation options. Here are some of our top picks in Buenos Aires:
- 725 Continental
- Aspen Towers Hotel
- Awwa Suites and Spa
- Broadway Hotel and Suites
- Caesar Park Buenos Aires
- CasaSur Art Hotel
- Four Seasons Buenos Aires
- Hilton Buenos Aires
- Howard Johnson Hotel Boutique Recoleta
- Mine Hotel Boutique Palermo
- Mio Buenos Aires Hotel
- Moreno Hotel Buenos Aires
- NH 9 de Julio
- NH City & Tower
- NH Jousten
- NH Lancaster
- NH Tango
- Novotel Buenos Aires
- Park Tower
- Pestana Buenos Aires Hotel
- Room Mate Carlos
- Sofitel Buenos Aires
- Urban Suites Recoleta
Airports In or Nearby Buenos Aires
Interested in renting a private aircraft to Buenos Aires, Argentina? This superb city is also surrounded by a multitude of airports which makes it very easy for you to book a private jet to and from Buenos Aires. Here are several important airports in the area:
- Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP): This airport is located approximately 1 mile from downtown Buenos Aires in the Palermo neighborhood. It stretches over an area of nearly 340 acres and it currently features one concrete runway. In 2013, this airport was used by almost 9.5 million passengers, making it one of the busiest airports in Argentina.
- Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE): Also known as Ezeiza International Airport, this airport is located just 14 miles from Buenos Aires. It is also the largest international airport in the country and in 2014 it served nearly 8.6 million passengers. The airport also features 2 asphalt paved runways and it was originally built back in the 1940s.
- San Fernando Airport (SFE): This airport is located just 1 mile from the city center of San Fernando in Argentina and it is used for general aviation purposes. It stretches over an area of 470 acres and it currently has 1 asphalt paved runway.
- La Cumbre Airport (LCM): This airport is located 3 miles from the city of Cordoba in Argentina and it features one grass runway and one asphalt paved helipad.
- Rosario — Islas Malvinas International Airport (ROS): This airport is located nearly 8 miles from the city center of Rosario in Santa Fe, Argentina. The airport covers an area of approximately 1,400 acres and it currently features one concrete runway. In 2004, a new terminal was added to this airport to accommodate more passengers.
- Laguna de los Patos International Airport (CYR): This airport is located in Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay and it is dedicated to general aviation. Although it is not located in Argentina, this airport is still one of the nearest to the city of Buenos Aires. It features one asphalt paved runway.
- Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport (MVD): This airport is near Montevideo in Uruguay and it was originally opened in 1947. It currently features 3 asphalt paved runway and in 2011, it was used by nearly 2 million passengers.
- Capitan Corbeta CA Curbelo International Airport (PDP): This is another Uruguayan airport which serves Punta del Este. It features 2 asphalt paved runways.
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