For this week’s Travel Tuesday, I wanted to take you guys south of the equator to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nestled on the border between Argentina and Uruguay, Buenos Aires sports South American flair with European charm that can be seen in its winding streets, amazing architecture, and rich culture. Here are some of the top places to sightsee!
1. La Boca
La Boca’s rich culture is seen in not only its colorful houses, but also its famous soccer team that calls the neighborhood home as well as street vendors who peddle their wares and tango dancers who use the roads as their dancefloor. La Boca was known as a very popular immigrant destination in the late 1800s and local lore says that the immigrants painted their houses such bright colors from the leftover paints from ships at the nearby docks. One of the best ways to explore the barrio is via bicycle during the day.
2. La Recoleta Cemetery
Credit: Patrick Mreyen
Regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries, La Recoleta is the resting place of Eva Peron, as well as other Argentinian presidents and notable figures. The last renovation on the cemetery was completed in 1881 and boasts roughly 5,000 vaults – all above ground – and many of the elaborate mausoleums are decorated with statues. The cemetery itself is designed like many city blocks, with wide avenues and then smaller “streets” branching off. Free tours are available daily.
3. San Telmo
Like many other barrios in Buenos Aires, San Telmo has cobblestone streets lined with street performers, artists, and dancers, but the energy of this neighborhood is unlike any other. It is the oldest neighborhood in the city and is the perfect mix of historic and contemporary, artsy and classy. Tourists can get lost on any of the streets, duck into a local cafe for amazing food, or be dazzled by live music and tango everywhere you look.