Top 25 Destinations in the World, #17
May 26, 2011
May 26, 2011
The birthplace of the tango is, like the dance itself, captivating, seductive and bustling with excited energy. Atmospheric old neighborhoods are rife with romantic restaurants and thumping nightlife, and Buenos Aires’ European heritage is evident in its architecture, boulevards and parks. Cafe Tortoni, the city’s oldest bar, will transport you back to 1858, and the spectacular Teatro Colon impresses just as it did in 1908. Latin America’s shopping capital offers the promise of premium retail therapy along its grand, wide boulevards.
The Recoleta Cemetery was opened for ordinary people in 1822 but as Recoleta’s reputation improved, so did that of the cemetery. Now many presidents and historic figures important to Buenos Aires history are buried there. So often, murderers are buried very close to the people they murdered. The architecture styles of the tombs range from neo classic to art deco and the some of the sculptures have declared national historic monuments.
Eva Peron (Evita) is now buried in Recoleta Cemetery after her remains endured quite an adventure. Her dead body was stolen, copied, hidden, and then stolen again.
Buenos Aires has tons of really different neighborhoods, but none of them embodies the traditional culture like the bohemian San Telmo. This barrio is now home to BA artists which is reflected in barrio’s numerous art galeries stretching from Avenida Belgrano to Avenida San Juan.
Tourists are attracted to San Telmo by its colonial architecture, art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and pubs. Check out Desnivel on Defensa Street for the best steaks and grill. Be prepared for grease and delicious food.
A tranquil Zen garden complete with fish ponds and an arched bridge even offers a traditional tea house.
Source: Trip Advisor