Buenos Aires: In and Around

La Boca - a neighborhood in Buenos Aires | Photo: Eddy Ancinas

La Boca – a neighborhood in Buenos Aires | Photo: Eddy Ancinas

Buenos Aires, home for one-third the population of Argentina (13 million people) is the gateway to all the splendors of Argentina. Tango, soccer, opera, art galleries and street fairs, cafés, shopping and dining in all the different neighborhoods are some of the city’s most pleasant pursuits.

Couple doing Tango in San Telmo, a popular neighborhood in Buenos Aires

Where to go on Sundays: San Telmo,
a popular Buenos Aires neighborhood
where they tango in the streets
Photo: Eddy Ancinas

As you explore the parks and plazas, wide avenues and narrow cobblestone streets, look up at the art deco, art nouveau, gothic and stately Parisian facades; and you will know why Buenos Aires is known as “The Paris of South America.”

With British formality, Parisian style, Italian spontaneity and a Spanish soul, the city and the people have their own unique identity — as different from their fellow countrymen and the rest of Latin America as are the lonely windswept plains of Patagonia from this cosmopolitan capital.