Buenos Aires Sights & Attractions
What to See and Do in Buenos Aires
THE LANDMARKSA landmark standing out in the skyline is the TORRE MONUMENTAL. Previously called "Torre de los Ingleses" ("Englishmen's Tower") because it was built by the local British community, it was renamed in 1982. Other landmarks are found around PLAZA DE MAYO, the city's main square. The presidential palace CASA ROSADA (or "The Pink House" from whose balcony Evita famously addressed the crowds) is here, and so is the CABILDO, a government building during colonial times.
MODERN ARTMALBA Museum (Museum of Latin American Art) is an impressive museum displaying the best of Latin America's contemporary art. There are works by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Antonio Berni among others in a vast modern building.
CLASSIC ARTThe Fine Arts Museum is one of the most important museums in Latin America, and presents European masters such as Goya, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rodin, and Van Gogh.
STRIKING ARCHITECTUREThe vast Avenida 9 de Julio is where many of Buenos Aires' historical events have taken place, and its OBELISK is one of the city's icons. The art deco KAVANAGH BUILDING is nearby, the city's first major skyscraper. It was the world's tallest concrete structure when it was built in 1939 and is still today a symbol of modern architecture in the Argentinean capital.
ANCIENT SITEBuilt in the 19th century, the METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL is not ancient, but its classical portico will remind you of many of Europe's ancient wonders. The baroque interior and rococo altar date from different periods, from the 17th to 19th centuries.
Also take a look at the Colon Theater, one of the world's major opera houses. It was inspired by Milan's La Scala and has gone through much needed renovation over the last few years.
CITY LIFEEnjoy a night out in PUERTO MADERO, the port area that's currently the city's most desirable real estate. It was an abandoned site until the mid-1990s, when it became a thriving district with new apartment buildings, offices, bars, and restaurants.
Elsewhere, locals do their shopping down the partly-pedestrianized CALLE FLORIDA, while SAN TELMO is the famous tango district. You can see plenty of dancing in its PLAZA DORREGO where the city's most popular market also takes place.
From there, walk around the RECOLETA district, with its broad boulevards and monumental buildings making you feel like you've stepped into a European capital. In the neighborhood is also the striking RECOLETA CEMETERY where Evita Peron was laid to rest.
TOURS & DAYTRIPSGo on a tour of Buenos Aires to easily see most of the city's sights and experience some tango dancing.