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Buenos Aires Travel Guide

The City of Buenos Aires

The city of Buenos Aires geographically belong to the Buenos Aires Province, but in fact the city is politically autonomous, its formal name is Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. To distinguish the capital of the province, Argentines refer to the city as Capital Federal. The city is called also: Bs. As., Baires or sometimes The Queen of the Plata(La Reina de la Plata), even is called "The Paris of South America" (is the most european city in South America).

The Architecture of the city of Buenos Aires is result of the influence of the varied immigrant culture. Buenos Aires is composed of bustling streets, wide boulevards, grand-avenues, leafy parks, grand buildings, faded architectural glories, colourfully painted metal houses, old-time cafes, each one with a slight difference (shade, shape, and character). Buenos Aires without doubt is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city.

Approximately three million people live in the Capital Federal. the people of Buenos Aires are known as "bonaerenses" or "porteños". The City is divided into 48 neighbourhoods (barrios). Each neighbourhood has its own characteristics:
  • In the San Telmo neighbourhood, the cosmopolitan architecture is product of the multinational heritage. The main touristic sites are: the Museo Historico Nacional located on Parque Lezama, the religious circuit shop formed by Nuestra Señora de Bethlem Church, San Pedro Telmo Parish and "Antonio Ballve" Museum, also the antiques fair and tango shows on Sundays at the Plaza Dorrero.
  • The barrio de La Boca present its tin houses and avenues painted with a rainbow of colors.
  • The barrio of Palermo is home of the "Museo Latinoamericano de Arte de Buenos Aires" (MALBA), also, here can be found the "Bosques de Palermo", the Zoo of Buenos Aires and the Planetary.
  • In the Recoleta neighbourhood the tourist sites include the Basílica Nuestra Señora de Pilar, the Biblioteca Nacional, the Bar La Biela, the Centro Cultural Recoleta, the Faculty of Law of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Palais de Glaceand and the Cementerio de la Recoleta, where can be found the remains of Eva Duarte de Perón (Evita).
  • Several monuments are included in the barrio of Retiro, for example, torist will find the General San Martin, the Guerra de Malvinas, Torre de los Ingleses monuments. In the south part of the city, lies many beaches, including the famous Mar Del Plata.
The spirit of Buenos Aires is present in its national dance, the tango, the passion and elegance of this dance is showed in ballrooms, parks, open plazas, tango bars and in any place.

Buenos Aires is also an attractive place for the homosexual community in Latin America, there is a liberal attitude towards gay society. In recent year there has been an increase in gay businesses, such as travel agents, tango classes, bars, hotels (exists a 5-stars gay hotel). Within Capital Federal, gay couples can form a legal civil partnership.

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