Buenos Aires is Argentina’s big, cosmopolitan capital city. Its center is the Plaza de Mayo, lined with stately 19th-century buildings including Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace. Other major attractions include Teatro Colón, a grand 1908 opera house with nearly 2,500 seats, and the modern MALBA museum, displaying Latin American art.
Dance tango at Milango:
Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango, so it’s the perfect place to learn… or just watch the pros. A “milonga” is a place where people go to dance tango, and there are tons of authentic ones around the city, depending on the day of the week.There’s a Sunday night milonga in San Telmo’s Plaza Dorrego where you can see people dancing in the street.At Salón Canning, the admission is cheap and it’s great for traditional milongas, but they also offer classes and shows.La Glorieta is an open-air milonga in Belgrano that holds free milongas on the weekends, though donations are appreciated.
Sunday fair in San Telmo:
The Sunday Fair in San Telmo is always packed for a reason: it’s tons of fun! Brimming with antiques, vintage clothing, handmade craft items, local artists, tango musicians and street food, the market lasts most of the day in the city’s cosmopolitan San Telmo neighborhood. Whether you’re souvenir hunting or just looking to soak in some local color, the Sunday fair is a must-go.
If your first thought is, “oh no, not a cemetery!” – hold on. The Recoleta Cemetery is something quite distinctive. A maze of early 20th century tombs that stand above ground in tiny little stone houses or miniature churches, the cemetery holds an astonishing 6,400 statues, many of which were hand-carved and brought over from Italy. Supposedly, it’s haunted. Also, Evita Peron is buried here.
Opened in 1908 with a performance of Verdi’s “Aïda,” the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires was designed by a succession of architects, which may explain the structure’s eclectic style. With nearly 2,500 seats and standing room for 1,000 people, the Teatro Colón stood as the world’s largest opera house until the completion of the Sydney Opera House in 1973. It remains one of the top tourist attractions in Buenos Aires.