The Big Entrance and the Gaucho’s Domains
The Autonomous City of Buenos Aires is undoubtfully one of the most cosmopolitan cities in these days. Its financial center, its architecture, its fancy neighborhoods and its contemporaneous atmosphere in constant movement, are some of the characteristics that contribute to outline the essence of being “porteño” (from the city of Buenos Aires).
This huge capital is recognized by its wide cultural and recreational offers, day and night the 365 days of the year: the Colon Theatre and small experimental theatres (most of them located on the Corrientes Avenue), old bookstores and new cultural centers, more than 100 museums and art galleries; big handicraft fairs and modern shopping centers; historical coffee houses; bars featuring tango and milonga shows; discos and pubs with international music; restaurants of different kinds, styles and cuisines; casinos and the most passionate football (soccer) games.
Visitors may tour around the city visiting the most traditional neighborhoods like San Telmo, La Boca, Congreso or Abasto, the most sophisticated ones like Recoleta or Belgrano, or the most modern ones: Puerto Madero or Palermo, birthplace of the vanguard design. Tourists are invited to take thematic walks, following the steps of emblematic characters of either tango or Argentine culture, like Gardel, Evita or Borges.
For those who enjoy sailing, the Río de la Plata offers many options; while the city streets challenge free-spirits to wander around, moved by the curiosity to discover the endless attractions of this beautiful city.
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The province of Buenos Aires surrounds the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. It limits with the provinces of Entre Ríos, Santa Fe, Córdoba, La Pampa and Río Negro, while its southern coast faces the Mar Argentino. It immense territory provides a wide range of attractive proposals, not very far from the big city.
La Plata is the capital of the province. Because of its urban design, it is known as the City of the Diagonal Streets. At only 60 kms south from the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, it is easily and quickly reached by a modern motorway.
It is an interesting proposal to discover; its museums (like the Natural Sciences Museum), the active university life and its important neogotic cathedral are some of the many attractions of this city. Heading to the north, we find the Islands of the Paraná Delta, one of the richest ecosystems in the country as well as one of the most visited places of the province.
The city of Tigre provides many proposals: navigation of the different channels, history and walks complemented by handicraft fairs and an amusement park for the whole family. The Atlantic Coast, the region limiting with the Mar Argentino, is a fantastic summer attraction. Its cities and villages come to life between December and March, while other strategic points, like the city of Mar del Plata, receive visitors during the whole year and are preferred destinations for business meetings.
Buenos Aires is the birthplace of the Gaucho Culture. The Estancias (large cattle ranches) offer the famous asados (barbecues), folkloric shows and spectacles of creole skills on horses. There are also polo resorts, golf clubs and many other alternatives that combine recreation with lodging, in a natural green and peaceful environment. Pampas, mountains, dunes, beaches, rivers, lagoons and thermal waters are the diversity that assure fun for every tourist visiting the province of Buenos Aires.
The region of Buenos Aires is comprised by the Province and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. It is a megalopolis with more than 11 million inhabitants; it is also the most elegant and active city in South America, summarizing the varied and heterogeneous essence of the argentine nature.
Visitors are fascinated by its environment, the different personalities of each neighborhood, the warmness of its people and the wide range of commercial offers. The City features an incredible cultural proposal, many shopping centers and lots of options to enjoy the evening.
In the outskirts, tourists are invited to visit the “estancias” (large cattle ranches) and the Delta islands. Facing the ocean - from the north of the Patagonian coast and up to the Río de la Plata - there are many seaside cities and villages which, from December to March, illuminate the sea with their amazing and intense summer activities.
In the middle of the province, Tandil and Sierra de la Ventana hills with their cities bearing the same names provide a huge variety of outdoor activities. Honoring its mixture of European and Latin American seduction, the “Reina del Plata” (Queen of the Río de la Plata) makes everything possible, at any time of the day.
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