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'The Queen of the Plata' is how the capital of Argentina has been called by musicians and writers thanks to its location on the bay formed by the confluence of rivers Paraná and Uruguay. Still, the city could also be a queen of culture. Its 700 bookstores, 74 museums, 31 film festivals, 200 art galleries and 288 theaters make this city an indisputable bohemian destination. Your flights to Buenos Aires will take you to Ezeiza International Airport, only 27 kilometers from Teatro Colón in the center of the city.
Its streets and its history move to the rhythm of tango, recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009 by Unesco. This musical genre, product of the ethnic diversity that settled in the region, has traveled the world with great exponents such as the singer Carlos Gardel and the bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla. At the end of August, the Tango World Cup and Festival is held: around 600 thousand people attend in a city of 3 million people in the urban area and 15 million in the metropolitan area.
When you pack for your trip to Buenos Aires, keep in mind that the average temperature is 18° C, that the coldest month is July—so a jacket always comes in handy—and that during the summer—from December to March—the climate is humid. In those months you can wear light, fresh clothes.
Buenos Aires, founded in 1536, also has a culture of sports, to the point of having been the headquarters of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Soccer, however, is the city's favorite: the sport is played in every corner and admired throughout the city's 36 stadiums. In addition, Buenos Aires is the setting of one of the best-known rivalries of this sport in South America: the 'superclásico' between Boca Juniors and River Plate.
At a continental level, one of the best-known soccer rivalries is that between Brazil and Argentina. Check our flights to Rio de Janeiro and explore the route of the soccer districts in the city of the Maracaná Stadium.
The city of culture, tango and soccer must always be part of any visit to Argentina, which in 2017 dethroned Brazil as the country that receives the most travelers in the region, with 6.7 million visitors. One of the places that are most cherished by visitors is the sculpture of Mafalda in San Telmo, a neighborhood in which there is also a craft fair where you can find handicrafts in wood, wool and rhodochrosite, a fine stone typical of Argentina. You can also shop at Galerías Pacifico, a shopping center with 150 stores located in one of the most exclusive areas of the city.
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"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library," said Buenos Aires native Jorge Luis Borges, perhaps inspired by his hometown. Yet, the city’s charm comes not only from its libraries. Avianca flies to Buenos Aires. Make the most of your bookings and visit some of the almost 700 bookstores in Buenos Aires (in all of Argentina there are 1,598). Here are some of the most recommended:
Founded in 1785 in the apothecary Librería del Colegio, this is the oldest bookshop in Buenos Aires, specialized in history, anthropology, sociology and Latin American literature. In addition, since 1993 (when it changed its name), the place sells outdated, old and rare books.
In 2015, the British newspaper The Guardian referred to this bookshop as the second most beautiful in the world. The Grand Splendid Theater, built in 1919, was originally located in this building. There, protagonists of the tango scene such as Carlos Gardel, Roberto Firpo and Ignacio Corsini performed.
In 2000, the Yenny-El Ateneo chain founded the current bookstore, respecting the original architecture and turning the galleries into book-themed shelves.
Librería Norte specializes in poetry. It was founded in 1961 by the poet Héctor Yánover, who published Memorias de Un Librero, a non-fiction book about his craft, in 1984. Writers such as Julio Cortázar, Adolfo Bioy Casares and Fabio Morábito have been some of its most important visitors.
This library, created in 2016, is named after the moth or 'night butterfly'. At first glance, it’s not easy to identify the place, since it is located in a brick house with no showcases. Upon entering, however, there is a hall with a fireplace and about 6 thousand books organized by countries, covering the great classics, travel books, philosophy, art and fiction.
This highway is 140 meters wide and has 22 lanes. It is the second widest in Latin America and is considered the road of protests and celebrations in Buenos Aires.
It is named in honor of the celebration of Argentina's independence, declared on July 9th, 1816. It passes through some of the most emblematic places in the city. Here are five of them:
Its construction took 18 years and was inaugurated in 1908. Its architectural style is eclectic and has an area of 58 thousand square meters, one of the largest in Latin America. 1,500 people worked in the restoration works carried out for the building's centenary.
On its stage, great figures like the sopranos Monserrat Caballé and Birgit Nilsson, as well as famous directors like Arturo Toscanini, have performed.
This icon of the city was on the verge of being demolished shortly after being built, as the people of Buenos Aires did not understand its usefulness at the time. The Obelisk measures 67.5 meters, weighs 170 tons and was built in 31 days by a crew of 150 workers in 1936. Today, it is a meeting point on the 9 de Julio Avenue.
This two-story café opened in 1894, one kilometer away from the Obelisk. On the first floor there is a cafe restaurant where 40 varieties of pizzas, different types of pasta and traditional Argentine empanadas are offered. In the basement there are 11 billiards tables, 6 pool tables and 1 snooker. These tables are 120 years old. Los 36 Billares is part of the city’s 92 notable bars, declared cultural heritage of Argentina.
○ The monument by sculptor Alejandro Marmo and designer Daniel Santoro is recent (2010), but the building in which it rests is one of Buenos Aires's historic constructions. When it was still the Ministry of Public Works in 1951, the open council of Peronism was founded. Here is where the candidacy of Eva Perón, the first woman aspiring to a public position of importance, was made official.
The mural was conceived in 2009 as a tribute to Eva Perón for being considered the woman of the Argentinian bicentennial.
It is one of the oldest cafes in the city, founded in 1858 by the Frenchman Jean Touan. During the 20th century, this was a meeting place for artists and intellectuals such as the tango singer Carlos Gardel, the writers Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares, and the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. Like Los 36 Billares, Café Tortoni is an Argentine national heritage and one of the 92 notable bars of the city.
“Juniniar”. This is how ‘paisas’ call the route through the pedestrian street of Junín in the center of the city, where you can shop and try sweets and cakes. When traveling to Medellín don’t miss the chance to walk through it.
Without a doubt, Palermo is one of the most important neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. Actually it is the biggest one. When you are in Palermo, you meet with a blend of neoclassic, Victorian and modern architecture, cultural houses, bars, libraries and theaters. In your next trip to Buenos Aires with Avianca you will find a unique cultural offer. Once in there, don’t forget to do these 4 activities.
The name is a playful recall on the fact that this is where the main producers of Argentinian cinema, theater and television are based. The first of the tv channels to be installed in the area was América, followed by four more companies. The Buenos Aires diva Moria Casán referred to the neighborhood as "Little Hollywood", due to the presence of local actors who did not succeed abroad.
Walk along Avenidas Santa Fé and Juan Bautista, Justo, Córdoba and Dorrengo, full of bars and restaurants where you can meet actors, presenters and figures from Argentine television.
It is a mostly commercial neighborhood, inspired in the famous New York Soho. You must to the Plaza Serrano, which is also known as Plazoleta Julio Cortázar. It is the heart of this place, well recognized due to its libraries, art galleries, independent design stores, restaurants and boliches: bars, discos, adapted in neoclassical mansions. You should also visit the handicraft market, organized on weekends in the Plaza Armenia.
Unlike most neighborhoods in the city, this one is characterized by breaking with the rectangular distribution in blocks. Instead, a radial organization was used for its urban planning. It was designed like this in 1912 by the European architects Carlos Thays and Mario Palanti, as an attempt to modernize the city. It is also known as the "embassy district," for its neo-classical Victorian houses.
It is closely related to Palermo Soho, to the point that sometimes they are not differentiated. However, for the more traditional residents of low houses with cobblestone streets surrounded by trees, separation is necessary. The name emerged as a resistance to the renovation sought by the Soho merchants.
It is an area that seeks to preserve the neighborhood's historical essence. Its main attraction is the Julio Cortázar park.
It is no coincidence that people know it as the "lung of Buenos Aires": 400 hectares of gardens, lakes, trails and even waterfalls in Palermo. One of the must see places is the Paseo del Rosadal, also designed by Carlos Thays, characterized by its rosebushes -they say you can see around 18,500- and its Greek-style bridge that crosses the park's lagoon. The second, and perhaps best known, is the Japanese Garden. Literally its visitors sit in this country thanks to the great variety of flowers that can be seen during the year: violet water lilies, cherry blossoms and leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree, among others.
Of the 48 neighborhoods in which the capital of Argentina is divided, Puerto Madero and San Telmo are not only two of the most traditional; they are also adjoining. Here are some of its features:
It was an immigrant neighborhood, today it's a working-class neighborhood. It's only 3.5 kilometers from the centre of Buenos Aires, but it's like being in another city: a place where everything revolves around football, a football team. Everyone dreams of Maradona's goals, Riquelme's passes and Gatti's madness. On your next trip to Buenos Aires, immerse yourself in the life of La Boca.
At the beginning of the 20th century, this neighborhood in the Southeast of the city had been organized around the mouth of the Riachuelo and a port; then it was occupied by Genoese immigrants. Most of them built their houses with zinc sheets and painted them with leftover paintings from the port workshops. The houses are called "conventillos", or "little convents", since many families shared the spaces. One of the best sceneries is the Nicolás Avellaneda Ferry Bridge, which came back into operation since September 2017 after years of neglect.
In April 1905, five immigrants, Baglietto, Scarpatti, Sana and the Farenga brothers, founded the Boca Juniors football club. The first jersey was pink, but it is said that Juan Brichetto, one of the first members, came up with the idea that the colors of the club would be those of the flag of the first boat that passed and this was Swedish, yellow and blue. Great players have been through this club, including Diego Armando Maradona, considered one of the best in history, but there are also other idols like Juan Roman Riquelme, Martin Palermo, Hugo Gatti and Carlos Tevez.
In 1940 the Bombonera was inaugurated, the stadium that "does not tremble, beats", as the fans of the team say, and that has the shape of a box of chocolates -of chocolates, they would say in Argentina-. It can accommodate up to 57,000 people and has a design in the shape of "d". In addition, the trays of the stadium have a steep slope, something uncommon in constructions of this type, and that produces that vibrant atmosphere. It is said that the "Superclásico", the match between Boca and River Plate, another Buenos Aires team, is the best sporting spectacle on the planet.
It is a traditional passage, very colorful, that inspired the music of tango that begins like this: "Caminito que el tiempo ha borrarrado / que juntos un día nos viste pasar, / he venido por última vez, / he venido a contarte mi mal". Among the best known interpretations is that of Carlos Gardel. In this site it is possible to meet couples of tango dancers and some that other false Pope Francisco or Maradona. Some of the conventillos have become craft shops, restaurants and cafés.
La Boca is home to some cultural institutions. Fundación Proa is a contemporary art centre that has a bookshop and carries out concerts and cinema cycles. In the neighborhood is also the Benito Quinquela Martin Museum of Fine Arts, which exhibits oil paintings of this painter known precisely for his representations of the port. Another option is the Usina del Arte, a 1916 building that has a symphonic hall and in which you can see dance shows.
Would you like to see a live football match at the Bombonera? Do you prefer River Plate? Our air tickets to Buenos Aires will allow you to know the passion and madness that Argentines feel for this sport.
Travelling to Buenos Aires entails one particular moment. It can happen during the day, but at night it acquires that memorable porteño vibe: a cut of select meat and red wine. In the city there are six of the best restaurants in Latin America ('50 Best') and they have recently been included in the list of the most outstanding restaurants in the world. It is worth planning ahead and enjoying this menu in six steps.
The following selection of restaurants is a sample of the cultural diversity of the Argentine capital, which dates back to the 'demographic boom' experienced at the end of the 19th century. The city went from 200,000 inhabitants in 1870 to having one million in 1900. Half of these newcomers were foreigners. Our flights to Buenos Aires will allow you to understand, from a gastronomic point of view, the legacy of this impressive cultural mix.
Especialidad: cocina local (parrilla)
Empezamos con carnes y ahí está Don Julio, sexto del continente. Una parrillada del sector de Palermo Viejo. De familia. No muy antiguo (1999), tiene en sus cavas unas 700 etiquetas y, por supuesto, su especialidad es la carne: Aberdeen Angus y Hereford de pastura, dos razas bovinas populares en Argentina y reconocidas por su aptitud para la crianza, que mantienen en las afueras de Buenos Aires. Conservan la carne en cámaras de clima controlado para su maduración durante semanas y luego viene su paso por la parrilla de hierro.
Especialidad: cocina local moderna
Con la cocina visible al fondo (la entrada al sitio es discreta) y ambientado por el patio interior tradicional de las casas de Palermo, los sabores y el énfasis cambian en este lugar (incluido también entre los 50 mejores del mundo). Tortellini de alcaucil o castañas, atún rojo, miel, soya, ñoquis con mollejas, merluza negra, ciervo, morcilla criolla, piñón de araucaria… El menú, de ocho pasos, puede cambiar según la temporada y quizá algún invitado del chef Germán Martitegui, pero la calidad lo sigue ubicando alto.
In a country of immigrants, with so many surges in the 20th century—the Jewish heritage and the Mediterranean—the combination with Argentina's autochthonous culture is inevitable. This is the third best restaurant in the '50 Best '(#18 in Latin America). Here, between stone and clay ovens, embers, smokers and grills, pizzas (a specialty of Buenos Aies) come out with tamarind or steer, loins, chicken livers, lamb or quail. The humus here is a must. On Fridays, Shabbat is celebrated.
Since November 1995, its philosophy is: "from the field to the plate." The merger of the brand Cabaña de las Lilas (cattle experts) and the Brazilian restaurant chain Rubaiyat has offered diners from Puerto Madero a combination of Argentine meats and Brazilian flavors.
Its chef, Juan Ignacio Caverzaschi, worked in the Canary Islands and adopted Latin, African, Mediterranean and Spanish flavors, which he introduced with modern methods and techniques, without losing the tradition of grilled meat.
Among its specialty of red meats, the rib eye, bife de chorizo and loin medallion stand out.
The wine list of Las Lilas has been awarded for six consecutive years by Wine Spectator.
In 1916, in the middle of First World War, Felix de Álzaga Unzué married Elena Peña Unzué. As a wedding gift, the husband hired English architect Robert Prentice for the construction of the Álzaga Unzué Palace, located in the Retiro neighborhood. Since then, the place is an architectural icon of the city and Elena's current headquarters.
In 2008, the Four Seasons Hotel completed the Palace’s restoration and gave its restaurant the name of the woman who inspired its construction. For the past ten years, the place has positioned itself with a menu of Argentinian food with modern European influences.
Juan Gaffuri, the restaurant's executive chef, explains that it tries to evoke familiar flavors; that's why 80% of its diners are local. In 2018, it was selected among the 50 best Latin American restaurants.
Peru is another ideal gastronomic destination. The Pacific, the Amazon and the Andes bring their ingredients to the dishes of some of the best restaurants in the world. Check our flights to Lima and Cusco and enjoy these tasty experiences.
Besides Elena, there are also Chila and Aramburu. Chila is a reinterpretation of Argentine cuisine with seasonal products, Pedro Barguero in the kitchen and ten types of menus that change according to the month. Black hake with artichokes, finely ripened meat with yogurt and squid are among the options. Aramburu, on the other hand, is a nod to the author's inspiration and personal style: steer, cous cous, stuffed quail, rabbit ravioli ... a succulent walk through San Telmo. And if there's still time, one last bite: Proper.
Andean stew that includes corn, pumpkin (also known as calabaza or auyama), onion, white potatoes, green beans, beef or pork, bay leaf and cumin.
A combination of chorizo, veal, pork, beef, chinchulín and blood sausage. The meats are cut into strips and roasted with vegetables. It is usually accompanied with chimichurri.
Thin chickpea flour cake made with oil, water, salt and ground black pepper, which is placed on pizza slices like a sandwich.
Gaffuri is the executive chef at Elena, in the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, since 2011. He has been a chef for the Four Seasons chain for 18 years and has traveled to California, Washington DC, Mexico, and Egypt. His time as a nomad allowed him to assimilate Caribbean flavors and techniques of the Middle East, which, together with Spanish and Italian influences, have become the essence of his culinary style.
For 7 years he has used Dry Aged or matured meats: a process that was not so common in Argentina and of which there are few exponents. This, along with his work as director of food and beverages at the Four Seasons, has allowed him to train other chefs in the selection of materials and preparation techniques.
Ingredients (30 units):
Which dish do you prefer? Bife de paleta? Asado de tira? Bife de chorizo? Punta de anca? Would you like to accompany it with a nice Mendoza wine? Our flights to Buenos Aires will take you to a country in which meat is both a passion and a tradition.
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This ATP World Tour 250 has been held since 1893. It is the fifth oldest in the world and has the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club as its stage.
This festival, which was born in 1991, takes place in Argentina since 2014. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pharrell Williams, The Strokes and Lana del Rey have performed on its stages.
Dates: end of March
Held since 1999, this festival is one of the most important in the continent. In 2018, about 390 thousand people enjoyed short films and feature films in its 36 venues.
From january 23 to february 3.
February 1 to 3.
Parque Centenario, Parque de la Estación y Parque Chacabuco.
February 9 to 17.
Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.
Until february 17.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.
Until february 18.
Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires Malba.
From march 14 to 22.
Campo Argentino de Polo.
From march 29 to 31.
Hipódromo de San Isidro.
From march 3 to 14.
Some of the best events in South America are held in ‘The Queen of the Plata'. Check your calendar, book a flight to Buenos Aires and visit the city that has the very best activities for all tastes.
Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza), 30 km from the city center.
Argentine Peso (ARS).
18°C (64.4 °F)
Service Hours: from 5:30 to 00:00. *Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, check the schedules, which may vary according to the day. Price: 14.50 ARS (0.33 USD) per ticket.
Schedule: varies depending on the line. Check the schedules upon arrival in Buenos Aires. Price: between 12.50 ARS (0.28 USD) and 37 ARS (0.83 USD) per ticket.
Minimum rate: 38.50 ARS (0.87 USD).
3-star hotel: 2,000 ARS (45 USD) per person, per night. 5-star hotel: 4,000 ARS (90 USD) per person, per night.