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City Guide: Buenos AiresBuenos Aires was founded on the shores where the rivers meet the ocean in Río de la Plata; known more widely as River Plate. The moderate climate of this estuary and the high number of sunny days are so interesting that Buenos Aires, which means “Fair Winds”, was not picked in vain as the name of the city. Throughout Argentina, the locals are called “porteños” meaning “people from the port”. The city, also the capital of Argentina, has been an autonomous region since 1980. These unique characteristics strengthen the cultural richness of the area.
The city center expands on a north-south axis around General Paz Avenue. This avenue connects the metropolitan region and the commercial center, where industrial activities are carried out. All it takes to reach nature is getting 5 minutes away from the city center.
Football is -without a doubt- a passion in Buenos Aires, as it is in all of Argentina. The rivalry between Boca Juniors and River Plate gathers attention from not only the country, but all of the world. In almost every one of the 48 neighborhoods of the city, known as “barrios”, there is at least one stadium, public square, and theater. Abasto, Puerto Madero, San Telmo, Recoleta, Palermo, La Boca, the streets in the central part of the city, and Corrientes are locations where there are a lot of tourists.
The city center, locally called Microcentro, is the perfect place to explore historical spots. The famous pedestrian street in this area, Florida, is also suitable for urban activities such as shopping.
If you were to head towards the San Telmo region, the first thing that will catch your eye is definitely going to be the examples of the colonial era architectural style. Also, the sidewalks illuminated by iron lanterns along the way are definitely worth seeing.
Culture & Entertainment
Museums, Public Squares, Historical Locations, Monuments
In Buenos Aires, there are 132 museums overall; primarily in the fields of art, history, science, and technology. Museo de la Pasión Boquense, Boca's Passion Museum in English, is definitely one of the most interesting museums. In this museum, you can acquire the most extensive information on Boca Juniors sports club, which grew out of the neighborhood of the same name.
The local people and traditions are called “gaucho” and “creole” respectively. The museums where the daily lives of those locals are portrayed, must be included in any good itinerary. Theater museums, religion themed museums, painting museums, sculpture museums, and those opened in honor of important people can be visited all around the city. In the midst of the variety of museums, Museo Evita -Evita Museum- stands out. The contents of this museum, opened in honor of the guardian angel of the poor- Eva Perón, shine light on recent history as well.
Casa Museo Carlos Gardel, Caso Gardel Museum, in Abasto neighborhood must be pointed out in its own right. This place, where the grand composer of Argentine tango once lived, made its debut as a museum in 2003.
Another one of the museums which receive the most number of visitors is Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires. In this museum, called MALBA for short, you can see works of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Antonio Berni, and Guillermo Kuitca all in one place.
Parks, Games, Events, and Natural Areas
In Río de la Plata; in terms of water sports, there is simply everything. In the Paraná Delta and lagoons; you can have the exhilarating experience of riding almost every water craft including sailboards and canoes.
Buenos Aires is one of the culture centers of South America as a continent. In the city, which is said to be in third place in the world with regard to the number of theaters, there are more auditoriums than New York City. The museums of the city, including traditional and modern ones, are also quite famous. With the addition of music and the world-renowned tango and milonga; the entertainment scene of the city is complete in all its glory.
Corrientes Avenue is very lively, especially at night. Quite various entertainment centers; including cinemas, theaters, and restaurants are open until morning. Santa Fe Street has an array of events to offer; with places such as General San Martín, Borges, Recoleta, and Paseo La Plaza.
BUENOS AIRES IN ONE DAY
If you have only one day set aside for Buenos Aires, you have a tough job ahead of you. Tough, but not impossible. The route you can take on foot and which will allow you to see many places at once, should start at Florida Street -a pedestrian street- in the city center called Microcentro.
You can reach Plaza de la Republica and the Obelisk by heading towards Avenida de Mayo and Plaza de Mayo from Plaza San Martin and passing another pedestrian street called Lavalle. Featuring amazing structures with different architectural styles, Mayo/May Street connects Casa Rosada -the executive mansion of the President of Argentina- and the City Hall. In the public square with the same name, there is a pyramid which was erected in honor of the May Revolution.
CITY TOURS AND TRANSPORTATION
There are many options to tour the city. The underground system runs on 6 lines. Public transportation buses are locally called “colectivos”; and including the light rail system, transportation services on over 100 routes are provided.
Taxi fares are more affordable here, compared to other cities. Consequently, they are frequently preferred. It is also rather convenient to roam in the city on foot as well. City tours, accompanied by guides, are quite informative.
Beaches are points of attraction in their own right, on this delta where the waves of the Atlantic Ocean come crashing down upon kilometers of its shores. The availability of quiet and unattended beaches, in addition to crowded ones, is quite an opportunity.
Tandil and Ventana regions are very convenient for nature sports with landscapes full of hills. Paragliding, trekking, or golfing -if you are interested- are among options.
Nature sites along Paraná River, one of the rivers that form the River Plate estuary, can be explored. This journey that will head to the inner parts of South America is also a great start to quickly discovering the continent. Places located closeby where you can spend some enjoyable time include the beaches called San Clemente del Tuyú and Mar del Plata and thermal centers in Carhué, Pedro Luro, and Los Gauchos.
There are a lot of large rural estates for farming and raising livestock, known by the name of estancias, in the vicinity of Buenos Aires. There are about 300 of these well over a hundred years old British-French colonial era structures in the region.
Food & Drink
There are over three thousand restaurants located here. Wherever, whenever, and whatever you would like to eat, there are tens of options awaiting you. The menu, which starts with the traditional dishes asado or pizza, expands and becomes varied with the advantage of being a port city.
Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo Viejo, Palermo Hollywood, Las Cañitas, Paseo de la Infanta, Arcos del Sol and Costanera Norte are the main locations you can head to, in order to enjoy delicious foods.
ShoppingOne of the components that put forward the character of the city is the shopping opportunities it provides. Commercial activity that centers around expositions, outdoor markets, and shopping centers allure not only locals but visitors as well. In almost every part of the year; a festival, cultural event, or exposition is definitely organized.
In Skylife Buenos Aires
Many former Ottoman subjects emigrated to Buenos Aires via Europe by ship at the start of the 1900’s. There are three mosques and two Turkish schools in the city, where some 10,000 Muslims currently live. The largest of the mosques is the Rey Fahd Islamic Culture Center at Palermo. Argentine Tourism Minister Carlos Enrique, who came to Istanbul for the EMITT 2013 International Tourism Fair, says that the close historic relations between the two countries are going to be revitalized by the Turkish Airlines flights.
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“I’ve lived in Buenos Aires for six years. In the last two and a half years I’ve watched close to 60 matches in some 40 stadiums in eight cities across Latin America. If you can catch a Boca Juniors - River Plate match, don’t miss it. And the Racing - Independiente rivalry, though little known, could be termed the city’s fiercest. I’m a Racing fan. Just think, they didn’t win a thing for 35 years but the fans still filled the stadium. It even says on the backs of their jerseys: “Such a passion, it’s indescribable!”
El Ateneo on Santa Fe Avenue is one of the world’s most attractive book emporiums, a 100-year-old venue with close to half a million books in four languages.
Buenos Aires is ready to welcome guests at its newly-opened style hotels. Based on an array of concepts from football to art, these hotels range from boutique to five-star.
The city’s coffee culture rivals that of Paris. Hosting numerous famous figures, the century-old Buenos Aires cafes are known to have inspired artists like Julio Cortazar, Francis Ford Coppola and Maria Vargas Llosa.
You can tour the city comfortably on one of the double-decker open-top tour buses. For information about the tours, which stop at 25 major points around the city: www.buenosairesbus.com
Turkish Airlines has Istanbul-Buenos Aires-Istanbul flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Departure times are at 9:20 a.m. from Istanbul and 11:55 p.m. from Buenos Aires. The time difference is five hours, Istanbul being five hours ahead. A U.S. dollar is equal to about 5, a Euro to about 6 Argentine pesos.
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