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10 Things to See & Do

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1. Become a Boca Juniors fan 

Buenos Aires loves football, and no fans are more fanatical than those of Boca Juniors. The Bombonera stadium on match day is a cauldron of excitement with the singing and energy on the terraces matching the entertainment on the pitch. If you can’t make the game, the next best thing is a stadium tour where you can visit the trophy room, stand on a terrace and discover the thrilling history of this famous club. You might even be tempted to buy a fluffy blue and yellow hat.

2. Take a day trip to the Tigre River Delta

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Less than an hour from the bustle of downtown Buenos Aires is an almost unspoilt subtropical delta of densely forested islands and shining waterways. This is the place to get away from it all and enjoy outdoor pursuits such as hiking, horse riding and fishing. There is a naval museum to visit and restaurants for lunch, or you might prefer to take a picnic and just lie back and enjoy the beauty of the landscape.

3. Spend some time with the rich and famous

Cementerio de la Recoleta is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful and interesting cemeteries in the world. Stepping into this necropolis of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Baroque tombs and mausoleums is like traveling back in time. Located in one of the most exclusive areas of Buenos Aires, it is the permanent resting place for some of Argentina’s most famous people including Eva Perón, presidents of Argentina, Nobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy and a granddaughter of Napoleon. The cemetery is free to enter and once inside you can wander down tree-lined walkways and soak up the atmosphere of bygone times and people.

4. Experience the sensuality of a tango show

You can’t visit Buenos Aires without seeing the tango and there are many venues to visit around the city. Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show is a revival of tango’s sophistication, luxury, and style of the Golden Decade of Buenos Aires. It is located on the site of a restaurant that was once the gathering place for the colorful characters of the popular market of Buenos Aires. You can enjoy the culinary delights of the VIP menu while listening to and watching the sensual artistry of some of Argentina’s finest tango dancers. It is the height of decadence and we think you will enjoy every minute of it.

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5. A night at the opera?

The Teatro Colón is regarded as one of the best theaters in the world and is a must-see place in Buenos Aires. Built in 1908 it is famed for its exceptional acoustics and architectural elegance and is the natural home for classical music, opera and ballet in the capital. If you are able to catch a show you will undoubtedly experience a night to remember. Alternatively there are tours of the theater running throughout the day so that you can savor the atmosphere and learn about the history of this iconic building.

6. Discover Latin American modern art at the MALBA

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Opened in 2001, the gallery is home to permanent and temporary exhibitions of contemporary Latin American art. Works by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Tarsila do Amaral share the walls with lesser-known Argentine modern masters. The gallery design showcases the paintings and sculptures wonderfully with an abundance of natural light. It is also a great place to have lunch with a café and terrace restaurant. If you looking for an unusual gift to take home, then you may find just what you’re looking for in the high quality gallery gift shop.

7. Dine in style 

There are so many good restaurants in Buenos Aires, it is difficult to know where to start. If you prefer brunch to lunch, then the Scandinavian Olsen restaurant is regarded by many as best place in town. For high tea you could try the Alvear Palace Hotel which offers a glimpse into the past wealth and grandeur of the city. Café Tortoni is the most famous café in Argentina and perfect place for morning coffee. You might even recognize the interior as it has featured in many movies and it has been patronized by celebrities since 1858. In the evening you could visit the Philippe Starck-designed El Bistro within the Faena Hotel + Universe. The menu is inspired by molecular gastronomy and has been known to feature such delights as 'spherifications' of olives and 'foams' of lettuce.

8. La Boca - Experience the color of Argentina

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Look for images of Buenos Aires and you’ll soon find pictures of the brightly colored houses from Caminito, a pedestrian walk in La Boca. The area was originally a working class enclave for Italian dock workers who received donations of paint for their houses. Each donation was different hence the wide range of colors maintained. Today the neighborhood is a center for art with lots of restaurants and colorful metal houses. The art museum of Bellas Artes features the work of world famous Benito Quinquela Martín who painted stunning scenes of everyday dock life. A must see collection.

9. Learn to dance the tango in San Telmo

If you have the time and inclination, San Telmo's tango bars are the place to learn and dance the tango. If you would rather watch, then pop along to the San Telmo flea market on Sunday where couples perform in the open air. You might even be tempted to have an impromptu lesson. The district’s old world character is derived from its colonial past with narrow streets, low buildings, restaurants, market stalls and antique shops. The place has a real buzz about it.

10. Visit the boutique shops of local designers in Palermo Viejo

If you are into fashion but are looking for something a little different from the major brands, then you’ll find the district of Palermo Viejo a real treasure. Once a run-down area of warehouses, factories and tiny stucco houses, it is now home to many of Argentina’s chicest designers with lots of independent boutique shops. As you would expect there are also many restaurants for lunch and there is a great deal of pleasure to be had from just wandering around the tree-lined cobblestone streets and taking in the charm of the district.

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