I almost decided to not visit Buenos Aires. I’d heard mixed things about the city. Some travelers told me that the city was dangerous or that it was just another big city. Others told me I should definitely go, and that the city was great. My Argentine Spanish teacher, who lived in Chile, convinced me that I shouldn’t miss out on Buenos Aires. She was right.
Buenos Aires is one of the great cities of the world. Great parks, a waterfront area, various museums, good public transportation, excellent restaurants, good clubs, a great music scene, a thriving arts scene, and friendly, talkative people are just a few of the ingredients that make Buenos Aires awesome.
Buenos Aires was built along the mouth of the Rio de La Plata, a river which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The river is super wide at its mouth. In fact, many geographers consider the area of the river by Buenos Aires to be a gulf, not a river. As seen from the city, the Rio de La Plata looks more like an ocean, albeit a brown ocean. Due to the large amount of sediment carried down the river from upstream, the water is always brown. The city’s waterfront is home to restaurants, office buildings, hotels, parks, and boats going to nearby Uruguay.
There are many parks in the city, many of which have massive, old rubber trees. A number of the trees are more than 200 years old. Some of the notable parks are the Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, the Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, and Bosques de Palermo. While enjoying yourself in one of the Argentine capital’s many great parks, you’d never believe that you were in the second most populous city in all of South America.
Getting around Buenos Aires is easy. It’s a highly walkable city. Plenty of nice, wide sidewalks make foot travel simple. Given its size, you can walk for hours. For those that don’t want to walk, buses and trains will get you anywhere you want to go.
Eva Perón’s legacy still holds a powerful place in the hearts and minds of Argentines. Eva’s adoration is perhaps greatest in Buenoes Aires. The capital is home to the Eva Perón museum. The facades of tall buildings have depictions of Eva’s face. $100 peso banknotes were printed with her picture on them. Her grave is at city’s Recoleta cemetery and visited by both Argentines and people from all over the world, including me.
There is just so much to do in Buenos Aires. You can catch a football game, visit one of the arts museums, dance your butt off at a club filled with an international crowd, chill at a jazz club, or peruse Chinatown. Yes, Buenos Aires even has a Chinatown. The list of things to do could go on and on.