WHERE IS IT?
– The colourful Caminito at the La Boca neighbourhood, where you’ll take some very nice photos.
– The pink Casa Rosada, especially if you’re into Evita Peron and her history. Or Madonna and her movie!
– The beautiful Recoleta Cemetery, which is not as creepy as it might sound!
– EZE – Ministro Pistarini or Ezeiza International Airport
– AEP – Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
– FDO – San Fernando International Airport
WHAT TO DO:
Start your day with a walk around the United Nations Square, next to the Facultad de Derecho building (the one on the main featured photo of this post). The major attraction here is Floralis Genérica, a massive metallic moving installation in the shape of a flower and it’s inside a pool of water that makes it resemble a fountain.
Its petals open every morning and close in the evening at sunset or when the winds are too strong! Impressive!
Across the road there’s the pink building that houses the National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes or MNBA). Do stop by to admire the permanent collection that features works by some of the greatest artists of all time, such as Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Edouard Manet, El Greco and Pablo Picasso! Check here for exhibitions during your time of visit.
If you haven’t been yet, make sure to pay a visit to the Recoleta Cemetery, one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world! It’s been considered as such by some of the world’s top publications, namely CNN, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic and Hide In My Suitcase! Sorry, I just wanted to see me featured next to such big names! 🙂 Not morbid whatsoever (unless you try and peek through some of the grave doors!), but rather a piece of art, here’s a few reasons why you shouldn’t give it a miss:
A few blocks away there’s possibly the prettiest bookshop I’ve ever seen! I mean how often do you get to visit a bookshop that looks like this?
Grand Splendid used to be a theatre that’s recently given its place to El Ateneo bookshop. Normally you don’t expect to feel awe when you visit a place that sells books, but here you’re given no other choice!
Afterwards make a stop at Café Tortoni (take the metro from Callao to Cathedral would be your best option if you don’t wanna walk) for a drink or a light meal while going through the books you just bought. Soak up the history and atmosphere of the cafe and go back in time if only for a few moments! And take photos of course!
Later you can head to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) or the next door Museum of Modern Art (MAMBA) after a 20-25′ walk. If you’re into contemporary art that is! Getting there by taxi is the quickest (and still cheap option). You can see modern argentinean art pieces in the permanent exhibition of MAMBA, but keep an eye for any temporary events going on. I was lucky enough to be there for the historical La Menesunda Según Marta Minujín, more about which I’ll tell you on one of the posts to follow! Here’s just a teaser:
The hip neighbourhood of San Telmo is a few minutes walk away from the museum. If you still have the energy, look for cute antique shops, quirky shops, places for yummy empanadas, cosy cafes and the Mafalda bench among others. Speaking of which, I was surprised both my times in Buenos Aires that not many people grew up with her stories or even heard of her!
IF YOU HAVE MORE TIME:
– Come back to San Telmo and spend more time discovering all these things that make it unique
– Check the performances and timings of Teatro Colón, the city’s beautiful opera house