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Buenos Aires means good air or fair winds in Spanish. It is the capital of Argentina and one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities of Latin America. Buenos Aires offers a lot of culture, history and adventure.

The city is known for its beautiful locals, gourmet cuisine, world class activities, great nightlife and shopping options. Downtown Buenos Aires has most of the historical attractions in the city. Florida Street is a good place for shopping and people watching.

San Telmo district showcases the city's history through colonial style homes, cobblestone lanes and wrought iron lanterns. It also has an equality good underground nightlife. La Boca is one of the most picturesque and popular tourist districts with rich history and homes in vibrant purples, reds, yellows and greens.

Recoleta is slightly more upscale with fine dining restaurants, French architecture and the renowned Recoleta Cemetery. Buenos Aires is known for its many tango houses and the Boedo district is one of the best places to visit them. This historical spot offers great porteño style cafes, restaurants, pubs and theatres.

Buenos Aires has an antique port, Puerto Madero, showcasing the city's architectural trends. For nature lovers, the Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur is located nearby.

A number of musical festivals are celebrated in Buenos Aires throughout the year. The largest among these are the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, Creamfields BA and Quilmes Rock. It also has many world glass galleries and museums like APPETITE, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, MALBA, Ruth Benzacar and Braga Menendez.

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Buenos Aires holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Cabildo
Calle Bolívar 65
What is it? Opposite the Casa Rosada on the Plaza de Mayo is the resplendent former Spanish town hall, the Cabildo, a fascinating old colonial building fronted by arches that once encircled the plaza, back during the May Revolution in 1810. The guards outside the building are members of the revered Regimiento de Patricios, which was formed in 1806. They still wear their traditional uniforms, designed nearly 200 years ago. The interior houses a small museum, which displays some interesting architectural relics, religious icons as well as watercolour paintings by Enrique Pellegrini. Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Friday 12.30am to 7pm, Sunday 3pm to 7pm Phone:(011) 4334 1782



2. Casa Rosada
Casa Rosada is situated at the eastern end of the Plaza de Mayo
What is it? One of the world's most famous balconies juts out of Argentina's Presidential Palace, known as the Casa Rosada. The pink building has been the scene of many a political rally, particularly during the regime of the notorious and tragic Juan and Eva Peron. The Italian style building, fronted with palm trees and fountains, was painted pink when it was converted from a Customs and Post Office building into the presidential palace. President Sarmiento decided to appease opposing political parties by merging red and white into a pink colour scheme for the palace. Today the building houses a small basement museum displaying some presidential artefacts. Each evening a small platoon of mounted grenadiers emerge from the guardhouse to lower the flag on the Plaza, adding a touch of pomp and ceremony to the pretty building. Hours of Operation: Museum: 10am to 6pm (weekdays), 2pm to 6pm (Sundays). Tours are at 11am and 4pm. It is recommended that one call in advance to arrange an English-language tour Phone:(0)11 4344 3802



3. Catedral Metropolitana
Plaza de Mayo
What is it? Other important buildings around the Plaza de Mayo include the Neoclassical Catedral Metropolitana, which houses the tomb of General José de San Martin, the revered hero who liberated Argentina from the Spanish. The cathedral was periodically rebuilt and renovated since the foundation stone was laid in the 16th century. The current structure was finally completed in the mid-19th century. The interior has recently been renovated and the gilded columns, Venetian mosaic floors, and silver-plated altar are in pristine condition. Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 7.30pm Phone:(0)11 4331 2845



Buenos Aires holidays - Top Events


1. Argentine Open

From 2006-11-18

To 2006-12-09

What is it? Polo was introduced to Argentina by the British and has become a major national sport. Argentina is home to the world's best players, most of whom travel to England or the US in the winter to earn their living and return to Buenos Aires to compete in the most gruelling tournament of the year, the Argentine Open. The teams - which are often dominated by the big polo families of the Heguys, Merlos and Pieres - play a series of eight-chukka matches to a packed crowd at the Palermo stadium. For more information contact the Buenos Aires Tourist Information Centre on (0)11 4372 3612. Where is it? Palermo Stadium



2. Tango Festival

From 2007-02-23

To 2007-03-04

What is it? The sultry tango was born in Buenos Aires, and is celebrated in the city in fine style for six days and nights during the annual Tango Festival. Visitors and locals, experts and beginners, all swirl and twirl in legendary Corrientes Avenue itself, and the numerous 'milonga portena' dance salons. There are demonstrations, free lessons and plenty of music played in concerts by soloists and orchestras. Where is it? Various



3. Creamfields

From 2006-11-11

To 2006-11-11

What is it? Now Latin America's biggest electronic music festival after attracting over 60,000 fans in 2005, Creamfields is set to top that once again in 2006. The best DJ's and electonica artists perform at the Argentinean version of this British event that was begun in 1998. Since then the event has expanded to nine separate Creamfields events around the world. Headliners for 2006 include Underworld, Sasha, Eric Morillo, Tiga and Dave Clark. Where is it? Deportiva de la Boca, en Costanera Sur




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