Buenos Aires, officially Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires/Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and also called Capital Federal/Federal Capital, is the capital and largest city of Argentina. It is the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Greater São Paulo. The city is situated on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the continent's southeastern coast. Having a population of approximately 15 ½ million, Buenos Aires constitutes the third-largest conurbation in Latin America. It must be stressed that although the city of Buenos Aires is contained inside the province of Buenos Aires, it is politically neither part of Buenos Aires Province nor the Province's capital; rather, it is an autonomous district. The city has a total land area of 202 square kilometers and is divided into 48 districts or barrios (neighborhoods).
What to see & do
Check out the beautiful Palermo, located in the northern part of the city. With wide, open spaces, one can also take a stroll and see the large lake where paddle boats can be rented and a huge flower garden can be visited without an entrance fee. Check out the bustling Argentine street life by visiting El Puerto de Buenos Aires. Stroll along La Boca, which has the Caminito pedestrian street with arts and crafts, as well as a river cruise that one can take and see a stunning metal structure across the river. Go to the trendy neighborhood cobblestoned streets of the Palermo Viejo district, which is adorned by bookstores, bars, and boutiques. Visit San Telmo, especially on Sundays, when tourists and locals attend the weekly street fair and flea market. Of course, a trip to the Argentina capital wouldn’t be complete without playing football. Being the hometown of two of the most appreciated football teams in the world, Boca Juniors (which resides in Boca) and River Plate (which formerly resides in Boca, but now resides in Belgrano), you might be lucky to catch a game between these two. Dance away to tango, the national dance of Argentina, which you can experience best in the Milongas. Check out street art and expect huge murals covering tall buildings. You can also sign up on the Buenos Aires Street Art Tours to see and know more about the city’s renowned reputation for street art.
How to get around within Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires’ public transport is excellent, although crowded during rush hour. It won’t be hard to find your way around as most of the city grid is divided into equal squares with block numbers in the hundreds, using a grid system that is similar to Manhattan’s in New York. You can also obtain a city map that is being issued by several publishers and the local tourist authority. One can walk around the city during the day. Although taxis are not exactly the quickest option due to the many congested parts of Buenos Aires – especially during rush hour – they are usually inexpensive and convenient. Take the “radio taxi”, as some taxis do not turn the meter on and charge a very pricey fare. Buses are the principal means of public transport within Buenos Aires. All rides within the city border are fixed at a cheap maximum fixed price. The city center is connected to the suburbs and nearby provinces via commuter trains, although these mostly cater to local commuters more than tourists. The city also has a subway network ("subte", short form of "tren subterráneo", which means "underground train"). It is very convenient, as well as cost- and time-efficient. The city’s main railway terminals are Retiro, Constitución, Once, and Federico Lacroze, where after which, passengers can take the metro and bus network to get right into the center. Lastly, although rental cars are available in the city, it is not really wise to drive around since most of the destinations can be reached on foot, taxi, or public transport. Also, the traffic situation in Buenos Aires is very unpredictable, so unless you want to get stuck in a traffic jam instead of enjoying the city, driving a car is an option. Biking is also not a recommended option.
How to get there
Being Argentina’s international gateway, the city of Buenos Aires is easily accessible from North America, Europe, and Australasia, as well as other capital cities in South America. Ezeiza International Airport/Ministro Pistarini International Airport, located approximately 35 kilometers (20 miles) south of Buenos Aires, is the primary airport for international flights to travel to and from the city. It is served by numerous airlines including Aerolíneas Argentinas, Boliviana de Aviación¸ Emirates, Gol Transportes Aéreos, and TAM Airlines. Most of the domestic flights, as well as several flights to and from neighboring countries like Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, and Paraguay use the smaller Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport, which is located just a short distance from downtown Buenos Aires. A number of small airports dedicated to chartered flights and private aircraft can also be found in the city. Other ways of getting in are by train, via national railways (although these are very few); by buses, which depart from Retiro bus station and cover the entire country; by car, especially if you’re coming from Uruguay and southern Brazil; by boat, via daily journeys to and from Colonia and Montevideo in Uruguay; and by freighter, via Grimaldi Lines - Freighter Travel, which operates a bi-monthly freighter link from Europe to South-America via Africa.
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