Why Travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina?

Why Travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina? Malba Museum

Malba Museum, Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second largest metropolitan area in south America. With a population of over 2.8 million, Buenos Aires is today rated as the most important global city and competitive marketplace in Latin America. The city is a top tourist destination popular for its rich cultural life, European style architecture and the highest concentration of theatres in the world. If you have been wondering why visit Buenos Aires, well the passionate tango, fun football and fascinating tombs are just some of the many reasons why.

So, why would one travel to Buenos Aires?  Here are a few reasons to visit Buenos Aires (the list is open):

  • Tango!

Carlos Gardel was to tango what Michael Jackson was to pop. Visit the new house museum, the Museo Casa Carlos Gardel which was established to celebrate possibly the most prominent figure in the history of ballroom dancing and his legendary years in Buenos Aires. Take a walk down memory lane and pay your respects to Gardel at the Cementerio la Chacarita. If you want to give tango a try, go to the Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso at which artists regularly perform.

  • La Brigada

Visit La Brigada and get a taste of offal, intestines and glands. The chorizo and morcilla (black pudding) are accompanied by chinchulines (chitterling), briny rinon (liver) and some delicious molleja (sweetbread). While the sight of your dish may take some getting used to, if you dare, you will be treated to a quintessential Argentine feast. Be sure to take a photo to show your friends!

  • Cementerio de la Recoleta

Visit the Cementerio de la Recoleta where you can lose yourself in a labyrinth of mausoleums and tombs, just as if you were in an Edgar Allen Poe short story. The Cementerio makes for a remarkable necropolis in one of the most exclusive areas of Buenos Aires and is where most of the famous Argentineans have been buried. Follow the crowd and you will find yourself at Evita’s ghostly monument, with flowers strewn all around.

  • Malba: Colección Costantini

Don’t you dare leave Buenos Aires before touring Malba: Colección Costantini. Here you will find a rich display of the works of South American modern masters including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Tarsila do Amaral. There is also an intriguing collection by the lesser known modern masters of Argentina. When you are done taking in the breathtaking art, take a break at the café or terrace restaurant, or go see an art house retrospective at the small cinema.

  • Café Tortoni

While in Buenos Aires, you must have a cup of freshly roasted coffee along with a crispy medialuna, the Argentinean croissant. An excellent spot to have your snack is at Café Tortoni, the most traditional café in the city. Established in 1858, over the years, this spot has served both as a literary and bohemian joint.

You’re welcome to contribute by adding your reasons to travel to Buenos Aires!

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