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Desirable Puerto Madero
During the last two decades this old port area has transformed from a derelict assortment of warehouses into a much-favoured waterfront destination. High-rise towers decorate the skyline and trendy architecture is designed by the likes of Norman Foster and Philippe Starck. Stroll along the yacht-lined Rio Dique or jump aboard a river gondola to see the sights. Explore its female-named streets, browse art and military museums then follow a nature trail around Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve.
Vibrant La Boca
The infamously seductive Argentine tango was born in these cobbled backstreets so there’s no better place to experience this sultry dance. Follow the sound of a bandoneon to watch street performers and nostalgic locals entertain entranced crowds, then let the seasoned professionals wow you with a staged display of seductive moves at Senor Tango or La Ventana. If you’re eager to try it yourself, plenty of lessons are available across the city, at atmospheric haunts such as La Catedral and Complejo Tango. Show off what you’ve learned at a milonga (social dance) or an intimate café or bar like Salon Canning.
It may sound like an unusual attraction, but Recoleta Cemetery is a must-see when in Buenos Aires. Within the upmarket Recoleta neighbourhood, this city-like site includes the graves of presidents, aristocracy and national heroes, such as Eva Perón. Walk amongst intricate artwork and elaborate marble tombs dating back to 1822 as you learn their fascinating, occasionally tragic, life stories. Beyond the cemetery you’ll find a few remaining examples of chateau-style architecture and an extravagant number of statues as you amble around the green parks and fashionable plazas. Pick up high-quality souvenirs at the Plaza Intendente Alvear street fair.
East of the CBD is Monserrat, home to numerous stately buildings and historic highlights. Head to Plaza de Mayo for important monuments and to stand in front of the pink Casa Rosada balcony where Evita famously addressed the public. Stop at the corner of Avenida de Mayo to visit the City History Museum before continuing to the impressive palaces surrounding Congressional Plaza. In the bordering barrios of San Nicolás, admire the Metropolitan Cathedral and the opulent Teatro Colon opera house.