Established by Spanish explorers in 1536, Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina. It is a historic city with its own personality, unique architecture, European culture and worldwide art. It is both cosmopolitan and small town, dynamic and traditional, historical and modern.
It offers a wide range of attractions such as monuments, churches, art galleries and theatres. There are also public squares, parks and gardens with ancient aged woods.
The Hilton Buenos Aires, the Congress venue, is located in the Puerto Madero neighborhood. Puerto Madero is recently rejuvenated area popular with tourists and family friendly. Puerta Madera is one of Buenos Aires' wealthiest and fastest growing neighborhoods. Filled with modern skyscrapers and international restaurant chains and located on the waterfront, it is a little oasis inside the city.
Places to visit
Plaza de Mayo
The historical center of the city is the Plaza de Mayo. A witness to the most relevant historic and civic events, surrounded by symbolic buildings such as the Cabildo (former city hall), the Cathedral, and the Casa Rosada (official home and workplace of the President of Argentina).
La Boca is a picturesque neighborhood created by Italian immigrants. Its characteristic features are one-floor houses painted in bright colors, sidewalks with different levels, old cobble stone streets, a ship cemetery, and naval warehouses.
Jardines de Palermo
The Jardines de Palermo is one of the largest green spaces in the city. You can walk along romantic rose gardens, monuments and statues, sail on a boat or visit the Japanese garden, the Zoo and the Planetarium.
This theatre, with its monumental architecture of Italian Renaissance style and French Neo-classical ornamentation, opened originally in 1908 with the opera "Aida". It was restored and reopened in 2010 and is considered as one of the most famous theatres in the world. It can be compared to La Scala in Milan and the Opera in Paris.
Tango came into being in the 19th century from the combination of different styles danced in the poor areas of the town. Writer Jorge Luis Borges defined it as "…the most outspread Argentinean production, which has insolently proclaimed the Argentinean name across the face of the Earth. A type of accordion called bandoneón, gives tango its distinctive hallmark sound. Watch the intricate footwork of dancers at a tango show or street performance or try a few steps yourself at a milonga (tango club).
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There are two airports that serve the Buenos Aires metropolitan area: Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) which has mostly domestic and regional flights and Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) which handles most international flights.
Buenos Aires is a tourist friendly city and has many downloadable apps to help you get around the city. You can take a bike, taxi, the underground "subte" train or trams. Click here to get information in English as well as links to different transportation websites.
The climate in Buenos Aires is mostly mild year round. April and May are considered autumn/fall months with pleasant average highs of 22C/72F and average lows of 14C/57F.