“Buenos Aires City is easily one of the most stylish cities in the world with its eclectic collection of neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm.” – Ben Elliot
Buenos Aires is the capital and most populous city of Argentina. The city is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the South American continent’s southeastern coast. It is one of the largest cities in Latin America, with a lot of cultural offerings, and is the point of departure for traveling to the rest of the country.
The name means fair winds or literally good airs in Spanish, but the first one was the meaning intended by the founders in the 16th century, by the use of the original name “Real de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre”.
Buenos Aires is considered an ‘alpha city‘ by the study GaWC5. Buenos Aires’ quality of life was ranked 81st in the world and one of the best in Latin America, with its per capita income among the three highest in the region. It is the most visited city in South America and the second-most visited city in Latin America.
Buenos Aires City is a singular, open, and integrating destination that allows the visitor not only to view the city but also to have an exceptional urban adventure.
History of Buenos Aires City
The city of Buenos Aires was first established by Spain’s Pedro de Mendoza and his expedition of men in 1536. De Mendoza decided to name his new treasure Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Aire or Our Lady Saint Mary of the Good Air.
Then, about 50 years later, another Spaniard named Juan de Garay brought another expedition to the site. He decided to call the area Ciudad de Trinidad. Lucky for these men, when de Mendoza and his crew left, they abandoned their animals. By the time the second group arrived, they found enough livestock to keep them alive long enough to establish a colony that eventually grew into a breathtaking city.
Since it’s founding, Buenos Aires has grown immensely. However, the city’s rich history still manifests itself in the many museum’s visitors can find nestled among the towering skyscrapers.
Top Destinations of Buenos Aires City
Buenos Aires is a big city, If you are a fan of walking in green open spaces and parks in big cities like Buenos Aires, be sure not to miss a promenade in Palermo, a beautiful area in the northern part of the city.
Visitors have many options such as going to a tango show, an estancia in the Province of Buenos Aires or enjoying the traditional Asado. New tourist circuits have recently evolved, devoted to famous Argentines such as Carlos Gardel, Eva Perón or Jorge Luis Borges. The city also plays host to musical festivals, some of the largest of which are Quilmes Rock, Creamfields BA, Ultra Music Festival (Buenos Aires) and the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival.
The most popular tourist sites are found in the historic core of the city, in the Montserrat and San Telmo neighborhoods. Buenos Aires was conceived around the Plaza de Mayo, the colony’s administrative center. From buildings dedicated to ancient weapons to cars, Buenos Aires is a city that loves to put its rich history on display.