HOW TO START TO GET ACQUAINTED WITH THE CITY
In the coast of Río de la Plata – which is so wide that many travellers usually mistake it for the sea –, Buenos Aires has a mild climate and many sunny days. The green and wet natural landscape can be enjoyed in parks, in the surroundings or in the enormous Ecologic Reserve located 5 minutes away from downtown city.
However, many tourists visit Buenos Aires for other landscape. The city – with three millions of inhabitants – has 48 neighbourhoods to go around. In each one, there are bars , squares, stadiums of football and other sports , temples, milongas and theatres, but the most visited areas by national and foreign tourists, are Abasto, Puerto Madero, San Telmo,Recoleta, Palermo, La Boca, the avenues of the Downtown, asCorrientes.
Buenos Aires is one of the main cultural centres of the continent. The city is considered as the fourth one in the world theatre scene. It has more theatres than New York. The traditional and modern museums of the city are famous. Tango music and dance can be found through the most sophisticated tango houses or the most popular milonga of a neighbourhood.
With more than 3000 restaurants, eating in Buenos Aires is only question about choosing where and what to have dinner and lunch. From the typical dishes such as asado or pizza, or even up to those settled here during centuries of immigration.
Football is passion and people fond of this sport plan their trips to make it coincide with the national classic match between Boca and River. Another characteristic that attracts locals and visitors is to do shopping, with fairs, open-sky commercial circuits and malls. The independent scene – alternative theatre performances and movies but also musicians and designer – is origin of international meetings andfestivals . In Buenos Aires, there are fairs and cultural events all the year round.
To go around the city, there is a system of transport with multiple choices: six lines of subways more than 100 hundred lines of “colectivos” (the way people call buses in Buenos Aires) and railways.Taxis and ”remises” are a very common means of transport, because they are safe and more economical than in other cities.
Travellers can take a walk around the city on their own and by foot, orwith guides specialized in stories and details; they can enjoy Buenos Aires during months or even they can discover the most importantthings of it in few days, even a 24-hour experience. They also go home with the desire of coming back or they can, directly, stay here.
[box] Fuente: Buenos Aires Tourism official site www.bue.gov.ar [/box]