On the banks of a river that looks like sea, hot in summer and freezing in winter, Buenos Aires is the crossroads of different cultures and human types.
Beyond the gaucho of the pampas and the brave cowboys of Patagonia, its busy port welcomed English freighters, Nordic explorers, Italian and Spanish immigrants.
This confluence of languages and tastes has endowed the Argentine capital with a remarkably cosmopolitan air, with refined theaters, countless bookstores and a distinct neoclassical architecture.
The British presence is noticed in the preference for sports like polo, grass hockey, rugby and, of course, soccer, the passion that unites us more than distances us. 48 hours in Buenos Aires are not enough, but already worth a great visit. See a script with the most classic tours for a weekend in the capital of Argentina:
Day 1: from Boca to tango, passing through Puerto Madero and downtown Buenos Aires
The Buenos Aires of clichés can yield at least good photos. Therefore do not despise her. Our itinerary starts right on the most maned postcard in the capital, the Caminito. The colorful facades of the short boardwalk, about 150 meters away, are the center of an artists’ colony jammed in the working-class neighborhood of La Boca. There is much poverty in the eyes, but there is also a mysteriously melancholy air.
The famous alley turned into an open-air museum that, in addition to the colorful houses, has arts of different artists. One of the main responsible for the style of the Caminito was Benito Quinquela Martín, painter who has a museum dedicated to his life and works of art, the Benito Quinquela Martín Museum, in the surroundings. There, too, the Caminito Fair is held every day, which exposes the work of national and international artists.
It is possible to walk the Caminito in less than an hour and from there to the next stop, the legendary La Bombonera stadium, home of Boca Juniors. To get to know the claustrophobic arena inside, go to the Museo de la Pasión Boquense.
The “express” ticket guarantees entry into one of the stands on days when there is no game, but seeing the ball rolling in full is not impossible. The Boca Experience is an official service of the club and sells packages with ticket, museum visit, tour guide and transfers.
At lunch time, do not leave the neighborhood and enter the spirit of Buenos Aires with a traditional meal. A barbeque of the rustic bodegón El Obrero already served famous like the film director Francis Ford Coppola. To make a mistake, go with chorizo steak and tortilla with potatoes and onion.
Properly refastelado, we continue to Puerto Madero, a good urban solution for a terrible public work. At the turn of the 19th century to the 20th, Argentina was one of the largest grain producers in the world and much of the production was sold through Buenos Aires.
The long-awaited port of Eduardo Madero, inaugurated in 1897, became obsolete in a few years when confronted with ever-increasing cargo ships. Abandoned and decadent, today its old docks and warehouses house multinational offices, charming lofts and cool restaurants.
Puerto Madero is home to a wide variety of restaurants, bars and museums – among them the A.R.A Sarmiento Frigate, a ship that has been transformed into a floating museum, and the Fortabat Museum, with a large national and foreign collection. In addition, the only casino in Argentina is on site, on a ship docked at the port. The Puerto Madero Casino is a luxurious floating establishment that runs 24 hours a day.
Do not miss the Santiago Calatrava suspension bridge, the historic cranes and boats anchored there. It’s a great walk to do the digestion.
Nearby is the Casa Rosada, from where the president of the republic dispatches and from whose balconies they (from Perón to Evita, from Menem to the Kirschner) launched famous populist speeches. It has a museum of more than 10 thousand historical objects of all Argentine presidents. It is possible to take guided tours on Saturdays, free of charge, from 10am to 6pm.