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Five things you should do in Buenos Aires

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Five things you should do in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the second-biggest city in South America after Sao Paolo, Brazil, so you can bet there are lots of things to do and see.  Here are just five you should do to get the best experience out of your trip to the Argentine capital.

Eat the food, food and more food!

Argentina food

Argentina is well known for having the awesome meats, but that's not all.  While you'll have no problem finding a steak restaurant in Buenos Aires, what if that’s not your thing? There are tamales and humitas, which have an outer coating of dough with different yummy fillings inside.  Locra (a type of stew) is also popular.  You'll find all three often come with meat but you can also get them without. For those with a sweet tooth there are so many things to try! Medialunas are like croissants only sweeter. Dulce de Leche is a must - it's like a jam or caramel spread .  It can come as part of alfajores which is made with the jam sandwiched between two biscuits.

Watch some football

Boca Juniors stadium Argentina

Buenos Aires is famous for football mainly because of former player Diego Maradona. He used to play with the team 'Boca Juniors' whose stadium 'La Bombonera' is located in La Boca. Tickets for a match with rivals River Plate are hard to come by but if you can, definitely go - the atmosphere is amazing!  If you don't get to a match you can still do a tour of the stadium. While you're in the area you mustn’t miss taking a walk down La Caminito.  It's a little street with beautiful colourful buildings, little shops and restaurants.  It has become a bit of a tourist trap with overpriced food and souvenirs, but tango dancers with pose for a picture with you...for a small sum.

Buy something in San Telmo

On Sundays, San Telmo, a neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, hosts a market.  Set up in Plaza Dorrego you'll be able to pick up some gifts - anything from jewellery and antiques, to art. The atmosphere here is built up by the music and spontaneous moments of tango dancing in the street. If you don't get here on a Sunday there is a chance to experience some history.  Pasaje  de la Defensa and El Zanjon de Granados are two renovated houses worth seeing.

Put on your dancing shoes

You may have two left feet but never fear, you'll be able to pick up some dancing tips at one of the many places that teach the Tango. At La Catedral you can have lessons or simply dance with a professional who will whisk you around the floor. Don't be put off by the external or internal look of the place.  It may seem like you're walking into a warehouse but the atmosphere will make you feel like you're in a Spanish ballroom.

Get some exercise with a walking tour of the city

There are so many museums, buildings and even a cemetery to see in Buenos Aires.  What better way to reach them than on foot? The Recoleta Cemetery, while seeming like a strange place to visit, contains the graves of many notable people like Eva Peron, former Argentine presidents and Nobel Prize winners. Then there is the presidential palace, Casa Rosada which you won't be able to miss as it's bright pink! Finally, a great way to end your walk is by having a picnic in one of the city's many parks.  Reserva Ecologica Constanera Sur is just one which contains four lakes and lot's of wildlife.  Just be sure your food doesn't get eaten by a passing bird!  

 

Siobhan Maguire is a budding journalist studying at the University of Salford in Manchester. A well-seasoned traveller, she blogs at A Girl Gets on a Bus, and you can follow her Twitter here.  

 

Thanks to Hernan Pinera, lucianvenutian, Borja García de Sola Fernández, and Andre Deak for the excellent pictures from Flickr. Please note they were under Creative Commons Licence at time of publishing.

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