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Expats arriving in Buenos Aires will immediately notice its European flavour. The city was founded by European immigrants and many locals still define themselves by those European roots. This makes for an interesting cultural experience.
There is no shortage of things to see and do in Buenos Aires. From shopping and museums to soccer games and tango shows, there is something for everyone.
Popular attractions in Buenos Aires
From the historical significance of Casa Rosada, to the chaotic devotion of the fans at La Bombonera, a day out sightseeing in Buenos Aires will never be a dull experience.
Also known as the Pink House, this is a must-see attraction in Buenos Aires. This palatial mansion is where Argentina’s presidential offices are located. It is also home to the famous balcony that former first lady Eva Perón stood on as she gave her famous speech. This moment has since been immortalised by the musical Evita.
Floralis Generica is a large stainless-steel sculpture on the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas (United Nations Square) in Recoleta, Buenos Aires. It was created by Argentinian architect Eduardo Catalano who gifted it to the city. This sculpture is an enormous flower. Its six petals open at 8am each morning, and close at sunset. The petals also closed in high winds in order to protect the sculpture.
Temaiken Bioparque is a wild animal park just outside of Buenos Aires, and is a great activity for children and adults alike. The park has an aquarium and plenty of exotic animals who live in enclosures that mimic their natural habitats. The park works to conserve endangered species and ecosystems, as well as running an education programme for conservation that provides 15,000 scholarships per year. The park also attempts to teach its visitors ways that they can get involved in protecting the environment and its animal life. It's only about a 40-minute taxi ride from the city, and it's also possible to get there by bus.
Braga Menendez Arte Contemporaneo
This is one of Buenos Aires’ major contemporary art galleries. Expats can view many different mediums of art here from photography to paintings and sculpture. Other galleries in Buenos Aires include Ruth Benzacar and Galería Mar Dulce.
La Boca is a colourful and lively barrio (neighbourhood) in Buenos Aires. The colourful houses and the vibrant Caminito Street give it its charm. Expats who walk down Caminito Street will see the unmistakable influence of the tango. One can often find dancers performing right on the sidewalks. The arts and crafts market is definitely worth a visit, especially for affordable leather goods. As exciting as this area is during the day, it is best avoided at night.
Barrio de San Telmo is the oldest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires and is a popular tourist site. It is home to tango dancers and flea markets. Expats can visit the Plaza Dorrego to watch some tango dancing and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Boca Juniors soccer game
Anyone living in Buenos Aires needs to experience the chaos that is a Boca Juniors soccer game at least once before they leave. The games are held at the Estadio Alberto J. Armando stadium, more commonly known as La Bombonera. Expats will find that the enthusiasm of the fans puts other spectator sports to shame. The best Boca Juniors game to watch is the Superclasico when they play their arch rivals, River Plate. The atmosphere is energetic and intense – heaven for any soccer fan.
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