Buenos Aires: neighborhoods
|The charm of Buenos Aires for many visitors lies in the neighborhoods known as barrios. There are many tourists never sees unless they go out
from the center into the newer suburbs but the most famous ones surround the center of the city and have their roots in the city's history.
La Boca: This working class area originally populated by Italian dock workers has bloomed into a colorful center of art, restaurants and the colorful metal houses which present a refreshing change from the rest of the city. The colors come from the brightly painted houses on the Caminito a pedestrain walk named for the tango of the same name and the waters of the Riachuelo stained by oil sludges. The painter Benito Quinquela Martín was a leading influence in the use of color and his home, now the Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca, displays his paintings of dock workers.
San Telmo: This section of the city retains some of the colonial flavor of past years and is steeped in the city's history. It was a fashionable district for years until a yellow fever epidemic drove the inhabitants north into what is now the Recoleta, and the lower classes and immigrants moved in. It has cobblestoned streets, low buildings, antique shops and the famed Sunday antique market in the main square of the barrio. San Telmo's tango bars are an excellent place to learn and dance the tango.
Recoleta: A contrast to La Boca, this upscale expensive neighborhood is where the city's wealthy congregate. Elegant and refined, this barrio is built around the huge Recoleta cemetery where Eva Peron is buried amidst those who disdained her. Here also are outdoor cafes, distinctive homes, and the telos hotels renting rooms by the hour. The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Pilar located here is a national monument. The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes contains many works of famed European artists.
Palermo: The open spaces of this barrio, a legacy of caudillo Juan Manuel de Rosas who was overthrown in 1852, made possible the Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays the Jardín Zoológico the Rosedal or rose garden the Hipódromo and the Planetarium. If you're in Buenos Aires during October and November you might catch a game of polo here but you can enjoy a day trip to the Tigre delta of the Parana river at any time. This delta has been a vacation spot for over a hundred years and trains leave the
Retiro train station regularly. Wooden ferries will take you further into the tree-lined delta. Puerto Madero Reclaiming this port area for residential and commercial use, the city is creating a planned development of restaurants, businesses homes the Catholic University and office buildings. By 2005, there will be public parks a covered stadium two convention centers, three museums and four five star hotels.
El Centro: The center of Buenos Aires clusters around the Obelisk and contains the business and financial centers of the country plus many shops, restaurants, and movies, plus government buildings, parks and plazas, monuments and two of the biggest streets in the world. Avenida 9 de Julio is the widest and crossing it is Rivadavia, the longest street.
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