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Posted on Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 12:05 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

One of the most common inquiries we receive by visitors to our site is about how newcomers can spend their time in Buenos Aires. Typical questions range from "what" to "where" to "how". I'll have to double check some facts and update my information but in the meantime you can all get started with your own research following the lead below:

Bosques de Palermo
These group of parks are located in the Palermo neighborhood and occupy approximately 200 acres of land. It was President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento in 1874 who got started with its development. And by 1892 Carlos Thays completed most of the work. Architects Oldendorf, Mauduit y Wysocky were in charge of the design together with Jules Dormal -Belgium born- who also worked on Colon Theater and the Congress building. It is said to have 12,000 trees and 2 artificial lakes. Porteńos can be seen running in the morning and at night around the lakes.

Café Tortoni
Goes back to 1858, the year of its foundation by a french immigrant named Touan, and it is a staple of the local history. Located in neighborhood Monserrat on Av. de Mayo 825, it delights visitors with its marble and wooden tables. The front door as it is known today was built by architect Alejandro Christophersen in 1898 by request of its owner at the time, another french named Celestino Curutchet. The place is flooded with history and every week there is tango and jazz for the crowds.

Cabildo de Buenos Aires
It is located close to the Pink House -Presidential headquarters- at the heart of the financial district on Bolívar #65.
It was the year 1580 when Juan de Garay, founder of Bs As, devoted this building to the Cabildo, the agency in charge of the administration of the colony in times of Spain's control. By 1776, Buenos Aires was set as the capital of the viceroyalty and the Cabildo was at the center of the communication with the Kingdom. It was here were the "Primera Junta" took shape and was declared during the revolutionary war in 1810. By 1933, it became an historic building and got a few facelifts till 1940.

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