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  • Buenos Aires is nicknamed La Reina del Plata,

  • the Queen of the Plata River in a far corner of South America.

  • About a quarter of Argentina's 42 million residents

  • live in the sprawling metropolis.

  • Bienvenidos to the beloved capital of Argentina.

  • Buenos Aires combines European architecture with a Latin passion

  • for.... soccer .... juicy cuts of meat ...

  • and of course: the tango!

  • Buenos Aires was established as a gold and silver port in the 16th

  • century and was named after the fair winds that blow in from the ocean.

  • Thanks to its fine weather, wide avenues and its classic hotels and restaurants,

  • this South American city really is a breath of fresh air.

  • Buenos Aires was shaped by European immigrants

  • and you can see why it is nicknamed "The Paris of South America"!

  • The Spanish colonizers brought their trading skills to Argentina,

  • making it one of the richest countries in the world.

  • Since then the fortunes have faded, but its splendor remains.

  • Buenos Aires is now one of the world's cheapest capitals.

  • The melancholy that comes with the city's fading riches

  • resonates in the sweeping lament of the tango music. Sit down for an al-fresco

  • lunch in the harbor of La Boca, where this famous dance originates.

  • The many eccentricities of this former immigrant

  • ghetto are preserved at "El Caminito", the country's most famous walkway.

  • While in the harbor, also tour La Bombonera,

  • where soccer legend Diego Maradona started out.

  • The city's other neighborhoods are so diverse that the Argentineans

  • will likely all point you somewhere else if you ask them what to see next.

  • Some will send you straight to San Telmo, to score souvenirs in the patio

  • shops of rustic colonial buildings. Browse the historic neighborhood's

  • artisan markets for collectables and antiques and listen to live music.

  • Others will recommend the redeveloped Puerto Madero.

  • Modern parks and contemporary architecture complement the

  • preserved remnants of the port's glory days.

  • Everyone agrees that you can't miss the Plaza de Mayo.

  • The balcony of the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace,

  • evokes memories of the scene in the musical "Evita," featuring a waving Eva Perón.

  • Learn all about the country's legendary First Lady in the

  • Evita Museum in the Palermo neighborhood. Her life story reads like a fairytale:

  • a poor actress from the country who married

  • the president and became the heroine of the working class.

  • Upon hearing the news of her death in 1952,

  • hundreds of thousands of admirers gathered on Plaza de Mayo.

  • The diva's tomb is the most photographed grave in Argentina,

  • though the resident cats of La Recoleta Cemetery do their best to steal the show

  • Take a small detour to MALBA in Palermo.

  • This stylish Latin American Art museum provides a glimpse of the past...

  • and a warped view of 20th-century designs!

  • To get back to the city center, follow Avenida 9 de Julio:

  • the world's widest avenue.Test the acoustics of the impressive Teatro Colón.

  • Afterwards, line up for a tango show or drinks in nearby Café Tortoni,

  • which has been a local icon for more than 150 years already.

  • This grand café is close to El Cabildo, the Spanish-colonial Old Town Hall.

  • Its central bell tower looks out over the Metropolitan Cathedral, also on Plaza de Mayo.

  • Visit the tomb of general José de San Martín,

  • who led the May Revolution which gave the square its name.

  • The liberator's statue decorates Plaza San Martín in the Retiro neighborhood to the north

  • While here, pause at the sombre Falklands War Memorial before

  • touring the awe-inspiring National Congress building.

  • End your day with an evening stroll in Puerto Madero.

  • Dinner is served late at night and in this

  • rhythmic city you can stay out to dance until the sun comes up.

  • It's hard not to fall in love with the jewel in the crown of Argentina.

  • All you have to do is look at Buenos Aires to know that every word about this city is true

Buenos Aires is nicknamed La Reina del Plata,

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