Buenos Aires is a city of enigma and contradiction.
Founded in the early 16th century, Buenos Aires was transformed from a Spanish
colonial city into a cosmopolitan metropolis–the “Paris of the South”–by
the cattle ranching boom of the 1880s. The boom was followed by bust. Today
Buenos Aires wears an air of haunted grandeur, where the magnificent Colon
Theater, one of the world’s great opera houses, stands in counterpoint to the
smoky passions of the tango.
Our cruise ends here. The only flight to our next
stop is at noon and we only have the morning to tour the city. We arranged a
private tour with a Chinese tour operator who was able to squeeze everything
into three hours without feeling being rushed. The first few images are
the city scenes.
Colon Theater One of the world’s great
Plaza de Mayo Located in El Centro, the city center, the plaza is surrounded by the Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral and important government ministry buildings. Casa Rosada is where Evita Peron spoke from her balcony to the masses of people gathered in Plaza de Mayo.
La Boca This district of colorful houses is known as the
birthplace of the tango and is famous for its vibrant street art scene. As
we arrive in the area we noticed that everything is brightly colored. The
first stop was the souvenir store with the three local heroes on top.
There are all kinds of street artists.
Recoleta Cemetery This remarkable cemetery in the city’s
exclusive Barrio Norte is the scene of ornately decorated marble crypts–including the black marble crypt of the
legendary Evita Peron.
On the way to the airport...
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