Buenos Aires - "Paris of South America" and capital of Argentina is one of the biggest cities in the world and the industrial and commercial center of Argentina. The city is also famous for its cultural life and makes a great destination for an internship abroad.
The Avenida Corrientes is one of the most representative streets of Buenos Aires and is very popular among locals and tourists. It is the street of bookstores, theaters, cafés and pizzerias. It covers 70 blocks from Puerto Madero to the Chararita neighborhood. Tango is present everywhere and thus you can find installations of tango sculptures at different corners on the Avenida, e.g. on the corner with Drago Street.
This quarter grew in the 1980's when more and more Chinese immigrants and especially Taiwanese settled in the area. Today you can find Chinese restaurants, supermarkets with oriental products, fishmongers and animé stores as well as Buddhist tempels and other religious institutions there.
Museo Carlos Gardel
Carlos Gardel was born in France in 1890, but immigrated to Buenos Aires with his mother two years later. He is considered one of the most successful and most popular artists and singers of Argentina. He acted in movies in Latin America, Europe and the US and composed a few classics. The exhibition shows some personal articles of Gardel as well as examples of his works.
Campo Argentino de Polo - Hipódromo de Palermo
The "Cathedral of Polo" is also used for musical events, pato (sport played on a horse) and field hockey games. The stadium has space for 30,000 and the race track is 2,400 meters and one of the most important in the world. The "Gran Premio Nacional", the great classic prize in Argentina takes place in Palermo every November.
Boques de Palermo
The park came into being by the initiative of the president Domingo F. Sarmiento in 1847. With more than 80 hectares, it is one of the biggest green areas in Buenos Aires. You can go boating or water-cycling on one of its two artificial lakes, be amazed by the 12,000 rose bushes in "El Rosedal" or just picnic, jog or run along the many green areas.
The theater is considered one of the most influential lyrical theaters in the world and the main hall is considered to have one of the best acoustics in the world. All the big ones, among them Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Herbert van Karajan or Leonard Bernstein conducted here and the list of famous singers is long: from Caruso, over Maria Callas and Montserrat Caballé to Plácido Domingo and Samuel Ramey. The theater has space for 3542 visitors, with room for 700 people standing.
The city's landmark is on the Avenida 9 de Julio and was raised to celebrate the 400th Birthday of Buenos Aires in 1936. Today it is a popular site for tourists, meeting point for people and a site for a lot of cultural and political demonstrations. Wins of the Argentinean football team are usually celebrated there. You have a great view of Buenos Aires from the top, too.
Cementerio de la Recoleta
The city's first public cemetery is its most elegant and aristocratic today. On its 6 hectares area national heroes, presidents, politicians, artists, scientists and other famous people are buried. Amazing tombs and mausoleums right in the middle of the richest area of the city will astonish you. A must see is Evita's grave.
The oldest café of the city and country was opened by the French immigrant Touan in 1858. It developed into the meeting point of artists, politicians and business people at the beginning of the 20th century. Photos, poems and busts in the café still reminds one of that time and café was able to keep a lot of the flair and charm of those times. There are regular tango shows and jazz night nowadays.
Buenos Aires offers a lot of shopping circuits: antiques in San Telmo, books on the Corrientes Avenue, leather items in the Retiro quarter or souvenirs in La Boca. You can find more unusual things and clothes in the Palermo Viejo quarter, the upcoming area of Buenos Aires. The big malls close at 10.00 p.m, while stores in Palermo Viejo, Palermo Hollywood, Barrio Norte and San Telmo are often open until midnight.