It is the capital of South America that sticks out the most. Buenos Aires is unlike anyplace else on this diverse and beautiful continent because of its rich immigration history and physical isolation, far below the equator.
It’s not for nothing that it’s known as the “Paris of the South.” It’s evident in the city’s gorgeous European-style architecture and dynamic culture, which is a heady mix of old world inspirations and new world vigour.
You can sense a frisson, an energy, and an edge in the air as you walk through the streets of BA.
Buenos Aires is unlike any other city you’ll ever visit, whether you seek romantic tango, crazy and frantic excitement in its soccer stadiums, or cutting edge art in its parks and museums.
That vibe is palpable at La Boca, Buenos Aires’ vibrant original harbour. Two of Argentina’s biggest pleasures, soccer and tango, were cultivated in this area, when Italian immigrants arrived in droves in the early twentieth century.
In the shadow of La Bombonera, the Boca Juniors stadium where the late Diego Maradona earned his fame, tango continues to attract tourists eager to see this smouldering, seductive dance up close while also getting a chance to try it for themselves.
According to Horacio Godoy, a dancer and coach, the Tango explosion began when immigrants in La Boca began crafting their own dance.
“I suppose people needed something in this life in the new space,” he says of the arrivals who built what he describes as “the new space.”
Nonetheless, tango is as much about socialising as it is about romance, as seen by the city’s hundreds of milongas, where people gather to dance, drink, and forget about their troubles.
Tango helps people create friendships in many places than simply social groups. Tango is danced everywhere there is space, including the street, the park, and one’s own house.
It’s a necropolis to match Pere Lachaise in Paris, with massive graves and colossal structures evoking the European influences that pervade the area.
The wealthy and powerful of BA society spend their final pesos on monuments at Recoleta to guarantee that their names are never forgotten. But no mausoleum is more popular than that of Eva Peron, better known as Evita.
Her remains, together with her blood relations, is buried five metres underground in the Duarte family tomb. Thousands of people gather here to pay their respects despite the fact that it’s difficult to find and not well-marked
Evita’s legacy remains on, whether at the museum named after her in the Palermo area, a former women’s shelter bought by her own social foundation in 1948, or at the Department of Health and Social Development.
Evita is seen in two portraits here. One displays her smiling as she looks south to the poorer and less wealthy districts of Buenos Aires.