The country of Argentina is located in South America and is the second largest country by land mass. Argentina is considered to be a country of immigrants, much like the United States, it is a virtual melting pot of cultures. The capital city of Argentina is Buenos Aires, it is a very cosmopolitan city and many call is the “Paris”, of South America.
There are several places to draw in tourists located in Buenos Aires. Located in the center is Puerto Madero, it is also known as the Puerto Madero Waterway. Construction on the port began in 1887 and was completed in 1897, and became an integral landmarking during its time. In the 1990's, after massive renewal, the Puerto Madero is now considered by many to be the greatest example of urban renewal projects in the world.
Tourists who want to immerse themselves in religious history must go and see the La Catedral Metropolitana. At the intersection of San Martin and Rivadavia, this cathedral is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Buenos Aires, and is located in front of the Plaza de Mayo. All the buildings along this street are considered to be historical monuments in Argentina. This church was built in 1827 and holds the remains of liberator and independence hero Jose de San Martin.
For those who appreciate opera, the Teatro Colon, in Buenos Aires is one of the largest in the world. The opera house took twenty years to build and was first opened in 1908. The auditorium provides wonderful acoustics and has seating in a horseshoe shaped auditorium for 2,487 and has standing room for over 1,000 people. The theater is undergoing major renovations and restorations and plans to reopen its doors in 2010.
La Boca, is a barrio in Argentina that is famous for being the home of the tango. The location is popular for its pubs and restaurants which hosts tango competitions on any given night. Other popular attractions in La Boca include the Bombonera (Social Stadium), the Museo al aire libre “Caminto” (an avenue full of art galleries), the Museo de Cera (a historical wax museum), or the Museo De La Pasion Boquense, which is a shrine to football and one of the most popular museums in La Boca.
In San Telmo, Argentina, tourists are drawn to the Manzana de las Luces, or “Block of Enlightenment”. It is the oldest church in the city and owes most of its heritage to the Jesuit order. San Telmo also offers many restaurants, quaint shops, tango nightclubs and a Sunday flea market held at Plaza Dorrego.
La Recoleta Cemetery is a famous Argentinian cemetery in the Recoleta neighborhood. The layout was designed by French architect Prospero Catelin and remodeled in 1881 by the Italian architect Juan Antonio Buschiazzo. Perhaps the most famous person interred here is Eva Peron. Each mausoleum has the family name engraved into the facade, with bronze or gold plaques added. On a more interesting note, La Recoleta is a popular site for the locals who gather to feed the colony of feral cats that have taken up residence in the cemetery.
The Iguazu Falls a series of 275 waterfalls that fall along the Iguaza River, in the Argentinian province of Misiones. The waterfalls are shared by the Iguaza National Park in Argentina and the Iguacu Nation Park on the Brazil side. Argentinian access to the falls is facilitated by the Tren Ecologico de la Selva (Rainforest Ecological Train), and takes tourists to walkways that stretch across the falls. The conditions in the park make it ideal for rock climbing and water sports.
Perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in all of Argentina would have to be the neo-Gothic Basilica Nuestra Senora de Lujan, a devotional site that attracts millions of tourists a year. The Basilica is located 43 miles west of Buenos Aires, in a town called San Antonio de Areco. San Antonio de Areco is the gaucho (cowboy) capital of Argentina and every year holds the Dia de la Tradicion, the biggest gaucho festival in Argentina.
For tourists who desire to stay in the capital city of Buenos Aires, hotels such as Amerian Buenos Aires Park, Alvear Palace, Argenta Tower or Bisonate Palace offer outstanding accommodations. Because Argentina is a long country encompassing mountains and beaches, the climate is best described as temperate making travel conditions favorable for tourism any time during the year.