Buenos Aires (Palermo & Recoleta areas)

Upscale Hotel Avenida Alvear Recoleta Buenos Aires Argentina
Upscale Hotel on Avenida Alvear
- Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Palermo & Recoleta areas) (2/24-26/2010)

Referred to as the “Paris of South America” (at a fraction of the price), Buenos Aires is largely considered the most European and cosmopolitan city in all of South America.
Palermo Viejo at Night Buenos Aires Argentina
Palermo Viejo at Night 
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina with a population of 12 million (1/3 of Argentina’s total population) and is the second largest city in South America after Sao Paulo, Brazil. Buenos Aires has good restaurants, cafes, bars, etc and is a walker’s city. Grand centuries-old buildings are connected with boulevards that are lined with trees and huge Colonial manors grace the countryside. Parks and plazas are abundant adding a special beauty to Buenos Aires.

Recoleta Cemetery Buenos Aires argentina
Recoleta Cemetery - Buenos Aires
The amazing Recoleta Cemetery, where Evita Peron is entombed along with many of Argentina’s past elite and historical figures, dates back to 1822. The 6,400 mausoleums are a demonstration of wealth and some are better than many Argentines’ homes. One wealthy lady was buried with her complete living room. 

Museo Evita Recoleta Buenos Aires argentina eva peron
Museo Evita Recoleta - Buenos Aires
The Museo Evita Recoleta, housed in a beautiful building, conveys Evita’s life and works, particularly the social aid programs. Pat quickly identified with Evita Peron who helped Argentine women obtain the right to vote in 1951. The Perons (Juan & Evita) evoked a love/hate relationship (revered by the working class and despised by the elite oligarchy).
Galleras Pacifico Recoleta Buenos Aires Argentina
Galleras Pacifico - Recoleta, 
Buenos Aires, Argentina
In Buenos Aires' exclusive Recoleta area, which offers abundant restaurants, bars, pubs, and shops, we visited the Floralis Generica (a 66-foot high space-age steel and aluminum flower sculpture that opens at dawn and closes at dusk) and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (the world’s largest collection of Argentine art). 

The shopping in Buenos Aires is often boasted about (especially along Calle Florida with the beautiful Galleras Pacifico, along the very upscale Avenida Alvear, and around Palermo Viejo -- see photos). We are pretty spoiled in all our travels and found it similar to so many other upscale areas in the world – Pat did like the shoes and you can’t beat the leather jackets.

Apartments Palermo Buenos Aires Argentina
Apartments - Palermo, 
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Palermo Posada Palermo Buenos Aires Argentina
Our Palermo B&B (Posada Palermo)
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
We also stayed in Buenos Aires' Palermo Viejo, the newly chic area of Buenos Aires. Palermo Viejo is beautiful with parks & gardens full of trees, cobblestone streets with oak-tree canopies, boutiques, lofts, and endless restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and bars contained in beautifully recycled town homes built in the late 19th century (see photos). 

Jardin Botanico Carlos Thays Buenos Aires argentina
Jardin Botanico Carlos Thays - Buenos Aires
Our wandering took us through Palermo Viejo's pretty tree-lined streets to Plaza Serrano (also called Plazoleta Cortazar, the shopping and restaurant hub of the area – fun at night), Jordin Japones (a attractive Japanese Garden where we has sushi at the teahouse restaurant), Paseo del Rosedol (Rose Garden) where we rented a paddle boat and toured the lake, Parque Tres de Febrero, and Jardin Botanico Carlos Thays (18 acres of gardens and 5,500 varieties of exotic and local flora in the middle of the city) – see photos. 

For more about wonderful Buenos Aires, please see our other blog post: 

Argentina - Buenos Aires - San Telmo, La Boca, & Centro.

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Mendoza Wine Country, Argentina

Ushuaia, Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

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  1. Hi!
    Last month I've been visiting BA. I have to admit that even though most people prefered Recoleta, in my case, I loved Palermo!!
    The bars, the trees, I dont know exactly what, but I just cant forget those days I spent walking around there.
    Very interesting your article.
    Hope to be there again... soon!
    Angie :)

  2. Home buenos aires hotel, the first boutique hotel in this area is located in the latter. Owing its name to the many TV and radio stations, film studios and the high count of local celebs, Palermo Hollywood still retains a “barrio” feel, mixing the old and the new, the traditional with the cutting edge.


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