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Buenos Aires and the Pampa

Buenos Aires is a capital that I like greatly… I love spending time relaxing on a café terrace, observing the customs of the Porteños (habitants of Buenos Aires). Buenos Aires is also, above all else, famous for the Tango. European newcomers to Buenos Aires will not have the feeling of being in a completely strange place, but will feel that they have taken a trip back in time to the 50s or 60s. In some districts one might even believe that they are in a European city. The illusion is almost perfect, but when one moves away from the centre for only half an hour you can see the slums known in Argentina as “villas miserias”. There live hundreds of thousands of people in very poor conditions, attracted by the hope of a better life in the city. This poverty brings us back to reality and reminds us that we are in Latin America.

Buenos Aires seduces us because it is a capital with very distinctive districts, abundant with culture where every day something happens.

Buenos Aires
Among the different neighbourhoods I particularly like:

The Plaza de Mayo which could be described as the soul of the city or even the whole of Argentina as it has witnessed all the major events in its history.
The Avenida de Mayo with its wide pavements full of cafes and the distinctive facades of the buildings that run along its border, that remind us more of the boulevards of Paris or Milan. In addition, since before the Second World War it has been the major location for night life in the city that never sleeps.
Recoleta is one of the liveliest places in the city and has a mix of people from all social classes. It is also famous for the Recoleta Cemetary (worth a visit) and the Municipal Cultural Centre where exhibitions are hosted throughout the year displaying all the various branches of art, and which attracts an audience who like to regularly dine at the chic restaurants on the other side of the square.
The area of Palermo, with its park of more than 500 hectares, is the principal green space in the capital of Argentina. It is also seen as a trendy neighbourhood with its many decorated cafes and restaurants. Indeed, a new boutique hotel is installed in Palermo every month...
The neighbourhood of San Telmo was the chic neighbourhood in the 19th century, but has now become middle-class. It is famous mainly due to the large antique fair which is much like Sunday flea market where you can even find street performers, dancers and orchestras performing improvised Tango.
Boca is the neighbourhood where you can clearly see it was formed by the lower class immigrants to Buenos Aires at the beginning of the 20th century. It is above all famous for its street called "caminito" which is surrounded by houses made of corrugated iron painted in every colour. It is also the neighbourhood where the painters and sculptures have installed their workshops, giving it a bohemian air.
Puerto Madero is the newest and most modern district of Buenos Aires, where the price per m2 reaches incredible values. Buenos Aires is also the name of the province, the largest and most populous in Argentina, where everything is centralised. Here it is possible to find numerous "estancias" (ranches), many cows and also famous polo clubs

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