The city is broken down into districts called barrios, each
closely reflecting the immigrant groups that arrived in the country
towards the end of the nineteenth century.
Palermo is a fashionable area, popular for its parks. The
original architects did a fantastic job of creating sociable plazas
and gardens, bringing the calm of open space to the bustle of the
city. Today, some of the city's top restaurants and hotels have
given the area a stylish edge.
Recoleta is a refined quarter of wide avenues and elegant
classical architecture. The best restaurants, antique shops and
boutiques to visit while on holiday are found in this area, as well
as some of the most important museums and cultural centres.
Entirely different but equally unmissable is La Boca; home to
Maradona's one time team the Juniors and filled with colourful
bohemian houses, street stalls, and live tango music and dance
demonstrations spilling out onto the streets.
The iconic gaucho of Argentina can be found all over the
country's vast rural prairies and rugged landscapes. In the pampas
outside Buenos Aires, these gifted horsemen and the estancias
(ranches) from which they still operate offer unforgettable
insights into the Argentine countryside.
Two hours' drive from Buenos Aires into the pampas is the
traditional farming town of San Antonio de Areco. A town absorbed
in the gaucho tradition, it offers an insight into the country life
of the pampa from the old days.