“The Paris of South America”, Buenos Aires is famed for its European architecture, wide roads, and Latin American soul. The capital of Argentina is also the most visited city in South America. It boasts the highest concentration of theatres in the world, and quite unusually, is home to the world’s widest street –meaning that it tops many charts. Culture lovers, sports fanatics, and music fans will all be at home here as the city offers an exciting range of museums and attractions, has hosted a number of international sporting events, and is definitely a city with football fever. Buenos Aires also has a diverse music and dance scene that caters for many tastes, with bars and nightclubs offering anything from tango to trance, and rock ‘n’ roll to jazz.
Location: In Latin America with Global Connections
The city is situated on the Río de la Plata estuary on the south-eastern coast of the South American continent. The Buenos Aires province represents the third largest settlement in the continent, with a population of approximately fifteen and a half million. It is served by two airports: one, Jorge Newbery, has domestic and regional scheduled flights, whilst Ministro Pistarini International Airport (30 km) serves destinations mostly further afield. Bus services from Retiro bus station reach the whole country.
Business: A booming services sector
The service sector accounts for 76% of economic activity in Buenos Aires, with finance and real-estate services representing the largest branches. The advertising industry is also strong in the capital, with agencies delivering campaigns for both national and international clients. The south side of the city has an important manufacturing area, which benefits from close relationships with nearby agricultural areas as well as local clients from within the city.
Culture: Galleries, museums, and a 'city of the dead'
The Cementario de la Recoleta is one of the city’s most unique and interesting spots for visitors. The ‘streets’ of this enormous ‘city of the dead’ act as the resting place for many of Argentina’s former rich and famous, and as such is abundant with history and stories. Another place to visit is the National Museum of Fine Arts, which houses collections by several key Argentine artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, including Xul Solar, Benito Quinquela Martín, and Eduardo Sívori as well as a number of works by international artists, such as Picasso and Van Gogh.
Activities: Music and theatre for every taste
The city is abundant with theatre, music, and dance. In fact, Buenos Aires boasts the highest concentration of theatres in the whole world. Amongst its impressive portfolio of performing arts venues is the Teatro Colón, a 2,500-capacity building considered to be one of the top five music venues on the planet. Several music festivals are also held in Buenos Aires, including Creamfields and Quilmes Rock.