Monday, November 28, 2011

Cabildo

The story of Argentine independence was born in this white Colonial building.  There, the Mayo Revolution was launched in 1810.  An interesting fact is that the Cabildo stands on the very spot Juan de Garay assigned it in 1580, when he founded Buenos Aires.

The present building is not the original: the latter had adobe walls and straw roofs.  After having its arches trimmed several times and many doubtful remodellings, architect Buschiazzo gave it its final appearance in 1940.

Today, the May Revolution Museum functions here.  On entering, three watercolours belonging to Carlos Pellegrini portray the Plaza de Mayo in 1829.  Further ahead, several likenesses of the viceroys and antique furniture that belonged to our founding fathers are a throw-back to old school texts and history books.  Dated chandeliers, medals, buttons, watches and coins are tangible traces that withstood time.  The Sala Capitular (Chapter House) recreates faithfully the one where the First Government Gathering swore, on May 25 in 1810.  Visiting the back patio is recommended in order to see two historical wells, one of them complete with its 1835 curb.

Address: Bolivar 65.
Tuesday to Friday, 10.30 to 17; Sunday, 11.30 to 18.  Guided tours, Sunday 16.30.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires Apartments , Hostels Buenos Aires

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cataratas del Iguazu: One of the "Seven Wonders"


This blog is about Buenos Aires Travel Information, but we can´t let pass a huge piece of news like this.  Iguazú Falls was recognized last November 11th. as one of the "Seven Wonders" by  the fundation "New Seven Wonders".

Iguazú Falls won among 400 places that participated in the contest.  The other Wonders are: Amazon, Halong Bay, Jeju Island, Komodo, Puerto Princesa Underground River, Table Mountain.

Misiones Mayor said "the tourism promotion is priceless" and he was very grateful with all the people that supported this argentinian participation such as Messi, Ginobili, Scola, among others.

Iguazu Falls, in Iguazu River, are one of the world's largest waterfalls. They extend over 2,700 m (nearly 2 miles)  in a semi-circular shape.  Of the 275 falls that collectively make up Iguassu Falls, "Devil's Throat" is the tallest at 80 m in height. Iguazu Falls are on the border between the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones, and are surrounded by two National Parks (BR/ARG). Both are subtropical rainforests that are host to hundreds of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires: alquiler temporario buenos airesHostels Buenos Aires

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Getaways: Colonia - Uruguay

Located on the uruguayan coast, but very close to Buenos Aires, Colonia de Sacramento is the only city that was founded by the portuguese along the coast of the Río de la Plata.  The city was declared Mankind´s Cultural Heritage by UNESCO because of its well-preserved architectural richness. 

Walking around Colonia is like taking a walk through history.  You can cross the Río de la Plata by boat to get to this beautiful city of narrow cobbled streets and remains of ancient fortresses and buildings that also hosts the spanish and the portuguese museums.

In Colonia, there is a diversity of architectural styles: portuguese-style colonial buildings and typical brick dwellings of spanish architecture.

However, visitors are not drawn to Colonia only for its history, but also for its white sand beaches and woods that offer contact with nature.  It has great cultural richness, candombe rhythms and some remains of the african culture as well. 

You can spend one day there or stay overnight at a cozy hotel or inn.  It is a good alternative to rent a bike or motorbike and ride along some of the city´s streets, such as Santa Rita, San Gabriel, and de los Suspiros, around the lighthouse.  Other attractions include the port, Ferrando Beach, the forest reserve, and its beautiful promenade.  Every year, thousands of tourist visit Colonia.

Because of the city´s careful preservation, the streets have been used as scenery for many historical films, such as "De eso no se habla", by María Luisa Bemberg, starring Marcello Mastroianni.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires: Apartments Buenos Aires , Hostels Buenos Aires

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tourist Bus - Buenos Aires City


If you are interesting in a quick look of Buenos Aires City, you will find the Tourist Bus as a good option.  The Bus goes through several must-sees of the city.  Features of the service:

- 20 stops at the most attractive points of the City.

- Hop on - Hop off.

- 30 minutes Frequency.

- Available audio in 10 languages.

- Information guide of Buenos Aires.

- Tourism guide on board.

Website: www.buenosairesbus.com

Telephone: From Buenos Aires: 5239-5160. From Abroad: (54 11)5239-5160.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires:  Alojamiento Buenos Aires , Hostels Buenos Aires