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Districts | Walking and other outings for Buenos Aires

La Recoleta

It is an elegant district characterised by its famous cemetery where, apart from resting important historical figures, there can be seen wonderful sculptures of national and international artists. Relevant buildings, such as the colonial church of Nuestra Señora del Pilar surround the cemetery. The Bellas Artes National Museum, the Social Sciences and Law University, the National Library and the Buenos Aires Government Exhibition Centre.

This district also has a shopping centre, the Buenos Aires Design -the only shopping centre dedicated to architecture, design and decoration- on which its large terrace exhibits a great number of fast food restaurants and the Hard Rock Buenos Aires among others.

Other remarkable places of nocturnal entertainment abound in this sector of the city.

Recoleta

Palermo

It is one of the biggest and prettiest districts of the city, due to its parks and groves. This borough has three different tours to enjoy visiting: Palermo and its parks and lakes; Palermo Chico, with its Zoo, the Botanical Garden and the Predio de la Sociedad Rural (Rural Society Estate); and finally the nostalgic Palermo Viejo -better known as the Palermo of Borges and Carriego.

The taste for horseback- riding is full expressed in the famous Argentinian Hippodrome. Polo tournaments or Pato matches -the last one a typical Argentinian sport- are regularly held in the Argentinian Polo Field.


Palermo


San Telmo

It is one of the oldest districts and where in its recycled colonial houses live artists and craftsmen. San Telmo's first inhabitants were fishermen and harbour workers -due to its proximity to Buenos Aires port- of varied European origins: Genoese, Irish, blacks and "criollos" (social mixture between the Spanish and the people who lived in the colony).

It was a district of modest houses that had grown around Dorrego's Square, where each Sunday the San Pedro Telmo Antique's Fair was- and still is- rigorously held.

San Telmo's magic blend of history and legend helps to give the dwellers of this district a particular identity. The 9th of July of 1960,in an old residence, the SAN TELMO'S REPUBLIC was funded; its Constitution settled -among other things- that "the young Republic was born from a Spiritual Revolution and that there are no territorial ambitions beyond the outskirts of the mentioned district..." nowadays its headquarters can be found in 1053 Balcarce St- Paseo El Viejo Hotel- which is a large house of the end of the 19th century that in the past was a tenement house and a hotel and that nowadays is known as a Gallery and a tourist promenade.

San Telmo

The picturesque district of La Boca

It is a distinctive and colourful city spot. Its typical buildings, the "conventillos" -tenement houses- abound everywhere, together with the high sidewalks. These type of houses were the consequence of the great 19th century immigrant wave, when thousands of poor immigrants daily arrived to these lands to find terrible lodging difficulties; several families grouped together to rent small rooms of the same house, giving way to the so-called "conventillos".

"Caminito" is the most famous museum-street of the district and was created by the initiative of Quinquela Martín and other artists. Along this small corner all the picturesqueness and soul of this typical place assemble together to form an unforgettable outing. In this place you can find tango dancers, sculptures, paintings, etc. The Riachuelo, an inlet of the River Plate, is closely linked to the succession of events that have marked its own history, it has been the silent witness of glorious and disgraceful times as well, it is the natural city boundary and its shore is worth visiting.

La Boca

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