Buenos Aires has recently been chosen as the best tourist destination in Central and South America, beating out other top destinations like Cusco (Peru) and Cartagena (Colombia). Buenos Aires was selected as the top destination by the readers of the prestigious publication Condé Nest Traveler, which ranked the destinations on the categories of culture, friendliness, atmosphere, restaurants, lodging, and shopping.
Described by one reader as worthy of its name, the “Paris of the South,” Buenos Aires ranked particularly high among readers for its culture, restaurants and atmosphere. Also noted was the collection of fascinating neighborhoods found within the limits of Buenos Aires, each offering diverse atmospheres for visitors to explore. In light of this recognition, the city of Buenos Aires released an article highlighting the top 10 reasons to visit the city, a summary of which can be found below.
Listed first among the 10 reasons to visit Buenos Aires is the collection of must-see neighborhoods found throughout the city, each offering tourists incredible sights and activities. From the historic San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods with their European feel and unique street fairs to the modern Puerto Madero with its picturesque Puente de la Mujer bridge, visitors always find these areas fascinating.
Following the eclectic neighborhoods, the article discusses the city’s reputation for delicious and diverse food, which is sure to please every type of tourist. Known around the world for its beef, Argentina prides itself on its local tradition of barbecue known as parrilla. Walking around the city during the summer, you will be hard-pressed not to find locals grilling parrilla out in the open and enjoying the weather with their friends and neighbors. With a large number of restaurants specializing in parrilla in Buenos Aires, tasting this traditional Argentine dish is a must for every tourist.
Also found in abundance in Buenos Aires is Italian food. Due to the heavy influx of Italian immigrants in the early days of the country, Argentina maintains many cultural underpinnings from its Italian heritage. Perhaps the only place offering more Italian restaurants than Buenos Aires is Italy itself! If you enjoy quality Italian food, you will have many options to choose from when dining out. Whether it’s authentic Italian, traditional Argentine barbecue, or other types of ethnic cuisine that you’re looking for, a visit to Buenos Aires will definitely not disappoint your taste buds.
Another reason Buenos Aires is a great destination for tourists is its cultural traditions. Known around the world as the home of tango, the city is always ready to share this traditional dance with its visitors, whether it be on the streets or in a more elegant theater setting. In addition to the tango, the city of Buenos Aires is also known for its tradition of futbol, or soccer. With several professional teams in the city, the historic rivalries are serious and have developed into a fascinating spectacle for outside observers. These cultural traditions are sure to provide entertainment for tourists looking to get a glimpse of life in Buenos Aires.
Another great feature of Buenos Aires is the wide-ranging list of entertainment activities offered throughout the year. In addition to various annual film and art festivals, Buenos Aires is also home to a large number of theaters, museums, shopping venues and night life scenes. No matter what time of the year visitors come to Buenos Aires there will always be something going on, a fact that undoubtedly helped Buenos Aires secure the reader’s choice award as the best destination on the continent. Between the more than 300 theaters and several world famous museums, Buenos Aires has something to offer everyone.
From its beautiful neighborhoods to its fabulous cuisine and everything in between, it’s easy to see why Buenos Aires was named the best tourist destination in Central and South America. Offering its visitors a long list of entertaining activities and must-see attractions, Buenos Aires promises its visitors a unique and memorable experience. If you haven’t previously visited this remarkable city, now is a great time to do so. You won’t be disappointed!
Written by Will Collier