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The capital of Argentina is bursting with cultural, political, and economic activity. As well as regular weekly protests, there is a constant and wide-ranging agenda of cultural events and activity. From museum visits to festivals and street markets, Buenos Aires is a city that never sleeps and offers something to do every day.
There are several neighbourhoods within the city, each with its own unique character. San Telmo is located south of the city centre and has a relaxed Bohemian feel. There are several independent cafes, narrow side streets, and stylish art that make the neighbourhood one of the most colourful in the city. There are several museums worth visiting here, including the Museo Etnografico Nacional run by the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and churches built in an original colonial-style. On Sundays, the main street comes alive with activity as people from around the world visit the Feria de San Telmo, a weekly street market with a range of products on sale.
The La Boca neighbourhood has a similar sense to San Telmo. Its location by the river gives a more Latin feel to the city as elegant tango dancers entertain restaurant guests. Tourists visit to view the colourful street art and view the profound influences of immigration on Buenos Aires as a city.
With its wide boulevard streets and grand buildings, Montserrat and the city centre have a more elegant feel that could explain the origins of the "Paris of South America" cliché often given to Buenos Aires. Here, institutions such as the Centro Cultural Kirchner host a range of free events, exhibitions and other activities all year around.
Puerto Madero presents the commercial side of the city. Modern skyliners stand in stark contrast to the centuries-old colonial buildings in other parts of the city. Hidden and nestled between the majestic modern glamour is the Reserva Ecológica Sur, which overlooks the Rio de la Plata and provides tranquillity away from the bustle of the city.
Retiro has its name from the Spanish word for "retreat," which refers to a time when there was an outbreak of disease in the nearby neighbourhood of San Telmo. The population moved to another part of the city, which is now well-known for the major bus and train stations.
Palermo is a trendy and slightly more expensive part of the city. With graffiti on the walls and stylish shops, cafes and restaurants, there is plenty to do in a neighbourhood that never sleeps. Palermo has several parks and green spaces which are great to relax as the days get longer and the temperatures outside rise. There are also key museums such as the Museo Evita, Museo de Antropologia and the Museo de Bellas Artes. Palermo is certainly one of the most entertaining and lively parts of the city.
The location of Buenos Aires near the Rio de la Plata is obvious. This makes it ideal for a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay, either for a day-trip or a longer visit. There are daily ferry crossings which take between one and three hours. Tigre, a small town on the Parana Delta, is only an hour away from the city by train and is one of the largest deltas in the world. It is a great place to connect with nature, go for a relaxing swim in the river or simply walk around and enjoy the calmness of the river. For those who are looking for beaches by the sea, locations in Buenos Aires Province such as Mar del Plata and Bahía Blanca are ideal beach resorts for relaxation. There are regular train and bus services to Mar del Plata and several other places in the province.