Plaza de Mayo and El Centro
Considered to be the “downtown” of Buenos Aires, el Centro is filled with grand buildings and wide roads. Bustling and busy, it may not be the best place to go to relax, but the buildings and architecture are beautiful. Florida Street is a touristy pedestrian street filled with shops and Avenida de Mayo always offers some demonstration, protest or parade. Plaza de Mayo hosts the famous Casa Rosada (Pink House) – the Argentine equivalent of the White House – from where Evita Perón gave her famous speech. This area is impressive during the day, but absolutely stunning at night.
Known for its flashy skyscrapers, upscale dining and the Puente de la Mujer, Puerto Madero is a relatively new addition to the barrios frequented by tourists. The fancy Faena hotel and Hilton are located here, offering views of the city on one side and the vast ecological reserve on the other side. It is possible to rent bikes at the reserve (14 pesos/$3 per hour), which makes for a fun day activity. If exploring the ecological reserve, be sure to stop by the many street food vendors afterwards – their choripan is delicious!