The City of Buenos Aires (Spanish) is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city with a European look and a Latin feel. Whether looking for daytime adventures or late-night parties, visitors to Buenos Aires seldom run out of things to see and do – much more than can be described here. For complete information on the many attractions and activities available in the Port of Buenos Aires, visit the city's tourism website.
Signed copy of Rodin's The Thinker purchased in 1907.
Photo by Fabian Fernandez
The Port of Buenos Aires has a humid sub-tropical climate with lots of rain and some hailstorms. Temperatures range from an average high of 30 ° C (87 ° F) in January to an average low of 7.4 ° C (45 ° F) in July. Hot and humid in the summer from December to March, the weather changes quickly. Winters are mild and humid, and snow is very rare. Rain is heaviest in March.
Photo by Leandro Kibisz
Among the most popular attractions in the Port of Buenos Aires is the Jardin Zoologico in the Palermo neighborhood. This beautiful zoo is home to over 350 species of animals. The animal houses are elegant and themed. For example, the elephants live in a building something like an Indian temple. Children can get tubs of food and feed some of the animals like the sea lions. The zoo was created more than 118 years ago, and today it is home to over 2500 animals. One of its charms is the fact that the zoo cares for some sick animals like a three-legged deer and a llama with a serious overbite. One of the zoo's Bengal tigers, Betty, bore sextuplets in 2003, adding to her three older cubs and making a significant contribution to this endangered species. The zoo also has a petting zoo with farm animals like pigs, donkeys, sheep, and all kinds of birds.
Photo by Elemaki
The Tren Historico a Vapor, Port of Buenos Aires' "train of the past," moves passengers on the old steam-powered rail route of the first trains in Argentina around the city's outskirts. The trains offer several different rides, all with lunch served. Almost 100 years old, the steam engine has been rebuilt and restored to its original glory. Its five carriages can carry 250 passengers, and each piece of the train has its own history representing the different class tickets (Special for VIPs, first with mahogany and cedar and a dining car, and Second with wooden seats).
A walking tour of the downtown Port of Buenos Aires is a wonderful way to learn about the city's history and culture. Going from the historic and beautiful 1914 Centro Naval to the historic Galerias Pacifico shopping center, visitors move on to Harrods, the Sociedad Rural Argentina, and the Ana Diaz Historical House. Don't miss the Galeria Mitre, a spectacular and ornate example of Spanish colonial architecture built by Indian slaves in the late 1500s, that is today a department store. After a long day's walk, you'll want to check out one of the many wonderful Argentinean steakhouses in the neighborhood.
Photo by Pepe Robles
In the central Port of Buenos Aires is the Reserva Ecologica (Spanish), a large block of untouched land and one of the city's most popular parks. The park contains woods, foxtail pampas grass, the Rio de la Plata, lagoons, marshlands, and over 200 species of birds. Covering 350 hectares, the park is open every day throughout the year. Visitors who are lucky enough to be in the Port of Buenos Aires during a full moon can take a nighttime tour if they have reservations.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Buenos Aires by sea can find a long list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.