Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, has been on the friendliest cities for tourists lists for a long time now, and it’s for a clear reason: the people are warm, the streets are sunny in the summer and the amount of activities you can take part in are so varied everyone is bound to find something that makes their trip worthwhile. Whether you’re already planning a trip to the city or are just looking for options to add to your bucket list, here are some things you should do in Buenos Aires
Visit the Boca Juniors and River Plate stadiums
Argentina is a football crazed country. Home to two of the best ever players in the history of the sport, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, Argentines are nuts about the sport. From a young age (sometimes even from birth) most kids are made to play and love the sport that resides deep in the country’s soul.
The two biggest teams in the land are Boca Juniors and River Plate. While a match between them (while recommended) may not match with your traveling dates, you should make sure to visit their grounds. The museums are open all year long and offer tours for tourists. You then can pick a favorite and attend a match, and maybe even place a little bet here at casinosuden.com.
Listen to Operan at the Iconic Teatro Colón
One of the premiere theaters in South América, the Teatro Colón was inaugurated in 1908, at a time when Argentina budded to become the superpower of the southern hemisphere. A majestic and unique building, its construction took so long that different architects added different styles and details to different parts, making it an incomparable work that mixes greco-roman, italian renaissance and art nouveau.
International figures from the prestige of the likes of Enrico Caruso, Richard Strauss, Zubin Mehta and Maria Callas have performed within its walls, while it has also hosted Argentine talents like Alberto Ginastera, Julio Bocca, Marta Argerich and more recently Daniel Barenboim. Catching a play or an opera at the Teatro Colón is bound to be an unforgettable experience.
Eat Asado and drink Mate
For those more culinarily inclined among you, you can’t miss the traditional Argentine dish and their most famous drink. Asado is a type of barbecue, with premiere Argentinian meat cooked over several hours with care and attention in different styles. It’s the quintessential Argentine cuisine and mastery of the technique required to make a perfect asado is one of the proudest badges an Argentine can boast about.
Mate, on the other hand, is a far simpler (yet every bit as important) thing. A casual beverage, with reinvigorating and relaxing properties, its similar to tea, with the main difference being that the flavor comes from a plant called yerba mate, which is dried and then placed in a calabash gourd, poured hot water over and drank through a metal straw. It may sound complicated but it’s the simplest and most humble daily ritual of most Argentines, who share a mate to relax and chat with friends in any location. Mate sets are sold pretty much everywhere and any friendly Argentine can help you set it up.