Saturday, March 4, 2017

Explore City of Buenos Aires

9 de Julio Avenue

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July 9 Avenue, located in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the widest avenue in the world. Its name honors Argentina's Independence Day, July 9, 1816. The avenue runs roughly 1 kilometer (0.62 mi) to the west of the Río de la Plata waterfront, from the Retiro district in the north to Constitución station in the south.

The avenue has up to seven lanes in each direction and is flanked on either side by parallel streets of two lanes each. Through the center of the avenue runs one of the city's Metrobus (Buenos Aires) (Bus rapid transit) corridors, which stretches 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) and was inaugurated in July 2013.  There are two wide medians between the side streets and the main road.

Street Art 
Statues & Monuments

Driving through the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires we saw several examples of street art. Unlike other countries, Argentina celebrates the work of local and foreign artists who flock here to show their talents.

The massive metropolis offers artists plenty of space for painting outdoors. Here it isn’t hard to find empty walls on high rises, garage doors or abandoned factories. Buenos Aires has few regulations around graffiti art.

Most of the time, all the artist needs is permission from the building owner. In many cases, artists are sought out by building owners who’d like to add something interesting to their bare walls.

Sightseeing enthusiasts rarely leave Buenos Aires without taking lots of photos, such is the volume of interesting buildings, monuments and landmarks in the city.

Buenos Aires City Guide

From sculptures to squares, the city of Buenos Aires is bursting with eye-catching edifices and artworks. We were no exception - see our albums for a selection.

The Obelisco de Buenos Aires (Obelisk of Buenos Aires) is a national historic monument and icon of Buenos Aires.

An obelisk is a tall, four-sided monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at its top. Located in the Plaza de la República in the intersection of avenues Corrientes and 9 de Julio, it was erected in 1936 to commemorate the fourth centenary of the first foundation of the city.

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San Isidtro
Tigre River
Buenos Aires Port
Debark Tour

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