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Buenos Aires Downtown

Buenos Aires Downtown

Buenos Aires is quite flat, and streets, laid out on straight lines, cross at right angles to form mini-plazas, which are often spots of greenery. The city’s downtown area is not large and can be easily walked. Both a commercial and cultural center, it is bordered loosely by Avenida Libertador (N), Paseo Colón (E), Avenida Belgrano (S) and Entre Rios (W). The downtown area is encircled by interesting neighborhoods (barrios) which, while not technically part of downtown, are an integral part of the inner city.

Avenida Rivadavia

Although you will spend little time on it, Avenida Rivadavia is a key orientation street in this downtown grid. A particularly long street, Rivadavia cuts through the city from east to west, creating large north and south sectors. Chances are that you’ll spend most of your time in the northern sector, where the hotels, restaurants and shops are located. Avenida Rivadavia is also the point at which street names change and the numbering system begins. Blocks are numbered in hundreds. For example, Calle Florida in the northern section runs for 11 blocks from Avenida Rivadavia to the Plaza San Martín. #960 Calle Florida is on the 10th block north of Avenida Rivadavia. #960 south of Streets running parallel to Avenida Rivadavia (E-W) do not change names in the downtown area.

Plaza del Congreso

This is a wide expanse marked by interesting sculptures, including Rodin’s The Thinker, and gurgling fountains. It is actually three miniplazas that encircle the Congress building, seat of the legislative branch of government.

Last updated June 13, 2008
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