Buenos Aires City Info
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Buenos Aires is the capital city of the Republic of Argentina and one of the most important cities in Latin America. It houses the National Government Offices, the Legislative Chambers and Judicial Powers, the forces of defense and security, and the diplomatic missions that maintain relations with the country.
One of the most interesting attractions of Buenos Aires is its architecture. Its style reflects the influence of the Spaniards, French and Italians in its building and in its parks. The city has wide avenues, mansions, extensive green spaces, hundreds of sculptures and a large quantity of churches; all integrated among houses, office buildings, apartment buildings and modern skyscrapers.
Buenos Aires surprises its visitors with its contrasts;
with a mixture of different styles that distinguishes the big cities of
the world: elegant, noisy, cultural, lover of the
of endless coffee chats, of nightlife and of course: of football.
For more information on the city of Buenos Aires, please check out this free online Buenos Aires Travel Guide Blog.
It is easy to move around the city since it is distributed in blocks of 100 meters long and wide (10,000 square meters surface). There are avenues and streets identified with names of personalities of the cultural, military and political history of the country and of the world as well as places and dates. The financial district, commonly referred to as "La City" or "Microcentro" is located between Avenida Cordoba and Avenida de Mayo and between Avenida 9 de Julio and Avenida Paseo Colón; while the tourist areas of the city are found in the neighborhoods near the "centro" or downtown, and they are: Recoleta, Palermo, la Boca, San Telmo and Puerto Madero.
Check out the "Plano de Buenos Aires" website at www.planodebuenosaires.com.ardetailed information on streets and others'.
Population: 2,965,403 (City of Buenos Aires), 37,812,817 (Republic of Argentina).
Climate: Temperate. Sporadically reaches peaks of 40ºC (110ºF) during the months of January through March, while the coldest months are June and July with temperatures of 0ºC (30ºF).
Religion: Roman Catholic (92 %), Protestant (2 %,) Jewish (2 %) and other (4 %).
Ethnic Group: 97 % are white (of European descent) and 3 % are a mixture of Native Indians and other races.
Language: Spanish -Castilian- (official), a minority speaks English, Italian, German and French. Lunfardo (commonly used in tango lyrics) is a form of slang that is spoken by non-educated people.
Currency: The official currency in Argentina is the peso.
Taxes: VAT (Valued Added Tax) or I.V.A. (Impuesto al Valor Agregado) is 21% and it is almost always included in purchases.
National Flower: The national flower is the ceibo
National Stone: The rodocrosita or "inca rose" is the national stone.