A colorful and confident culture.
Buenos Aires is often called the "Paris of South America" -- and for good reason. With their wide boulevards, imposing buildings, and noble neighborhoods, the two cities have much in common. Yet of course Buenos Aires is still unique: Only those who have visited the expansive city of 2.8 million will be familiar with the hectic pace of the pedestrian area Florida, the relaxed atmosphere in the cafes and restaurants of the bohemian neighborhood San Telmo, and the tourist trap of colorful La Boca - the neighborhood known as the birthplace of tango that was promptly turned into a theme park. Thanks to the stream of Italian and Spanish immigrants, Buenos Aires has a decidedly European flair. Nowadays, the city - having recovered relatively well from its 2001 economic crash - comes off as modern and confident. The former harbor Puerto Madero has become one of the nicest promenades in the world, lined with renovated warehouses and new office buildings, while new and stylish bars and restaurants cluster the streets of Palermo. The extensive Parque Tres de Febrero in Palermo and the La Recoleta cemetery - where the revered Eva Peron is buried - are ideal locations to take a relaxed stroll to recover from the bustle of the city.