Inaugurated on May 25, 1908 with the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, the Teatro Colón's architecture reflects the Italian Renaissance. The elaborate plaster moldings, stained glass dome, sweeping staircase, sculpted busts with gold-leaf details, frescoes, French furnishings and gargantuan chandelier in the theater hall are some of the elements which create the unparalleled opulence. Despite much needed structural maintenance, the acoustics are difficult to surpass. Some 2500-theater goers experience some of the world's finest ballet along with the Colón's own Ballet Estable, Filarmónica symphony orchestra and opera during seasonal performances. Guided tours are available during the week by telephone, or through the website. Box office hours vary on show days. Check website or call ahead for more information.
Those who love the waters, the forest and have a tendency of exploring new places, will surely love to visit El Dorado Kayak. The tours are peaceful, where you go rowing from in between trees, shrubs, deep into the forest, towards the deafening silence. You can even take the night tour for an even more enthralling experience.
Adorned with park side restaurants, cafes, and art galleries, Recoleta is one of the most fashionable and popular neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Tourists and locals alike are drawn in by the European-style architecture, outdoor street fairs on the weekends, and multitude of upscale boutiques and bars. Make sure to check out the beautiful and lavish Cementerio de la Recoleta, as well as the enormous Plaza Francia.
La Recoleta was a church graveyard until 1882, when the Governor opened it to the general public and renamed it Cemetery of the North. Small, and situated on the city's most valuable land, its importance resides in the many illustrious people that rest here. One of the most visited tombstones is Eva Peron's. The majority of materials used in the construction of tombs between 1880 and 1930 were imported from Paris and Milan, and important sculptural works grace many of the tombs. Every Sunday there are free guided visits at 2:30pm.
Founded in 2001 and started with just the permanent collection owned by its director, Eduardo Constantini, MALBA aims at promoting Latin American art in all its disciplines. Constantini donated to this post-modern gallery works of art that take us on a journey through the history of Spanish American art, from the beginning of its avant-garde movement at the turn of the century to the present. The Colección Costantini is arranged in such a way to expose the similarities as well as the differences between the artists, other than in chronological order. There are workshops, children activities, temporary exhibitions and work experience for students. Own car park. Â Â
This 1921 theater named after the 16th century Spanish author of "Don Quijote, Man of la Mancha," Miguel de Cervantes was rebuilt in 1961 after a fire. The stage was modernized and workshops were annexed. This is the most important theater for the production of plays by Argentine and Hispanic playwrights, and the country's only National Theatre. There is a museum where archives, costumes and photographs document criollo (local creole) theatrical history. Ticket prices vary according to performance.