Discovering Plaza de Mayo
Buenos Aires is a must-see on your MSC South America cruise to Argentina. Its heart is the spacious, palm-dotted Plaza de Mayo, the ideal place to begin a tour of the area and explore its historical and political connections; its mismatched medley of buildings includes the famous Casa Rosada, or government house.An amble westwards from the plaza will take you along Avenida de Mayo, the city’s major boulevard, offering an impressive display of Art Nouveau and Art Decoarchitecture. At its western end, Avenida de Mayo opens onto the Plaza del Congreso, presided over by the Congreso Nacional building, the seat of the federal parliament.
Casa Rosada, a typically Argentine blend of French and Italian Renaissance styles, stands on the site of the city’s Spanish fort, begun in 1594 and converted in 1776 to the viceroy’s palace. In 1862, President Bartolomé Mitre moved the government ministries to the building, remodelling it once again.
The final touch was added in 1885, when the central arch was added, unifying the facade. Behind the Casa Rosada, the Plaza Colón features a gigantic Argentine flag and a Carrara marble statue of Christopher Columbus, looking out to the river and towards the Old World.
MSC South America cruises also offer excursions to the north of Buenos Aires, where the four residential barrios of most interest to visitors – Retiro, Recoleta, Palermo and Belgrano – each retain a distinctive character. Nearest to the centre, Retiro and Recoleta – known jointly as Barrio Norte – have chic streets lined with boutiques, art galleries and smart cafés. Recoleta is associated primarily with its magnificent cemetery where, among other national celebrities, Evita is buried.
Both barrios also share an extraordinary concentration of French-style palaces, tangible proof of the obsession of the city’s elite at the beginning of the twentieth century with established European cities
Excursions & Activities
Reach the Port
The following directions provide a swift route from Ezeiza Airport to your passenger terminal.
Leaving the Airport, take the Tte. Gral. Ricchieri north-west toward Pardo. Turn right into Pardo and then turn left into Av Pres. Arturo U. Illia. Take the second on the right into Av Gral. Juan Gregorio Lemos, turn right into José León Suárez and then turn left into Av Gral. Juan Gregorio Lemos. Continue into Av Marcelo T. de Alvear and turn right into Colectora Oeste. Take the ramp on the left to join Au. Pascual Palazzo and continue to the junction at the end, taking the exit on the left into Gral. Paz. Take the left fork that merges into the Gral. Paz partial toll road and then continue into Av. Leopoldo Lugones, which leads into the Pte. Arturo Illia toll road. Take the exit for Calle 9 and continue into Av Pres. Ramón S. Castillo, where you will find the port entrance on your left.
Buenos Aires has two airports, Ezeiza airport, the “Aeropuerto International Ministro Pistarni”, which serves most international flights, and the “Aeroparque Jorge Newbery” for domestic and regional flights. Local buses services are available for both airports. Ezeiza is 35 km (22 miles) south of Buenos Aires city centre, while Aeroparque is only 8 km (5 miles) north.