Best of Buenos Aires – The Obelisk is a central feature of Avenue 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires, popularly recognized as the widest avenue in the world.
Classic stop – Buenos Aires hosts plenty of free or low-cost activities. Many visitors head to the barrio of San Telmo to admire tango demonstration dancers.
Cocktails at Alvear Palace – There's no more elegant place for a drink in Buenos Aires than Alvear Palace's iconic Lobby Bar, where businessmen and celebrities have socialized since 1932.
La Boca – Nothing is subtle in La Boca. Brightly painted walls, caricature figurines and gaudy graffiti vie for attention.
The Casa Rosada – The famed Pink Presidential Palace is the focus of Buenos Aires's central Plaza 25 de Mayo.
Bitter love affair – Fernet is a popular liquor, though its bitter tang is an acquired taste. Juan Chico, manager of a bar in the Palermo neighborhood, says he sells an average of 70 glasses of Fernet a day.
Antiques – San Telmo operates as the principal open-air antique market in the Argentinian capital. It has food vendors, book sellers, beer stands and more.
Books at El Ateneo – Some bookstores are cooler than others. The stunning El Ateneo in Buenos Aires was once a theater. The boxes have been turned into reading spaces.
Pope tour – Pope Francis is a source of pride among Buenos Aires locals. Two papal tours, both free, are on offer in his hometown. The modest house where he was born, his kindergarten and the house where he grew up are included.
Playing ball – Soccer is the country's favorite sport, and there's often an impromptu game to watch -- like this in a yard in La Boca. Argentina last won the World Cup in 1986, thanks in large part to legendary Argentinian footballer Maradona.
Recoleta cemetery – Evita Peron's grave -- she's buried under her maiden name, Duarte -- has turned Recoleta cemetery into the top attraction in Buenos Aires.
Sipping mate – Mate is an important tradition. These mate cups are for sale at a street market in San Telmo.
Rally time – Buenos Aires is a stop on the annual Dakar Rally, an off-road endurance race across some of the world's toughest terrain.
Float time – Gondolas aren't just for Venice. You can take in the sights from the river in Puerto Madero. Rides last 30 minutes.
Independence party – Argentina will be dressed in cyan and white for the bicentennial celebrations of its declaration of independence on July 9, 1816.