Hello El Centro / Monserrat
Plaza de Mayo is the highlight of Monserrat, Buenos Aires’ oldest neighborhood, south and east of El Centro business district. Standing here is the elegant pink government building of Casa Rosada. Eva Perón and others have addressed the nation from its balcony, and guided tours offer insights into Argentine politics. Particularly moving are the Thursday marches by the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. Their children were ‘disappeared’ during the military dictatorship which lasted from 1976 to 1983. For a lighter take, stroll along the tree-lined Avenida de Mayo, stopping for lunch at Café Tortoni – Argentina’s oldest cafe. The oldest parts of Monserrat begin south of Plaza de Mayo, where much of the original architecture and cobblestone streets remain. El Centro has some of Buenos Aires’ most recognizable buildings, including City Hall and Metropolitan Cathedral. Spot the 67-meter-high El Obelisk along the Avenida 9 de Julio, and meander past bars, theaters, and restaurants along Calle Florida and Avenida Corrientes.