Hostels in Buenos Aires
The capital of Argentina is considered the “pearl” of South America and is known as a vibrant metropolis deeply routed in the European past of its founders. Buenos Aires is a cultural melting pot of Argentinean life with tango, music and culture playing an integral part of everyday life. The city is a must see on the backpacker trail around the continent and cheap hostels are easy to find. The European architecture of many of the main buildings is a reminder of the city’s long colonial past. The Cabildo building was erected in 1580 by Jesuit architects and now houses the armoury museum with an exhibition from the time of independence in 1816. Built in the 18th century, the neoclassical main Cathedral is the resting place of Liberator General José de San Martín's ashes, Argentina’s most famous hero in its battle for independence. The General Post Office is a good example of French early 20th century architecture and now operates as an art gallery and sculpture museum. For the best tour around the city sights jump on one of the classic cable cars, sit back and enjoy the view.
Alternative hostel accommodation
Youth hostels and backpacker hotels are situated around the city with higher prices found in the central districts. Large international and boutique hotels offer accommodation across a range of budgets. A cheap and convenient alternative to budget hotels or busy hostel dorms is to rent an apartment off a private owner for your own use. Many independent travellers are now renting apartments as a more intimate way of exploring cities across the globe. This is where the website Wimdu can help you. On Wimdu you can search through a list of privately owned apartments available for rent in Buenos Aires and other destinations in South America. With all the comforts of home and a local host to point out all the hot spots this new way to travel offers a more personal way to see the city and the freedom to explore!