Buenos Aires is the most European of all Latin American cities. With its wide boulevards, leafy parks, grand buildings and varied culture and nightlife, the city is reminiscent of Paris or Barcelona. The Porteños ('people of the port'), as the residents of Buenos Aires are called, seem more European too but this is hardly surprising considering that most are descended from European immigrants who settled here in the 19th century. With them came a culture and a cuisine that still flavours the city and can be enjoyed in countless art galleries, theatres and museums, as well as fine restaurants. But the city has also spawned its own art forms, notably the tango, for which Buenos Aires is famous.
Buenos Aires is the third largest city in South America and comprises 47 barrios (neighborhoods) in which nearly nine million people live. Situated in the east of Argentina beside the Rio de la Plata and surrounded by seemingly neverending flat land known as the Pampas, the vast sprawling conurbation is a true 24-hour city. There is always something going on to occupy the senses. The downtown area is as noisy and congested as any other major city but the city is really a pleasant place to walk around, designed as it is along a grid system that is soon easy to master.
Buenos Aires was founded by the Spaniard Pedro de Mendoza in 1536. It was named after the patron saint of sailors, who is said to be responsible for the good wind or "buen aire".
With several museums and a continuous agenda of cultural attractions and events, there is much for the visitor to see and do. Argentina is also home to some of the best soccer teams in the world. Buenos Aires has a mild climate and is a year-round destination.
The University of Palermo´s main campus is located in the Palermo neighborhood, famous for its squares, gardens and unique shops. Easily accessible by public transportation, the neighborhood offers a variety of cafes, restaurants and bookstores where students share their daily experiences. The University of Palermo´s Graduate School of Business is located in the city´s financial district.
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