The city, noted for its stunning European architecture, boasts the highest concentration of theaters in the world and many museums. Its Teatro Colon Theater, completed in 1908, continues to host world-class opera. This is a city literally imbued with art and culture.
On the other hand, from the start, Buenos Aires' history has been characterized by assaults and incursions by outside forces, military coups, dictatorships, revolutions and civil strife. The 20th century alone witnessed the Peronist era — so named for the reigns of Juan Peron, who served as president from 1946 to 1955, and then again from 1973 until his death the following year when he was succeeded by his third wife, Isabel, who was then deposed by a coup in 1976. Person's first presidency ended with a breakaway military faction bombing of the city's principal plaza, killing 364 people and ultimately forcing Peron into exile. After his death and the military coup that unseated his widow, there came the atrocities of the so-called “Dirty War” in which the military slaughtered thousands of Argentine citizens who then “disappeared.”
Few could forget the wrenching silent demonstrations of mothers and wives of the "desaparecidos," the disappeared, that went on in Buenos Aires for years after democracy was restored to Argentina. Thirty years later, attempts at reconciliation continue.
Returned to the status of constitutional republic, the travails of Argentina and Buenos Aires still weren't over, with the country weathering the severe devaluation of its currency during the last decade. But after a slow recovery, the economy has restored itself, the business climate has improved, and the Paris of the Pampas prevails. BCA
City: Buenos Aires
Country: Republic of Argentina
Status: Capital, largest city and financial center
Country visa requirement: Pilots arriving with their aircraft are exempt; passengers, cabin attendants and mechanics must have visas; tourist visas acceptable. Stamped visas good for between five and 10 years. Pilots arriving via airlines (i.e., deadheading as passengers) are required to have visas. U.S., Canadian, U.K. and Australian citizens must obtain so-called “reciprocity visas,” good for multiple visits for 10 years; fee is approximately $160.
Landing permit requirement: Yes, an international landing/departure permit is required; however, only for SABE (see below) except if arriving from Uruguay.
Sponsor letter required: No