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The MSC 2016 will be held at the NH City & Tower Hotel, centrally located in the historic “old town” Buenos Aires. Its 1930s art deco façade fits in beautifully with the Cabildo nearby and the main square Plaza de Mayo. It’s just a little further to the cobbled streets of San Telmo. It is close to Puerto Madero waterfront where plenty of restaurants can be found. The shopping area of Florida Street is nearby and the public transportation to all corners of the city is easily accessible steps from the Hotel.
The city of Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina. Settled at the river banks of the Río de la Plata with almost 13 million inhabitants in the greater metropolitan area, this vibrant city is amongst the most populated urban centers in the world. Founded by Spanish explorers in XVI Century it acquired its characteristic cosmopolitan feature in the early 1900s with the arrival of several immigrant flows. Arriving from Spain, Italy, France, UK, Lebanon, Syria, Poland or Russia, such origins certainly are the root of the cultural diversity that distinguished Buenos Aires ever since. Buenos Aires shows today a singular fusion of cultures, religions, traditions, and worldviews.
Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city with a rich culture and a fascinating integration of tradition and modernity. It offers a diversity of cultural experiences, sports, events gourmet dining, bookshops, museums, theaters. Buenos Aires' European heritage is evident in its architecture, boulevards and parks. Café Tortoni, the city's oldest bar, will transport you back to 1858. The recently remodeled Teatro Colón impresses just as it did in 1908 as one of the best Opera Houses in the world or the very recent Ballena azul (blue whale) concert theater. Buenos Aires is somehow strangely familiar, but unlike any other city in the world.
The classic BA can be found in the old-world cafés, colonial architecture, fun outdoor markets and diverse communities. You can eat traditional food at a parrilla (steak restaurant). You can find antique gems in a dusty San Telmo shop, or visit on Sunday for the barrio’s spectacularly popular fair. Learn to sweep your leg dancing tango, and then attend a super-passionate fútbol (soccer) match between River and Boca. These unforgettable adventures, and many more, are just waiting for you to go out and experience them.
Buenos Aires has over 250 parks and green spaces, the largest concentration of which is on the city’s eastern side. The ecological reserve while being very close to the city centre, offers a relaxing spot on the river bank to observe local nature. It is a particularly attractive for bird-watchers. Not far away you can find the Palermo Woods which hosts fairs and festivals throughout the year. Especially on weekends it fills up with picnicking families, joggers and cyclists, strolling couples and dog walkers. Out of the city but not far away and easily reachable by train from Retiro you can visit Tigre Delta which offers a number of activities for tourists: the ability to feel the vertigo and adrenaline in water sports, the calm of a sunset on an island dock, the coming and going of the boats on the water. It provides the ideal framework for the practice of outdoor activities; trekking, hiking, bike rides, horseback riding, bird watching, photography tours, etc.
Buenos Aires is one of South America's most important cultural poles and its rich cultural life is manifested in the presence of its 180 theatre halls (more than any other city in the world), 200 cinemas, 80 museums, 70 libraries and more than 300 bookstores. Buenos Aires also has a great variety of convention centers, art galleries, cultural centers, literary cafes, music festivals, craft fairs, parks, squares and gardens. For more information about what you can do in Buenos Aires you can visit www.turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar/en. Finally, for those interested in staying a bit longer, the Iguazú Falls (ones of the new 7 Wonders of Nature) and the Perito Moreno Glacier are places to visit in the north and south of Argentina, and a short ferry ride across the Rio de la Plata can take you to Uruguay’s Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
See also the IEEE CSM article.