Centro / Downtown
Downtown Buenos Aires comprises of the Plaza de Mayo down through the pedestrian shopping area of Florida Street right up to Plaza San Martin it includes the banking sector and all the nightlife of Reconquista Street where you can find many Irish pubs.
The Plaza de Mayo is overlooked by the governors mansion (the Pink House) which is famous for the balcony speech of Eva Peron (and Madonna). For almost 30 years the mothers of the Plaza de Mayo have held a weekly march three times around the Plaza. They march to seek information about there children who were kidnapped off the streets tortured and murdered under the military dictatorship of the late 70s early 80s. Upto 30,000 people vanished this way and many of those were pregnant women who were murdered after being allowed to give birth and their Babys were then ilegally adopted or sold to wealthy familys. A large DNA testing programe is under way to try and find the babies (now adults)and reunite them with there grandmothers, but with many of the mothers of the Plaza de Mayo already dead even this small mercy might come to late.
The barrio is also home to the widest avenue is the world The 9 de Julio and the world famous Colon Theatre.
Downtown BA is the hub every form of transport. All the subte (underground, metro) lines pass through it and the Retiro train stations and omnibus are here too and for trips to Uruguay take the buquebus ships or catatmarans across the Rio de la Plata.