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Introduction

La Plata - Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral II

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La Plata is the capital of the Buenos Aires province and just an hour away from Buenos Aires. La Plata was planned and developed to serve as the provincial capital after the city of Buenos Aires was federalized in 1880. It was officially founded by Governor Dardo Rocha on 19 November 1882. Its construction is fully documented in photographs by Tomás Bradley Sutton.[1] La Plata was briefly known as Ciudad Eva Perón (Eva Perón City) between 1952 and 1955. The city is home to two important first division football teams: Estudiantes de La Plata and Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.

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Neighbourhoods

Located in the north-eastern area of the province of Buenos Aires, La Plata is surrounded by Ensenada and Berisso to the northeast, Berazategui and Florencio Varela to the northwest, San Vicente and Coronel Brandsen to the southwest and south, and Magdalena, to the southeast, occupying an area of 893km2.

The metropolitan area of La Plata includes the neighborhoods of Tolosa, Ringuelet, Manuel B. Gonnet, City Bell, Villa Elisa, Melchor Romero, Abasto, Gorina, José Hernández, Ángel Etcheverry, Arturo Seguí, Los Hornos, Lisandro Olmos, Villa Elvira and Altos de San Lorenzo, all of which have community centers that operate as local delegations.

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Sights and Activities

  • Museum of La Plata (Museo de La Plata) (in the green parks north of the city centre), ☎ +54 221 422-8479. Highlight of the city - contains numerous (some huge) dinosaur skeletons, a detailed exploration of the numerous pre-Columbian cultures in south America, and other world class exhibits. The museum isn't quite up there with its cousins in New York City or London - but it is not far off. A$9.
  • Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Emilio Pettoruti, Av. 51 525 (near Plaza San Martin), ☎ +54 221 421-2206. The provincial museum of fine arts has recently reopened after its recent refurbishment. Small exhibition space displaying temporary contemporary art exhibitions. Free. (updated Apr 2017 | edit)
  • Museum of Contemporary Latin American Art, ☎ +54 221 427-1843.
  • Metropolitan Cathedral of La Plata "Immaculate Conception" - Between 14 street and 15 street, and between 51 and 53 avenues (opposite Moreno Square). La Plata's Cathedral “Immaculate Conception” is the main catholic temple of the city, opened for the first time on 19 November 1932, for the official ceremonies commemorating the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of La Plata. It has a beautiful architecture; its floors are made of granite stone. It has wonderful stained glass windows, but the most valuable works are the wooden engravings, the work of Mallknecht brothers and Leo Moroder.
  • The Palacio Municipal
  • Curutchet House, Boulevard 53, 320. Curutchet House is a landmark to visit in La Plata. It is located in a green, sunny area with plenty of plants and trees facing the “Paseo del Bosque” park. It is one of the very few buildings in America designed by the famous architect Le Corbusier, and a world heritage site. He projected four levels with a ramp and a spiral staircase mainly because the piece of land where it was built was very narrow. Nowadays it houses the Buenos Aires Professional Association of Architects (Colegio de Arquitectos) and it is open to the public for tours and occasionally hosts events.
  • Cemetery of La Plata, intersection of Avenue 31st, 72nd and Diagonal 74th (in the southern tip). Established in 1886 for the new capital, it was designed by Pedro Benoit, also responsible for the design of the city. It has some remarkable architectural features in its main entrance, as well as in many of the family vaults, which include neoclassical, neo-gothic, Art Nouveau (in its variant of Catalan Art Nouveau), Art Deco and Egyptian revival styles. The main entrance is a neo-classical portico with Doric columns. The Catholic chapel, in Romanesque revival style, was finished in 1950. Some famous people are buried at this cemetery, among them poet Pedro Bonifacio Palacios, naturalist Florentino Ameghino and writer Manuel Puig.
  • Casa Mariani Teruggi, 30th Street, 1134 (between 55th and 56th Street), ☎ +54 221 4212681. Saturdays from 11h to 17h. The city of La Plata was one of the hardest hit cities by the military Dictatorship between 1976 and 1983. Thousands of young people belonging to different political and guerrilla groups were persecuted, tortured, killed or they just “disappeared”. Among the most painful events is what happened in the house on 30th Street between 55th and 56th Street, where Diana Teruggi and Daniel Mariani lived with their daughter Clara Anahí. From outside, the house seemed to be a place where the owners bred rabbits and prepared and sold them as marinade food. But indeed there was one of the most important secret printing houses belonging to the “Montoneros” Organization. On November 24th 1976, the house was attacked by a Commando of the Provincial Police and Military Force: five guerrillas were killed. Clara Anahí was 3 months old at that moment and she has never been found since then. Her grandmother is still looking for her. The house is in its original state. It's part of Argentine memory and history, and certainly worth a visit. Free.
  • Dr Emilio Azzarini Thematic Museum, 45th Street (between 6th Street and 7th Avenue, only one block away from “Plaza Italia” (Italy Square)). Mo-Th, 15h - 18h. It is a private collection of musical instruments donated by Dr Emilio Azzarini, a genetic veterinarian, to the University of La Plata in 1963. There you can find important musical instruments from all over the world, all of them with their corresponding acquisition date. From Europe: an Italian Beriubai resonator, a whistle receptacle, an automatic Tiritaina, spherical bells, a clavichord, a Traversa flute, a lyre, a Pu-ti-pu, a Txistu, an oboe and an ocarina. From Asia: a dung-chen, a co-ling, a sanshin, a sheng-shofar, and a summara. From Oceania: a didjeridu and a kooanan. From the Americas: a berimbau, a phonograph, four whistle receptacles and a resonator guitar. There is also a library of 3600 books and scores and a “Book of the Museum of Musical Instruments” that was edited by the University of La Plata and the Italian Institute of Philosophical studies. A very important collection.

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Weather

La Plata has a humid subtropical climate. During winter, temperatures are cool during the day and cold during the night which can reach below freezing. The average temperature in the coldest month, July is 8.9 °C. Snowfall in the city is rare. The last significant snowfall fell on 9 July 2007 and the second to last snowfall was on 22 June 1918. Winters tend to be cloudier than summer averaging around 10 overcast days in June to August compared to 6 overcast days from December to February.[9] Summers are warm to hot with a January high of 29 °C while nighttime temperatures are cooler, averaging 18 °C. Spring and fall are transition seasons featuring warm daytime temperatures and cool nighttime temperatures and are highly variable with some days reaching above 32 °C and below 0 °C. The city is fairly humid, owing to its coastal location and the average humidity greater than 75% in each month. La Plata receives 1,092 millimetres of precipitation a year, with winters being the drier months and summer the wetter months. On average, La Plata receives 2,285 hours of sunshine a year or 51% of possible sunshine, ranging from a low of 41% in June and July to 62% in February.

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Getting There

By Train

Trains leave from Buenos Aires all day from Constitución station. The railway station, Estación La Plata, is located at the intersection of Calle 1 and 44, just north of downtown.

By Bus

Buses from Retiro and other places in Buenos Aires leave all the time - they cost A$39 and take 1 hour or so. There are two companies that cover the route: Costera Metropolitana and Plaza. On business days the buses leave from the Retiro neighborhood, not the main Retiro bus station. On weekends and holidays, Costera's buses leave from the interior of the station (platforms 1 or 2). The Plaza bus' stop is across the street from the main bus station. There are a number of bus stops, look (or ask) for the 129 to La Plata "por autopista" (by the freeway). If you take the 129 to La Plata "por Centenario", it'll take twice as long as it makes local stops along the way.

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Getting Around

By Car

Taxis are plentiful and cheap. They can be hailed on the street, but be observant; the diagonal avenues that cut through La Plata can be confusing and taxi drivers will often take advantage of that to rack up the price on the meter.

By Public Transport

The city buses, or the micro, are very cheap and reliable. Within one city zone (the square-grid downtown counts as one zone) the bus costs 1.10 Argentine pesos ($.25 USD). It will cost 1.90 pesos to travel into the suburbs. You must specify the amount you are paying upon entering the bus. If you are confused as to how much you should pay, ask the bus driver. Buses only take coins, which are very hard to come by in Argentina. You can also buy a prepaid bus card at any news stand for 19 pesos. You must also hale the bus as it passes the bus stop or it will continue its route.

By Foot

La Plata is an easy city to navigate because of its grid system. You can easily walk from one side of the city to another within 45 minutes.

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Drink

  • Wilkenny, Calle 50 797 (Intersection of Calle 11 and 50.). Irish Pub & Restaurant.
  • Pura Vida, Diagonal 78. Has an alternative and Indie atmosphere where locals, musicians and artist hang out at night. Some of the "new wave" Indie-Rock bands (e.g. 107 Faunos, Los Reyes del Falsete) play for more than a convinient coverage. Concerts usually starts very late.

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Sleep

  • Hotel Corregidor, Calle 6 Nº 1026 entre 53 y 54, ☎ +54 221 425-6800, fax: +54 221 425-6805. A four star hotel.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are still widely available in most places, even in smaller towns, though many people are connected through the internet at home or by mobile device. Many cafes and restaurants offer free WiFi with an advertisement in their windows. All you need to do is buy something and ask for the password. Apart from specific places, including soms airports and major stations, quite a few cities are offering free wifi, including Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Iguazu Falls.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Argentina is 54. To make an international call from Argentina, dial 00 followed by the country code and the rest of the telephone number. All 0800 numbers are toll-free numbers, except if you call from a mobile phone. Emergency numbers are available for Police (101), Ambulance (107) and Fire (100). Emergency dispatcher for Buenos Aires (city), Santa Fe (city), Rosario (city), Salta (province), Corrientes (province), and Buenos Aires (province) 911. In a mobile phone 112 forwards to 911.

You can get a prepaid Movistar / Claro / Personal SIM card for a few pesos / free at phone shops, all you pay is about 20 Pesos for your initial credits. Inserting the SIM card into your unlocked American or European mobile phone should work, although to register the SIM you have to enter your passport (or any 9 digit) number - you then have your personal Argentinean phone numbers. Calls cost around 1 Peso per minute. Receiving calls is usually free, except for international calls, and some cross network / inter-city calls - hence buying a SIM card purely to keep in touch with people overseas may not be worth it.

Without a cellphone, there are similar cards with credits for international calls. You get them at so called locutorios, where you can also use the phone booths. You dial a free number to connect to the service, then your secret number for the credits, and then the international phone number you want to call. Using these cards, a one-hour call to Europe will cost about 10 Pesos. Don't call without such cards or even from your hotel - it will be way more expensive.

Post

Correos de Argentina is the national postal service of Argentina. There are also two private carriers operating nationwide (OCA and Andreani) and a number of regional ones though Correos de Argentina will be the one most likely to be used by travellers. Post offices are mostly open between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, though there are regional variantions with longer hours in central post offices in big cities and shorter ones in small towns. Services are pretty reliable but slow, mostly taking about two weeks to deliver a postcard or letter to the USA or Europe, but usually within a few days sending it domestically. There is also a more expensive express options. You can track a package online at the Correos de Argentino website. Parcels take at least 3-5 days domestically and weeks internationally. Otherwise try international companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS to send parcels. It is probably more reliable as well as faster.

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