Inaugurated in 1913, Buenos Aires’ subte (short for subterráneo) is the oldest in the Spanish-speaking world. Sometimes it shows, but not always in a bad way: many of the stations along renovated Line A, which runs between Plaza de Mayo and the residential neighbourhood of Flores, are beautifully decorated with tile murals, depicting anything from famous battles to Gaudí masterpieces; Perú station, on Avenida de Mayo, has been decorated to look like it did a century ago, complete with Victorian lamps and adverts for long-gone products. Ancient carriages with elegantly lit wood-framed interiors trundled along Line A for decades but in early 2013 were replaced by modern Chinese models fitted with air conditioning and automatic doors; the disused rolling stock is due to be displayed in a museum.

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