Dance, drink and eat your way around the most sophisticated European city in South America—Buenos Aires. Get to know the city everyone loves to love, as you tour colourful La Boca, funky Palermo, bohemian San Telmo and swanky Recoleta—home to Eva Peron’s tomb. Enjoy a tango show before a free day to explore the ‘Paris of the Americas’ on your own or dance the night away in the smoky milongas (tango houses). Don’t forget to indulge in possibly the best beef in the world!
Visiting Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires a Superb Destination
By: Marisa Bergamasco
Buenos Aires is a superb destination in terms of beautiful architecture and rich history, unique style, fashion trends and shopping everywhere, all kind of entertainment, exquisite food, best wines, and also, of course, its distinctive Tango.
Neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, l’art de l’architecture to be discovered on a City Tour:
From the old neighborhoods of Recoleta and San Telmo with their 19th-century mansions to the ultra-modern towers of Puerto Madero, the city is experiencing a boom in renovation and construction. Pair this with a tourism boom, and the city has seen a number of ambitious projects reach fruition.
By 1900 Buenos Aires was one of the twelve world capitals with finest architecture. In terms of growing, Buenos Aires was the third most growing city behind Hamburg and Chicago. Throughout these years the ever-growing sophisticated architecture aimed to symbolize the country’s prestige and greatness. Back then some of the finest particular and public palaces. For instance, the National mail Postal Office building was designed by the same French architect in charge of designing the New York Postal Office. Architectural experts who have studied Buenos Aires buildings agree to describe the city’s architecture not as mere copies of the European designs, but a special and authentic view of world major trends that were brought to the Buenos Aires scene transgressing the Old continent’s hard and austere lines. The American Utopia in terms of architecture arrived to the new continent through two main port-side cities: New York and Buenos Aires. From 1880 to 1930, the city of Buenos Aires went through a major makeover –unparalleled elsewhere-. The buildings and sculptured monuments, including public interest areas such as parks and avenues, included in the World’s patrimony list are over 200.
Tea Time at the stylish Alvear Palace Hotel:
Alvear Palace Hotel invites you to enjoy Alvear’s Tea in the distinguished restaurant L´Orangerie, the most elegant garden in Buenos Aires. The Alvear Palace Hotel´s uniqueness, history, and elegance, together with its service-oriented, committed and highly qualified staff turn your experience into unparalleled moments. A unique place to spend a special afternoon and taste delicious cakes, mini patisserie, fresh-fruit tartlets, hot scones, and other exquisite pastries and the exclusive “Blend Alvear”, which reflects the essence of Alvear Palace Hotel in exotic scents and flavors with black tea leaves, using the purest leaves of each plant, almonds, Mediterranean citrus and rose petals.
Food and Restaurants:
Argentina is world famous for its cuisine. Well, perhaps cuisine isn’t the appropriate word. Maybe the right words are delicious, flavorful, tender, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth, marbled-to-perfection. We think you can guess where we are heading with this: steak! Argentina has a worldwide reputation for incredible steak, probably more so than any other nation on Earth. But there is far more to food in Argentina than red meat; vegetarians need not write Buenos Aires off as a travel destination. Gourmet vegetarian restaurants that serve organic, vegan, and raw food have been opening throughout Buenos Aires over the past several years. Visiting vegetarians will find a surprising array of dining choices. Also there are a variety of restaurants that serve international, Argentine, French, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Greek, and Chinese cuisine, among others.
With all of Buenos Aires’s chic shops and tango parlors and late-night steakhouses, a city visit is not enough to grasp this huge country. For that, you must head to the pampas, the flat prairie of fertile topsoil 12 feet deep that stretches west without a hill to the base of the Andes, and to Patagonia, the windblown sheep country to the south. Fortunately, more than 500 estancias -large traditional working ranches- have opened their doors to tourists nationwide for this very purpose.
Most estancias convey some of Argentina’s cultural essence -rustic pioneer or gaucho (classic Argentine cowboy) history and food, with horseback riding, hiking, swimming, fishing, bird-watching, polo, and the chance to watch or help out in cattle or sheep-herding work (roundups, branding, shearing, calf-roping).
Say the name Argentina, and Tango immediately comes to mind.
Visiting Buenos Aires you will see that there’s no other city in the world where the tango’s influence has embraced the very core of its character. Here, the tango is part of the culture and a way of life. It permeates the city with street dancing, milongas -or dance halls- and dazzling tango dinner shows everywhere. Tango is a $450 million per year industry and accounts for 10 percent of entertainment spending in Buenos Aires -not bad for a century-old dance.
Stay long enough and the tango’s melancholy tendrils will sink their hooks into you.
When it comes to shopping, Buenos Aires can be one of the most charming places anywhere. From its grand boulevards to the winding streets of Arroyo, each one of the neighborhoods presents you with an endless variety of boutiques, galleries, and antique shops. Buenos Aires is a shopper’s paradise –quite simply the best city to shop in Latin America. The range and quality of goods is excellent, with Argentina’s Peso almost 4 to 1 USD or almost 5 to 1 € exchange rate buying anything here is a bargain.
Leather factories will tailor make any leather item -from the type of leather you want, in the color you want, in the style you want, in your size- and in the very same day, and sometimes in only a few hours, if your plane is leaving… all done while you continue to stroll and shop, and delivered to you on time.
Porteños (Buenos Aires locals) are very stylish and talented people. They create the most extraordinary designs in apparel and accessories leading in the fashion world industry. You will find both locals and international brands in stores and shopping malls sprung up all over the city and, especially malls, usually situated in old beautifully restored buildings, making shopping here such a fascinating experience.
Argentinean Soccer (Football):
Idols like Maradona, Passarela, or Kempes, live long in the history of Argentina soccer fans, even decades after they’re done with their career. Why? because in Argentina, soccer is part of the country’s culture and just like in Brazil, it’s almost a secondary religion. The national team has a large pool of exceptional players, some of which are playing in the local Primera championship others playing for big clubs in Europe: Messi, Milito, Tevez, Higuain to name but a few.
Argentinean national soccer team, which is one of the most successful in the World, after Brazil, Italy and Germany has won 2 World Cups and another 2 finals are not a small feat for any national team and, Argentina proved over and over again that it starts out each competition it participates in as one of the main favorites.
The Argentinian League is currently ranked among the top 5 in the world by the International Federation of Soccer History and Statistics.
Argentina has 20 teams that play two single-round tournaments each year: Clausura (February to June) and Apertura (August to December) The Libertadores de America Cup is also very important (similar to Champion’s League in Europe) as is the Sudamericana Cup. You may enjoy a match or two while staying in Buenos Aires.
About the Author
Born in Argentina, Bachelor´s Degree in Tourism, having great experience in the tourism market. Investigating ever, collaborating with a centre specialized in scientific studies and publications on tourism CIET; advancing into the commercial area of travel agencies and hotel industry, she now owns a Travel Company based in Buenos Aires offering services in all Latin America.
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