• Duration (nights):
    7
    • Adults:
      16+ years
    • Teenagers:
      12-15 years
    • Children:
      2-11 years
    • Infants:
      0-23 months

 

Argentina

Argentina has a breathless diversity from sub-tropical jungles and the steamy falls of Iguazu to the frozen Antarctic waste of Tierra del Fuego and the Moreno Glacier (one of the world’s few growing ice-fields).

It is also home to the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, the dusty plains of Patagonia and the lakes and forests of the Lake District. Boundless adventures await any traveller looking to explore this incredible country.

Argentina’s heart lies firmly within its capital city, Buenos Aires. It is a smart, contemporary city bursting with life and energy. It has quite a cosmopolitan outlook which isn’t found in other South American cities but still sways to the spirit of the Tango.

Its people are passionate, patriotic, kind and welcoming. The food is delicious and the wines divine. Whether you enjoy culture, outdoor activities or art you will be spoilt for choice in the country that is known as the Paris of the Americas. Argentina is a country that offers a wide variety of entertainment – it’s not just all partying after dark.

The currency in Argentina is the Argentinian Peso. Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels and restaurants, the most popular (e.g. American Express and Visa) are often accepted in smaller shops too.

The US Dollar is generally accepted as legal tender. You are strongly advised to only exchange currency as and when you need it as the Peso is extremely devalued and the rates change daily.

Travellers are advised to use the ATMs (which are available in the large cities) and credit cards; if you do take traveller’s cheques take them in US Dollars. These can be exchanged at banks, cambios (bureaux de change) and some hotels.

 

Buenos Aires

Introduction

Buenos Aires is in the east of Argentina beside the Rio de la Plata. Surrounded by the flat land of the Pampas, it is South America’s third largest city with 47 barrios (neighbourhoods) and home to approximately 3 million people.

With wide boulevards, green parks, grand buildings, varied culture and pulsating nightlife, Buenos Aires is the most European of all Latin American cities.

The residents, or porteños, are also very European, descended from the Spanish founders and Italian immigrants of the 19th century. This culture has permeated through the countless art galleries, theatres, museums and restaurants. But Buenos Aires has its own art form, the tango.

The history of the city has at times been turbulent and today it still suffers with a delicate economy and extreme poverty in some areas of the city. This is especially true in many of the suburbs which are well and truly beyond the well beaten tourist routes. 

 

See & Do

There are many sights to see and places to visit in Buenos Aires. Of course, other than exploring the city’s many museums, parks and plazas you could always take time out to learn the world famous tango.

Below is just a selection of the places you can visit during your stay.

  • Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace)
  • Museo de la Cassa Rosada
  • Calle Caminito & La Boca
  • Cabildo (Town Hall)
  • National Historical Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution
  • La Recoleta Cemetery (final resting place of Eva Perón)
  • Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA)
  • Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca Quinque la Martin
  • Museo Evita
  • Museo Nacional de Belles Artes
  • Plaza Dorrego & San Telmo
  • Teatro Colon
  • Buenos Aires Zoo
  • Parque de la Costa (Disneyland-style amusement park)
  • Reserve Ecológica
  • Plaza de Mayo
  • Cathedral Metropolitana
  • Floralis Genérica
  • Nueve de Julio Avenue
  • Museo de Los Ninos
  • Jardin Zoológico

 

Weather

Buenos Aires has a temperate climate. During the summer (December to February) temperatures can reach 35°C and many of the city’s residents head for the coastal resorts. During the winter temperatures average around 15°C.  

 

Shopping

Buenos Aires is undoubtedly the best shopping city in Argentina, and most probably in South America. It is great for clothes, leather goods and wine (especially Malbec from the Mendoza region).

If you are looking for clothing, head for the pedestrianised shopping street of Florida. Here you’ll find numerous high street fashion stores, leather good shops and fast food outlets.

For something a bit different try the atmospheric and characterful Palermo Viejo. This is a real haven for tourists looking for souvenirs. Here you’ll find boutiques selling independent fashion and ethnic crafts and textiles.

The city also has numerous shopping malls with more springing up all the time. These include the Alto Palmero Shopping Centre, Galerais Pacifico and Patio Bullrich.

Markets always prove a popular place for locals and tourists to browse. They give an excellent insight into the way of life of the city’s residents. On Sunday there is a flea market on Plaza Dorrego (San Telmo) selling antiques, second hand items, books and jewellery. Further afield is the Feria de Mataderos market in Mataderos (1-2 hours from Buenos Aires). This meets every Saturday and sells all manner of leather goods, crafts and textiles.

 

Food & Drink

There are numerous places to eat in Buenos Aires – from fast food outlets to gourmet restaurants. Meat is most definitely king with numerous parrilla (steak houses) throughout the city. However there are also many other culinary styles for you to try.

If you want to eat and run, the city provides many fast food stalls selling panchos (hot-dogs), chorizos (beef sausages), milanesas (breaded, fried cutlets), empanadas (small pastries stuffed with cheese or meat), helado (ice cream) and alfajor (Argentinian cookie).

Below is a selection of some of the best restaurants that you might like to try.

  • Las Lilas, Puerto Madero
  • La Brigada, Estados Unidos
  • Café Molinere, Barrio Norte
  • Bo Bo, Palermo
  • Baez, Las Cañitas
  • La Strada, Recoleta
  • Los Immortáles, Centro
  • Empire, Pasaje Tres Sargento
  • Sudesta, Palermo
  • Gran Café Tortoni, Avenida de Mayo
  • Café Victoria, Roberto M Ortiz
  • Sucre, Mariscal Jose de Sucre
  • Bart, Palermo
  • Lola, Recoleta
  • De Olivas I Lustres, Palermo
  • La Cabrera, Palermo
  • The Sushi Club, Palermo

Being a social city, Buenos Aries has many bars ranging from Parisian style cafés where you can sit and people watch to late night pubs. Below are a few of the best places you might like to try out.

 

  • Café Tortoni, Avenida de Mayo
  • El Verde, Calle Reconquista
  • Soul Café and SuperSoul, Baez
  • Café de Garcia, Sanabria
  • Million, Parana
  • Dada, San Martin
  • Sitges, Avenida Cordoba

 

Entertainment

There is so much going on in Buenos Aires it’s hard to know where to start. This highly cultured city offers everything from tango to Jazz and Opera, plus it is the clubbing capital of South America.

Make sure you don’t miss anything by checking out what’s on where through the tourist office on Avenida Santa Fe.

If there is one thing you must do during your visit, it is to go to El Viejo Almaćen (San Telmo) to watch the incredible tango displays. If you want to get involved and learn this sensuous dance yourself, try Bar Sur (San Telmo).

If music is more your thing, Teatro Colón is the venue for classical and operatic performances whereas for jazz enthusiasts, Thelonius Bar is the place to go.

For those that adore the theatre, there are five main theatres in Buenos Aires that regularly put on international and Argentinian performances – Teatro San Martin, Teatro Presidente Alvear and Teatro de la Ribera. But if having a flutter is more your thing try the Casino Buenos Aires in Puerto Madero.

Buenos Aires has two football teams, River Plate and Boca Juniors (who gave us Maradona); the latter play at La Bombonera. You can either join a local tour group or buy tickets on the gate.

But if you want to experience the incredible nightlife, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The city is full of bars and clubs but the best areas at the moment are Las Cañitas and Palermo Hollywood. Clubs here rarely get going until midnight and stay open until 5 or 6 in the morning. Below are a few suggested venues where you can let your hair down and party until the sun comes up.

  • Pacha, Av. Costanera Norte Y La Pampa
  • El Living, Recoleta
  • Rumi, Av. Figeroa Alcorta
  • Pagana, Recoleta
  • Contramano, Rodriguez Pena
  • Crobar, Palermo
  • New York City, Palermo
  • Kika, Palermo Hollywood

There are also several events that take place throughout the year:

  • February – Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival
  • February/March – Buenos Aires Tango Festival
  • May – Annual Feria de Galerias de Arte Celebration
  • July/August – Buenos Aires Book Fair
  • September – Vinos y Bodegas Wine Exhibition
  • October – International Guitar Festival
  • November – Gay Pride
  • December – International Tango Festival; National Tango Day; Argentine Open (Polo)

 

Excursions

If you can tear yourself away from this fascinating city you may want to explore more of what this part of Argentina can offer. Below are just a few suggestions to get you started. Full details of excursions available should be accessible through your hotel.

  • Tigre
  • San Antonio de Areco
  • Mar del Plata and the Atlantic Coast
  • Paraná River Delta
  • Lujá
     

Health & Safety

Tap water is safe to drink but as stomach upsets are a common complaint it may be wise to stick with bottled water. Medical facilities in the city are good but very expensive therefore it is essential you have medical insurance in place before travelling.

Buenos Aires has a reputation for violent crime but as this tends to be confined to the suburbs, the city centre is safer than you think. However, having said that you should still take precautions when out and about and don’t visibly carry valuables around with you.

 

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