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A Trip to Buenos Aires

July 5, 2013

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the most visited city in South America and the most populous of South American capitals. The city lies in the Pampa region and is home to the Port of Buenos Aires built on the world’s widest river, the Rio de la Plata. You can discover a unique bird’s-eye view of Buenos Aires and the pampas with a Tandem Skydiving Jump – a twenty minute flight to enjoy a breathtaking view – or you can make use of a helicopter ride to tour the skies and to explore the city.

Tango in Buenos Aires:

Buenos Aires is the birthplace of Tango music. The Tango is also the national dance of Argentina.


The Museo Casa Carlos Gardel is a new house museum that celebrates the life of the most prominent figure in the history of ballroom dance. The Argentines are warm and effusive and it can be seen in the sensual moves of the Tango. If you feel the urge to dance the sexy two-four beat, you can try Bar Sur or Mansión Dandi Royal. You can explore the following tango salons where the Argentineans get together to dance:

  • El Viejo Almacén – Av. Independencia y Balcarce – San Telmo, Ciudad de Buenos Aires (phone 011 4307 6689): A traditional tango place founded by tango singer Edmundo Rivero.
  • Boca Tango – Florida 165 – Galería, Microcentro, Ciudad de Buenos Aires (phone 011 4302 0808): Tango academy, art gallery and store.
  • Madero Tango – A.M. de Justro y Brasil – Dique 1 – Pto. Madero, Puerto Madero – Ciudad de Buenos Aires (Phone 011 5239 3009): The best Tango artists and orchestras.
  • Complejo Tango – Av. Belgrano 2608 – Balvanera, Ciudad de Buenos Aires (phone 011 4941 1119): Tango show with orchestras directed by great masters and dancers.

Many studios offer Tango lessons. Some popular schools are at the Centro Cultural Borges. Private lessons are available and most probably the quickest way to learn the Tango. Tangos can also be experienced in the Milongas. A milonga is a place where a Tango dance will take place, as well as a specific type of tango dance. Matinée Milongas take place in the early afternoon until ten at night. The night Milongas usually start at eleven at night and may go until five or six in the morning. There are Milongas held in different parts of the city every day and some of the great Milongas include:

  • Sin Rumbo – José P. Tamborini 6157, Villa Urquiza – Ciudad de Buenos Aires (phone 011 4574 0972).
  • Rouge Tango – Scalabrini Ortiz 1331, Palermo – Ciudad de Buenos Aires (phone 011 4832 6753).
  • La Baldosa – Ramón L. Falcón 2750 (phone 011 4601 7988).
  • Essa Milonga – Córdoba 5064, Ciudad de Buenos Aires (Cell 011 15-54978260).

Where and What to Eat in Buenos Aires:

Buenos Aires awakens around ten o’clock in the morning and a long time tradition is Sunday Bruch at the Alvear Palace L’Orangerie restaurant, located in Recoleta. Breakfast is usually light and relaxed and most cafes provide medialunasand (croissant) tostadas (slices of toasted baquette).

Argentineans love their steak and you can enjoy enormous portions of tender steak at La Cabrera. The beef-eating tradition began in the nineteenth century with thousands of cattle in the Pampas region. Traditionally, beef was roasted on a spit on an open fire and sliced off in chunks. Today, Argentineans love to socialize over an asado (beef roast barbecued over an open fire) and asado con cuero (whole beef roasted complete with hide and hair). You can try offal (tripe), crispy chitterling (intestines), liver and sweetbread at La Brigada and do not forget to take your camera to show your friends when you get home. The livestock show and fiesta during July in Buenos Aires mark the importance of the cattle industry.

The most popular bar in Buenos Aires is the Gran Bar Danzón and the hippest people in the city gather at the Niceto Club.. They serve the best cocktails and have a vast wine list available by glass. Buenos Aires has 48 districts called barrios – neighborhoods – and Palermo is well-known for great restaurants, parillas and bars. The Alto is famous for sensational shopping experiences along Santa Fe Avenue and Palermo Soho attracts visitors with its street culture, restaurants and bars. The city’s most mainstream mall is the Abasto de Buenos Aires at Avenida Corrientes 3247, entre Aquero y Anchorena, Abasto. The mall offers indoor parking, restaurants, a cinema, more than 240 shops and a children’s’ play area.

Planning a Trip to Buenos Aires:

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A trip to Buenos Aires involves much more than restaurants, hotels and attractions. We strongly recommend that you purchase the “Time Out Buenos Aires” book by Cathy Runciman for the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide of this amazing city. Other books worth getting tips from, include “Frommer’s Buenos Aires” by Michael Luongo, “At Home in Buenos Aires” by Edward Shaw, “Moon Handbooks Buenos Aires” by Wayne Bernhardson, “Buenos Aires” by Gonzalo Monterroso, “Buenos Aires City Map” by Dios Editores – Julian de Dios and “Lonely Planet Best of Buones Aires” by Danny Palmerlee.

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