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Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina

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Retiro in Capital Federal - Plaza San MartinMap of Buenos Aires in Argentina Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina. As such, is the center of the financial activity as well as the most important cultural epicenter and the site where the Federal Government resides. People living here are known as 'portenos' for the importance the port acquired in the development of both the City and the nation. Although immigrants populated the City for many decades, Buenos Aires developed its own identity reflected in icons such as the Tango and its slang, 'lunfardo'. More than 3 million people each day witness the relentless pace of a City that never sleeps. Find out about things to do while in Buenos Aires.

Tango and the City at night - Argentina

Jardin Japones in PalermoWhile in Buenos Aires visitors will find themselves bombarded with choices on what to do. An obvious selection is spending time on Tango related activities, such as shows and night classes or sneaking into the many bars where thousands of locals of all ages practice the dance regularly. But there are many more things visitors can enjoy doing, from exploring a miriad of museums and theaters to spending time discovering some of the great local food, including the world reknown argentine beef. City tours and walks through parks and neighborhoods are mandatory to acquire a taste of Buenos Aires.

A view of Puerto MaderoNeighborhoods such as San Telmo, La Boca (below) or Puerto Madero (right) should not be missed. There are many excellent restaurants where to have great and economical meals. As argentines are known to go out with friends just to hang out noone will rush with a check. Dinning out is almost like a national passtime. Buenos Aires is a strange mix of different european cultures that have blended together to produce a sophisticated metropolitan area. Please contact us to better know how to spend your time while visiting and don't forget to check our Buenos Aires tours page too and see some Buenos Aires pictures.

The city has two airports. The international one is called "Ezeiza" and the one used for domestic flights -just 15 minutes away from downtown- is called Jorge Newbery. The most common form of transportation from and to any of these airports is by a shuttle service called "Manuel Tienda Leon" that has its own stands right after customs. Although commerce is spread throughout Buenos Aires, there are specific areas and streets that gather large number of shops and malls such as "Florida street" in downtown, "Santa Fe" ave. which runs east-west from Palermo to Retiro, a sophisticated area for the eclectic in La Recoleta ( Quintana street and Alvear ave.), and then some large neighborhoods such as "Once", "Belgrano" (Cabildo ave.) and to the southern part Rivadavia ave.

La Boca
 
El Tigre - Delta - Coastal train

EL delta in El TigreIn 1891 Ferrocarriles de Buenos Aires inaugurated a local train that would travel from Retiro (downtown) to the Delta Station, north of the city. Today, a 30 minute trip. In the 60's the train was deactivated to become active again in 1990. Taking the short journey is a fabulous experience, traveling north through all the different neighborhoods along the way and watching the coastal area, a fairly uncommon scene... even for those who live there. At the end of the trip there is Tigre, a small neighborhood that developed as a result of the activity in the Delta. For a long time the island of Tigre was the summer escapade for the priviledge ones living in the city.

El tren de la costa that reaches TigreFacts about the Delta which is the widest in the world are impressive. Ninety million tons of sedimentation carried by the Parana river produce an accumulation of land of approximately 50 cm (20 inches) every year, forming the different islands that constitute the Delta region, one of which is Tigre. It is highly recommended to spend a day at the Parana de las Palmas, hanging out at some of their humble beaches or restaurants to enjoy a magnificent treasure close to a major urban area. There are many tours and circuits that can be arranged with or without meals.

If you are into shopping, Buenos Aires has some great selections from turn-of-the-century recycled buildings turned into beautiful malls to smaller elegant boutiques located in up and coming neighborhoods. Among the classic malls are Galerias Pacific, Patio Bullrich, Alto Palermo, and Abasto. One sought after attraction while in the city is visiting the antique shops and the many flea markets that are opened during weekends. The best will be to explore "La manzana de las luces", "Parque Centenario", "Plaza San Telmo", "Plaza Francia" and "Plaza Dorrego". Buenos Aires offers great cultural activities reflected in the many theaters and museums along the city. Names to take into account are "Centro Cultural Recoleta", "Teatro Gral San Martin", "Centro Cultural Borges", "Teatro Colon" and the obvious Corrientes Ave. If you have children, explore El Planetario and the local Zoo.

A trip to the Delta

Stay at local ranches

One of the many estancias in Buenos AiresAsado al asador - Dining in Buenos AiresFor those who would like to know better what argentines are about, staying at a local ranch is a must. There, visitors will come into contact with local traditions such as barbecueing argentine's favorite meals -asados- as well as witnessing first hand one day in the life of Gauchos, watching their riding skills and spending time with the owners of the estancia in a friendly environment. Ranches have 'cascos' which are the central buildings of the 'estancia' where everything takes place. Most commercial ranches, the ones who allow visitors to stay for a fee, are located within 200 km of the city. It is highly recommended a visit to San Antonio de Areco, one of the oldest gaucho's settlements. Famous writer Ricardo Guiraldes used it as a model for his acclaimed 'gaucho' novel "Don Segundo Sombra". Whether you stay at a ranch or not do not forget to have a small sip at a Mate, a local infusion that is an intrinsec element of the argentine culture.


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We have shown you some of the most interesting aspects to be explored in this State. If you are interested in making a trip to Argentina and in particular to this region we recommend that you fill out our 'no commitment' vacation planner so that we can provide you with a more precise idea on the cost of a trip.  It is possible to combine circuits and tours in this State with circuits in other States as well as neighboring countries, like Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and even Bolivia for prolonged stays. Trips may range from just a few days to many weeks. Upon reception of the reservation form we will be in a better position to let you know detailed scheduling for a trip as well as specific activities that can be arranged in the area, plus all the information regarding how to get your air tickets, payments, travel insurances, transfers from where you are and the cost of the tour or vacation as per your choices. Please do not hesitate to contact us.