Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires has a packed calendar of cultural fixtures: highlights include the ten-day showcase for international films, Festival International de Cine Independiente, Fashion Buenos Aires, and the Tango Festival. A cosmopolitan city, pulsed by tango on the streets. The city is alive and varied, from quaint old cobbled streets to the gastro restaurants of Palermo, home of the iconic Alvear Palace Hotel and the burial site of Evita. After the buzz of town, escape to an estancia in the Pampas for some riding and relaxing or enjoy the unique living delta in Tigre.
When to go
The seasons in Argentina are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere. The weather in Buenos Aires is ideal in fall (Mar-May) and spring (Sept-Nov) when the average temperatures are between 11° and 25° C. The most beautiful time to visit, however, is in October and November when the jacaranda trees are in bloom. High season is from December through February and low season is from June to August. In July and August, there’s a slight rise in tourism due to the North American summer and the South American ski season (tourists stop in Buenos Aires before heading to nearby ski resorts like Bariloche). In December, the weather is pleasant for the most part, averaging between 20° and 30° C.
Buenos Aires is the home of tango, Boca Juniors football team and the largest polo pitch in the world. On the banks of the Plata River on Argentina’s coast it is surrounded by grassy pampas and the polo ranches for which this part of the country is famous. Buenos Aires is an intense city with plenty to do. San Telmo, Recoleta and Palermo are some of the districts that are definitely worth seeing. Night life is as intense as during the day with tango shows, milongas, exquisite gastronomy, casinos & a multitude of bars. Not far from the city is the Pampa, the fertile South American lowlands containing some unique wildlife. Time permitting, a flight to nearby Mendoza or Salta is a great way to run the wine route & discover the best Malbecs while visiting amazing vineyards with excellent food.
Argentine cuisine is a exquisite blend of flavors and colors with Chinese, German and British influence. From the arid coloured Northwest, the stews, tamales and locros, from the Northeast forests, the river fish, the mate, the manioc for the chipa the fruit passion. From Europe the spanish puchero stew, olive oil, empanadas and grilled meat, walish lamb, french bread and wines, german confenctionary, as well as italian pastas like ravioli & canneloni, not forgetting argentinian pizza. Argentina is also the largest producer of Malbec wine, originally from south-west France. Good quality Malbec is a full-bodied, spicily rich wine with an almost velvety texture and goes well with most meats, as well as hard cheeses and tomato-based pasta dishes. For a local steak experience, we recommend stopping by Don Julio, where you can also sample some of Argentina’s finest wines.If you’re out in the San Telmo district, you might want to check out Café San Juan which offers some great international fare.
Don’t skip town without visiting at least 2 or 3 of these places. Café Tortoni – One of the notable cafes of the city with jazz and tango performances in the basement El Ateneo – One of the most beautiful and unconventional bookstores in the sense that it is located in a former theater. Teatro Colon – The main opera house of Buenos Aires. Considered to be of the finest opera houses in the world in terms of its acoustic properties. Palermo Soho – Perhaps the most chic and trendy upcoming neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Palermo Soho is filled with some of the best boutiques, small art galleries, and restaurants in town.
Argentina’s primary international airport is Ezeiza International Airport, about 35km from Buenos Aires with direct flights to many North American and European destinations, as well as convenient connections to Dubai and Qatar in the Middle-East. If you’re flying in from any neighboring countries you’ll probably want to arrive at the smaller but more convenient Aeroparque Jorge Newbery which is much closer to town. Once you’re in central Buenos Aires, the local public transport system is quite efficient, although it’s a bit crowded during rush hour (as in most cities). The “Subte” (or subterranean train system) is connected to almost all the major tourist attractions in the city and taxis are relatively inexpensive. This blog post was made possible by the contributions of our travel partner in Buenos Aires,Destinos4u.