A tantalising fusion of European and Latin American flair, Buenos Aires is a city that exudes life, soul and passion. Home to the steamy tango, gastronomic delights and filled with stunning architecture, this cosmopolitan capital is certain to captivate your senses and provide the perfect introduction to your Argentina holiday.
Buenos Aires is undoubtedly one of South America’s most magnetic cities. Dancers passionately tango along the cobbled streets, steakhouses can be found on every corner and the city is studded with extravagant examples of colonial baroque and art nouveau architecture. Nicknamed as the ‘Paris of South America’ Buenos Aires is rich in European heritage but intertwined with sights and sounds uniquely Latin.
Defined by its varying neighbourhoods (barrios) which are unique in character and style, Buenos Aires is best explored on foot. Aimlessly wandering around its leafy avenues and people watching in its vintage cafes is the best way to get under its skin. At the heart of the city is Plaza de Mayo, scattered with statues, the Cathedral and Presidential Palace, it serves as the political hub of the city and a reminder of Argentina’s murky history. Explore the colourful houses of La Boca, Buenos Aires oldest barrio and discover the cobbled streets and colonial buildings of bohemian San Telmo, revered for its antique wares, quaint cafes and tango parlours’. Wander the elegant boulevards of sophisticated Recoleta, which is home to the elaborate Recoleta cemetery, as well as an array of cutting-edge boutique hotels, art galleries and world-class shopping. Saving the best until last, the largest of the barrios is the green oasis of Palermo, sprawling with grassy parks and packed with new-age cafes, fashion boutiques and a thriving nightlife, it’s by far the trendiest haunt of them all.
At the heart of Argentine culture, is its food and drink- this city is the perfect opportunity for some serious feasting. With one of the highest consumptions of beef in the word, it’s no surprise that beef is the national dish and Buenos Aires boasts some of the best value steaks anywhere in the world, the quality of which is hard to beat. The Argentines are also famous for their love of football, and if you like football/soccer, then a trip to a Boca Juniors or River Plate match is a must. Surrounding the city, there are many day trips, including the river trips along the Tigre Delta and the ferry across to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. South of the city, is the pampas, a vast expanse of grasslands where you can experience the 'Gaucho' way of life on an estancia. Experience the true essence of Argentine life with opportunities to ride, play polo and simply relax in Argentina’s fertile countryside.
With so much going on, Buenos Aires is a city that doesn’t sleep and so to make the most of your stay we can suggest the best boutique and chic hotels and the tastiest restaurants. From tango lessons to culinary tours, football matches or visiting nearby estancia’s– let our specialists guide you on the best activities on offer to make the most of your stay. Imagine Latin America has teamed up with the best hotels and guides in Buenos Aires to offer you some unique ideas for your tailor-made holiday.