Buenos Aires, Argentina
"Buenos Aires is a large city, and best explored barrio by barrio to soak up the different characters of each unique district" - Demelza Birtchnell

Situated at the mouth of the River Plate, Buenos Aires has tempted many a passing empire. Thankfully, the city has not only managed to survive these frequent incursions but has thrived upon the layering of new and old traditions and cultural influences.
Buenos Aires exudes an air of indifferent sophistication. With a history of British, Spanish, Portuguese and indigenous South American influences, its architectural heritage is as rich and varied as the Porteños themselves. From the vibrant and colourful tumbledown buildings of working-class La Boca, to the elegant monied barrios of Recoleta and Palermo, and the gentrified industrial area of Puerto Madero, with its wonderful restaurant scene, Buenos Aires has no equal.

Our choice of hotel is the centrally located Hotel InterContinental. Located in historic Montserrat on the edge of Buenos Aires’ compact Microcentro, the hotel is ideally situated to experience the best that Buenos Aires has to offer. Only one block from Buenos Aires’ main avenue, and the world’s widest,

Avenida 9 de Julio, the InterContinental Buenos Aires is walking distance to many attracts and sights in the Old Town, as well as the financial district and the famous Calle Florida shopping precinct. Read more about the Hotel InterContinental

Buenos Aires is a large city, and best explored barrio by barrio to soak up the different characters of each unique district. On weekends in particular, it is a pleasure to simply stroll through the city’s parks and squares, enlivened by markets, and watch life in the city unfold. Visitors can navigate the city by subway, noting the lovely heritage tiling in some stations, or bus, although we found it a major annoyance that you must pay for public transportation only with the scarce one peso coin. For this reason, it’s often easier to jump into a reasonably priced radio taxis to get you to your next stop. For details on what’s on around Buenos Aires during your visit, it is recommended that you pick up a copy of the free entertainment and dining guide, Buenos Aires Day & Night, which also gives a brief informative history of each district.

Here are a few ideas to get you started on your adventure!
Tango

Buenos Aires is the epicentre of Tango and during your stay in the city, you must experience this passionate and dramatic dance, whether you pause to watch impromptu street dancing on Sundays, visit a milonga or dance hall, attend a formal tango dinner show, or better yet, take your partner along to a lesson! There are many shows to choose from, some combining lessons with a show, followed by the opportunity to test out your new skills on the dancefloor, so ask your hotel for a recommendation.
Parilla

As you explore the neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires, you’ll catch the tantalising and characteristic smell of meat cooking over a wood-fired grill. Mid-morning, restaurants all over the city begin stoking some of the largest indoor grills you’ll ever see, ready to lovingly sear and sizzle all manner of carnivorous treats come lunchtime! Parilla refers to the famous Argentinean mixed grill, but do beware, a typical parilla includes a generous portion of offal. If this isn’t to your taste, you can also typically choose from a long list of a la carte options, cooked to for maximum flavour on the wood or charcoal fired grill. Make sure you try one of the thickest, juiciest cuts of steak, bife de chorizo, and do try to resist ordering it well done!

As you explore the neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires, you’ll catch the tantalising and characteristic smell of meat cooking over a wood-fired grill. Mid-morning, restaurants all over the city begin stoking some of the largest indoor grills you’ll ever see, ready to lovingly sear and sizzle all manner of carnivorous treats come lunchtime! Parilla refers to the famous Argentinean mixed grill, but do beware, a typical parilla includes a generous portion of offal. If this isn’t to your taste, you can also typically choose from a long list of a la carte options, cooked to for maximum flavour on the wood or charcoal fired grill. Make sure you try one of the thickest, juiciest cuts of steak, bife de chorizo, and do try to resist ordering it well done!
Wine
Argentineans love their carne, and it’s no surprise that they produce some of the New World’s most renowned red wines to complement. Buenos Aires boasts many lovely boutique wine shops where you can choose a bottle or three of delicious red to enjoy at the end of a long day’s sightseeing, or take home to add to the cellar. Just remember that you’ll probably have to put your faith in the baggage handlers and check-in your wine due to airline security restrictions. Alternatively, many wine shops offer free international delivery with a minimum purchases amount. Try a bottle of Malbec, a variety produced in nearby Mendoza. Try our Argentinian wine matching with Ceviche
Museums
Regular visitors to European museums risk being under whelmed by many art museums in South America, with their small collections, and Spanish-only labelling. Buenos Aires does have a couple of notable exceptions. I really enjoyed the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, with its varied collection of historical and modern European and Argentinean art and objects.

Also worth your time is the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, a relatively new private non-profit institution with collection and temporary shows devoted to contemporary art from Latin America. Exhibitions are presented to a high standard, and accompanied by well translated interpretive material in English. The museum is housed in a lovely light modern building, with a pleasant terrace café perfect for a post-museum cappuccino or light lunch.


Shopping
Buenos Aires is a delight for shoppers with international and local designer brands at excellent prices. To further increase the value, tourists can also take advantage of the tax-free refund scheme when shopping for Argentinean-made products. Visit one of Buenos Aires’ five centrally located and well serviced shopping malls, including the modern Alto Palermo, with 150 stores featuring the latest fashion trends, or Patio Bullrich, a beautiful example of neoclassical architecture with 84 stores, less than 10 minutes from Microcentro.

Football

Football is South America’s most popular pastime, and no visit to Buenos Aires would be truly complete without the opportunity to experience the passionate spectacle of a match featuring the Boca Juniors in their home stadium, La Bombonera. The world renowned team has won a host of international titles, and launched the successful European careers of many outstanding players such as Hugo Ibarra, Diego Maradona, and Carlos Tevez. See if you can pick the next generation of European superstars!

For an authentic grass-roots experience watching the game amongst its most avid fans, it’s easy to purchase tickets at the stadium on match days. These unreserved tickets don’t offer the closest view of the match, however, and the section can be crowded. Arrive late and you may have to stand! For a more relaxed experience which will allow you to sit back and enjoy the show, most hotels can arrange all inclusive match day tours, which include return hotel transfers, tickets, and a bi-lingual guide to accompany your group.

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