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June 27, 2008

Buenos Aires: Cultural Capital of Latin America with

Buenos Aires: Cultural Capital of Latin America

Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan town with European flair. The city is known for its active cultural and social scenes, with special emphasis on tango, opera, theater, night-life, soccer, polo, fine beef and excellent wines. To this rich mixture, add the myth of “Evita”, the gaucho tradition and the Pampas, the river ports, art galleries, handcrafted clothing and sidewalk cafes. You will then start to understand the heart of this city—an original society born from migrant ships and open to all cultures.

We suggest a three-day visit to this irresistible metropolis. A stay in Buenos Aires is ideally paired with side trips to a private ranch, a cruise on the delta of the Parana River, or an excursion to historic Colonia, Uruguay. Longer extensions can be arranged to Iguazu Falls or the beach resorts of Uruguay.

One of Buenos Aires’ highlights is the fashionable district of La Recoleta, known for its cafés, architectural masterpieces and parks. Recoleta’s grand cemetery has been called “a place to die for.” The innumerable mausoleums resemble Greek temples, chapels, pyramids and Roman rotundas. Here, the rich and famous are buried in style. Among them is Eva Peron, the famous former first lady of Argentina.

Buenos Aires is ideal for walking. One notable pedestrian area is Florida Street, an open air shopping mall lined by chic boutiques and shops selling designer clothing, leather goods, chocolates, jewelry and books. The street itself is an attraction; the concourses of shoppers are dressed at their best, while guitarists, singers, jugglers and tango dancers perform in their midst. Other neighborhoods ideal for a stroll include Recoleta, Palermo and San Telmo.

Our city tours can be designed to meet your wishes. Although most visitors are eager to see the Casa Rosada and the colorful port neighborhood of La Boca, we can easily customize a tour to fit your distinctive interests.  We’ve designed tours highlighting artistic, religious, culinary, sporting and historical aspects of porteño culture.

One popular element of this culture is tango. This powerful dance, born in Buenos Aires in the early decades of the last century, is marked by strong syncopation and staccato movements. An evening dinner and tango show is a must when visiting Buenos Aires. For those with a deeper interest in this art form, we can arrange private lessons with world-class instructors.

We are happy to recommend fine restaurants (including the world’s best steak and pasta houses), cafés, bistros and gelaterias. In some cases, private or rooftop dining can be arranged. Many of the city’s best kitchens are found only a short distance from our suggested hotels.

“Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.” – Samuel Johnson

JESS Kalinowsky will make your First Class, Business Class or Coach air travel reservations from your hometown to South America, and your pre and post tour or cruise hotel arrangments.

JESS Kalinowsky

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