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Buenos Aires, Argentina's largest city, is a seductive world capital located on the banks of the Rio de la Plata. Portenos, as the diverse people of Buenos Aires are known, possess an elaborate and rich cultural identity. Built by European immigrants, Buenos Aires often surprises first-time visitors with its resemblance to parts of Barcelona, Paris, and Rome.
Buenos Aires is more known for its world-renowned culture than famous monuments. Buenos Aires, as well as the portenos, is characterized by pride in its character and uniqueness. The book readers in the outdoor cafés, the dancers in the smoky tango bars, and the passionate citizens discussing government and futból on the street-corners are all part of the essence of Buenos Aires. The city has one of the greatest entertainment and nightlife scenes in the world. Theaters, tango shows, bars, and clubs all exhibit the great South American flair.
The city of Buenos Aires is broken up into little barrios, or neighborhoods, each one with its own personality. The beautiful and prestigious Recoleta, trendy Palermo, commerce-minded El Centro, timeless San Telmo, picturesque Puerto Madero, and colorful La Boca all contribute to the Buenos Aires' culture and way of life. Buenos Aires' architecture contributes indelibly to life in Buenos Aires as well..
There are a number of City Tours that can introduce you to the highlights of Buenos Aires. Additionally, you can take a night tour of Buenos Aires, an excursion to a Soccer (futbol) match, and an Argentine Tango Tour. Buenos Aires also offers a very special Jewish Heritage Tour. Find out more about any one of these tours in the Buenos Aires City Tours section
The Buenos Aires Lodging Guide has a number of hotel, resort, and apartment
options for you to choose from. Five-star luxury hotels are rather pricey, as
you might predict, but are of particularly excellent value in this area of the
world. Tourists can find lodging that best fits their needs and budget
throughout Buenos Aires.
Shopping in Buenos Aires is an experience. Anything you can get in London, Rome or Tokyo, you can get in Buenos Aires, and at a fraction of the cost, plus there are many native products, such as leather goods, that you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Best buys in Argentina include leather, fur, wine, and antiques. Visit the Buenos Aires Shopping Guide for complete coverage of the shopping scene.
When you are ready to explore Argentina outside of Buenos Aires, you have a number of possibilities. You can take a day-trip or an overnight trip as suggested in our Buenos Aires Side-Trip Guide. Or you can venture out further to explore Argentina in Buenos Aires and beyond. The Regions in Argentina section has guides to the many exciting destinations in other parts of Argentina, including Patagonia and Iguazu Falls.
Buenos Aires is a very pleasant city to visit year-round. Savor the warm temperatures from September to April, and enjoy the mild winter months from June to August. Take a look at Buenos Aires Weather page for the average monthly high temperatures and further climate information.
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