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    Argentina is a country of immense beauty and proportions. Its geographic diversity spans the most breathtaking terrain from Antarctica, through the wild, glacier-filled mountains of Patagonia and massive open plains of La Pampas to the deserts and tropical jungles in the north.

    The country can be enjoyed for its natural wonders alone, but no visit here could be called complete without a glimpse of its soul, the capital city. Elegant Buenos Aires is home to 40 percent of the population, and is a buzzing metropolis with a rich, passionate and tortured history that is integral to its character. It is Europe and Latin America contained in one geographical location, with elements of the unknown around each corner. It is familiar and strange at the same time, but at its very core, wonderfully welcoming.

    Along the avenues of the fashionable districts, sophisticated diners observe passers-by while they sip strong coffee or enjoy smooth . The constant smell of meat grilling from every corner and sidewalk reveals the Argentine passion for . Neither glamour nor passion is in short supply in this cosmopolitan hub where Porteños are equally versed in football, politics and fashion.

    There are disparities between the rich and poor, with many people living in near-slum conditions in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Since 1992, the economy has teetered near collapse due to corruption and government mismanagement, prompting regular and sometimes violent demonstrations. However, it is business-as-usual as far as tourism is concerned; in fact, the resultant devaluation of the peso has made the country much more affordable for travellers.

    From the colourful and bustling of Buenos Aires to the breathtaking Andes Mountain Range in north, Argentina has no shortage of sightseeing opportunities. Boasting a plethora of different habitats and environments to explore, it would take visitors a good few months to see everything this South American gem has to offer.

    The northern regions of the country offer an exciting blend of colonial heritage, natural beauty and an indigenous flavour, while the spectacular Iguazu Falls, surrounded by the lush forest of the Iguazu National Park, are a must see. Enjoy a day of wine tasting in Mendoza, or head west towards the Chilean border and marvel at the Andes Mountain Range. The curious mix of desert, snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches and majestic glaciers in the Patagonia region is extraordinary, and the world's southern-most city, Ushuaia, nestled on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, is a departure point for those keen on a trip to Antarctica and also offers some of the best brown trout fishing in the world.

    The sights and sounds of Buenos Aires are a major draw for many. Stroll along the tree-lined parks and boulevards, visit Evita Peron's grave at La Recoleta Cemetery, explore La Boca, the city's most popular barrio, and take in the Latin American flair by enjoying a romantic night of tango.

    Buses are the most cost effective way to navigate this impressive country and domestic flights are available at affordable prices. The best time of year to visit Argentina is during the autumn months from March to June when the weather is a little cooler.

    With so much to see and so little time, it's best you get packing and head off to Argentina for the adventure of a lifetime.

    Cabildo

    Opposite the Casa Rosada on the Plaza de Mayo is the resplendent former Spanish town hall, the Cabildo, a fascinating old colonial building fronted by arches that once encircled the plaza, back during the May Revolution in 1810. While the building's construction originally began in 1610, it was almost immediately too small. Construction and changes were ongoing well into the 1800's, and the building was finally completed in 1894.

    The guards outside the building are members of the revered Regimiento de Patricios, which was formed in 1806, and the changing of the guard every hour is a popular attraction. They still wear the traditional uniforms they have donned for nearly 200 years.

    The interior houses a small museum, which displays some interesting architectural relics, religious icons and watercolour paintings by Enrique Pellegrini, and it is all furnished in colonial period pieces. The views from the Cabildo's windows are some of the best of the Plaza de Mayo. A crafts market is hosted on the back patio on Thursdays and Fridays, from 11am to 6pm.

    Address: Calle Bolivar 65
    Opening time: Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm.
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    Casa Rosada

    One of the world's most famous balconies juts out of Argentina's Presidential Palace, known as the Casa Rosada. The pink building has been the scene of many a political rally, particularly during the regime of the notorious and tragic Juan and Eva Peron.

    The building began as a fort in 1594, and was turned into a castle-like centre for colonial government in 1713. Additions and changes were made to the building until 1857, when it was demolished and the Casa Rosada we know today was built. The Italian style building, fronted with palm trees and fountains, was painted pink when it was converted from a Customs and Post Office building into the presidential palace. President Sarmiento decided to appease opposing political parties by merging red and white into a pink colour scheme for the palace.

    The building has since been declared a National Historic Monument of Argentina. Today the building houses a small basement museum displaying some presidential artefacts. Each evening, a small platoon of mounted grenadiers emerge from the guardhouse to lower the flag on the Plaza, adding a touch of pomp and ceremony to the pretty building.

    Address: Hipolito Yrigoyen 219, Plaza de Mayo
    Opening time: Museum: Monday to Friday 10am-6pm, Sundays 2pm-6pm. Guided tours are available.
    Casa Rosada Casa Rosada Andrzej Otrębski
    Cathedral Metropolitana

    Situated in the Plaza de Mayo, the Neoclassical Cathedral Metropolitana houses the tomb of General José de San Martin, the revered hero who liberated Argentina from the Spanish. The General was originally buried in Franche, but his body was exhumed in 1880, transported to Beunos Aires and buried again, this time in a mausoleum designed by a French sculptor. The mausoleum is guarded by three sculptures, each a life-size female figure representing Argentina, Chile and Peru.

    The mausoleum also houses the remains of General Juan Gregorio de las Heras, General Tomas Guido, and the Unknown Soldier of the Independence. The cathedral has been periodically rebuilt and renovated since the foundation stone was laid in the 16th century. The current structure was finally completed in the mid-19th century. The interior has recently been renovated and the gilded columns, Venetian mosaic floors, and silver-plated altar are in pristine condition.

    Some interesting things to see in the cathedral are the two pulpits, made by the sculptor Juan Antonio Gaspar Hernandez, the director of Buenos Aires' first art school, a wide variety of colonial sculptures, a collection of very good colonial oil paintings, and the 1871 Walcker Organ containing more than 3,500 tubes, one of the finest examples of its kind.

    Address: San Martin and Rivadavia streets, Plaza de Mayo
    Cathedral Metropolitana Cathedral Metropolitana Richie Diesterheft
    La Recoleta Cemetery

    An unlikely tourist attraction, La Recoleta Cemetery is well worth visiting to see its magnificent display of monuments and the ostentatious tombs of Argentina's rich and famous. The cemetery is the second largest in the world, covering more than five hectares and filled with more than 4,700 vaults. Due to its size, the cemetery is divided into several big blocks with avenues between them, making navigation in the enormous space a little easier.

    Each vault has the family name carved over its entrance, while a collection of brass plaques next to the entrance displays the names of all the family members buried inside the vault. One of the more modest, but by far the most celebrated, is the grave of Eva Peron. Every day thousands of visitors come to leave flowers at the door of the Duarte family mausoleum where she is buried. Forty years on, Evita remains both the most revered and reviled figure in Argentina. Love her or loathe her, her spirit lives on in La Recoleta.

    In addition to Evita, another famous cemetery inhabitant is the supposed daughter of Earl Alexander Walewski, Isabel, who died in Buenos Aires when just a baby. The superstitious say that on some nights, you can hear the baby crying from her godmother's arms.

    Address: Calle Junín, Plaza Francesa
    Opening time: Open daily. Guided tours are available.
    La Recoleta Cemetery La Recoleta Cemetery RAYANDBEE
    Plaza Dorrego

    Plaza Dorrego lies in San Telmo, the bohemian artists' quarter of Buenos Aires and the birthplace of tango. The tiny square is surrounded by elegant houses, now mostly converted into antique shops and bars whose tables overflow onto the street. There are numerous museums nearby the Plaza Dorrego worth visiting, including the Museo Histórico Nacional and the Museo de Arte Moderno.

    On Sundays, the plaza is the setting for the ancient flea market, the Feria de San Pedro Telmo. Though you are unlikely to discover too many bargains, you may find an interesting souvenir or two. Once the stallholders pack up their wares at 5pm, the square becomes a stage for informal tango dancing. This is as popular with the locals as it is with tourists, and even the inexperienced may be tempted to try it out.

    Aside from the museums, flea markets and dancers, another of the square's main attractions is simply the people watching. Visitors to Buenos Aires will not regret an afternoon spent whiling away the hours at a sidewalk cafe, soaking in the atmosphere and admiring the passers-by until the dancers arrive for the evening's festivities.

    Informal tango in Plaza Dorrego Buenos Aires Informal tango in Plaza Dorrego Buenos Aires Judith Duk
    Teatro Colon

    The Teatro Colón opened in 1908 and is one of the largest performing arts theatres in the southern hemisphere, second only to the Sydney Opera House in Australia. It was designed by Italian architect Francisco Tamburri and is an Italian Renaissance-style building with a seating capacity of 2,500 (although more people have been squeezed in at times). Richly decorated in scarlet and gold with frescoes lining the cupola, the theatre has hosted many international performers including Nijinsky, Pavlov, Pavarotti and Domingo, and is considered to be among the top five venues for acoustics in the world, an opinion voiced by Pavarotti amongst others.

    The theatre suffered during Argentina's political and economic difficulties in the 1990s and early 2000s, with attendance falling and the building suffering from neglect. However, in 2005 the theatre was completely renovated and refurbished, and reopened in 2010. In addition to hosting various concerts and performances, the theatre is also home to the Superior Arts Institution of the Teatro Colón, and guided tours take visitors to the theatre's workshops, rehearsal rooms, auditorium and stage.

    Address: Cerrito 618
    Teatro Colon Teatro Colon Roger Schultz
    La Boca

    La Boca (The Mouth), situated in the south-east of Buenos Aires at the mouth of the Riachuelo river, is the most colourful neighbourhood or barrio in Buenos Aires, original home of both football legend Diego Maradona and the tango. An assortment of brightly-painted houses made of wood and metal line the streets, including the famed main street Caminito, in this poor but happy area full of artisans, painters, street performers, cantinas and open-air tango shows.

    The neighbourhood was originally settled by Italian immigrants from Genoa, most of whom came to work at the docks. Residents today are still mostly of European descent, from Italian, Spanish and French to German, Arab and Basque. Today it is frequented by crowds of tourists who come to soak up the lively atmosphere, watch tango dancers on the streets and squares, and sit in picturesque cafes sipping coffee and beer.

    La Boca residents are independent and fiery, as evidenced by their short-lived 1882 secession from Argentina that was immediately ended by the president. The area has been home to radical politicians over the years and saw many demonstrations during the unrest of 2001. Some places of particular interest in La Boca are La Ribera theatre, and La Bombonera, the home of the famous Boca Juniors football club.

    La Boca La Boca Judith Duk
    Iguazu National Park

    The Iguazú National Park is a huge subtropical rainforest covering 135,000 acres and is home to thousands of different species of flora, fauna and birds, including colourful parrots and hummingbirds. It is most famous for the Iguazú Falls, declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO. The deep flowing waters of the river tumble down 275 falls, the most famous of which is Devil's Throat. On the border with Brazil, it drops 230ft (70m), almost twice the height of Niagara Falls. As well as enjoying the stunning views from the series of platforms, visitors can enjoy kayaking and other watersports on the river.

    The Iguazú Falls was one of the locations used for the 1986 film and, appropriately, Jesuit Mission ruins remain nearby. Iguazú is home to the Guarani people, who sell their handmade crafts inside the park. Some activities available to visitors include a ride on the Ecological Jungle Train, a meal at La Selva Restaurant, and a trip to the San Martin Island at the heart of the falls. Travellers can also enjoy a trek along the Green Trail or Macuco Trail, a walk along the Upper Circuit (the very top of the falls) or the Lower Circuit (the bottom of the falls), and a full moon walk accompanied by national park guides.

    Opening time: Daily 8am-6pm.
    Iguazu Falls Iguazu Falls Martin St-Amant
    Mendoza

    The Mendoza Province rests at the foot of the Andes and is Argentina's main wine-producing region, peppered here and there with wine farms offering tours and tastings. The area is known for its Malbec, and also produces some good Cabernet Sauvignon. The city of Mendoza, a low-rise city since 1861 when it was almost destroyed by an earthquake, is characterised by wide, leafy boulevards and a massive network of canals. Well worth seeing is the Enoteca Giol wine museum and if visiting in late February, don't miss the Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia, an annual grape-harvest festival accompanied by concerts and local celebrations. Bodega La Rural is one of the biggest wine farms in the area, offering tours that demonstrate the entire wine-making process.

    Near the border with Chile lies Mount Aconcagua. At 23,000 feet (6,900m), it is the highest mountain in the Western hemisphere. The mountain and its surrounds are wonderful for hiking and mountain climbing, although it's important to note that during low season, tourists are allowed only short hikes for safety reasons. High season starts mid-November. Throughout the year, hiking without an official guide is discouraged, but even driving along the roads surrounding the mountain will give plenty of scenic views. The Mendoza Province is home to La Lenas, one of the biggest and most famous ski resorts in Argentina.

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    The Pampas

    The vast flat plains of the Pampas are Argentina's agricultural heartland and the birthplace of the gaucho (cowboy). Lying southwest of Buenos Aires is the location of Argentina's famous beef and grain industry, the source of the country's wealth. The area is festooned with small agricultural towns, which are home to the majority of Argentina's population.

    The area provides some of the best horseback riding in the world, and excursions are available to different ranches where visitors can feast on asado after a day's horse riding. Visitors to the area can also attend a doma, a gaucho gathering held every Sunday. The domas consist of rodeo-like events, horse racing, and other games and competitions, as well as a market of stalls selling gaucho-inspired crafts.

    There are also some interesting animals that live only on the pampas, including the rhea (a large flightless bird, similar to an emu or ostrich), the pampas deer, the pampas fox, several armadillo species, the white-eared opossum, the Elegant Crested Tinamou, and more.

    The Pampas The Pampas Roberto Fiadone
    Patagonia

    Adventurous travellers are drawn to the savage beauty and rich wildlife of Patagonia. This region of contrasts and extremes, stretching across Argentina and Chile, runs from the Colorado river, south of Buenos Aires, across to the southern tip of South America. Many people visit the famous wildlife reserve of Peninsula Valdésgo between July and April, where southern right whales, elephant seals and other rare marine mammals come to breed in their thousands. However, those going further south should visit only in the summer months if they wish to avoid temperatures that plummet to -13°F (-25°C).

    In villages along the valley of the Río Chubut, visitors can explore the cultural legacy of the Welsh pioneers, and nearby at Punta Tombo lies the continent's largest penguin colony. Keen fly-fishermen come from around the world to test their skills in the region's rivers, the best known of which is the Río Gallegos. On the western fringe, along the Andes, you will find the most impressive of Patagonia's great lakes and national parks. The Parque Nacional Perito Moreno, home to the aquamarine gem of Lago Belgrano, has excellent trekking possibilities, as does the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Here visitors will find one of the world's natural wonders, the vast Perito Moreno Glacier, a great river of ice that breaks off into Lake Argentino.

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    Tierra del Fuego

    This island territory at the tip of South America is shared by Chile and Argentina and is a place of staggering scenery. Though further south, the region does not reach the extreme temperatures of neighbouring Patagonia, but it is still not for the faint-hearted. The principal tourist destination is Ushuaia, which acts as a base for those visiting the dramatic Canal Beagle, or trekking in the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego and the mountain ranges of southern Tierra del Fuego, with its magnificent scenery of lakes, snow-capped mountains and beechwood forests.

    Ushuaia is also the place to go if you want to visit Antarctica, since many ships depart from there on journeys stopping at several islands and taking in penguin colonies, seal and sea lion colonies, massive sea bird colonies, and more. The Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse is another attraction found in Ushuaia, and the area plays host to a few small ski resorts, featuring both downhill and cross-country skiing. There is less reason to visit the north of the island unless you are a keen fly-fishermen heading to the Río Grande, the world's best brown-trout river.

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    Perito Moreno Glacier

    Situated in Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier is nearly 19 miles (30km) in length and spreads over an area of 97 square miles (250 sq km). The spectacular, blue-white ice formation is one of the only glaciers in the world that is growing, at a rate of seven feet (2m) per day. Visitors can marvel at the site of the glacier 'calving': enormous chunks of ice breaking off into the water with a deafening crash, creating icebergs and causing large waves.

    The glacier is also world renowned for its unique rupturing process; at certain periods the glacier's front reaches the coastal border of the lake, blocking off the flow of water from the Andes and causing its waters to rise by about 66 feet (20m). When the pressure is too much, the dam of ice cracks and shatters, sending icebergs downstream. Ruptures like this occur on average every four to five years, although sometimes as often as every other year; the most recent rupture occurred in March 2016.

    The closest town to this natural wonder is El Calafate in Argentina's Santa Cruz Province, which is about two hours' drive away. There are regular buses from El Calafate to the glacier. Tour companies operating from El Calafate offer trekking trips that take visitors out onto the glacier's ice, for anywhere from one to five hours.

    Address: Los Glaciares National Park
    Perito Moreno Glacier Perito Moreno Glacier Martin St-Amant
    Floralis Generica

    Floralis Generica is a working metal sculpture located in the United Nations square in Recoleta. Floralis Generica is composed of stainless steel, weighing 18 tons and measuring 76 feet (23m) high. It was offered to the city by Argentine architect Eduardo Fernando Catalano, who described it as an 'environmental structure'.

    Its metallic petals open and close based on the incidence of solar rays and visitors to the site will find the giant metal sculpture 'in full bloom' in the heat of the day and closed at night. The sheer genius and technical artistry of the giant flower makes it a sight worth seeing in Buenos Aires. The sculpture sits above a reflecting pond, adding to its charm, and the area around it has been landscaped to resemble woodlands with several paths leading to the sculpture from different directions, providing contrasting perspectives.

    Address: United Nations Park, Recoleta
    Floralis Generica Floralis Generica Sebastian Dario
    Nueve de Julio Avenue

    At 416 feet (127m) wide, spanning the width of an entire city block, Avenida 9 de Julio is claimed to be the widest avenue in the world. Named for Argentina's Independence Day, which falls on 9th July, the avenue was originally planned in 1888, but actual construction only began in 1935 after many disputes with landowners. While the initial phase opened for public use in 1937, the avenue was only fully completed in the 1960s, with the southern connections only completed after 1980.

    The avenue runs from the Retiro district in the north to Constitucion station in the south, roughly one kilometre to the west of the Rio de la Plata waterfront, and consists of 18 lanes of traffic, nine on each side.

    In the middle of the street stands a 67-metre-tall obelisk marking the heart of Buenos Aires. The obelisk is a popular photo spot, and visitors can climb to the top where they can look out over the Avenida 9 de Julio through its four observation windows. Lines B, C, and D of the Buenos Aires Metro converge at a station located on the pedestrian underpass below the obelisk, and the underpass also serves as a retail concourse.

    It can take quite a while to cross the avenue on street level as opposed to using the underpass, since there are traffic lights at each intersection, which can slow a pedestrian's crossing.

    Address: Avenida 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires
    Nueve de Julio Avenue Obelisk Nueve de Julio Avenue Obelisk Victoria Rachitzky Hoch
    Buenos Aires Zoo

    Home to over 350 animal species and known for some of its exotic breeding, the Buenos Aires zoo is the perfect place for tourists, families, or a romantic date. With 89 species of mammals, 49 species of reptiles and 175 species of birds, the zoo's goals include conservation, producing research and educating the public.

    Permanent exhibits include the Farm of the Zoo, where visitors can feed and pet ponies, goats, sheep and donkeys, the Aquarium where visitors can see examples of the infamous piranha as well as other local fish, the Reptile House and the Tropical Rainforest. Disposable cameras are on sale and professional photographers are on standby to capture all the memories. Animal food can be bought at the entrance and other stations located around the zoo to encourage visitors' interaction with the animals.

    The best time to visit the zoo is on a sunny weekday afternoon, when time can be spent lounging in front of the elephant house or the white tiger enclosure, for which the zoo is well-known, with only a few other people to contend for the best view. Parts of the zoo are built to resemble Byzantine ruins, Indian temple ruins and a castle, making for some interesting photo opportunities.

    Address: Ave Sarmiento and Ave Las Heras
    Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday and holidays from 10am until 6pm. Open daily during school holidays.
    Buenos Aires Zoo Buenos Aires Zoo Beatrice Murch
    Galileo Galilei Planetarium

    The Galileo Galilei Planetarium is located inside the Bosques de Palermo, its massive dome making it almost impossible to miss. The planetarium was commissioned in 1962 and building was completed in 1966. In 1968, the planetarium was officially opened to the public. The building is made up of six floors, five staircases and a main room with a 60-foot (20m) diameter, filled with 360 seats.

    On any given day, this planetarium is abuzz with the chatter of children enjoying a spot of stargazing. This is a must for kids of all ages and anyone with a love of stars, space and planets. The planetarium regularly changes its shows and displays, including First Man in Space, A Blue Planet, Super Moons, Genesis: Birth of the Solar System, and many more. In addition to the main show in the planetarium, there is also a small museum containing a lunar rock (a gift from Richard Nixon), a collection of 100-million-year-old sea life fossils, and a metallic meteorite from Chaco Province.

    Address: Av. Sarmiento y Figueroa Alcorta, Palermo
    Opening time: Open Tuesday to Friday 9:30am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:30am-7pm.
    Galileo Galilei Planetarium Galileo Galilei Planetarium Denise Mayumi
    Buenos Aires Botanical Gardens

    Lined with trees, flowers and other indigenous plants, the Buenos Aires Botanical Gardens are a great place to take the kids. The garden has been open since 1898 and was designed by Carlos Thays in a triangular shape. There are three different styles of gardening contained in the gardens - a symmetric Roman garden, a picturesque Oriental garden and a mixed French garden. With plenty of open space for kids to run around, its the ideal location to relax with a picnic or take a leisurely walk with the family. The central greenhouse is also great to explore for the more inquisitive children.

    In more recent years, the garden has become home to hundreds of abandoned domestic cats. It's estimated that approximately one cat is abandoned in the gardens per day during the summer, so instead of fighting a losing battle trying to remove the cats, a volunteer society was established to feed and care for the cats and put them up for adoption. Visitors to the gardens can rest assured the garden's cats are clean, tame and well-fed.

    Aside from cats, the garden is filled with thirty-three artistic works such as sculptures and monuments, and there is a Botanical Library that is open to the public.

    Address: Av. Las Heras at Plaza Italia
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    Las Grutas

    One look at the beautiful beaches was all the residents at Las Grutas needed to start building what would become one of Argentina's most popular resorts. The landscape is dramatic, with cliffs and plateaus shielding hidden beaches and caves, giving way to dramatic sea views.

    Las Grutas has a few main beaches numbered from zero to seven, with zero being the closest to downtown. The town's position on the Atlantic coast gives it some of the warmest waters in Argentina, and the rugged coastline makes the area ideal for paragliding, hiking and other activities. There are scuba diving facilities, and several spas that offer Thalassotherapy treatments using local resources.

    Las Grutas itself is a small town with a few hotels and restaurants, but it makes a great base from which to explore other interesting beaches and towns in the area, including San Antonia Oeste, Puerto Madryn, Sierra Grande, and Punta Tombo.

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    Argentina's elongated geography ensures that the country has a diverse climate. The north is subtropical with rain throughout the year and is best visited between May and September when the heat and humidity is less oppressive. The south has a sub-arctic climate and is best visited in the summer (December to February). The central area is temperate, but can be hot and humid during summer and cool in winter.

    Gran Cafe Tortoni

    A grand coffee house with a longstanding history, Café Tortoni is a must see on your Buenos Aires exploration. Unpretentious and with an old world charm, patrons can rest a while under the high ceiling of the dining hall, while sipping on a freshly brewed Argentinean coffee. Snacks with a hint of a Spanish flair are on offer throughout the day. Visit any day of the week and perhaps catch a glimpse of one of the many tango shows or jazz concerts that take place on the small stage.

    Address: Avenida de Mayo 825
    Cabana las Lilas

    Presidents, movie stars, and Porteños come here for the best meat in Buenos Aires. In fact, the restaurant has its own (ranch), which raises the cattle used for its famous grilled lomito and (beef cheeks). The wine cellar is well stocked with superb Argentine wines and the service is impeccable. If you have to wait long for a table, as you undoubtedly will, enjoy a glass of champagne in the cigar bar. Reservations are recommended. Open daily from 12pm to midnight.

    Address: Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 550
    Sucre

    For modern Argentinean cuisine, silky red wines and a comfortable contemporary atmosphere, try out the renowned Sucre restaurant. With both a lunch and dinner menu, this Argentinean favourite serves up mouth-watering meat dishes and light fusion tapas. Enjoy a pre-drink at the trendy bar and soak up the lively ambiance of this well-established Buenos Aires eatery.

    Address: Mariscal Jose de Sucre
    I Latina

    Buenos Aires is known for its 'closed door' (puertas cerradas) restaurants, where top-class chefs create mouth-watering meals in their own homes. One of the most popular is I Latina, serving five- to seven-course Latin fusion meals with wine pairings on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The restaurant also serves brunch on Sundays. Reservations are required.

    Address: Murillo 725, Villa Crespo
    La Cabrera

    A well-known restaurant among tourists, La Cabrera is situated on a corner and makes a wonderful setting for outdoor dining, but the charming inside dining room with exposed brick walls and antique posters is just as pleasant. La Cabrera serves some of the best steak in Buenos Aires, with portions guaranteed to suit their prices. One of the restaurant's specialties is pamplona, a roll made of various meats and sauces. The pork ribs with a sauce of dried tomatoes and pesto is a definite must and all meals are served with a selection of olives, spreads, sauces, breads, and other appetisers. Open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner, Mondays and Tuesdays dinner only. Reservations are recommended.

    Address: Cabrera 5099, Palermo
    The Sushi Club

    The Sushi Club is part of a very popular chain, but of all the locations throughout Buenos Aires, this is by far the nicest outlet. The Sushi Club lives up to its name, serving sushi and other Japanese cuisine in a club-like interior with orange, black, and metallic décor, creating a trendy dining environment. The selection of sushi rolls is extensive with many taking themes from various countries and creatively using ingredients to match. Other highlights on the menu include plenty of fish and beef seasoned the Japanese way. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

    Address: Ortega Y Gasset 1812, Palermo
    Una Cancion Coreana

    After ample empanadas and asado, travellers looking for something a little different might want to try some authentic Korean fare at Una Cancion Coreana. This family-run restaurant is situated in the Flores barrio of Buenos Aires, sometimes called Pequena Corea (Little Korea), and offers Korean specialties like kimchi, bulgogi and the infamous soju. Simple, neat and spacious, this friendly neighbourhood restaurant is well worth the taxi ride it takes to venture out of the city centre.

    Address: Av. Carabobo 1549
    Ministro Pistarini International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated about 18 miles (30km) to the southwest of Buenos Aires.
    Time: GMT -3
    Transfer Between Terminals Terminals A and B are linked by a covered walkway. Terminal C is a ten-minute walk from the other terminals.
    Getting to the city: Manuel Tienda Leon runs a shuttle-bus to Madero Terminal in the city centre, where smaller shuttle buses connect passengers to final destinations. Rides to the city centre take about 40 minutes to an hour. Public buses are cheaper but can take up to two hours to the city centre. Metered taxis are available outside the terminal building. Reservations can be made from official booths just outside the customs area; unofficial taxis should be avoided. Private cars, also called remis, are a reliable option with fixed pre-set prices. They are available for hire on the lower level of both terminals or by phone.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies have desks in Terminal A.
    Airport Taxis: Metered taxis are available outside the terminal buildings of Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport. Taxis have reservation booths inside the airport and visitors should confirm the price before making the reservation. Avoid touts and unlicensed taxis.
    Fascilities: There are several shops, pharmacies, restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as duty-free shopping. Bureaux de change and ATMs are available as well as a 24-hour bank. There is a left-luggage facility and a tourist information desk in Terminal A. Other facilities include medical service, a VIP lounge and internet access. Facilities for the disabled are good.
    Parking Long and short-term parking is available in both a multi-level covered parking garage (adjacent to Terminal A) and an open-air lot.
    Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport
    Location: The airport is located about five and a half miles (9km) northwest of central Cordoba.
    Time: GMT -3.
    Getting to the city: The A5 bus route runs from the airport to the city centre. Otherwise, passengers can take a taxi or minibus.
    Car Rental: Car rental agencies at the airport include Hertz and Avis.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available at the airport. There is a taxi platform outside the terminal.
    Fascilities: Airport facilities include meeting rooms, information desks, restaurants, duty-free shopping, and a VIP lounge.
    Parking Parking is available.
    Money:

    The unit of currency is the Argentinean Peso (ARS). Currency can be exchanged at banks and cambios (bureaux de change) but it is easier to use ATMs, available in most towns, which reflect the current exchange rate. Major credit and debit cards are generally accepted, and US Dollars can be used in many tourist establishments.

    Language:

    Spanish is the official language of Argentina but English is generally understood in the tourist areas.

    Electricity:

    Electrical current in Argentina is 220 volts, 50Hz. Most hotels and offices use the three-pin flat plug, however most older buildings use the two-pin round plug.

    Entry Requirements:

    US nationals: US nationals require a passport for travel to Argentina, but no visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.

    UK nationals: UK nationals require a valid passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days for British Citizens, British Overseas Territories Citizens and British Overseas Citizens; and 30 days for British Nationals (Overseas).

    CA nationals: Canadians require a valid passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.

    AU nationals: Australians require a valid passport, but no visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.

    ZA nationals: South African nationals must hold a valid passport, but no visa is required for a maximum stay of up to 90 days.

    IR nationals: Irish nationals require a valid passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.

    NZ nationals: New Zealand nationals require a valid passport, but no visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.

    Passport/Visa Note:Visa:

    Valid passports are required for travel to Argentina. Visas are not generally required for stays of less than three months, with the possibility of an extension of stay. Visas are valid for several entries within the period of validity stated in the visa. It is recommended that all visitors have sufficient funds, as well as onward or return tickets and documents required for next destination. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

    Travel Health:

    There is a low risk of yellow fever, cholera and malaria in some northern provinces, so it is wise to seek your doctor's advice when travelling to these areas. However, it is recommended that all visitors to regions bordering Brazil and Paraguay, including Iguazu Falls, be inoculated against yellow fever. Outbreaks of dengue fever are on the increase, and visitors are advised to avoid getting mosquito bites as there is no effective treatment for it.

    A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended before travel to Argentina as well as a typhoid vaccination for those who might eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels. Water is safe to drink in major towns and cities. Medical facilities are good in the major cities. Treatment is expensive, however, and medical insurance is advised. Asthma, sinus and bronchial ailments can be aggravated by pollution in Buenos Aires. Those with specific conditions should bring a sufficient quantity of medical supplies and medication for the trip.

    Tipping:

    A 10 percent tip is expected at restaurants in Argentina. Porters expect some small change per bag.

    Safety Information:

    Although the political and economic crisis is over, there are still periodic outbreaks of social unrest and demonstrations. Visitors are advised to avoid such public gatherings and to keep abreast of news to know whether any political disturbances are expected. However, there is no specific threat to foreigners and travellers should not be discouraged from travelling throughout the country. Be alert for bag-snatchers, pickpockets and con men, particularly in crowded areas in Buenos Aires, on public transport and in popular tourist haunts, such as San Telmo.

    Local Customs:

    Argentineans are warm and unreserved people. Both men and women greet each other by kissing on the cheek, and will often touch each other when speaking and maintain little physical distance between speakers.

    Business:

    Business people dress well in Argentina and visitors are expected to wear a smart suit. Handshaking is normal. Argentineans are great conversationalists and are interested and knowledgeable about world events, politics and sporting. Meetings usually begin with small talk. Use titles when addressing people: Señor (Mr), Señora (Mrs) and Señorita (Miss) followed by their surname.

    Business culture in Argentina can be bureaucratic and as with most South American countries negotiation and decision making can take a long time and is best done face to face. Make sure you see the right people, as only those in high positions are likely to be able to make a final decision. Business hours are 9am to 5pm in Buenos Aires, with an hour for lunch. Outside the capital, it is normal to take a siesta between 1pm and 4pm. Many business people are away on holiday during January and February.

    Communications:

    The international access code for Argentina is +54. Mobile roaming charges can be expensive, prepaid local SIM cards are available for purchase on arrival and are a good alternative. Free wifi is offered at most restaurants, cafes and hotels in tourist centred areas of the country.

    Duty Free:

    Travellers to Argentina over the age of 18 years can bring in the following items to the value of US$300 without incurring customs duty: two litres of alcohol, 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars, and 5kg of food items. Restrictions apply to fresh foodstuffs such as meat and dairy products. Prohibited items include explosives, flammable items, narcotics and pornographic material. Firearms and ammunition for sporting purposes are allowed if accompanied by a license/certificate.

    Useful Contacts:

    National Secretariat of Tourism, Buenos Aires: +54 (0)11 4316 1600 or www.turismo.gov.ar

    Argentina Embassies:

    Embassy of Argentina, Washington DC, United States: +1 202 238 6400.

    Embassy of Argentina, London, United Kingdom: +44 207 318 1300.

    Embassy of Argentina, Ottawa, Canada: +1 613 236 2351.

    Embassy of Argentina, Canberra, Australia: +61 2 6273 9111.

    Embassy of Argentina, Pretoria, South Africa: +27 (0)12 430 3524/7.

    Embassy of Argentina, Dublin, Ireland: +353 (0)1 269 1546.

    Embassy of Argentina, Wellington, New Zealand: +64 (0)4 472 8330.

    Foreign Embassies in Argentina :

    United States Embassy, Buenos Aires: +54 (0)11 5777 4533.

    British Embassy, Buenos Aires: +54 (0)11 4808 2200.

    Canadian Embassy, Buenos Aires: +54 (0)11 4808 1000.

    Australian Embassy, Buenos Aires: +54 (0)11 4779 3500.

    Embassy of South Africa, Buenos Aires: +54 (0)11 4317 2900.

    Embassy of Ireland, Buenos Aires: +54 (0)11 5787 0801.

    New Zealand Embassy, Buenos Aires: +54 11 5070 0700.

    Argentina Emergency Numbers : Emergencies: 101 (police), 107 (medical emergencies), 100 (fire)
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