The capital of Argentina is one of the world’s great urban experiences: a place of stylish people and buildings, wide boulevards and leafy parks, poignant history, gastronomic delights, tango in the streets, extravagant arts and architecture. The country is visited by many Brazilians specially during the winter season in South America, and of course, by many other folks around the globe.
Buenos Aires was one of the last major cities in Latin America to be founded, but today is one of the continent’s largest, most handsome and sophisticated cities, with over 14 million inhabitants and a nickname of the “Paris of the Americas”. The city began as a center for contraband, as the Portuguese, English, and French took advantage of the lack of a strong Spanish presence in the area around the Rio de la Plata, in the 17th century.
However, when the Spanish realized the competition they were facing for control of the region, they declared the area of what is now Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia, a viceroyalty, and made Buenos Aires the capital. With this new financial, judicial, and military role, the city began its transformation into a major cosmopolitan city.
The peak of this was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Buenos Aires was one of the richest cities in the world, as its leaders provided the enterprise, and the many hundreds of thousands of European immigrants provided the labor, to fuel the booming export-led economy.
Political and economic turmoil has seen the city lose some of its power during the 20th century, but the legacy of its rich past remains visible in all corners of the city.
The Best of Buenos Aires
*Parrilla Tour, Palermo
Parrillas are Argentine restaurants offering the most traditional cuisine. Most visitors to Buenos Aires only dine at the most touristy parrillas published in guidebooks and sadly miss out on some of the city’s most delicious gems. To experience and taste authentic Porteño flavours, this tour will allow you to discover some of the hole-in-the wall restaurants where only the locals go and learn more about Argentina’s culture and cuisine.
This Palermo tour centres around the Las Cañitas section of Palermo, a neighbourhood known for its beautiful tree lined avenues, historic polo fields, and burgeoning culinary and nightlife scene. The tour begins at a classic parrilla filled with soccer fanatics and known for its choripan. Next, you will visit a casa de empanadas to try some great handmade empanadas, before moving on to enjoy some of the best meat and service in the city at a historic and hidden parrilla famous among locals. Finally you will finish at a fabulous artisan ‘heladeria’ (ice cream shop).
Carlos Gardel was born in the 1880’s and went on to become one of the biggest stars of South America before his untimely death in a plane crash in Colombia in 1935. Most famous for the hundreds of tangos he wrote and recorded he also appeared in several silent movies and collaborated with many other artists.
Day by Day Optional Tours
Day 1 Buenos Aires – Upon arrival in Buenos Aires this morning you will be met and driven to your hotel.
Day 2 Buenos Aires – Enjoy a private tour of Buenos Aires` most famous sites. In the evening we will take you to one the city’s most famous Tango Shows, including dinner.
Day 3 Buenos Aires / Iguazú Falls – Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguazu. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. En route your guide will take you to the Argentine side of the Falls for a guided tour of the numerous walkways and vantage points of these spectacular falls.
Day 4 Iguazu Buenos Aires / El Calafate – This morning you will fly to El Calafate via Buenos Aires. Here you will be met and taken to your hotel for three nights.
Day 5 El Calafate – Today you will sail across the milky waters of Lago Argentino to visit the vast Perito Moreno glacier.
Day 6 El Calafate – Today you will visit the impressive Upsala glacier at the other side of Lago Argentina. Lunch will be taken at Estancia Cristina, a beautiful property situated on the lake.
Day 7 El Calafate – Today you will fly back to Buenos Aires’ international airport to connect with your flight home.
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