Argentina – Tennis, Tango and much more
Buenos Aires Tourist Information and Attractions – Facts About Argentina
Did you know that Argentina, with a fusion of diverse national and ethnic groups, it’s the second-largest country in South America with descendants of Italian and Spanish immigrants predominantly? (CIA-The World Fact book).
Argentina’s pleasures – stunning natural wonders, an elegant capital with a European-flavored sophistication, and a passionate culture – are as tempting as ever. This is one Latin American country where Europeans, North Americans and everyone can feel at ease and travel relatively inconspicuously.
An interest in soccer and some nimble foot skills may be all you need to blend in with the locals. Moreover, the prestigious Lonely Planet Tourist Guide put Argentina on the List of Ten Most Recommended Countries to Visit because of its “fabulous culture, food and wine,” and “the extraordinary natural beauty” of the land.
Buenos Aires Attractions
Come see why ‘European’ Buenos Aires is visited by more than 5 million international travelers a year.
Probably because of its characteristic unique style and architecture, Buenos Aires is a great city to visit for a wonderful time. Yes, you can experience traditional cafes, exciting nightlife, exquisite food, art museums, voluminous book stores, fabulous antique shops in San Telmo, Polo matches, Evita Peron, a Japanese garden, Rodin’s sculptures in Palermo, design shops, the Recoleta Cemetery…and much more.
Since its first foundation (1536), this port city has been receiving immigrants from Spain, Italy, and the Middle East, Russia, Poland, Germany, and Latin American countries. This immigration has helped create an energetic, rich and elaborated cultural identity.
Explore the city’s fascinating architecture, and learn about the contrast between the ‘Southern’ and ‘Belle Époque’ districts.
Buenos Aires “Belle Époque”
At the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century, France is taken as the cultural model, and so French architecture becomes the inspiration for the buildings of the aristocracy. Art is everywhere, especially at the Recoleta cemetery, an outdoor art gallery.
The north part of the city includes, for example: Plaza San Martin -sightseeing of the French – like master pieces from the Belle Époque around the park. Recoleta, Recoleta Cemetery, Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church and Recoleta Design Center.
Palermo Chico -The embassies´ district- preserving the architecture for the private residences of the Argentinean traditional families. Palermo Rose Garden / Palermo Woods Park – the most representative Belle Époque park in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is not just buildings, skyscrapers, and Victorian houses; it is filled with leafy nooks, verdant squares, and even lakes just waiting to be explored. Vital Buenos Aires has it all!
Buenos Aires “Southern District”
The splendor of the metropolis is reflected in monumental and eclectic architectural works.
Proletarians, anarchism, immigration, soccer, tango, conventillos, Evita, and the balcony of the Casa Rosada all combined together to make Buenos Aires unique as it is… and to create seductive Tango!
The southern district includes landmarks such us: La Boca, Boca Juniors soccer stadium (La Bombonera), San Telmo, Parque Lezama, Puerto Madero, Calatrava´s Woman’s bridge, Frigate Sarmiento, Plaza de Mayo, Avenida de Mayo, 9 de Julio Ave., Avenida de Mayo, and Congress Hall.
Buenos Aires – Shopping and Fun Paradise
Buenos Aries, the Capital of Argentina, is a global shopper’s paradise.
From folkloric art work to brand name products, you will find high quality goods at incredible prices. Buenos Airs is full of malls, shops, markets, and boutiques where you can find high quality hand made products made out of silver, gold, or leather. In addition to the fantastic antique shops which you won’t want to miss. Shoes, beautiful leather handbags and luggage in the latest fashion by young local designers at incredible prices (Palermo and downtown).
If you want to watch a movie at 1:00 AM or or play until 5:00 AM, and then go for a coffee or dinner, you can do it in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is a city that literally never sleeps. Particularly between October and March (spring – summer time) when tons of cultural events, parties, shows and concerts take place all around the city. Argentine cuisine is highly influenced by European and Latin American roots. But, beef and steaks are what distinguish Argentinean cuisine from the rest of the world. Nothing better after a tennis match or before going out to tango than having a tasty and tender beef together with an excellent Malbec.
Cash is preferred as a payment method and to get good deals. In any case, major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are widely available. Traveler’s checks are accepted, but better received in US Dollars. Please, note that there is a daily withdrawal limit at ATMs and only pesos are available.
The weather is great in Argentina
Tropical Winter Break in Argentina
Image yourself during your next holidays playing Tennis outdoors in sunny Buenos Aires.
Yes, you get away from the cold winter of the Northern Hemisphere and the feel of summer when is winter time at home! October to March is spring and summer time in Argentina.
The days are long, warm, sunny and packed with cultural festivals and fun events. Argentineans know how to enjoy summer. Come and enjoy it with us!
Kick your winter boots off and go barefoot under sunny Buenos Aires
Take a break from the winter blues, play tennis outdoors and visit one of the most popular destinations worldwide.
Top recommended Travel guides, Books, Maps and Kindle editions about Buenos Aires and Argentina.
Top 10 Buenos Aires (EYEWITNESS TOP 10 TRAVEL GUIDE)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Pocket Guide on Buenos Aires. January 2, 2010.
This is a great little pocket book that one can take on trips in and around Burnos Aires. It is well written, contains a ton of information, easy to carry and very nice pictures. We could not have done without this guide when we recently visited Buenos Aires.Several city street maps make getting around town and locating attractions easy. By Bill A. Belt VINE™ VOICE.
The Rough Guide to Buenos Aires
5.0 out of 5 stars. Up to date & helpful January 5, 2012.
Good guide. Just got back from a trip to BA, and this guidebook was up-to-date, helpful, and correct. Good history for side trips (Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay) when the other book I used had no history. By SMULawyer.
Streetwise Buenos Aires Map – Laminated Map of Buenos Aires
Format: Folded Map
Could not ask for more. April 14, 2011.
Great map, great size, waterproof, and very clear.
I bought this to prepare myself for a months trip to argentina, and it feels like i have a good idea of where things should be… il be looking out for these maps for everywhere else i go! It has a clear and to the point legend that helps you find districts with no fuss… great design! they should include a freebee pen tho to write on it… would make it a better package, good marketing tool! By Zeyad Tarek.
Argentina Tourist Information
Argentina is the second-largest country in South America. Its neighbors countries are Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. With the magnificent Atlantic Ocean all along the east.
Compared to the Northern Hemisphere, Argentina has opposite seasons. For example, when is winter time in Europe or the US, it is warm and sunny in Buenos Aires. The best time to visit Argentina, dance tango and play tennis outdoors is between September and April. The ski season runs between July and September.
Argentina is a young country still to be populated. It only has 40.1 million people, but Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city with more than 13 million porteños (inhabitants of Buenos Aires).
Democracy. Type: Republic.
European descendent 95%. Third word largest Jewish community.
Predominantly Roman Catholic.
Spanish. But, we are curios and not shy to talk in English to international visitors.
Highly literate population (97% approximately).
Most American citizens visit Argentina without incident.
(Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State)
Argentina Time Zone
Time in Argentina is one hour later than US Eastern Standard Time. Argentina Local Time = UTC -3h
220 volts. International travelers will need a voltage converter and plug adapter.
Tipping is not mandatory as it is in the USA, but around 10% of the bill (bar and restaurants) is expected.
Flying Distance to Argentina
When travelling to Argentina, one will find direct flights from major US cities and Europe.
- Flying from the US to Buenos Aires takes approximately 10h 50m (JFK – EZE)
- From Europe, the flying time is 11h 50m (MAD – EZE)
- Flying from New York City (NYC) to San Francisco (SFO) can take up to 10 hr 19 m
U.S., Canadian and European Citizens valid passport and tourist entry card.
The currency name in Argentina is Peso (Argentine Peso).
Currency conversion rates in Argentina (September 2016):
1 US Dollar = 15.15 Argentine Pesos
1 Euro = 17.00 Argentine Pesos
1 British Pound Sterling = 19.65 Argentine Pesos
1 Brazilian Real = 4.67 Argentine Pesos
1 Peso Chileno = 0.02 Pesos Argentinos
1 Peso Uruguayo = 0.53 Pesos Argentinos
1 Australian Dollar = 11.55 Argentine Pesos
At the Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE, Ezeiza), before leaving the country, you can recover the 21% of the value paid in concept of sales taxes / VAT, four each item paid + $ 70 (per invoice). Just look for shops that carry the TAX FREE logo in their windows. Tax Free Shopping is a service provided by Global Refund and Global Blue.
You are invited to explore with us this amazing and vibrating country in the heart of South America. As a big country that it is, Argentina has too many places and too much to offer to be visited at once… your choices are endless!