Argentina – Tennis, Tango, Malbec 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? (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 – The METROPOLIS
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 in Palermo, Evita Peron, a Japanese garden, Rodin’s sculptures in Palermo, design shops, the Recoleta Cemetery…and much more.
In addition to tennis Buenos Aires has many International Festivals like the International Festival of Independent Cinema of Buenos Aires (Bafici) and the Worldwide Championship of Tango.
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.
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. Explore the city’s fascinating architecture, and learn about the contrast between the ‘Southern’ and ‘Belle Époque’ districts.
Inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called porteños
Things to do and places to visit in Buenos Aires
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 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.
How many of Rodin’s sculptures can one discover in Buenos Aires?
In Palermo one can find restaurants, bars, design shops, tennis clubs, and parks. What about watching a Polo match or visiting the Japanese Garden, for example?
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!
As porteños like to say, Buenos Aires is a city that never sleeps. In fact, one can have an extraordinary dinner at almost any time of the night.
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.
Antique shopping? Don’t worry– In San Telmo you will find fabulous antique shops all across this traditional neighborhood.
The colorful area of La Boca is another interesting place to visit. Walk along Caminito street and enjoy a tango show while eating some empanadas. Diego Maradona played in one of the most important soccer teams in Argentina, Boca Juniors. Visiting the soccer stadium of La Bombonera in La Boca is an experience that should be not missed.
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.
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. We, 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.
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!
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.
Climate: 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.
Population: Argentina is a young country still to be populated. It only has 44.2 million people, but Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city with more than 13 million porteños (inhabitants of Buenos Aires).
Government: Democracy. Type: Republic.
Ethnic groups: European descendant 95%. Third largest Jewish community outside of Israel.
Religion: Predominantly Roman Catholic.
Language: Spanish. But, we are curios and not shy to talk in English to international visitors.
Literacy: Highly literate population (97% approximately).
Security: 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
Electricity: 220 volts. International travelers will need a voltage converter and plug adapter.
Tipping: 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
Entry Requirements: U.S., Canadian and European Citizens valid passport and tourist entry card.
Currency: The currency name in Argentina is Peso (Argentine Peso).
Currency conversion rates in Argentina (December 2018):
- 1 US Dollar = 37.71 Argentine Pesos
- 1 Euro = 42.92 Argentine Pesos
- 1 British Pound Sterling = 48.20 Argentine Pesos
- 1 Brazilian Real = 9.72 Argentine Pesos
- 1 Peso Chileno = 0.05 Pesos Argentinos
- 1 Peso Uruguayo = 1.19 Pesos Argentinos
- 1 Australian Dollar = 27.29 Argentine Pesos
- 1 Bitcoin = 135233.33 Argentine Pesos
Payment Methods: 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. Please, note that there is a daily withdrawal limit at ATMs and only pesos are available.
Tax Return: 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. 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.