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Most of our clients that travel to Argentina elect to spend some time in this amazing city - be it a single night or several days. We always recommend that anglers stay at least one night in the city before traveling to their final fishing destination within Argentina. Buenos Aires is a beautiful, European-style city, with wonderful attraction and plenty to see and do. It is famous for Tango dancing, museums, great steak houses, and exciting nightlife. If you are flying all the way to Argentina, then do yourself a favor and spend some time in Buenos Aires at either the front end or the back end of your trip.
All Buenos Aires add-on packages are completely customized, and the length of trips and tours in Buenos Aires can vary from one day and night to several days. We can customize any itinerary that works for you!
In a city the size of New York, Paris or Tokyo, accommodations of any type can be booked and arranged. Buenos Aires offers everything from economy lodging to five-star, elegant nicest hotels. Below are some of the hotels that we work with and recommend in Buenos Aires:
Alvear Palace Hotel
PH. 011-54-11-4808-2100 • FAX: 011-54-11-4804-9246
PH. 011-54-11-4891-8000• FAX: 011-54-11-4891-8017
Four Seasons / Park Hyatt Hotel
PH: 011-54-11-4321-1200 • FAX: 011-54-11-4321-1201
Like any major international city, the restaurant and dining options in Buenos Aires are endless! This is a city that takes dining seriously, and meals can easily last a few hours. Like the national norm, nobody here really starts eating until after 9:00 PM. One thing that we do recommend is that you visit and dine in one of the city's classic Argentine steak houses. There are several great ones, including Cabana Las Lilas, which is arguably the most famous steakhouse in Buenos Aires. If you have one night in the city, do yourself a favor and eat at this restaurant! Reservations are recommended, and the steaks are world-famous.
More European than South American in flavor, Buenos Aires' heart boasts bustling streets, grand avenues, old-time cafes and stylish restaurants. This complex, energetic, and seductive port city, which stretches south-to-north along the Rio de la Plata, has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Portenos, as the multinational people of Buenos Aires are known, possess an elaborate and rich cultural identity. They value their European heritage highly--Italian and German names outnumber Spanish, and the lifestyle and architecture are markedly more European than any other in South America. If you are planning on overnighting in Buenos Aires, or if you plan on spending any time there on the front or back-end of your trip, then we recommend some of the following activities and sights during your city stay.
Buenos Aires City Tour This is something that we can easily arrange prior to your arrival in Argentina. If you are arriving on a morning flight and plan on overnighting in Buenos Aires, then this is a great way to see a large part of the city in a relatively short period of time. We can easily arrange a private, English-speaking guide who will be able to show you the top attractions in and around the city.
Cementerio de la Recoleta
One of Buenos Aires' prime tourist attractions, the Cementerio de la Recoleta sits in the plushest of neighborhoods, ritzy Recoleta. High walls surround this necropolis where generations of Argentina's elite rest in ornate splendor. It's fascinating to wander around and explore this extensive mini-city of lofty statues, detailed marble facades and earthy-smelling sarcophagi, all the while reading family names of those with enough social points to make it in here. (Follow the crowds and you'll find Evita Peron’s grave.) Among marble angels and black granite tombs are the sites of some of Argentina's most famous - and infamous - historical figures.
The Teatro Colon needs little introduction to those familiar with the opera. As one of the world's premier opera houses, it has hosted the likes of Maria Callas, Toscanini, Stravinsky, and Caruso. Tickets are hard to come by, as many of the theater's 3,500 seats are held by season ticket holders. A guided tour lets the visitor glimpse the inner workings of this eminent center of opera.
Plaza de Mayo
The Plaza de Mayo is the city center, and some of Argentina's most important historical events took place here. Surrounding it is the Government House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Cabildo (town hall). Today the Plaza probably owes most of its fame to the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, the women who still show up in the square seeking information on their loved ones who vanished during Argentina’s Dirty War.
This area is the most fashionable place in Buenos Aires to dine; it is adjacent to the Cementario de la Recoleta, Our Lady of the Pilar Church, the Cultural Center, and the Palais de Glace, a major gallery. You can walk along the Pilar, which brims with a wide variety of restaurants and venues featuring live music every night.
San Telmo is widely hailed as the most picturesque part of Buenos Aires. Cobblestone streets and colonial buildings set the atmosphere for an array of shops and boutiques, tango parlors and cafes.
Perhaps the most colorful area in Buenos Aires is La Boca (the Mouth), which sits along the port. Here an assortment of brightly painted low houses made of wood and metal burst upon the eyes in a scene that could almost be from somewhere in Scandinavia. The main street here is Caminito, which has an artisans and painters fair, open air tango shows, and typical Italian cantinas. In the surrounding streets are crafts stalls and tango dancers, and everywhere there are groups of tourists taking photos.
The Parque Lezama
This is one of the city's most attractive parks--enormous magnolias, palms, and cedar elms grace the winding paths among the hills, and a smoothly-flowing river cuts through the park center. At the Museo Historico Nacional, Argentina's turbulent history is reviewed, from the 16th century to the present.
Getting to Argentina is not difficult. Take an easy overnight flight to Buenos Aires from one of several major cities in the U.S., get a good night’s rest, and awake in Argentina. You will be met by Yellow Dog's Buenos Aires agent at the International Airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel or to the domestic airport if you have opted for immediate departure to your final Argentine destination.
The only "challenging" aspect of traveling in and out of Buenos Aires is that there are two separate airports - the International Airport and the Domestic Airport. With 99% of the trips to Argentina, you will arrive into the International Airport, The Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini Airport (EZE), and will then have to transfer over to the The Jorge Newbery Airport, ( AEP) for your continuing flights on to Esquel, Bariloche, Salta, San Martin, Mendoza, or anywhere else in the country. And - here's the difficult aspect of this - the two airport are NOT close to each other at all! When you arrive into the International Airport, it can be a major process getting all the way across town to the Domestic Terminal to check in and process through to you next flight. THIS IS WHY we recommend the services of our Buenos Aires agent and her great team of people to make this transfer as easy and painless as possible.
Please contact Yellow Dog for custom rates for all Buenos Aires city tours, transfer packages, and trip extensions. Rates will vary depending on the number of days and nights in Buenos Aires, desired tours, the level of assistance that you require, and any add-ons. We will be happy to set up a full Buenos Aires itinerary for you and price out an all-inclusive package.
Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
The first thing that strikes the foreign visitor to Argentina is whether the Argentines are Latin Americans or Europeans who — through some strange twist of fate — have been uprooted and thrown into the middle of South America. A local saying reasons that “Argentina is the most European of the Latin American nations because its people are from the most Latin of the European nations.” The majority of the Argentine population can trace their forefathers back to Europe (mainly Spain and Italy.) In fact, over 80% of Argentines are of European decent. Spanish is the official language in Argentina, but some immigrant communities retain their language as a badge of identity. Italian is widely understood, reflecting the influence of the country's single largest immigrant group, and BBC English is the preserve of the Anglo community. There are 17 native languages, including Quechua, Mapuche, Guarani, Tobas and Matacos.