The most populous and cosmopolitan city in Argentina - Buenos Aires!
The streets of Buenos Aires are an astounding mix of grandeur with alluring Latin influences and a large dose of vibrancy.
The architecture of the 1908 opera house, the Obelisco de Buenos Aires and 19th-century buildings such as Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace, all radiate charm and offer visitors an insight into Argentina's rich history, ensuring the city maintains a certain seductive essence about it.
The Latin influences in Argentina are strong yet not overwhelming, showcasing themselves in both old and new music and the arts. The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is perfect for witnessing significant artwork from European masters, ranging from pre-Renaissance days to the here and now. Art is not just confined to the galleries in Buenos Aires - the streets are used as a canvas for many talented and inspiring street artists whose murals proudly enhance the vibrancy and colour of the city.
Whilst the many theatres can allow you to experience the sensation that is Tango by watching the world famous dance, you can also try yourself at a Milonga. Milonga's are dance salons which are dotted throughout the city and allow you to watch and learn amongst beginners and the more advanced, or show off your moves with your own partner.
Buenos Aires is a city full of life and culture, and has a somewhat confidence amongst its stark contrast of old and new - and proudly so.
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January - Chinese New Year in Belgrano
February / March - Carnival celebration street parades
April - ArteBA 4 day international arts festival
May - Theatro Colon Opera Festival
August - World Tango Festival
September - Buenos Aires Marathon
September - Jewish New Year Palermo
November - Abierto Argentino de Polo International Polo Tournament
Experience this enchanting side of Buenos Aires with a scholar guide on a two hour relaxed walking tour. Be immersed in the authentically vintage and resplendent surroundings of the Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore, not only to marvel at the opulent theatre of books (declared one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world by Brian Howard, Senior Writer at National Geographic) but to absorb the cultural significance of books for Porteños (residents of Buenos Aires). Porteños consider their book stores as sacred as their churches. A holy site of wooden shelves and paper that resembles a maze of thought.
The Buenos Aires Cafés are as sacred as their bookstores and just as grand! Tones of Paris and Vienna are evident throughout the cafés of the traditional business neighbourhoods of the city. The opulent Café Tortoni has barely changed since 1858 and is a fascinating example of the wealth that grew from the European merchant pioneers. They have been left completely intact and a stop for coffee to delight in the service and atmosphere (not to mention wonderful coffee and pastries) will be a memorable moment in this wonderful city.
Located in San Telmo, the oldest district in Buenos Aires "El Zanjón” is internationally recognised as an archaeological calendar of the city.
Excavations of the mansion which dated back to 1830 led to the uncovering of the ancient Zanjón (ravine). The mansion was built for a wealthy family with six slaves in 1860 but by 1890 had been turned into a tenement. By 1985 it had been abandoned and walled off, with its ground floor four meters deep in debris. Now fully restored, elegant new steel and glass elevators transport visitors to and from the illuminated depths of the tunnels and ravines of El Zanjón. It is a magical space where poetry, history and myth coexist an important urban archaeology project and highly recommended.
We can arrange transfers and a recommendation for lunch around the visit.
Begin your evening with a pre-concert dinner at Tomo Uno, a traditional and sophisticated restaurant with an exceptional menu.
Then continue for just a short walk to the Thetro Colón, where you have the opportunity to see an opera, ballet or concert, in the magnificent auditorium.
It is considered one of the ten best opera houses in the world by National Geographic, and is acoustically considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world.
Performances usually commence at 8pm.
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