A 2018 Trafalgar South America Vacation
A 2018 Trafalgar South America Vacation will have you admiring the magnificent Iguassu Falls, exploring the energetic streets and all-important sites of Buenos Aires or venturing into the Amazon jungle! One of our most popular Trafalgar tours in 2018 is the Best of South America where you'll be spending 12 days in 3 countries and 7 cities; The Perfect Getaway!
Here's what you can expect to see and do in Buenos Aires:
As the third largest city in South America and the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires certainly has a lot to live up to and for the hordes of tourists it welcomes every year, it definitely delivers. Boasting bustling streets, grand avenues, old-time cafes and stylish restaurants, it has often been described as being more European than South American in flavor, hence its status as the Paris of the South.Ã??Ã?Â
But in a country where the national dance is the tango, its no wonder Buenos Aires has a well-known reputation as the seductive party capital of Argentina. It is a true 24-hour city as there is always something going on to occupy the senses. Dance the night away or enjoy endless options of museums, cinemas and shows until the sun comes up over wide boulevards, leafy parks, grand buildings and an incredibly complex, and vibrant culture.
Meals in Buenos Aires can last several hours and dinner is usually eaten late (after 9pm). Beef is dominant, and it comes in the forms of bife de chorizo (sirloin steak) or empanadas (meat pies). The local wine is also good, especially the reds. You may also like to try mate, the traditional gaucho drink.
The national desserts are dulce de leche, a milk jelly, and alfajores- Argentine sweets made form dulce de leche. Being a cosmopolitan city, there are Italian, Spanish, Japanese, French, Nordic, Mexican, Chinese, Arab and Turkish restaurants.
Argentina has excellent leather and the quality of their leather goods is outstanding. Leather factories can tailor any item you wish and have it ready on only a day, and sometimes only a few hours. Calle Florida is a pedestrian-only street nine blocks long that overflows with leather shops and boutiques from around the world.
Popular souvenirs include ponchos, silver photo frames and the ornate Gaucho belts. Keep an eye out for cashmere sweaters, skirts and jackets. Many of Sen TelmoÃ??Ã?Â¢??s old mansions have been turned into antique shops and these are another great buy in Buenos Aires.
- Cemetery of the Recoleta The most celebrated Argentinians, including Eva Peron and her family, are buried at this elaborate cemetery. Here mausoleums have been made to look like chapels, pyramids and Greek temples.
- Cafe Tortoni The oldest cafe of its type in Argentina, from here you can watch reasonably priced tango shows in its velvet-covered back room.
- Plaza de Mayo The city center here you will find the sites if some of the Argentina's most important historical events. Surrounding it is the Government House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Cabildo (town hall).
- La Boca Known as the birthplace of the tango, this one-time shipyard has a famous walkway, the Caminito, where tango dancers perform and artists exhibit their work.
- San Telmo This revitalized area with its artistic cafes, cobblestone streets and antique shops is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods.