Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of South America. It is one of Latin America's most sophisticated cities, renowned for its architecture, nightlife and culture, wide boulevards, commanding architecture and Spanish and Italian heritage. It is a city of extreme wealth and poverty.
The city has something for everyone, whether it's watching or partaking in the famous tango, hoeing into one of their famously thick steaks, watching football or polo with thousands of hysterical fans or wandering along cobbled streets under the grand façades of European-style buildings.
In 2001, the unthinkable happened. Argentina went bankrupt. The devaluation of the peso has subsequently made it an attractive tourist destination. Hotels, restaurants, museums and excursions are almost 50 percent cheaper, making it a "first-world country with third-world prices".
One of the pleasures of Buenos Aires is visiting its many open-air markets, known as ferias. Shopping is combined with entertainment as vendors tempt you with heirlooms, porcelain, crystal, pottery and jewellery.
Murga dancing began as a celebration of Italian and Spanish heritage, but was forced underground in the 1970s when its messages became political. The murga is performed by a maximum of 17 people, usually men, and has a chorus and three percussionists. The group chooses a theme and the colourful activity is rehearsed for months before Carnival. Los Atrevidos de Palermo is one of the most important of the thousands of murgas that exist.
Pan y Arte Restaurant is in a beautiful Argentinean house with an art gallery and studio. Great music and traditional Argentinean cuisine make it extremely popular. Enjoy a drink at the bar while you listen to live music and watch the locals.
The capital city of Argentina.
Intrepid Travel has eight-day tours starting in Buenos Aires. Guide, accommodation, activities and some meals are included. Prices start at $1090 per person, plus $US400 local payment. They run year-round subject to availability.
Aerolineas Argentinias has return flights to Buenos Aires.
- Sydney, $1799
- Melbourne, $1999
- Brisbane, $1999
- Adelaide, $2199
- Perth, $2699
- Darwin, $2699
Fares are valid between March 1 and November 30, 2007, and do not include taxes.
Prices quoted are correct at February 8, 2007.
Fitzroy Vic 3065
Ph: 1300 360 887
Fax: (03) 9419 4426
Aerolineas Argentinas Sydney
Level 3, 64 Clarence Street
Ph: (02) 9234 9000
Fax: (02) 9234 9020