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5 reasons to visit Buenos Aires

Published April 5th, 2013

Thinking of taking advantage of our Adventure Sale? Then let us give you further fuel to add to your wanderlust fire by drawing your attention to Buenos Aires. With Macchu Pichu, the Inca Trail and the Amazon only a hop, skip and a  short plane ride away, the Argentinean capital is the place to start your South American adventure. But don’t just take our word for it, check out these 5 reasons why you should visit Buenos Aires. #doit

 

The Shopping

You wouldn’t think it but Buenos Aires is home to some of the best shopping opportunities in the world. For boutique shopping, the city’s trendy district of Palmero is where you should head with a wallet full of pesos. While much of the stores here are incredibly interesting and supply your demand for denim and hipster footwear in the form of Alpargatas (look them up and fall in love kids), BA’s best buy is leather. Some of the best quality and best priced leather (hello great exchange rate) can be found in Villa Crespo where much of the leather outlets are located on Murillo Street.

 

The Steak

Much like its leather goods, steak is also of a high quality in Buenos Aires. Needless to say, the city’s numerous steak houses make BA a meat lover’s dream, Ron Swanson's kingdom and a vegetarian’s nightmare. The trick to finding the perfect meat morsel is to pull up a seat at a crowded restaurant in Palermo and order a steak well done. Most basic steak meals in BA will be served with a side of chips and little else. Spices and sauces (even pepper) aren’t favoured by local Portenos so if you like your steak with a bit of kick then you might need to BYO pepper shaker.

 

The Passion

It won’t take long on your Buenos Aires holiday to realise that Portenos are incredibly passionate people. The clichés of talking boisterously are true, as are their love of tango and soccer, known to them vehemently as football. For a full-blown moment of passion in BA, catch a game at the Bombonera in La Boca and witness the roar of the crowd. Alternatively, if dance is more your style, watch a traditional Tango performance at one of the dance halls in Palermo.

 

The Party

The nightlife alone is worth the plane ticket to Buenos Aires. The city is pretty much the definition of ‘go hard or go home,’ where energetic Portenos will happily stay out dancing until the crack of dawn and then some. The trick to keeping up with the locals is to enjoy a late dinner, start your pre-drinking session at midnight and don’t stop until the sun has well and truly risen. Are you up for the challenge? Then the clubs in Palermo like Kika, which is at its best on a Tuesday night, and the very loud and rock’n roll friendly Roxy Disco, are where you should be.

 

The Location

Like we said before, Buenos Aires is a great place to start your South American adventure; a fun jumping off point to some of the continent’s most iconic attractions.  After you’ve had your fair share of party times, you can nurse your hangover in the Amazon Rainforest, the Andes, the Iguazu Falls and the list goes on.

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.