Buenos Aires

Stunning architecture, cosmopolitan atmosphere, the latest fashions and trends, intimate side walk cafes, a prized destination for savvy world travelers: it’s no wonder that Buenos Aires is often called the South American Paris. But this sophisticated Argentine city is not concerned with imitating the inimitable French city; its people would much rather celebrate their own rich culture and live up to their hot, steamy reputation!  Visitors will enjoy European charm, South American warmth, and unique Buenos Aires vibrancy.

One of the most influential and populous cities in South America, Buenos Aires is a cultural hub. The thriving theater industry draws visitors from the continent and beyond, as does the famous Teatro Colon. The opera house is considered one of the best concert venues in the world; from the Marriage of Figaro and international orchestras to ballet performances of Swan Lake, Cinderella, and the fanciful Alice in Wonderland, there is, indeed, a wonderland of culture to enjoy. Culture buffs will also enjoy museum after museum, galleries, and bookstores you can get lost in for hours.

Outdoors is just as enthralling. The Buenos Aires Zoo is not the largest in the world, but it does feature 89 species of mammals, 49 species of reptiles, and 175 bird varieties. Visitors with children will appreciate the Farm at the Zoo exhibit, where you can feed the local residents, and everyone will marvel at the big cats, indoor waterfall, and aquarium. In addition, there are beautifully landscaped parks throughout the city, perfect for picnicking or people watching. Remember, Buenos Aires is a major fashion capital, so you’ll get some great tips on what to wear and how to wear it!

Buenos Aires is renowned for many aspects of its wonderful culture, but perhaps none so much as Tango. In 2009, UNESCO declared Tango part of the world’s cultural heritage – but Argentina already knew that! The dance moves were so sensuous and scandalous that they were not deemed respectable enough for Europe until the 1920s. They were missing out! But visitors won’t. Take in performances, or better yet, take a lesson from one of the many schools.

There is much to explore in Buenos Aires: whether you love history and architecture, dance and music, or clubbing with a cold drink on a hot night, this Argentine city promises the trip of a lifetime. If you were hoping for Paris of South America, you will get much more than you ever expected!

Enid Glasgow