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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Founded in 1536, Buenos Aires was administered by a Spanish viceroy for nearly three centuries before winning its independence in 1816. A sleepy port town for most of that time, it wasn't until the turn of the 20th century that the city finally emerged as an important shipping center. Today, Argentina's democratically elected government has made it South America's safest (and most expensive) country. This cosmopolitan city is characterized by broad boulevards with huge shade trees, beautiful residential districts, plazas containing monuments and fountains, interspersed with 20th-century high-rise buildings. It is a truly great walking city.




Buenos Aires, Argentina

ATP Buenos Aires


February
The annual ATP Buenos Aires tennis tournament is held on the outdoor clay courts of the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

Buenos Aires Tango Festival


late February - early March
Tango rhythms permeate the streets of Buenos Aires every year in late February and early March during the Buenos Aires Tango Festival. Indoor and outdoor venues are located all throughout the city.

Milongueando in Buenos Aires


mid-February
Milongueando in Buenos Aires brings together passionate milonga dancers(milongueros) from Buenos Aires and all over the world to the city's milonga hotspots. Milonga is a South American form of music but it also refers to a tango party.

Recoleta Wine Tour Urbano


mid-late March
Arenales Street, in the affluent Recoleta neighborhood, hosts the Recoleta Wine Tour Urbano for three wonderful nights of wine and food tasting.



Off the Beaten Track


Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve - Just across any of the Puerto Madero bridges you'll find the Costanera Sur ecological reserve, an extensive wetland where over 500 bird species nest among the foxtail pampas grass. Iguanas share their habitat with bikers, joggers and weekend picnic enthusiasts. Perhaps you'll be in time for the monthly "Walking Under the Full Moon" tour.



Customs


Colonial buildings, expansive parks and elaborate monuments bear witness to the European culture that still seeps through the veins of the Portenos - the locals. Music and dance are of extreme importance in Buenos Aires, the birthplace of Tango. Fashion and art are equally prominent and can be seen in the colorful buildings that frame La Boca district. Spanish, French and Italian customs are pervasive as are the cultures of the native Andean Indians whose unique music employs rare, often handmade, wind and string instruments.