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Day 1 – Recoleta
Cementerio de la Recoleta is one of the city’s top attractions, so a visit to the elegant district that bears its name is virtually inevitable. With its broad boulevards, Belle Epoque mansions, and leafy squares, it was once the city’s most fashionable address.

Today, Avenida Alvear and environs are undeniably swank. But take comparisons to Paris with a grain of salt. In spite of its miraculous rebound, Buenos Aires still faces economic challenges. And graffiti, dog poop, and homelessness are more in evidence here than in the capital cities of Western Europe.

First settled by the Padres Recoletos monks in the early 1700s, the quarter experienced serious gentrification in 1871 when the yellow fever epidemic drove the wealthy from their homes in what is now San Telmo.

Unwilling to take a backseat to anyone, the city’s elite hired Parisian architects, sculptors, and artists to create mansions that would rival those of Paris. Today, many house Buenos Aires's ’s most sophisticated shops and restaurants. So a shopping excursion here can do double duty as an architecture-appreciation tour.

A truly arresting resting place.

Cementerio de la Recoleta first opened to the public in 1882. The former graveyard of the adjoining Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, it covers more than 13 acres. Of the 6,400 grave markers – which run the gamut from Grecian-style temples to ornate Art Nouveau crypts – 70 are designated historical monuments.

It’s very photogenic, so visit in the early morning or late afternoon when the light is at its best.

You can pick up a map at the office near the entrance. The most-visited grave is that of Argentine demigoddess Evita Peron. But hers is by no means the most impressive tomb here, so allow plenty of time to wander among the magnificent statuary – much of which was created by European sculptors using marble from Italy and France.

Keep an eye out for Recoleta’s stray cats. Numbering more than 75, they are fed twice daily by a group of volunteers.

While you’re in the neighborhood.

When you’re through exploring the Cemetery, be sure to visit the Basilica. Built in 1732, it is one of the oldest churches in Buenos Aires . The single-nave church has six German Baroque altars, one plated with silver in the form of an Incan sun. The cloister houses a small museum with religious artifacts.

Next to the Basilica, the Centro Cultural Recoleta is a multi-media cultural complex occupying what was once the convent of the basilica. There are always several art exhibitions in the 25 galleries, as well as a robust schedule of theatrical and musical performances. The Museo Participativo de Ciencias on the first floor is great for kids.

Shop for handmade souvenirs at the Crafts Fair.

Saturday is a good day to visit Recoleta because the largest handicrafts market in town – La Feria de Recoleta – takes place at Plaza Francia, and spills over into the adjoining squares. Street performers, bands, and tango dancers all add to the fun.

The market is open on Sundays too, but many of the barrio’s stores are closed, so if you’re interested in shopping, come on a Saturday.

You can find inexpensive souvenirs among the handmade jewelry, leather goods, scarves, and other crafts. Since so many Portenos – as Buenos Aires residents are called – come out with the kids and dogs for an afternoon in the park, you’ll also be able to see the locals at leisure.

If you’re feeling a little peckish, there’s good street food – mostly grilled meats and pastries. Try some alfajores: yummy sandwich cookies filled with dulce de leche.

Everything for house and home.

Lovers of design should visit the Buenos Aires Design Center, located between the Cemetery and the Plaza Intendente Alvear. With 60 stores spread over two stories, the best design firms in the city are all under one roof. Stylish housewares, furniture, cookware, bathroom fixtures, linens, gifts and interior accessories are available for a fraction of what you’d pay in Europe.

The open-air Terraza on the second story is a great place to watch the action below or have lunch. There are several restaurants there, including an Irish pub, a traditional barbecue, and a Hard Rock Cafe.

Lunch options in Recoleta.

R.M. Ortiz, the pedestrian-only path on the east side of Plaza Intendente Alvear, is known locally as “restaurant row.” The best known eatery is La Biela. You can’t miss it – a huge gum tree shades the terrace. It’s a pleasant spot, but the service is indifferent, the prices are inflated, and the only patrons seem to be Americans.

With half a dozen restaurants on Ortiz to choose from, there’s no reason to settle for the first one you see. The Buller Brewing Company is the only microbrewery in Buenos Aires .

Another alternative is to stroll two blocks down elegant Avenida Alvear to the Alvear Palace Hotel for their brunch buffet. Buenos Aires's ’s most prestigious address since 1928, the hotel was recently refurbished and is as opulent as ever. Just don’t show up in a tee shirt and tennis shoes.

Also in the neighborhood is the beautiful Four Seasons, which is connected by a garden to a Belle Epoque mansion.

Post-lunch puttering.

There are many luxe boutiques in the neighborhood. The Ralph Lauren store is in one of the loveliest turn-of-the-century townhouses in Recoleta. It’s worth popping in to see the gorgeous staircase and woodwork.

Cat Ballou and Gabriella Capucci offer unique clothing and accessories for women.

There are also two excellent museums in the area – the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The former is located in a beautiful residence designed by Rene Sergent in 1911 and finished in 1917. Today, the Beaux Arts mansion contains more than 4,000 objets d’arts, including paintings by Manet and Fantin-Latour, and glassware by Lalique. Also included is the Museo de Arte Oriental, the Zubov collection of Russian Imperial miniatures, and visiting exhibitions.

Nearby, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is Argentina’s fine arts showcase. Housed in what was once the city’s waterworks, the museum displays European and Argentine masters from the 12th through the 20th centuries. You’ll find works by Goya, Renoir, van Gogh, El Greco, Tintoretto, Picasso, Quinquela Martin, and Castagnino.

Both museums have pleasant garden cafes, so when you’re through sightseeing, you won’t have much trouble finding a spot to enjoy an excellent Malbec, a crisp Torrontes, or a Quilmes beer.

Pre-dinner down time.

Like their Spanish forebears, Portenos dine late. A couple of tapas at the end of the day are required to stave off hunger. In Argentina, these little snacks of meat, cheese, olives, or nuts are called picadas. Most cafes serve a little something to nibble on with your cocktail. And they help make a 10PM dinner hour possible.

Because there’s not much of a time change, jet lag isn’t a problem for most North Americans. But after the long flight, you’ll likely be worn out, so you might as well schedule in a siesta back at your hotel.

Late-night dining in Recoleta.

Recoleta is not the restaurant capital of Buenos Aires – that distinction goes to Palermo and Puerto Madero. But there are several good restaurants in the barrio, including Nectarine, La Bourgogne in the Alvear Palace, and Oviedo, which seems to have been transplanted from Barcelona.

If you had a power nap, there’s plenty of cutting-edge nightlife in Buenos Aires . Ask your hotel concierge which clubs are the current hot spots. But be prepared for a very late night. Things don’t start hopping until the wee small hours.


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Day 2 – La Boca/San Telmo

Buenos Aires is mostly flat, so despite its vast size – 1,500 square miles – you can walk between many of the city’s attractions. If you do hoof it, you’ll experience the city’s varied architecture in a more intimate way, and you’ll see neighborhoods you might otherwise have missed.

If the weather’s not cooperating, or your shoes – or feet – won’t take the mileage, have your hotel call you a Radio Taxi. Cabs you catch on the street may not have meters, or may have their meters already running in order to overcharge you.

Buenos Aires's ’s most colorful quarter.

If it’s Sunday, take a Radio Taxi to La Boca. Even if it looks walkable on a map, don’t do it – the surrounding area is pretty dicey.

While you may see a policeman on every street corner in San Telmo, you won’t in La Boca. So stick to the main tourist trail – it’s only a few blocks wide and a few blocks long. And come during the daylight hours.

Have your cab drop you at La Caminito, the barrio’s most famous street and one of Buenos Aires's ’s most striking. There’s a lively crafts fair here on Sundays.

La Boca backstory.

La Boca – the “mouth” in Spanish – takes its name from the natural harbor formed where one of the Rio de la Plata’s tributaries meets the river.

Most of the original settlers here arrived by ship from Genoa, Italy, and they contributed a lot to the local language. The result is that Argentine Spanish is a unique hybrid of both languages. Portenos often say “ciao” instead of “adios.” And “y” and “ll” are pronounced “zh.” So if you speak Spanish, you may be surprised by the difficulty you have understanding – and being understood – in Argentina.

With no building materials on hand, the newcomers used salvaged sheet metal and leftover paint from the ships in port to create tenements known as “conventillos.” Today, they are still painted the same vibrant shades of red, yellow, green, and blue.

If it’s sunny, you’ll come away with some memorable photographs.

The neighborhood is also famous for its soccer team and stadium – La Bombonera (the Chocolate Box) – and you’d do well to clear out before game time when Boca Juniors are playing.

Portenos are rabid soccer fans and Maradona-worship continues a decade after his retirements from the Juniors.

An open-air gallery.

Undeniably the most touristy part of Buenos Aires, La Boca’s shops all sell the same souvenirs, and you can say “been there, done that,” in about 20 minutes.

But art lovers will enjoy checking out the local talent along Montmartre-like La Caminito.

One of Buenos Aires's ’s best known artists – Benito Quinquela Martín – lived and worked in La Boca, and you can see reproductions of his vibrant depictions of the neighborhood and its inhabitants in the barrio’s nicer galleries.

On Sundays, the crafts fair gets going until around noon. There’s some nice handmade jewelry at good prices.

Chances are, a Brazilian-style percussion line and several tango dancers will add a back beat to the whole affair. And the smell of sausages grilling in converted oil drums may be too tempting to resist. Try a choripan – sausage sandwich – topped with chimichurri sauce.

BaAs’s historic center.

When you’re through exploring, get a taxi at the rank at La Caminito. Your destination will depend on how much you want to walk. Your final stop is Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo. But on Sundays, many streets are blocked off, making the whole area pedestrian-friendly.

Government buildings are closed on Sundays. But if you don’t care about touring them, you can have the cab drop you at Plaza de Mayo.

First laid out in 1580, the plaza is the historic heart of the city, which literally grew up around it. There’s often some sort of informal demonstration here – in fact, the locals call it the Plaza de Protestas.

In the center of the plaza, an obelisk was erected to commemorate the first anniversary of Buenos Aires's ’s independence from Spain. On the north side, the Banco de la Nacion was designed by Bustillo and dates from 1939.

The pink building at the eastern end of the plaza is Casa Rosada, once the Argentine Presidential palace. It’s probably best known for the balcony where Juan and Evita Peron whipped the locals into a lather. The original hue came from mixing ox blood with white wash.

Once on the riverbank fortifications, the palace is now well inland. It is no longer the President’s residence, but his office is here.

A taste of Buenos Aires café culture.

Also on the square is the Catedral Metropolitana, built in 1827 and noteworthy for containing the tomb of General Jose de San Martin. The Cabildo, or City Hall, now contains a modest historical museum. It’s the only remaining building on the plaza that dates from Colonial times.

If you managed to resist the barbecue in La Boca, you could stroll a few blocks down Avenida de Mayo to Café Tortoni.

Opened in 1858, the Art Nouveau coffee house could just as easily be a fixture in Paris or Vienna. Hot chocolate with churros – a steal at 1 peso each – is divine. Or try the “submarino,” a cup of hot milk with a chocolate bar for dipping.

If you don’t make it to Café Tortoni during the day, it’s a pleasant venue for tango performances in the evening. A small theater provides an intimate experience with first-rate dancers.

Sunday afternoon street party.

The San Telmo Antiques Fair is a straight shot down Defensa from Plaza de Mayo. On Sundays, Defensa is closed to traffic and vendors, and buskers, musicians, and dancers all create a festive atmosphere.

Antique shops – ranging from kitschy second-hand stores to those that cater to serious collectors – line both sides of Defensa.

Argentina’s economic hard times forced many well-to-do families to liquidate some of their heirlooms, so there are some treasures to be found. But downright steals are a thing of the past.

Prices are now fair-to-high and you should be prepared to haggle with vendors at the fair. And keep an eye out for reproductions, which aren’t uncommon.

You’ll be entertained by Bossa Nova guitarists, tango dancers, puppeteers, bandeon players, tango orchestras, human “statues” and jugglers. Lots of art. Crafts in the side streets. And plenty of Portenos enjoying all the free entertainment.

The fair itself takes place on Plaza Dorrego, a Spanish-style square surrounded by shops and restaurants – though by 2PM, they’ll all be packed. If you’re a serious shopper, or someone who hates crowds, show up early. Otherwise, be prepared to be jostled a bit by the 10,000 other attendees.

Although there are lots of policemen in the area, you should still keep a close eye on your wallet.

Something old, something new.

At the fair, you’ll find stall after stall filled with seltzer bottles, vintage clothing, jewelry, Art Nouveau objects, handbags, flatware, and assorted bric-a-brac.

A few blocks past Plaza Dorrego, Pasaje de la Defensa provides a glimpse of what San Telmo’s mansions were like before the gentry fled to Recoleta. The 1880 structure features several courtyards which are now filled with antique stores, galleries, and a café. Its faded beauty evokes a romantic, bygone era. Think French Quarter meets Havana.

San Telmo is also a great neighborhood for Tango. There are several restaurants where you can enjoy excellent performances while you eat your lunch.

Like any good Italian descendent, Argentines are serious about their ice cream. So skip dessert and visit a heladeria for what some argue is the best ice cream in the world. Pay at the cashier and then give your ticket and place your order down the counter. And don’t leave without trying Dulce de Leche, the local favorite.

There’s a good heladeria on Defensa across from the booths.

San Telmo second wind.

The fair usually winds down around 6PM. But after the sun goes down, San Telmo heats up again. A dance floor is rolled out and a milonga or tango party fills the square. Hundreds of couples hit the streets to dance and enjoy the surrounding cafes and bars.

If you’re beat, stop for a cocktail or head back to your hotel to relax before dinner. Then, head to Puerto Madero, where there are dozens of restaurants along the river.

Puerto Madero – from frumpy to fabulous.

When the original port became inadequate, the warehouses at Puerto Madero were abandoned and left to decay. In 1994, the area was revitalized, and today, the condos, restaurants, and offices here are Buenos Aires's ’s most expensive.

The opening of the Philippe Starck-designed Faena + Universe hotel in a 1902 granary on the other side of the river triggered another wave of gentrification. And now, no trip to Buenos Aires is complete without dinner in one of Puerto Madero’s swanky restaurants.

You can walk along the promenade and check out the menus. Or if you’re serious about beef, make a reservation at Cabana Las Lilas and order the lomo.

Arrive with sufficient time before dinner, and you can enjoy a stroll along the waterfront. The river itself isn’t much to look at. And there are only a few boats here – the Frigate Sarmineto, which was the flagship of the Argentine Navy until 1946, and the Corbeta Uruguay, built in 1874.

But many Portenos come here for their evening paseo, drawn by the cool breezes and respite from the din of gridlocked traffic.

The modern footbridge spanning the river at dique (dock) 3 was designed by Santiago Calatrava. Built in 2001, it’s called the Puente de la Mujer, and its design suggests a couple dancing the tango.

Dance the night away.

If you have the strength to sample Buenos Aires legendary nightlife, Puerto Madero is the place. Opera Bay, at Dique 4, is one of the top clubs in town. Designed to resemble the Sydney Opera House, it contains a restaurant, a sushi bar, three dance floors, and a patio.

Asia de Cuba, next to the Hilton, is another popular choice. Just don’t expect much activity before 1AM.

You could also catch the second show at Madero Tango, whose production values set the standard for the city.


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Day 3 – Palermo

Prior to its devaluation, the Argentine peso was fixed to the value of the U.S. dollar. In those days, many Argentines were able to afford imported goods and foreign travel. All that came to a screeching halt when the peso was unpegged from the dollar in January, 2002.

The peso went into a free fall, eventually leveling off between three and four pesos to the dollar.

Businesses closed. Jobs were lost. Personal wealth was diminished, and imported goods became unaffordable.

But Argentina rebounded sooner than expected. Argentine goods became bargains on the international market and sales of soy – particularly to China – brought a much-needed infusion of cash.

Argentina’s GNP jumped 8.8% in 2003 and many resourceful Argentines stepped in to satisfy the demand previously filled by imports.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the barrio of Palermo, which is actually comprised of several neighborhoods – Palermo Viejo, Palermo Chico, Palermo Soho, and Palermo Hollywood. The names alone suggest the cosmopolitan influences and global vibe of this trend-setting district.

Stores open late by U.S. standards, so sleep in before venturing out.

Shop ‘till you drop in ultra-cool Palermo.

One of the best things about Buenos Aires is the shopping. And for our money, the city’s most alluring shopping destination is Palermo.

Roughly bounded by Av. Santa Fe on the north, Cordoba on the south, Scalabrini Ortiz on the east, and Dorrego on the west, Palermo is like visiting Soho or Bond Street – if everything was 70% off.

You’ll find more than 100 chic boutiques and 40 bars and bistros lining the blocks radiating from Plaza Serrano – also known as Plaza Cortazar – in Palermo Soho. Pick up a map of the area in almost any shop or restaurant.

Here, you can buy one-of-a-kind designer originals for a fraction of what you’d pay in Europe or the States. Leather goods, housewares, accessories, and men’s and women’s clothing are displayed with flair and imagination.

The coolest shops are between Guatemala and Cabrera on Malabia, Armenia, Gurruchaga, J.L. Borges, Thames and Uriarte. Regardless of what you buy, your salesperson will take great care packaging up your treasures – shopping bags, ribbons, and tissues all make every the smallest purchase seem like a present.

La Merceria on Armenia is worth seeking out for scarves, gloves, hats, bags, and housewares.

All that retail therapy is bound to stimulate your appetite, and there are dozens of good places for lunch. Favorites in the neighborhood include Freud y Fahler, Lomo and Bar Uriarte.

Catching some Southern Hemisphere sun.

If the great outdoors is calling, Palermo is also the barrio Portenos visit for fresh air and exercise. The Palermo Woods (los Bosques de Palermo) has boat and bike rentals, jogging and rolling blading, and a lovely rose garden.

The botanical gardens here have 5,500 varieties of flora and there’s a beautiful turn-of-the-century greenhouse. The city zoo and planetarium are also located within the woods. You could easily spend a lazy afternoon enjoying all the attractions.

Argentina produces some of the world’s most magnificent thoroughbreds. And if you’re in town between March and May or September and November, you can experience a slice of uniquely Argentine culture by attending a polo match at Campo Argentino de Polo de Palermo.

If horse racing is more up your alley, the beautiful Hippodrome Argentino de Palermo – opened in 1876 and updated in 1908 – seats 100,000. Today, the Art Nouveau racetrack is one of the most beautiful in the world.

Dinner in Palermo.

There are so many so many wonderful restaurants in Palermo that choosing is the hardest part. One of the most popular is Olsen, a bastion of all things Scandinavian in Palermo Hollywood. Whet your appetite with one of the more than 60 vodkas. Start your meal with a plate of smoked salmon, herring, mini pancakes and Scandinavian cheeses. Then move on to a fillet of expertly prepared fish.

Bobo, in the hotel of the same name, has a seasonal Mediterranean-influenced menu that features such diverse treats as smoked deer, strawberry and bleu cheese salad, pumpkin and goat ricotta ravioli, and stuffed rabbit.

Lomo, which is located in a former cheese factory, attracts a hip, young crowd. As the name suggests, meat is the star here, although there are some unexpected preparations. The roof terrace is a big draw. And if you enjoy the lounge/chill music so ubiquitous in Buenos Aires , you can buy the CD in the Lomo record shop.

After-dinner diversions.

Palermo has plenty of nightlife, if you’re so inclined. Try Club del Vino or Thelonius Bar for a nightcap and some live jazz. Dancers, or those who just like to watch, should check out Club 24, Niceto, or La Viruta-La Estrella.


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Day 4 – Beyond Buenos Aires

Depending on your interests, there are still plenty of things to do in Buenos Aires.

If you haven’t dropped from shopping yet, there are several great shopping centers – Patio Bullrich in Recoleta, Galerias Pacifico (modeled after Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele), and Alto Palermo, to name a few. All the world-class brands from MaxMara to Versace are represented.

Pedestrian-only Calle Florida is also a great place to shop for leather goods, housewares, and clothes.

Another alternative is to explore the surrounding environs, which is a relatively easy proposition in Buenos Aires . You’ll be able to see something completely different and still be back in time for dinner.

Taking the train to Tigre.

The most popular day trip from Buenos Aires is a journey aboard the Tren de la Costa or Coastal Train. To reach it, take the TBA railway line (Linea Mitre) from Retiro. Then transfer to Maipu station in Olivos. The train makes several stops before dead-ending at Delta, and you can hop on and off to explore the sites along the way. Trains leave about every ten minutes.

You may want to explore Olivos before boarding the Tren de la Costa. The Presidential Palace – La Quinta Presidencial – is located here, but you won’t be able to see much from the street except for the beautiful gardens.

If you’d like to stretch your legs, walk toward the river out onto the public pier between Corrientes and Alberdi streets. You’ll get great photos of the river with the Buenos Aires skyline beyond.

The next stop on the line is Barrancas, popular with wind- and kite-surfers. Peru Beach offers all sorts of watersports, the Reserva Ecologica in Acassuso has more than 200 kinds of swamp critters, and the nearby town of Martinez has Argentina’s largest shopping mall, the Unicenter.

With a charming main square, a neo-Gothic cathedral, several leafy parks, and quaint, cobbled streets, San Isidro is the most attractive stop on the line. From Plaza Mitre, take Beccar Varela toward the river for beautiful views of the Delta del Parana and its islands.

The San Isidro station has shops, galleries, restaurants and even a cinema.

Many Portenos have gorgeous summer homes here.

The last stop on the line is Delta, the gateway to Tigre. Around the turn of the century, this was the summer playground for Buenos Aires's ’s aristocracy. And in the last ten years or so, it’s been rediscovered with as many as 80,000 Portenos visiting each weekend.

There’s an amusement park, a casino, a maritime museum, and a lively fruit market. But the main attraction here is a delta cruise. You can take a cruise aboard a catamaran or motorboat, or rent a kayak or canoe. The tourist information office near the station can provide you with all the details.

The trip through the delta’s waterways takes you past colorful houses on stilts, luxuriant vegetation, turn-of-the-century mansions, and exotic birds. There are restaurants and bars on many of the islets in the delta – hop off wherever the spirit moves.

The train trip back to Buenos Aires takes about 25 minutes.

Spend the day in Uruguay.

One of the most charming places in the region is Colonia del Sacramento, across the Rio de la Plata in Uruguay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, Colonia seems stuck in time. Its winding cobbled streets, colonial architecture, and stone houses make this a memorable getaway.

You can take a Buquebus fast foil from Buenos Aires directly to Colonia. The trip takes about 50 minutes. Since you’ll be entering another country, be sure to take your passport and to change some currency – or visit an ATM once you arrive – so you’ll have pocket money.

To get to the old town, you’ll cross a drawbridge that dates from 1745. There are several small museums, and an inexpensive museum pass will give you admission to all of them. Visit the craft market for good souvenirs. Climb the working lighthouse for great views. And ogle the yachts in the harbor.

There’s no shortage of appealing restaurants. And after you’re through wandering, there’s a nice beach where you can relax until it’s time to catch the boat back.

Livin’ la vida Gaucho.

Cowboy culture is as much a part of Argentine life as it is in the American west. You can experience the lifestyle by spending a few nights at one of the estancias on the pampas, a couple of hours from Buenos Aires .

But if you just want a glimpse into gaucho life, you can do a day trip to San Antonio de Areco. You can purchase a package that includes transportation from Buenos Aires, or rent a car.

If you drive, take National Route 9 to Pilar. Then take National Route 8 to San Antonio de Areco. It takes about 90 minutes.

The sleepy town’s cobblestone streets, colonial building, and dusty plains look like a Hollywood back lot. The small chapel dates from 1728.

In the town, there are workshops selling traditional silverware, rope and leather crafts, rugs, and handmade jewelry. You can watch the artisans at work while you shop.

There are several estancias in the Areco area that offer a Dia de Campo package that includes a fantastic asado (all-you-can-eat barbecue), horseback riding, a gaucho show and usually some music or dancing. They usually cost between $35 and $70 U.S. dollars per person.

The asado – which is similar to a Brazailan churrascaria – is the great Argentine weekend pastime. Many different cuts of meat are grilled, there are empanadas aplenty, and red wine flows freely. Perhaps a package that includes transportation is the best idea, after all.

La Bamba, La Candelaria, La Encantada, La Martina, El Rosario de Areco, Santa Rita, and Villa Maria are all appealing choice. Some have special features like hot air balloons, swimming pools, and polo, so be sure to ask what’s available when you make your reservations.

Bid Buenos Aires adieu.

If all went well, you’ll return to Buenos Aires with great photos and fond memories.

For your last night in town, splurge with dinner at Casa Cruz, La Bourgogne in the Alvear Palace, or Nectarine in Recoleta.

Tomorrow, continue your exploration of Argentina by heading to Iguazu Falls, Patagonia, Bariloche, or Mendoza – the heart of Argentine wine country.