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Buenos Aires Argentina Vacation Travel

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When to go?
The summer months in Buenos Aires are December through March, and the sultry weather (90s-100s F) is the perfect antidote for those suffering from seemingly endless cold and snow in the Northern Hemisphere during these same months. That said, January is a vacation time for many Argentines, and many businesses close leaving the city feeling slightly empty. Head to Buenos Aires during spring and fall when the weather is temperate and humidity is lower. Culturally integral to Argentine life is soccer (fútbol), whose season runs February through November. A visit to Buenos Aires during these months, if at all possible, should include the experience of watching the regional teams clash (such as River vs. Boca).

Where to stay?
The most luxurious hotels in Buenos Aires, complete with ornate, Classical architecture, were built in the Belle Epoque years of the early 1900s. Now, many of them are owned and operated by international hotel chains, who largely have done well to preserve the original character of the buildings. These hotels (many in Recoleta and Microcentro) have largely risen in price after the devaluation of the peso in 2001, so for bargains, look for rooms in hotels and inns locally owned. For a taste of contemporary Porteño culture, stay in Palermo Viejo - full of trendy boutique hotels and a lively restaurant and bar scene. For a completely different feel, stay at an estancia an hour or so out of town. These working ranches cater to the international adventurer looking to capture the essence of agrarian Argentine life.

What to do?
From your hotel in Recoleta, head to the Cementerio de la Recoleta (Recoleta cemetary) to pay homage to Evita's grave or catch the opera at the acoustically magnificent Teatro Colón. Weekends in nearby Placa Francia are home to local artists' markets. Likewise, across town in colorful Boca (the birthplace of tango), head to the Caminito for Argentine art and crafts. No vacation in Buenos Aires would be complete without an evening at Señor Tango - an evening tango show complete with an Argentine steak dinner and tango performances. Spend the day shopping on the pedestrian street: Calle Florida, or enjoying the architecture as you walk along Avenida del Libertador to reach the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.


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