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Argentina Culture

Every city in the world has it’s own culture or lack there of. Reasons for that usually stem from history or climate or events. Some places are truely rich in culture and others are just following trends.

The cultures of a country is hard to nail down, and much easier to understand if compared to other countires. Such as Argentina vs. English speaking countires.

Argentina CultureCulure is about people. And in general the people of Argentina are friendly. Why? Because they don’t run the world and life is more simply. Family is king. And Sundays are spent with loved ones. Traditional values are important. With roles of men and women clearly defined. It often reminds me of the US in the 1950’s. Even the haircuts are similar.

The class system is important. Most of the political conficts in the last 70 years have been about which class gets to spend and run the countires wealth. There have been disasters from both sides.

Sports are important for national pride. With very little to celebrate on a patrioctic level, sports have become the national pride.

People are conservative. From money to ideas to sex to families. Poverty will do that, as well as a distrust in governement.

Lving here and visiting are vastly different. But I can tell you that most people did not visit until the peso was serioulsy devauled in 2001. Before that, it was expensive to visit. Now, the world is pouring in. Which is a good thing overall.

Some cultural icons are Mate mugs, Tango, the dog walkers, Patagonia, beautiful people, football (soccer), and Iguazu Falls. Also Argentina wine and meat.

Argentina is one of the most undiscovered countries in the world. Largely due to bad publicity and being very expensive up until now. But Argentina has every type of natural wonder on the planet, as well as friendly people and a fascinating take on life.

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Buenos Aires Tours

Buenos Aires ToursThere are many Buenos Aires tours to consider. But you should defintely consider taking one for several reasons. Buenos Aires is a gigantic city with a lot to see and do.There are 47 official neighborhoods and each offer something different. If you only have a short amount of time in town, taking a Buenos Aires tour is the best way to get the most out of your trip. Why not let a professional guide you through the best of Buenos Aires? It makes sense and does not have to be expensive.

The best part of a tour is being able to ask questions and take pictures and enjoy yourself while learning and visiting the top attractions.

In Buenos Aires, there are very inexpensive private tours in English that are customized and have excellent quality and value. But you will have to look to find there. Click on the link below

Buenos Aires Walking tours

an inexpensive wat to see a neighborhood in detail.

Buenos Aires Tango Tours

A great way to get the most out of the cultures and number one Buenos Aires attraction.

Buenos Aires City Tours,

Enjoy all the history and culture of Argentina’s past and present.

Recoleta Cemetery Tours

A treasure trove of architecture and stories. The most visited cemetery in South America.

More Beunos Aires Tours

Choose from many different tours available in English. From inexpensive to exclusive and premium.

And enjoy visiting Buenos Aires

Please write to me, Tom Wick, for more information about Buenos Aires Tours in English.

What’s The Best Restaurant In Buenos Aires?

The best restaurant in Buenos Aires is Cabaña Las Lilas located in Puerto Madero.

Obviously is it almost impossible to narrow this down. But if I had to, for a tourist, this would be my top pick. And here is why.

Cabana Las Lilas certainly has the best service in Buenos Aires. There is no comparison to it. You can expect about 8 waiters to cater to your every need. They pounce on you from the start. There is a bread man, a water man, a wine man, and a menu man, a dessert women, on and on and on.

Befe-De-ChorizoThis Buenos Aires restaurant also grows it’s own beef in a farm outside the city in the La Pampas. It has one of the best reputations for serving up Argentina beef. As always, I recommend the befe de Chorizo. Not the healthiest cut of meat, but certainly the tastiest. Comes with the fat. Which is how they cook meat here.

Even the potato is excellent. The wine menu is more like a book and you will need to ask the wine guy for some help. Always go for a Malbec from Mendoza. 2003 seems to be the best year right now.
Ambiance. Cabana Las Lias is located in the recently revamped Puerto Modero disctrict and you can eat outside looking at the old port and the Buenos Aires Yacht Club. Even in the winter, it is heated outdoors.

Cost: Well, it’s expensive. But you wanted the best Buenos Aires restaurant right? Now you are going to pay for it. If I recall correctly, there was a table charge of 10 pesos per person. This is unusually high. But most everything at Cabana Las Lias is. The befe de Chorizo is 51 pesos. In perspective, you can get the same dish at another favorite local restaurant for 21pesos.

The wine avilable here is staggering in diversity and price. I saw a few bottles for the price of my monthly rent. I brought in my own bottle of wine, and it created a stir. They uncorked it for 40 pesos. Also a little pricey. And close to insulting.

But remember it is the best restaurant in Buenos Aires. Everything about it is delightful, except for the price.

So how much was it? About 150 pesos per person. Which is $50USD. And I must say, it is going to to hard to find a restaurant as good as this in the United States for only $50 dollars. So a bargain for a tourist, an insult for a local. But a wonderful time for sure.

For more Best Restaurant In Buenos Aires reviews and information about Buenos Aires restaurants.

10 Things To Know Before Visiting Buenos Aires

10 Things To Know Before Visiting Buenos Aires

Visiting Buenos Aires has always been a mysterious and dynamic experience and like any big city, the more you know before you go, the better that experience can be.

Generally, those who visit Buenos Aires are glad they did. It is one of the most unique cities in the world and truly offers something for everyone.

However before you travel to another country, it is wise to glean information from those who have recently visited or even better, from people living there.

Here are 10 things to know before visiting Buenos Aires Argentina.

1. The Culture. They speak Spanish in Buenos Aires and the accent takes some getting used to. If you don’t speak Spanish, you can still get by but you may encounter some difficulties with taxis, shopping, and menus. Most people related to tourism speak English. The people are mostly friendly and very conservative keeping old traditions alive. Argentines are hard working people and work a 9-hour day without a nap. Families are the core of the culture and every Sunday is dedicated to spending time with loved ones. Everyone is good looking, even the dogs.

2. Is it safe? Visiting Buenos Aires is safe compared to most cities of 13 million people. The most common crime is petty theft including purse snatching and pick pocketing. You will always want to be cautious of this. But the murder rate is incredibly low, the kidnappings of the past have subsided, and there are plenty of police on the main streets to keep an eye on things.

3. What is the environment like in the city? Buenos Aires is an extremely urban environment and the noise and activity is constant. The weather is mild all year round with a few weeks in February that swelter, and a few weeks in August that get chilly. Pollution does exist on weekdays and can cause breathing troubles and the throat to itch. The streets are narrow and walking can sometimes be precarious. The architecture is a treasure trove spanning the last century.

4. What is the political situation? At the moment, politics in Argentina are stable with President Kirchner at the helm for the last 3 years and leaning toward the left. Argentines are very vocal about how they feel and there are peaceful protests around the government buildings several times a week. Throughout the last 70 years, there have been dictators and democracy and a strong rally for socialism. Despite a strong distaste for President Bush, in general the people of the port are open minded to foreigners visiting Buenos Aires and enjoy meeting them.

5. How is the economy doing? The economy in Buenos Aires is thriving with small businesses, global companies, huge fashion districts, endless restaurants, and a growth in tourism. The University Of Buenos Aires is excellent and keeps the work place progressive. After the devaluation in 2001, the country had some difficult years, but now unemployment and homeless statistics are low and dropping. Foreign investment is booming and creating jobs in almost every sector.

6. Where should I stay? Choices for accommodations when visiting Buenos Aires are staggering and each neighborhood will offer a different experience. You should rent an apartment if you are planning on staying a week or more. You should try to find lodging in a central part of the city keeping transportation costs low. Recoleta is surely the best neighborhood and very central. The Microcenter is the center of the city and most hotels and hostels are located here. Wherever you stay, make sure you are a few floors up from the street noise. It can be a serious annoyance for tourists and locals alike.

7. What should I pack? When planning on visiting Buenos Aires, all you really need is your passport, something to help you sleep on the plane, and a camera with extra batteries. Everything else is available here at bargain prices. Laptops are accepted but cyber cafes are everywhere. Anything that can’t fit in 2 suitcases may be taxed heavily at the airport. Make sure to leave plenty of room in your luggage for souvenirs. And don’t forget to bring a pair of comfortable shoes.

8. What about money? Bring cash and exchange it at the airport. ATM’s are plentiful but have a $300 USD limit. To exchange money in the city, go to the financial district and look for signs that say “cambio” and bring your passport and an address of where you are staying. Currently $1 USD is worth about 3 pesos, which is good news for the tourist. Very few places accept credit cards. Only restaurants, grocery stores, and banks will break a 100peso bill. So always carry change with you. Always!

9. Transportation. Getting around for a tourist visiting Buenos aires will consist of 3 methods. Subways are cheap, safe, and only crowded at rush hour. (9am and 7pm). Taxis are also inexpensive but you may be taken on the scenic route if you speak English. Always have the necessary address written down so you can hand it to the driver. And finally, walking is the best way to see the city so make sure you carry a map. For locals, the bus system is the best transportation because there are so many. If you are brave, remember when you get on a bus, always tell the driver “ochenta”.

10. What happens after I get off the plane? When you arrive at the Buenos Aires International Airport (Ezeiza), you will first go through immigration. Before you get in line, make sure you have filled out the visa they give you on the airplane. Hand the visa and passport to the official for stamping. After that, go to baggage claim and collect your things. When you enter the terminal, go around to the right, all the way to the back to where a blue sign says “Banco”. Stand in this line to exchange your money for the best rate in the airport. Next, go to the center of the terminal where an indoor white taxi stand is. Tell them “Capital Federal” and have an address where you are staying. The cost is about 54 pesos and you will be escorted to a white taxi that will safely take you to your lodgings.

And enjoy visiting Buenos Aires Argentina.

 

 

This article was written by Izic Wick who lives in Buenos Aires and writes as a travel consultant for Tango-History-Tours.com

For more information about visiting Buenos Aires Argentina, please contact Tom Wick at:

tangohistorytours@gmail.com

Argentina Football

Argentina footballWhen the British came to Argentina in 1900 to begin the construction of railroads, they brought with them the game of football. (In America it is known as soccer) During the brief years of building the railroads here, the favorite past time of the workers became football. England taught Argentina how to play. This game soon spread throughout all of South American and now it is clearly still the favorite past time of most men.

Never underestimate the power of football in Buenos Aires. If you get the chance to go to a La Boca Football game while in town, you will never forget it. People have been known to die at these games due to excitement. Many people stand up the entire time and cheer the entire time. And that means even through half time.

Football is more than a passion in Argentina. It is a religion. Currently, Argentina is playing the world cup. And while the game is being played, everything is as silent as a mouse in the city. Except when a goal is scored by Argentina. Then you will hear screams of ecstasy from every direction. A chilling sound. And it’s mostly from women.


Recoleta Cemetery Tours

Recoleta Cemetery The Recoleta Cemetery is one of the top Buenos Aires attractions and there is a good reason why. It is filled with National Historic Monuments, amazing architecure, interesting stories and is like no other in the world. Largely due to the amount of Argentina legends, scoundrals, dictators, killers, and honorable citizens all buried next to eachother in the city of the Angles.

The Recoleta Cemetery Tour is essential. Otherwise you wonder around 13 acres of concrete and architecture not knowing what you are looking at.

For more information about a Recoleta Cemetery Tour in English please write to me at:

tangohistorytours@gmail.com

Your Free Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide

 

Buenos AIres ArgentinaHello, and thank you for coming by to view my blog. I am an North American expat living in Buenos Aires and can provide very useful information. I am unbaised and simply search for the best and most relevant information to help those who visit. I also happen to be a tour guide here and offer private tours of Buenos Aires at very resonable prices. For more information about Buenos Aires Tours, please write to me at:

tangohistorytours@gmail.com

 


About the author of this blog.

Tom Wick is an American expat living in Buenos Aires. An expert travel consultant and tour guide offering free travel inforamtion and private guided tours of Buenos Aires.

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