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Tango Tours In Buenos Aires

Tango Tours in Beunos Aires Argentina from tango-history-tours.comWell, Tango Tours is the name of this blog domaine at and I have only mentioned Tango and Tours a little bit so far. It’s time to elaborate.

Tango is a cultural dance enjoyed all over the world. It has had it’s rise and fall in popularity. One of the most interesting things about Tango is how it got started. European immigrants flooded the city in the early 1900’s and many were without women. The ratio of men to women back than was 10 to 1. And now, it’s almost the opposite. (But that’s another post altogether.) Men went to brothels at night and waited for a woman to become available and the owners began to hire musicians to perform so the patrons would stay and drink longer. The men danced and drank with eachother and began a new dance. No one every thought it would become a cultrual icon. Thus the origins of Tango. Click here for more about the history of Tango.

Well everyone I give tango tours to always says the same thing. “We took tango lessons back home but it’s totally different here.” And this is for several reasons. It’s a totally different culture here and the teaching methods are different too. Argentino Tango, the real tango, is filled with improvisation of traditional steps but because it is by nature an improve dance, it is constantly evolving. So when you learn it back home, you are learning traditional steps in a traditional teaching format. But here, you are touching the very history of Argentina as well as the vibrant present, and diving into a cherished religion that is transforming daily.

However, there was actually a time when tango was illegal in Buenos Aires. And there was a long period when it was almost completely abandoned. It was only in the last 20 years that the country found joy in it’s number 2 export. Tango. And it is completely appreciated now. In fact there are over 100 tango shows each night in Buenos Aires. Finding a tango lesson is an even more daunting situation due to constant changing schedules, the need for an English speaking teacher or interpreter, and a teacher who is willing to deal with a novice. I have been with several teachers who laughed at me and my lack of skills. That is not the experience you want as a tourist.

All of this leads to one obvious conclusion as a visitor. You need a guide. And I have to admit that the Day of Tango Tour is the most satisfying tour for all involved. It covers most of the city with a focus on tango and includes a tango lesson, tango show, tango history, tango shopping as well as city highlights. It’s the best of everything and everyone always enjoys it. Even me.

Learn more about the Day Of Tango Tour.

Read a review of the Day Of Tango Tour.

There are a wide variety of tango tours offered in Buenos Aires. Some are as long as 10 days while others like mine are 10 hours. There are hotels with tango themes that have a tango floor in each room. Some bed and breakfast tango lodgeing is available also with a lesson each morning. The options are endless. But for most people who visit, a couple of lessons, a couple of shows, some good history and highlights, and a good time about it all is what makes for a nice vacation.

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Buenos Aires Healthcare

Buenos Aires Health careThe healthcare in Buenos Aires is far better than you might expect. It’s certianly not expensive compared to the US and it’s a much faster service. I have been to see several doctors and a few dentists since living here and was very worried about it because of my limited Spanish. But it all worked out far better than I had planned.

As for seeing a doctor in Buenos Aires, for an English speaker, you have a few choices. You can go to This is the English speaking hosptial but of course they speak Spanish and a few other languages also. But for a person just passing through Buenos Aires with a serious problem, or if you have money for the best care, this is where you would go.

However for those on a budget, like myself, there is another option. The Swiss Medical Group is like a clinic hospital and can be found in many different neighborhoods. They speak a little English at the reception and there is always one doctor who can speak a little English. Thank god for that.

I have to be honest, the 2 times I have needed to see a doctor quick, I have gone to the Swiss Medical Group and was amazed at the quality of the care, the speed in which it was completed and the price. It blew American low cost Health care out of the water. Both times I have gone I ended up paying a little over 150 pesos plus medicine which was dirt cheap. I was in and out on 2 hours. You won’t believe me until you go yourself.

The location I went to was on Puerrydon and Las Heras. But check the website for locations. Swiss Medical Group

In case your wondering, you do not need to have health insurance to go there. It would only save you on the medicine anway.

Dentists. Now this can be scary. If you have a dental emergency and don’t speak Spanish and don’t know the city, it’s a daunting situation. One that plauged me for at least a month.I will make the long story short and say that I did indeed find a great dentist, and one that spoke great English. He yanked 2 of my teeth and charged me 800 pesos. $230USD.
I learned why he spoke such good English. There is a huge industry in Buenos Aires of people from the US coming to Argentina for dental care. Why? Well cause the cost of the plane ticket, plus the care itself, plus a hotel, is still cheaper than the US. Can you believe that? It exsists for oporations like implants.

For a good Beunos Aires dentist, please follow this link and write to me.

Buenos Aires Healthcare and Buenos Aires dentist

Happy Independence Day Argentina!!

Today is one of 2 independence days for the country of Argentina.

Argentina flag, independence day

On July 9th in 1816, delagates from the Argentina territorys congragated in Buenos Aires at the Cabildo and officially became a seperate country.

The first independence day in Argentina is May25 1810. On that day, Argentina declared it’s indepence from Spain. However it took a little over 6 years to fight for the cause. And after a long 6 years of internal difficulties as well as battles at land and sea with Spain, Argentina finally won her independence and became an independent country.

Today is Buenos Aires, and all over Argentina, everyone will be watching to world cup, and wishing that Argentina had lasted. It would have made for a fantastic celebration. Maybe next time.

But there will be marches along Ave de Mayo in the usual form around noon. However much of the celebration will hault during the World Cup Final. And as always, Sundays are spent with loved ones and family members in a quiet fashion with a little Melbec, Mate, and of course Asado.

More about Argentina History.

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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