Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mataderos Neighbourhood

  The neighbourhood´s main attraction is the Mataderos Fair (de los Corrales Ave. and Lisandro de la Torre Ave.), which stands at the border of Buenos Aires City.  Here, the atmosphere submerges the visitor in a space evocative of a farm homestead or rural village.  Not far stands the Mercado Nacional de Hacienda, founded in 1890 and appointed National and Historical Monument.  This old building endows the area with a quaint atmosphere, pleasant to the eye and all other senses, drawn by the folklore performed by music bands, the fragrant and tasty local fare, such as "humita" (maize) and "locro" (stew), and the chance of purchasing native handcrafts.  A large number of stands display leather goods, silverware, "mates" (gourds), "ponchos" and sweets.  Scarce meters away stands Bar Oviedo (L. de la Torre Ave. 2497), over a century old, which boasts of having the best meat "empanadas" (turnover pies) in town.  Don´t miss the Museo de los Corrales (L. de la Torre Ave. and De los Corrales Ave.), which features typical gaucho objects, such as carts, a well, silverware, a cob oven and a scale model of an old "pulpería" (tavern).
Mataderos Fair

Must-sees at Mataderos:

- Mataderos Fair: Dance, fair and native cuisine.  Every Sunday and holiday, starting at 11.
- Museo de los Corrales: Gaucho traditional lifestyle, represented by over 3000 pieces.
- Bar Oviedo: It still draws "payadores" (improvising folksingers) who gather at its tables and strum their guitars for visitors.
- Carrera de sortijas: This typical Creole horseback competition takes place during afternoons at the Mataderos Fair.
- El Cedrón: A typical neighbourhood pizzeria, which serves one of the best pizzas in the area.  6101 Juan B. Alberdi st.

Bar Oviedo
Accommodation in Buenos Aires: Alquileres temporarios , Hostels Buenos Aires

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tres de Febrero Park

The city´s "green lung", where nature takes a breath in the midst of bustling modernity.  In early 19th. century it remained a barren area, wasted by constant floods of the Río de la Plata; until, in 1834, Juan Manuel de Rosas, Buenos Aires´s Mayor, had the land filled and his country house built on this spot.

During the 1870´s decade, the growth of the aristocratic neighbourhood caused president Domingo Sarmiento to order the recovery of the 540 hectares in an effort to supply this lovely residential area, with a beautiful scenery.  Nevertheless, it owes its actual aspect to landscape architect Carlos Thays, who, in late 19th. century, enlarged the areas towards the river bank and Recoleta.  Some time later, the Rosedal was built, a huge area equipped with 1000 rose bushes and several other attractive spots, such as the Patio Andaluz, the Glorieta, the Puente Blanco and the Jardín de los Poetas.

Added to this, at the Tres de Febrero Park stand important centres for social and sporting activities, such as the Palermo Racetrack, the Campo Argentino de Polo, the Planetario Galileo Galilei and the Campo Municipal de Golf.

Must-sees at Tres de Febrero Park:

- Palermo Racetrack: Attend the Gran Premio Nacional, it´s a unique spectacle.  Del Libertador Ave. 4101.
- Campo Argentino de Polo: In November the Abierto Argentino de Polo is held.  Del Libertador Ave. and Dorrego Ave.
- Campo de Golf: It´s 18 holes have been played by De Vicenzo and Romero. E. Tornquist 6397.
- Planetario: Within its walls astronomical shows are hosted.  Sarmiento Ave. and F. Alcorta Ave.

Buenos Aires Accommodation: Apartamentos en Buenos Aires , Hostels Buenos Aires

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cabildo

The story of Argentine independence was born in this white Colonial building.  There, the Mayo Revolution was launched in 1810.  An interesting fact is that the Cabildo stands on the very spot Juan de Garay assigned it in 1580, when he founded Buenos Aires.

The present building is not the original: the latter had adobe walls and straw roofs.  After having its arches trimmed several times and many doubtful remodellings, architect Buschiazzo gave it its final appearance in 1940.

Today, the May Revolution Museum functions here.  On entering, three watercolours belonging to Carlos Pellegrini portray the Plaza de Mayo in 1829.  Further ahead, several likenesses of the viceroys and antique furniture that belonged to our founding fathers are a throw-back to old school texts and history books.  Dated chandeliers, medals, buttons, watches and coins are tangible traces that withstood time.  The Sala Capitular (Chapter House) recreates faithfully the one where the First Government Gathering swore, on May 25 in 1810.  Visiting the back patio is recommended in order to see two historical wells, one of them complete with its 1835 curb.

Address: Bolivar 65.
Tuesday to Friday, 10.30 to 17; Sunday, 11.30 to 18.  Guided tours, Sunday 16.30.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires Apartments , Hostels Buenos Aires

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cataratas del Iguazu: One of the "Seven Wonders"


This blog is about Buenos Aires Travel Information, but we can´t let pass a huge piece of news like this.  Iguazú Falls was recognized last November 11th. as one of the "Seven Wonders" by  the fundation "New Seven Wonders".

Iguazú Falls won among 400 places that participated in the contest.  The other Wonders are: Amazon, Halong Bay, Jeju Island, Komodo, Puerto Princesa Underground River, Table Mountain.

Misiones Mayor said "the tourism promotion is priceless" and he was very grateful with all the people that supported this argentinian participation such as Messi, Ginobili, Scola, among others.

Iguazu Falls, in Iguazu River, are one of the world's largest waterfalls. They extend over 2,700 m (nearly 2 miles)  in a semi-circular shape.  Of the 275 falls that collectively make up Iguassu Falls, "Devil's Throat" is the tallest at 80 m in height. Iguazu Falls are on the border between the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones, and are surrounded by two National Parks (BR/ARG). Both are subtropical rainforests that are host to hundreds of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires: alquiler temporario buenos airesHostels Buenos Aires

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Getaways: Colonia - Uruguay

Located on the uruguayan coast, but very close to Buenos Aires, Colonia de Sacramento is the only city that was founded by the portuguese along the coast of the Río de la Plata.  The city was declared Mankind´s Cultural Heritage by UNESCO because of its well-preserved architectural richness. 

Walking around Colonia is like taking a walk through history.  You can cross the Río de la Plata by boat to get to this beautiful city of narrow cobbled streets and remains of ancient fortresses and buildings that also hosts the spanish and the portuguese museums.

In Colonia, there is a diversity of architectural styles: portuguese-style colonial buildings and typical brick dwellings of spanish architecture.

However, visitors are not drawn to Colonia only for its history, but also for its white sand beaches and woods that offer contact with nature.  It has great cultural richness, candombe rhythms and some remains of the african culture as well. 

You can spend one day there or stay overnight at a cozy hotel or inn.  It is a good alternative to rent a bike or motorbike and ride along some of the city´s streets, such as Santa Rita, San Gabriel, and de los Suspiros, around the lighthouse.  Other attractions include the port, Ferrando Beach, the forest reserve, and its beautiful promenade.  Every year, thousands of tourist visit Colonia.

Because of the city´s careful preservation, the streets have been used as scenery for many historical films, such as "De eso no se habla", by María Luisa Bemberg, starring Marcello Mastroianni.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires: Apartments Buenos Aires , Hostels Buenos Aires

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tourist Bus - Buenos Aires City


If you are interesting in a quick look of Buenos Aires City, you will find the Tourist Bus as a good option.  The Bus goes through several must-sees of the city.  Features of the service:

- 20 stops at the most attractive points of the City.

- Hop on - Hop off.

- 30 minutes Frequency.

- Available audio in 10 languages.

- Information guide of Buenos Aires.

- Tourism guide on board.

Website: www.buenosairesbus.com

Telephone: From Buenos Aires: 5239-5160. From Abroad: (54 11)5239-5160.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires:  Alojamiento Buenos Aires , Hostels Buenos Aires

Friday, October 21, 2011

"Fragata Sarmiento" Ship in Puerto Madero

Between 1899 and 1938 it was the "Buque Escuela" of the Argentine Army (military training ship), making thirty seven instruction trips.  This frigate´s boards bear marks of the waters around the world: estimates say the distance it has travelled is commensurate with 42 trips around the globe. 

Historical characters such as Kaiser William II of Germany or Tzar Nicholas II of Russia visited its facilities.  It also took part of kings Edward VII of England and Alfonso XIII of Spain´s coronations and shared in the festivities for the Canal of Panama´s opening. 

It was madeover into a museum in 1961.

Everyday, 10 to 21. Dock 3. Puerto Madero.  Te. 4334-9386.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires: Alojamiento Buenos Aires , Hostels Buenos Aires

Friday, October 14, 2011

Embassies in Buenos Aires

  • Armenia
    1922 Pacheco de Melo st.
    Capital City
    (1126)
    Tel: 4812-2803

  • Australia
    1400 Villanueva st.
    Capital City
    (1426)
    Tel: 4777-6580 / 6581 / 6582 / 6583 / 6584


  • Austria
    3671 French st.
    Capital City
    (1425)
    Tel: 4802-1400 / 7195

  • Belgium
    113 Defensa st. 8° floor
    Capital City
    (1065)
    Tel: 4331-0066 / 0067 / 0068 / 0069

  • Bolivia
    545 Corrientes Ave. 2° floor
    Capital City
    (1043)
    Tel: 4394-6042 / 6640

  • Brazil
    1350 Cerrito Ave.
    Capital City
    (1010)
    Tel: 4515-2400

  • Canada
    2828 Tagle st.
    Capital City
    (1425)
    Tel: 4805-3032

  • Chile
    2762 Tagle st.
    Capital City
    (1425)
    Tel: 4802-7020 / 7028

  • China
    5349 Crisologo Larralde Ave.
    Capital City
    (1431)
    Tel: 4543-8862 / 4542-0054

  • Czech Republic
    1356 Villanueva st. 2° and 3° floor
    Capital City
    (1426)
    Tel: 4777-0383 / 1829

  • England
    2412 Dr. Luis Agote st.
    Capital City
    (1425)
    Tel: 4803-7070 / 7071

  • France
    1399 Cerrito Ave.
    Capital City
    (1010)
    Tel: 4819-2930

  • Germany
    1055 Villanueva st.
    Capital City
    (1426)
    Tel: 4778-2500

  • Israel
    701 De Mayo Ave. 10° floor
    Capital City
    (1084)
    Tel: 4342-1465 / 1497

  • Italy
    2577 Billinghurst st.
    Capital City
    (1425)
    Tel: 4802-0071 / 0074

  • Japan
    547 Bouchard st. 17° floor
    Capital City
    (1106)
    Tel: 4318-8200


  • Mexico
    1650 Arcos
    Capital City
    (1426)
    Tel: 4789-8814 / 8816

  • Netherlands
    831 Olga Cossettini st. 3° floor
    Capital City
    (1107)
    Tel: 4338-0050


  • New Zealand
    1427 Carlos Pellegrini Ave. 5° floor
    Capital City
    (1011)
    Tel: 4328-0747

  • Norway
    909 Esmeralda st. 3° "B"
    Capital City
    (1007)
    Tel: 4312-1904 / 7418

  • Paraguay
    2545 Las Heras Ave.
    Capital City
    (1425)
    Tel: 4802-3826 / 3432

  • Poland
    2870 Alejandro M. de Aguado st.
    Capital City
    (1425)
    Tel: 4802-9681 / 9682

  • Portugal
    942 Maipú st. 17° floor
    Capital City
    (1106)
    Tel: 4312-3524 / 0187

  • Romania
    962 Arroyo st.
    Capital City
    (1007)
    Tel: 4322-8656 / 4326-5888

  • Russia
    1741 Rodríguez Peña st.
    Capital City
    (1021)
    Tel: 4813-1552 / 8039

  •  South Africa
    590 M.T.de Alvear 7° and 8° floor
    Capital City
    (1058)
    Tel: 4311-8991 / 8992 / 8993 / 8994 / 8995 / 8996

  • Spain
    2720 M. Ramón Castilla st.
    Capital City
    (1425)
    Tel: 4802-6031 / 6032 / 6611

  • Sweden
    147 Tacuarí 6° floor
    Capital City
    (1071)
    Tel: 4342-1422

  • Switzerland
    846 Santa Fe Ave. 10° floor
    Capital City
    (1059)
    Tel: 4311-6491 / 6492 / 6493 / 6494 / 6495

  • United States
    4300 Colombia Ave.
    Capital City
    (1425)
    Tel: 4777-4533 / 4534 / 4546 / 4540 / 4505

  • Uruguay
    1097 Las Heras Ave.
    Capital City
    (1127)
    Tel: 4807-3041 / 3040 / 3060 / 3061

  • Venezuela
    2035 Virrey Loreto st.
    Capital City
    (1428)
    Tel: 4785-2226
 
 Buenos Aires Accommodation: Alojamiento Buenos AiresHostels Buenos AiresResidencias Universitarias

Friday, September 30, 2011

Argentina: A brief summary of the last 30 years

1976: President Isabel Perón, Juan Domingo Peron´s third wife, is arrested.  Members of the arm forces take office to preserve public order.  The facto goverment lead off to the repression of the political, social and syndicalist democratic forces.  The coup d´etat result is 30.000 people disappeared.

1982: Falkland Islands war against England. A big mistake. War is always a mistake.

1983: Members of the arm forces are weakened and leave office.  During that period, local and public debt had been doubled.

Raúl Alfonsín
December 1983: Raúl Alfonsín takes office and a new period of democratic government has been started.  Military forces are prosecuted and a National Commission over the disappeared (missing) people is created.  Hyperinflation arises.  Alfonsín resignes due to the fact that another coup d´etat would have happened and the peronist Carlos Menem takes office.

1989: Menem starts a period of convertibility: 1 peso = 1 dollar.  Companies are privatized and importing goods is cheaper than make them in the country.  The industry is weakened due to the bankruptcy of many factories.  Foreign debt is very high as well as the corruption.

1999: Radical Fernando de la Rúa takes office, in a country with a very difficult economical situation.
Protest against a bank during "Corralito"

2001: Argentina enters in default.  The "Corralito" starts: money can´t be withdrawed from the accounts.  De la Rúa resigns due to the anger of people. Peronist, Eduardo Duhalde takes office after having had five presidents in less than two weeks.  A dollar climbs to 4 pesos.  Money in the "Corralito" is also devaluated and the deposits show losses up to 75 %.

2003: Duhalde calls for elections.  Néstor Kirchner wins the election.  The economic situation starts getting better.  The unemployment index is lowering and the economy grows in almost 9 points yearly.



Cristina Kirchner
2007: Cristina Kirchner, Néstor Kichner´s wife, won the general election in Argentina .  The country kept on growing based in the same economic model of Néstor Kichner.

2009: Although too much work is to be done, Argentina has been growing due to a favorable social and economic state of affairs in the country.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires: alquileres temporarios , hostels buenos aires , residencias universitarias en capital federal

Monday, September 26, 2011

Gay friendly Buenos Aires

Moving with the times, Buenos Aires has established itself as an attractive destination for the gay community.  It´s not arbitrary that the 2006 PlanetOut Travel Award acknowledged it with the title "Mejor Destino Internacional" (Best International Destination) and Spanish Zero magazine declared Buenos Aires "the new mecca of gay tourism". There are places directed at the gay public and other that declare themselves "gay friendly" spots.

Learning Spanish language:

- BA gay school: School - Art Gallery. 650 Bolívar - San Telmo. Te. 4342-0069

Personal Care:

- Uomobello: Personal Care for men. Te 4816-1044.
Buenos Aires Gay Pride
- Centro de estética Bucal y Facial: 1016 Callao Ave. Recoleta. Te. 4812-4200.
- Del Sur: 1960 Alicia Moreau de Justo 4° of. 401. Puerto Madero. Te. 4312-0900.

Lodging:

- Kaixo Hostel Central: 1267 Tte. Gral. Juan D. Perón. Te. 4384-9342.

- Friendly Apartments: 1234 Callao Ave. of. 508. Te. 4816-9032.
- Charlie´s Apartments Buenos Aires: 825 Darwin. Te. 15-5498-6344.
- Bayres Gay Bed & Breakfast: 5842. Córdoba Ave. Te. 4772-3877.
Amerika Disco
- Charlie´s Hostels Buenos Aires: 825 Darwin. Te.4856-9852.
- Rendez Vous Hotel: 1484 Bonpland. Palermo.
- Axel Hotels: 649 Venezuela. San Telmo. Te. 4136-9393.
- Charlie´s residencias universitarias: 825 Darwin. Te.4856-9852.
- Lugar Gay Bed & Breakfast: 1120 Defensa. San Telmo. Te. 4300-4747.

Relax

- Buenos Aires a full Relax Center for Men. 1770 Viamonte. Te. 4371-7263.
- Marcus Day Spa for Men. 1046 Callao Ave. 4811-0058

Tango

- Tango Queer: 571 Perú. San Telmo. Tuesdays 20 hs.
- Tango entre muchachos: 1120 Defensa. Sundays. 17 hs.

Weddings

- Gwedding: 1583 Gurruchaga. Loft 2. Palermo. 15-3965-1137
- Gold Life Bodas Gay. www.goldlifegroup.com.ar
- Fabulous Weddings. www.fabulousweddings.com.ar

Discos

- Amerika. 1040 Gascón. www.ameri-k.com.ar
- Pacha. Rafael Obligado st. and Pampa st. Costanera Norte. www.pachabuenosaires.com

Monday, September 19, 2011

Boedo Neighbourhood

Tango lyrics make us picture Boedo as neighbourhood of "casas chorizo" (row houses), with large patios, cobble stoned streets and Southern suburbs nostalgia.  Today, this residential area retains its calm and certain memorable spots in its unique geography.

The great tango poet, Homero Manzi, spent the greatest part of his life between Boedo and Pompeya.  It was by the bar on the corner of San Juan and Boedo where lyrics for "Sur" were inspired: San Juan and old-time Boedo and the whole sky, / Pompeya and beyond, the flood.  Today, dinner plus performance is hosted here.  Further away, in Pompeya, on the wall of the crossing of Centenera and Tabaré, one may read the lyrics of another of his songs, "Manoblanca".  This is the spot where the museum in honor of the poet rises today.

The Café Dante (Boedo 745) is the oldest in the neighbourhood and keeper of a great secret: among its tables, Cátulo Castillo wrote many of his stanzas.  Also, this is where the "Republic of Boedo", a group of area dwellers who gathered for long talks and billiards, used to meet in 1938.

The Miguel Cané Library (C. Calvo 4319) deserves a chapter of its own, made legendary through Jorge Luis Borges, who wrote his first stories here, while he catalogued books.

Must-sees at Boedo:

- Esquina Homero Manzi: This is where Homero Manzi wrote the lyrics for is tango "Sur".  Dinner and show.  San Juan Ave. and Boedo Ave.
- Miguel Cané Library: Jorge Luis Borges was employed here, cataloguing books.  4319 Carlos Calvo st.
- Martita: At this salon, home-made dishes are served.  "Empanadas santiagueñas" and more.  3700 Cochabamba st.
- Pan y Teatro: Warm and rustic atmosphere, and native cuisine.  Carbonada and Creole locro (stews). 4095 Las Casas st.
- Miramar: It looks like an old grocery and rotisserie.  Serves sucking pig, "buseca" (tripe), lamb and frog. 1999 San Juan Ave.

Accommodation: alquileres temporarios , Hostels Buenos Aires , Residencias Universitarias

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Belgrano Neighbourhood

Barrancas de Belgrano
 Towards late 19th century, the outlying Belgrano area was the chosen location for the weekend establishments of the local aristocratic families.  Here, over the grassy banks, the mansions overflowed with luxury, away from downtown neighbourhoods such as San Telmo and Monserrat.  Overtime, throught the building of new houses and opening of new streets, Belgrano became the neighbourhood it is today, while keeping the elegance of former times. 

Aside from its lovely banks, Belgrano stands out for its wide commercial offer, gathered mainly along extensive "Cabildo" Avenue and the "La Imprenta" district, just off "Luis María Campos" Avenue. 

Cabildo Ave.
If in search of food, on "Arribeños" and neighbouring streets stretches the small and quaint "Barrio Chino" (chinatown), where the Oriental community has established everything, from supermarkets and crafts shops to numerous restaurants, reasonably priced and serving tasty dishes. 

The neighbourhood´s landscape is rounded off by the "Inmaculada Concepción" Church (Vuelta de Obligado 2042) and the "Plaza General Manuel Belgrano" (Cuba st. and Juramento Ave.), where handcrafts fair is set up every weekend.

Must-sees at Belgrano:

Chinatown in Buenos Aires
- "Barrancas de Belgrano": Holding several sculptures, such as a Statue of Liberty replica and a gazebo.
- "Barrio Chino": Tea houses, restaurants, clothing and decoration shops and supermarkets belonging to the Oriental community.
- "La Imprenta" district: Added to the small "La Imprenta" commercial district stands the "Solar de la Abadía" shopping mall.
- "Museo E. Larreta": At this typical Colonial mansion, Spanish art objects are displayed. (2291 Juramento Ave.)
- Cabildo Ave.: Stores stand one next to the other.  Clothing shops, book and record stores.

Lodging in Belgrano: alquileres temporarios , Hostels Buenos Aires , Residencias Universitarias

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Outstanding Tango Shows in Buenos Aires City

Complejo Tango

"Complejo Tango" is located at a typical french residence built in 1895.  Completely refurbished, keeping the essence of the original building, with its incredible wrought iron details, floors covered with oak material, the immensity of its impressive ballrooms, keeps the magic of the old days. Address: 2608 Belgrano Ave. Tel.:4941-1119.

Gala Tango

Refined place with the best architecture and style.  The refined details of this tango show gives the character of the most glamorous show in town and the best place to enjoy both tango and folkloric performances.  Definitely after visiting this place, you will feel you have enjoyed a spectacular evening and lived a great experience. Address: 434 "5 de Julio" st. Tel.: 4334-0777 / 78.

El Viejo Almacén

The most applauded tango show worldwide relives the old times of the tango and takes us back to the times of "malevos" and "arrabales" in the soil where the tango set its first roots...Buenos Aires.  The tango evening in "El Viejo Almacén" has started. Address: 313 Independencia Ave. Tel.: 4307-6919.

Señor Tango

This tango show can hold up to 1500 people.  You are going to enjoy with all your senses an incredible display of sounds, colours, music and dance, accompanied by the skill of 40 artists on a show directly by Fernando Soler, the producer and creator. Address: 1655 Vieytes st. Tel.: 4303-0231.

Evita Vive

Like all the notable and powerful personalities, the Evita Peron´s story awakens controversias and all kind of passions.  Her political stance, ideology and the fight in the name of the most underprivileged turned her to be a champion for the most humble. Address: 364 Moreno. Tel.: 6091-2092.

La Ventana

"La Ventana" tango show is a tour along different periods. Offers one of the best cultural proposals, with an spectacular ambience: 35 artists, 2 tango orchestras live, a folkloric scene, and the best dancers and singers.  The performance is always accompanied by a refined menu that includes both creole and international food, and the best national wines. Address: 431 Balcarce. Tel.: 4334.1314/ 15/ 16.



Accommodation: Apartments Buenos Aires , Hostels Buenos Aires , Residencias Universitarias

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Nightlife in Buenos Aires

 Few cities in the world have such an intense activity as the city of Buenos Aires, with so many options for the people who want to live this experience.  This "nightlife" permanently increases the important variety of high level restaurants in Puerto Madero neighbourhood, nowadays all of the located in front of the extraordinary view the estuary of the River Plate offers, in the most glamorous area of Buenos Aires.

On the other side, Palermo neighbourhood gathers together both artists and young public, contribute with the "a la carte" entertainment, with restaurants and thematic cafes covering the sidewalks, bands live and nighclubs that remain open after midnight, different proposals when we have to choose what to do.

Las Cañitas neighbourhood, another "gourmet" space is mostly visited by actors and actresses, and by those who choose this option after the cinema or the theatre.  Again, the variety of cuisine, and the clothes stores that remain open until midnight, give us an idea of how many different places the city has to offer.

For those who like tango, dancing, or other popular cultural expressions these areas are "not to miss" points.  The cosmopolitan Buenos Aires is much more than this, in most of the capital cities of the world, entertainment usually end at midnight, but here the "porteños" used to sleep less in order to take advantage of amusement, prove to be very "latin".

The gay community has its space in this "porteño" nightlife too.  The thing is, this was the first place to admit the homosexual legal engagement, and offers an important amount of gay friendly restaurants, thematic cafes, and nightclubs.  Everybody can enjoy entertainment here, and as the local citizenship is open to different beliefs, sexual choices, and ethnick groups, is reasonable that gay tourism is accepted as well.

Nightclubs / Discos recommended:

- Esperanto: 1625 Juan B. Justo Ave. - Palermo.
- La Diosa: 3731 Rafael Obligado st. - Costa Salguero.
- Asia de Cuba: 750 Pierina Dealesi st. - Puerto Madero.
- Bahrein: 345 Lavalle st. - Downtown.
- Acqua Loung bar: 305 Juana Manso st. - Puerto Madero.
- Pagana: 2134 Vicente Lopez st. - Recoleta.
- Club Araoz: 2424 Araóz st. - Palermo.
- Pacha: Rafael Obligado st. and Pampa st. - Costanera Norte.
- Caix: Rafael Obligado st. and Sarmiento - Costanera Norte.
- Maluco Beleza: 1728 Sarmiento st. - Downtown.
- Hummer Disco: 1658 Juan B. Justo Ave. - Palermo.
- Niceto Club: 5510 Niceto Vega Ave. - Palermo.


Bars and Pubs recommended:

- The Kilkenny: 399 Marcelo T. de Alvear st. - Downtown.
- Dubliners: 2000 Humboldt st. - Palermo.
- Hard Rock Cafe: Del Libertador Ave. and Pueyrredón Ave. - Recoleta.
- Bangalore: 1416 Humboldt st. - Palermo.
- Buller Pub: 1827 Presidente Roberto M. Ortiz st. - Recoleta
- Million bar: 1048 Parana st. - Recoleta.

Gay & Lesbian recommended:

- Amerika Disco: 1040 Gascon st. - Almagro.
- Club 69: 5510 Niceto Vega Ave. - Palermo.
- Contramano: 1082 Rodríguez Peña - Recoleta.
- Axel Hotel - Cosmo Bar: 649 Venezuela - San Telmo.
- Fiesta Ambar La Fox: 3455 Federico Lacroze Ave. - Palermo.

Accommodation recommended: Apartments Buenos Aires , Hostels Buenos Aires , Residencias Universitarias

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Las Cañitas Neighbourhood

 Between Palermo and Belgrano, behind the "Campo Argentino de Polo", there rose a few years ago this small area which spread alongside a large group of signature cuisine restaurants. Its name stems from "El camino de las Cañitas", a road which connected the city with the secluded area of country houses, in the mid 19th century, when carriages lifted the dust from the dry dirt roads.

Modernity and splendour concomitant with the 1990´s caused the rise of a new gastronomic pole.  At first, the new restaurants aimed at the local hip scene, but eventually the varied gastronomic offer and decoration of the establishments started attracting a public of diverse styles and trends.  The menu is eclectic: grilled meat at "Los Primos", wood-fired pizza at "Morelia", fusion dishes at "Novecento", regional fare at "Las Cholas", pastas in "Eh Santino", drinks at "Soul Café", wine and "tapas" at "Arguibel".

Morelia restaurant
Added to this, new clothing shops peer timidly in between the profusion of culinary hot spots.  This is, for instance, the case with "Rapsodia", "Vevú" and "Giesso", to mention a few.

Must-sees at Las Cañitas:

- Soul Café: A restaurant extremely reminiscent of the 70´s: dim lights, red walls and signature cuisine. 246 Baez.
- Morelia: Wood-fired pizza plays the starring role.  It´s thin crust tempts us to have several slices. 260 Baez.
Soul Café
- El Primo: A humble pizza joint, with up-beat atmosphere.  Good meat cuts and reasonable prices. 302 Baez.
- Las Cholas: Local Argentine cuisine dishes, cooked in a cob oven.  It tends to fill fast. 306 Arce.
- Moshi Moshi: At this cute and light hall one may have varied rolls, salmon and sea bream.  Sushi bar. 1707 Ortega & Gasset.

Lodging in Las Cañitas: Charlie´s alquileres temporarios , Hostels Buenos Aires , Residencias Universitarias Buenos Aires

Monday, August 1, 2011

Tigre: Discovering our remarkable Delta - Part III

Fair and Fruits market

Fruits market

This attraction has a harbour too, this is the place where the locals used to trade their supplies, foodstuff, and merchandise produced on the islands.  Nowadays among the traditional products, you may find food, clothes, plants, furniture made of wicker or jute, to buy. Opens everyday from 10 am until 7 pm.

Victorica Stroll

On the other side of the fluvial station, after you cross the bridge, enhaces among the boats and kayaks, a wide variety of gastronomic proposals. We specially recommend "Il Novo María del Luján", located at the no. 611 of Paseo Victorica, that has an outstanding view and the best mediterranean and international cuisine to offer.  Has attractive options to enjoy the view from the pier, among which we emphasize its friendly atmosphere at tea time.  Two blocks from there, is a must "Vuelta & Victorica resto" that offers also an excellent cuisine as well as the view and "Villa Julia Resort", a stately home built in 1906 as a vacation residence, following the traditional french style, with an outstanding  wooded park with swimming pool facing the river.
Victorica Stroll

As we once read on the Pirelli guide, "...Tigre is an enormous and lovely aquatic country club.  Cars and streets dissapear between a complex chain of channels and different means of sailing transport".

Recommended lodging: Apartamentos en Buenos Aires , Hostels Buenos Aires , Residencias Universitarias Buenos Aires

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tigre: Discovering our remarkable Delta - Part II

 
Casino Trilenium
One of the most interesting proposals is to spend at least one evening in Tigre.  Hotels, hostels, bungalows, among other type of accommodation are located in Tigre and besides rivers and channels, such as "El Sitio Dorado" located on the first section of the islands, 50 minutes from the harbour, a well known place because of the beauty of its nature and good access from downtown.  Best place to relax, walk and visit the variety of landscapes and unforgettable tourist attractions. Equipped with the best amenities and services. Another option might be "Casino Trilenium", with different activities such as shows, restaurants, Disco, promotions and obviously the traditional 1500 slot machines.  "Parque de la Costa", offers a great variety of games and passports to spend a full day on this amusement park, becoming one of the places children like most. At the Historic Core, we reccomend to go to the traditional "Tigre Hotel", an outstanding residence, of french architecture that nowadays stands as the "Tigre Museum of Art".  As a different option from what usually offers Tigre, "La Real" has an excellent proposal on active tourism and located just 15 minutes on public transportation. The owners of this house receive you to enjoy the plenitude of nature, on this astonishing and colorful area, with a variety of proposals such as island trekkings, island Photo safari, boat trips, full board accommodation, beyond the possibility of visiting the Parana River as well. One of the three companies in charge of the transfers around the Delta is "Jilguero", located at Tigre harbour, stand n° 8, access n° 2. They have wooden public boats, considerably significative since its appearance,  for the development of the islands, that achieve a social function and has specific shipping lanes, that works as an ordinary public transportation, with capacity for 70 people, allowing locals and tourists to move around the area, sailing only Tigre, "Carapachay", and "Lujan" rivers.

Parque de la Costa
Accommodation recommended in Buenos Aires City: Charlie´s Buenos Aires ApartmentsHostels Buenos Aires , Residencias Universitarias Capital Federal

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tigre: Discovering our remarkable Delta - Part I


Harbour

Around the harbour, tourism, nautical sports and leisure activities become the main attractions, special to enjoy a microclimate with fresh air, and an intense sensation of relaxation.  The harbour from where speed boats and vessels leave, we find companies such as "Sturla" or "Catamaranes Interisleña", traditional companies, that travel along the Delta, offering a great variety of services.  The most traditional rowing clubs have their head offices in Tigre, as well as the people of schools who, from the Navy Museum, organizes a half day excursion and a full day service to practice rowing or kayak.  They provide the boats and kayacs to practice this versatile sport to advance into the enchanted channels, that definitely turns to be pleasant for our senses, because alllows us to enjoy both the landscape and the diversity of bird species.  This group is responsible to offer their service for free for disabled people.

When President Sarmiento first visited the Delta in 1855, he was not our president yet, but discovered this wonderful place and became responsible for its development.  As a regular visitor to this area, built a modest wooden house, that today we can see surrounded by a glass box, alter sailing an hour from the harbour.

Recommended accommodation in Buenos Aires City: Charlie´s Buenos Aires Apartments , Hostel Buenos Aires , Residencias Universitarias Buenos Aires

Friday, July 8, 2011

Gifts from Buenos Aires

Alfajores

What should you buy as gifts in Buenos Aires City:

- "Alfajores"
- "Dulce de leche"
- Leather shoes and leather jacket
- Soccer t-shirt
- Leather wallet
- Red Wine (Reccommended: "Malbec")
Soccer t-shirt
- "Mate" and "Yerba"
- Tango shoes and music
- Handcrafts
- Patagonia objects
- Poscards
- Argentinean books (Reccommended authors: "Borges" and "Sabato")
- Films (Oscar winners: "El Secreto de sus ojos" and "La Historia Oficial")
- Small kitsch objects
- Traditional Argentinean Candies
- Silver jewelry
- "Bombachas de campo" and "Alpargatas"


Mates
Accommodation reccommended: Charlie´s Buenos Aires Apartments , Hostels Buenos Aires , Residencia Universitaria Capital Federal








Leather jacket